How Long Does Espresso Last in the Fridge or Outside?

Espresso coffee is a wonder in itself. However, not everyone wants to fire up the espresso machine every time that they crave the rich flavors of good espresso.

That is many coffee lovers ask how long a cup of espresso will last either in the fridge or left out on the counter. However, no one likes stale coffee. So, I guess it is also important to know how to save espresso that it retains some of its flavor for longer.

The short answer is that a shot of espresso can be saved in the fridge for about a week if there are no other added ingredients. Espresso-based drinks like lattes or cappuccinos, will last much shorter because of the added milk.

On the counter it has a slightly shorter lifespan and should be consumed within a day. However, you should still put it in an airtight container. If it is not sealed it will lose most of its flavor very quickly.

Storing it in an airtight container will definitely help to make it last longer. However, you shouldn’t expect leftover espresso to taste like fresh espresso.

How Long Does Espresso Last?

I did an experiment to test the shelf life of espresso. I pulled a double espresso every hour for three hours. Each time I left some of it over to compare to fresh espresso in an hour’s time.

Espresso machine

I stored the left over coffee in mason jars with lids. Half of the coffee I put in the fridge and the rest I left on the counter.

I didn’t reheat the ones that I left out when I tasted it again. Reheating cold espresso causes a chemical reaction that causes a bitter taste.

I found that the taste does degrade even within an hour. However, I am very picky when it comes to coffee. I think that most people won’y even taste the differences that I did.

Especially, if you don’t drink the espresso straight up and add some milk and or other additives to make an espresso-based drink. The other upside of making an espresso-based drink is that the milk will warm up the espresso. That way you don’t have to put the espresso in the microwave to heat it up.

That will definitely also help to ensure a good tasting cup of coffee.

How Long is Espresso Good For Left Out?

For maximum flavor, you really want to drink espresso within a few minutes of brewing while it is still hot. The longer you leave it out, the more of the flavors you lose.

However, if should be safe to drink for about a day after brewing.

If you want it to last longer than a few hours, it is a good idea to put it in the fridge. That will inhibit bacterial growth and cause the espresso to last a bit longer.

How Long is Espresso Good For in the Fridge?

As I mentioned earlier, you could leave espresso in the fridge for up to a week if you store it in some kind of sealed container.

However, in the experiment that I did, I found that the taste already starts to degrade within an hour. Maybe not quite as fast as the espresso left on the counter, but still noticeable.

Yet, like I mentioned in the previous section, most people won’t notice the difference that obviously. Especially if you end up making an espresso-based drink instead of drinking the espresso straight up.​​

How to Make Espresso Last Longer in the Fridge

Although I am not an advocate for storing espresso for an extended period of time, there are a few things that you can do when you store espresso to give it a longer shelf life.

So if you do have a few shots of espresso that you need to store, here’s what to do:

Basically, you want to ensure proper storage. Be sure to put it in an airtight container. I also like to put things that I want to last longer at the back on the lowest shelf of the fridge.

Adding sugar could also help to make the espresso last a bit longer.

Things that Causes Espresso to not Last For a Long Time

So, basically, adding other ingredients to the espresso will take away some of the shelf life of the espresso.

If you want the espresso to last longer in the fridge, refrain from adding other ingredients. Things such as milk or sweeteners such as syrup or honey, will definitely shorten the espresso’s lifespan.

Rather save the espresso as it is and add the other ingredients, excluding sugar, just before you want to drink the coffee.

Can I Reheat Espresso Coffee?

Now the question is if you can reheat it for use after storage. You can. The espresso might become a bit more bitter, but it’ll still be safe to drink.

However, it is best to rather consume it cold to prevent further degradation of taste. You could use it for iced coffee for the best flavor.

How Long Can I Store Coffee Beans?

How Long is Whole Espresso Beans Good For?

Technically roasted coffee beans can last for up to three months from from the coffee bean roast date. However, I know that that is not always possible. So, just try to use it before the expiry date.

However, there are 5 enemies of coffee. These 5 things can make that your coffee beans last even shorter:

  1. Odours
  2. Oxygen
  3. Moisture
  4. Heat
  5. Light

Here are the best practices for storing your fresh beans so that it lasts longer:

  1. Store it in an airtight container. That way the amount of moisture and oxygen the beans are exposed to are limited.
  2. Make sure that it is a dark container to ensure that the beans are not exposed to light.
  3. Do not store it close to things with a strong odour. The beans will absorb those nasty flavors.
  4. Keep it away from heat sources.
Coffee beans and grounds on wood.

How Long are Espresso Grounds Good For?

Well… after 15 minutes of grinding beans you can lose up to 70% of the flavor compounds in the grounds.

Of course, like with whole beans, if you store ground coffee in a a dry place in an airtight container away from high temperatures, light and odours, it’ll last for a longer period of time.

The best way to ensure the freshness of your coffee is to grind the beans and then to use it as soon as possible. I do, however, know that not everybody grinds their own beans. If you use pre-ground beans, try to use the coffee grounds within about two weeks of opening the package. (Still within 3 months of the roasting date, or at least before the expiration date, though.)

FAQs

Does espresso lose caffeine in the fridge?

No, how much caffeine there is in the espresso won’t change if you leave it in the fridge. You’ll still get your caffeine fix from leftover coffee.

Can you drink day old espresso?

Yes, espresso that is left out at room temperature, without additives, should still be fine after a day although the taste won’t be the same. Just always make sure that it is still okay before consumption.

Why does espresso go bad so fast?

The compounds in the espresso reacts with the oxygen in the air. This oxidation will lead to spoiled espresso.

​Should espresso beans be kept in the fridge?

No, it’s not necessary. Especially if you are going to use it soon there is no reason to put it in the fridge.

Does freezing coffee keep it fresh?

Freezing coffee beans will help to retain the flavor. However, you should put it in an airtight container to ensure that the odours of the other food in the freezer doesn’t influence the taste of the beans.

How old should espresso beans be?

Espresso beans should be left for about 7-21 days after roasting before use. It should also be used within three months of roasting.

What Can I Do With Leftover Cold Brew Coffee?

Okay, so you made some great cold brew and then there was some left. What now?

Do you have to throw it away?

Does it go bad if you don’t refrigerate it?

Read more about leftover cold brew and what happens when you don’t refrigerate it.

Image of cold brew in a mason jar.

Leave a Reply