Coffee is one of the most beloved beverages around the world, consumed by millions of people daily. Research shows it may even have health benefits! One common question people have, though, is whether they should put their coffee in the fridge.
In researching this question, I found several opinions about the best way to store coffee, including in the refrigerator.
Many people want to know if you can put freshly brewed hot coffee in the fridge to make iced coffee. I’ll discuss whether this is a good idea, and tips for making the best iced coffee.
Other people are interested in finding out if you can put whole coffee beans in the fridge. You may be surprised to find out the answer to this question!
Lastly, people are asking about putting ground coffee in the fridge. I’ll go over the pros and cons of doing this.
So sit back with your hot cup of deliciously fresh coffee. Spend a few minutes learning about how to store your favorite drink!
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Can You Put Hot Coffee in the Fridge?
You may prefer your coffee black, with loads of cream and sugar, or as a Frappuccino. There’s no denying that coffee can provide a quick and tasty pick-me-up.
When it comes to finding a way to store your hot coffee, though, the fridge might not be the first thing that comes to mind.
Maybe you went through the Starbucks coffee shop drive through in the morning and want to keep your coffee to drink later on without it going stale.
Or you could be a coffee lover who just prepared a fresh pot of drip coffee and need to know how to store the leftover coffee.
You might also be interested in making your own iced coffee if you’re a cold coffee fan.
But can you put brewed hot coffee in the fridge? The answer is yes—but with some caveats.
How to Store Hot Coffee in the Fridge
Having a hot and fresh cup of coffee is the ideal for coffee drinkers.
Whether you enjoy a dark black coffee from a French press, or instant coffee straight from the jar, a good-tasting cup of Java is a priority for coffee lovers!
But for a variety of reasons, hot coffee straight from the post is not always an availably good option.
So for times when you can’t drink all your coffee at once, or you want to save it for later, you’ll want to know the best way to store it in the fridge.
If you want to put hot coffee in the refrigerator, it’s important to do so properly and safely.
Tips for Putting Coffee in the Fridge
There are right ways and wrong ways to refrigerate a hot cup of coffee. Doing it the wrong way will affect the taste of your coffee and make it less pleasant to drink.
First, make sure that your hot beverage is cooled down enough before placing it in the fridge. Don’t rush it from the coffee maker to the fridge, but don’t wait too long either!
You need to wait long enough before putting a steaming-hot liquid into a closed container.
Otherwise, there could be potential issues of mold growth or spoilage due to condensation on its surface — neither of which sounds appetizing!
After allowing the hot coffee to cool a bit (close to room temperature), you should transfer your hot beverage into an airtight container.
This will help preserve freshness for longer periods of time, and avoid transfer of odors from other refrigerator food items.
The best option for refrigerator storage of brewed coffee using glass like a Mason jar, a ceramic container, or a safe metallic container like stainless steel.
Try to avoid keeping your coffee in Styrofoam or plastic as these can leach chemicals into your beverage.
How Long Does Brewed Coffee Last in the Fridge?
If you’ve made a pot of coffee and want to keep some for later, you’ll be interested to find out how long it lasts in the fridge.
I’ve heard of some people storing recently made hot brewed coffee in the fridge for a long time (such as a week) without obvious loss of quality.
Personally, however, I wouldn’t keep brewed coffee for more than a few days.
The likelihood of loss of quality due to the oxidation process and possible mold growth seems too risky for my tastes.
As a general rule, you should use up brewed coffee within 2-3 days. I don’t know about you, but drinking stale coffee is just not that enjoyable!
Again, be sure to use an air-tight container. Using a storage container that allows in air will speed up the process of oxidation and make your coffee go bad sooner.
Can You Reheat Old Coffee?
Do you have extra coffee that you want to save for later? If so, you may wonder if you can reheat coffee that’s been stored in the fridge.
The good news is that you can do this, but for the best taste it’s important to proceed with caution and follow some simple guidelines.
Reheating coffee stored in the fridge could lead to a flavorless or overly bitter taste.
It’s important to be careful and mindful of how long your drink has been refrigerated, as well as how you go about reheating it.
If you choose to reheat your coffee, do so at lower temperatures on the stovetop in a suitable metal pan.
The best bet to preserve your coffee’s quality is to avoid using the microwave for reheating.
Reheating can sometimes make the coffee taste more bitter. Because of this, it might be a better option to enjoy your coffee cold straight out of the fridge.
