How long will whole bean unground coffee last in a sealed package in a dark spot?

How long will whole bean unground coffee last in a sealed package in a dark spot?

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  1. The key is that your coffee beans should be kept without exposure to oxygen and humidity. They can last a few months in a freeze. But they should be brought to room temperature before opening. Frozen been if expose to the air will have moisture condense on them and that is a killer. Air tight containers are the best after the original air tight container is opened. In the summer keep those beans on the on the counter of in the cabinet not in the refrigerator due to condensation from the humid air. During the dry winter months keeping them in the refrigerator is not a bad idea. Frozen beans opened repeatedly with tend to collect moisture – the bean killer.

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  2. It really depends on what you mean by “last”. Coffee will last for very long time, however it peaks and begins to degrade fairly quickly. If you are brewing coffee I recommend anywhere from 2 days after roast (there is such a thing as too fresh of coffee) to 2 weeks after the roast date. It will still be drinkable after that, but the quality degrades pretty quickly after that. Realistically, try and get though it within one month. And check the ‘roasted on’ date. Most coffees are already past their prime by the time they hit the shelf. Just for comparison–espresso is best roughly 10 days to 20 days after roast.

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