How Long Can Roasted
Coffee Beans Last?

Depending on the type of coffee and your personal preferences, roasted beans will last anywhere from two to six months. 

You may assume that taste is the most significant indicator, but once you've brewed and tasted a cup of coffee, it's too late.

  • Stale coffee's most obvious characteristic is its taste. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of stale coffee is how bland it tastes. The variety of flavors available, such as juicy, chocolatey, winey, and spicy? It's all vanished.

All that's left could be a heavy bitterness, which means that stale beans will leave a bad taste in your mouth.

  • Outward appearance is the color of your beans dingy and matte? Freshly roasted beans should have a glossy appearance due to the wonderful aromatic oils present.

The beans will dry out and lose their deliciousness over time because these oils are delicate and vulnerable.

  • Feel the coffee beans in your hands and see if there is any residue. This is a quick and simple way to see if the oils are still present. Stale beans will lack the enticing aroma that we all want while brewing.

If you're testing for freshness, however, we recommend taking a closer look . . .

Is the kit equipped with an air valve? (The bag has been punched with tiny holes.) To stay fresh, coffee must continue to release gases after roasting. Since there is no air valve, the air isn't particularly fresh.

The average life expectancy of Freshly roasted coffee beans will last up to three months in the refrigerator. The amount of caffeine varies depending on the blend and roast.


  • Ground coffee, as a result, spoils much more easily than whole beans. Coffee that has been freshly ground can last anywhere from a few weeks to a month.

  • Coffee beans contain a wide range of delicate oils, aromas, and flavor compounds, all of which are kept healthy inside the bean. Any of the aromas and oils rise to the surface when they're fried.

The surface area extends when they're ground, exposing even more oils and aromas to the air. 

Rather than buying in bulk, buy in smaller increments. Stored in an airtight jar in a cool, dark location is ideal for fresh ground coffee or beans to keep it fresh.

Simply grind the exact amount of beans as desired. While it may be tempting to grind in large batches to save time for future brewing, this will only cause the coffee to lose freshness more quickly.

Put beans in the freezer and double bag them to keep moisture out.

Read on: Can You Drink Coffee During Intermittent Fasting

By: Douglas

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OCM ( was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN 

PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

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