Green Coffee Bean Storage: How Long Do They Last?

Growing up we drank a lot of coffee in my house but not only did I learn to brew coffee as a kid I also learned how to make it from the unroasted green bean. We didn’t processes cherries but roasting our own beans is a step that most people don’t take in the home.

I learned a lot back then and now all my friends ask me variations of this question. “How Do You Roast Coffee Beans Anyway?” or “How Do You Store So Many Unroasted Beans”. Well it’s not all that complicated.

How To Store Green Coffee Beans

Generally speaking green coffee beans can be stored just like any other kind of dry bean. They are typically stored in large burlap sacks but do just fine in plain paper sacks in an unsealed environment.

The only things to be careful of is moisture and temperature changes which can effect moisture content fluctuations inside the beans.

For extreme long term storage you could vacuum seal your beans but this is probably something that you just don’t need to do. I keep mine in a big unsealed sack in the garage where it’s about 60 degrees year round. Works perfect for my needs.

This video is on vacuums sealing green coffee beans for long term storage. You might be interested in viewing it for more information.

Since you can store green beans for months or years if you want it makes sense to buy in bulk to save money. Once you are ready though see the following page for tips on roasting green coffee beans on your stovetop.

How Long Do Green Coffee Beans Last?

If you like good coffee then you know how expensive it can be buying small batches of roasted coffee from a local roaster. That’s predominantly why I roast my beans myself. We roast green coffee beans at home and buy the unroasted green coffee bean in bulk for way less per pound.

Unlike roasted beans and coffee grind, green beans have an almost unlimited shelf life. Many people buy 50lb bags of unroasted beans and store them in a dry spot in a garage or a pantry for a year or more before they go through it all.

So long as the beans are dry and kept away from insects or rodents your beans can last for years with no impact on flavor.

This video covers coffee bean preservation and length of freshness, it may be of interest to you should you start roasting your own beans at home.

Usually most people find the process of roasting your own beans a bit much even though it’s far less expensive than buying pre-roasted beans but to each his own.

If you are interested in learning more about grinding your own beans as described above then check out Coffee Grinder Expo and have a look at their guides and education sections. It’s surprisingly complex to most people.

If you want to go all in though then make sure to check out DIY Coffee Roasting where you’ll find out a lot about the home roasting process. Maybe in time I’ll work some tutorials into this site but for now I’ll send you elsewhere for this vital information.

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