Adding some ice, cold water, cream, and sweetener can temper any bitter flavor and make for an enjoyable ice coffee.
How to Make Iced Coffee from Leftover Coffee
Did you make a whole pot and now have too much coffee and need a way to use it up? Consider turning your hot brewed coffee into iced coffee!
If you like the taste of cold brew coffee, then this iced coffee option may be a good one for you.
There are a few different ways to make iced coffee, but this method is one of the easiest to follow.
Before letting your coffee cool and storing it in the fridge, add sweetener and any desired flavorings (salted caramel, anyone?). Sweeteners dissolve better in warm coffee than cold.
Next, put your coffee in an airtight container and allow to thoroughly cool down in the fridge.
Once fully cooled, take the cold coffee and pour it over ice cubes or coffee cubes.
To make coffee cubes, pour the coffee into an ice cube tray, then freeze. Many people prefer these coffee ice cubes to regular ice in their cold coffee.
Be sure to transfer your frozen coffee cubes into a freezer-safe container or bag to keep them from absorbing freezer odors.
The last thing you may want to add to your iced coffee is milk, cream, or half and half. By adjusting the amount of sweetener, flavoring, and cream, you can individualize the taste of the coffee to make it however you like!
Many people find that this method makes for a truly delicious coffee flavor!
Can You Put Coffee Beans in the Fridge?
Coffee connoisseurs often prefer using whole bean coffee for their freshly brewed cup of joe.
Those who grind whole beans to use in the brewing process often say this makes the best coffee and they’ll never go back to using pre-ground coffee beans.
But when it comes to storing coffee beans, there’s a range of opinion on the best way to do this.
Is it a good idea to store roasted coffee beans in the fridge? The answer is yes — but with a few qualifications.
Storing your whole beans in the refrigerator can potentially help extend their shelf life and keep them fresher for longer.
However, there are some drawbacks to consider as well.
For one, exposing your beans to cold temperatures may change their flavor and aroma.
Not only that, storing coffee beans too long in the fridge could cause condensation on the beans which could lead to mold growth.
According to the National Coffee Association, you’re better off buying small quantities of roasted coffee beans at at time. This will help keep them fresh before they get used up.
How to Store Coffee Beans
If you decide to put your beans in the fridge, make sure you have an airtight container that blocks out light and oxygen.
Coffee is good at absorbing odors, so to prolong the shelf life of coffee beans, make sure the container blocks out all air.
In addition, different types of beans respond differently to temperature changes.
If you’re storing a light-roasted bean like an espresso or Sumatra, then keeping them in the fridge could be beneficial.
This is because light-roasted beans contain more lipids and polysaccharides than their medium and dark-roasted counterparts. This makes the dark beans less sensitive to temperature fluctuations.
However, if you’re storing a darker roast such as French or Italian roast, then these should be kept at room temperature instead.
For maximum freshness, store roasted coffee beans in the freezer rather than the fridge. Always use airtight containers to avoid freezer burn.
If you roast a lot of beans at one time, divide them up into portions so you only take out of the freezer the amount you need at one time.
Above all, be sure to keep your beans in a dry, dark place, and away from a heat source.
Can You Put Ground Coffee in the Fridge?
You may like to grind your own coffee beans, or purchase pre-ground coffee from the grocery store.
Either way, you’ll want to know if you can store ground coffee in the fridge.
The answer is yes, you can store ground coffee in the fridge. You’ll want to follow the same guidelines with ground coffee that apply to whole beans.
Ground coffee can be stored in the refrigerator as long as it is sealed properly.
Ideally, freshly ground coffee should be used within three months for maximum quality.
The type of container you use for storage makes a big difference in whether your coffee stays good.
You’ll need a container that does a great job at keeping out moisture and light, which both contribute to the oxidation process of ground coffee.
Additionally, cold temperatures slow down oxidation, which makes the ground beans deteriorate faster.
However, keep in mind that refrigerating your ground coffee might cause it to taste slightly different due to condensation when it’s taken out of the fridge.
Closing Thoughts on Putting Coffee in the Fridge
If you enjoy a cup of hot coffee, figuring out the best way to store your leftover drink can sometimes be a challenge.
No matter the type of coffee you use — hot brewed, whole bean, or ground coffee — storing your coffee in the fridge can be a viable option and a great way to protect your coffee.
Make sure you follow these important precautions and best practices for storing your coffee. This will ensure maximum freshness and quality in your coffee experience.
So get that coffee pot boiling and your mug ready for that good cup of coffee!