The shelf life of your coffee will depend on a number of factors such as where it is stored, if its unopened or sealed etc. See the table below for how long you can expect your coffee to last you. 

Unopened/Sealed  Pantry  Freezer
 Ground Coffee  3-5 months  1-2 years
 Whole Bean Coffee  6-9 months  2-3 years
 Opened  Pantry  Freezer
 Ground Coffee  3-5 months  3-5 months
 Whole Bean Coffee  6 months  2 years 


Here are some commonly asked questions that you can tell if the coffee is bad.

  1. How can I tell if the coffee is bad?

The best way to tell if it has gone bad is to use your sense of smell. If coffee has gone bad, the pleasant aroma will be gone and with it much of the taste. Using this coffee will not harm you, but will just not have much flavour if the smell is gone. It may also lose its deep dark colour and appear a lighter brown.

     2. How do you store the coffee beans to extend its shelf life?

Coffee beans should be stored in a cool place in an airtight container. You can buy containers that are specific for coffee bean storage. This will increase there shelf life. Whole bean coffee has a longer shelf than ground coffee. Storing coffee beans that you don't need to use in the freezer will extend their shelf life. 

Storing coffee in the freezer will extend its shelf life and it will not need to be defrosted.