How Long Can You Keep Starbucks Coffee In The Fridge?

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It’s nice to have some extra coffee around, particularly if it’s delicious Starbucks coffee. But can you store it in the fridge? And how long can you keep Starbucks coffee in the fridge? Read on to find out!

You can store fresh Starbucks coffee in the fridge for 12-24 hours if you want to drink it later. This refers to store-made blends and drinks. Because they aren’t opened, you can keep bottled and sealed drinks in the fridge for much longer. When it comes to coffee grounds or beans, you shouldn’t keep them in the fridge.

Every Starbucks creation will have different instructions for proper storage, so read on to find out what you need to know!

Can Starbucks ground coffee be kept in the fridge?

If you’ve got a good sale on your favorite Starbucks ground coffee, one of your first thoughts is to put it in the fridge to preserve its flavor, right? It makes sense since the fridge can slow down mold growth and often preserves freshness for other types of food and drink.

However, you’ll want to store your ground coffee from Starbucks at room temperature for the best results. Keeping it in an airtight container for up to 34 weeks will keep it as fresh as possible.

Can Starbucks brewed coffee be kept in the fridge?

If you’re looking specifically for information on whether you can store brewed Starbucks coffee in the fridge, the answer is: yes. But don’t just leave it in there indefinitely! Storing brewed coffee to enjoy later should be a short-term solution!

I’ll discuss that a bit more later, though, so keep on reading to find out how to keep your coffee safe later.

Is it okay to drink day-old Starbucks coffee?

Whether you forgot about it or didn’t want to take in too much caffeine in a day, you’ve got brewed coffee sitting in your kitchen. Is it safe to drink? If you’ve left the coffee out at room temperature, you really shouldn’t drink it, according to The Ladders. Coffee goes stale quickly (after about 30 minutes), and you’ll need to keep it in a thermos for a few hours to preserve its freshness.

If you have day-old black coffee stored in the fridge, you can drink it safely if you’ve stored it in an air-tight container. If it’s not in an airtight container, you’ll probably find that your coffee has taken on the “fridge smell” — yuck! It also could be contaminated with bacteria, so you shouldn’t drink it.

Is a Starbucks coffee good in the fridge for 2 days?

While you can store brewed coffee in the fridge overnight in an airtight container, I wouldn’t recommend trying 2-day-old coffee! Even though it would be safe in an airtight container, it would have gone very stale in that time. Not sure what to do with the coffee? Don’t worry; I’ve discussed that below for you!

Can you put coffee in the fridge and drink it later?

If you drink it later that day, you can store your coffee in the fridge for a few hours. After all, that’s how a cold brew is made! You’ll find that your coffee still tastes best in an — you guessed it — airtight container, but you can leave it in a cup in the fridge if you want to.

Healthline states that you shouldn’t go beyond leaving coffee in the fridge for four days without drinking it. Not only would it be horribly stale, but it could also start to wobble into the “dangerous” category at that point.

Can coffee go bad in the fridge?

While it does surprise many to learn, coffee can go bad in the fridge! It can mold fairly easily, and you’ll need to store it properly to keep it fresh and flavorful if you want to store it in the fridge. This applies to both brewed coffee and ground coffee!

How long can you refrigerate a Starbucks coffee?

So, let’s take some time to understand a bit more about how long you can refrigerate your beloved Starbucks coffee. You already know the basics, but let’s dive deeper. In most cases, you can store your Starbucks coffee for 12-24 hours in the fridge without a problem. That being said, you’ll want to leave it black, not mixed. Sugar, creamer, milk, and other additives can spoil your delicious coffee faster!

If you plan to buy several cups of your favorite roast, take them black. You can store them in a sealed container in your fridge for several days at the most and then mix them to taste after you’ve heated them.

Best way to safely store Starbucks coffee to drink later

The keyword here is going to be “safely,” right? Firstly, you’ll want to adhere to that “no longer than four days” rule. Yes, it’s not a lot of time if you’ve bought a lot of coffee. But is drinking potentially contaminated or moldy coffee worth the money you paid?

You’ll want to use a truly airtight container, such as a thermos, to store the coffee you buy. This helps you keep it as safe as possible for as long as possible. Before you put a portion into a cup to heat up, you’ll want to do a sniff test to ensure it smells okay. If it smells sour or rancid — or just otherwise not good — it’s safe to assume that you should throw away what’s left!

If you always have to throw some of it away, try getting less and/or brewing your coffee at home by investing in some of Starbucks’ great beans and ground coffee! This lasts much longer, and you can make them to taste, too, which is a great bonus.

Why do people need to store brewed coffee in their fridge?

If you’ve never heard of this before, you’re not alone. Why would someone want to buy a bunch of cups of coffee from Starbucks and just put them in their fridge?

One of the main reasons is that they don’t want to go out each morning or afternoon to buy their daily fix. So, they buy several at a time and can enjoy an entire day’s worth (or two) at once.

Another reason is that they don’t have a coffee maker in their home. So they feel that going out to Starbucks is the best way to get their coffee. But did you know that you can ***make coffee in a microwave? There are other ways to enjoy homemade coffee, even if you don’t have access to an actual coffee maker!

Which is better: whole beans or ground beans?

If you remember me mentioning above that you can consider buying your favorite Starbucks roast in grounds or beans rather than filling your fridge full of already roasted coffee, this is a great alternative! 

However, now you have to choose between ground coffee and beans! Buying the beans and grinding them as you need to make a fresh cup is going to be the best option for both freshness and flavor.

Just remember to store the grounds and beans in a sealed container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and sunlight! The best place to meet those criteria is a cupboard or a pantry!

What can I do with stale coffee?

If you’re here because you’ve discovered that your beloved leftover coffee has gone bad on you, then don’t despair — there are several things that you can do to help put it to use so that you don’t have to dump money and flavor down the drain! 

One of the most common things people do with stale coffee is turn it into ice cubes for when they enjoy an iced coffee or a cold brew! This helps keep the concentrated coffee flavor in their cold drink. Just pour into an ice cube tray, add a touch of sugar to each one, and keep them til you need them! 

Another popular choice is to use it in your breakfast choice! For example, baking them into pancakes or using them to make some overnight oats recipes. It helps you give it a brand new life and a fantastic caffeine kick.

Lastly, consider using them to bake with, similar to above. From coffee cake to muffins to cookies, many recipes call for coffee! Explore and fill your home with coffee-scented desserts.

It’s good to know all the data about how long you can keep Starbucks coffee in the fridge. Generally, you can store freshly brewed coffee for 12-24 hours if you store it in an airtight container for freshness and safety. You should keep coffee grounds and beans at room temperature rather than refrigerated, and you’ll always want to give all of your coffee a sniff test before you drink it. Rancid or moldy coffee can make you sick! Worst-case scenario, you can put your stale coffee to use in the ideas I mentioned above.

Do you know someone who hoards Starbucks coffee? If so, share this with them to help them stay safe and suitably caffeinated!

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Robert Knowlton is an expert barista with more than 15 years of experience. Robert's main goal is to make sure everyone can enjoy the perfect cup of coffee regardless of their skill level.