Can You Store Starbucks Iced Coffee in the Fridge?

On hot summer days, there is little to quench your thirst like iced drinks. In the world of cold coffee, some of the best coffee is Starbucks bottled iced coffee. However, sometimes we don’t want to finish the entire bottle at once. Sometimes we want to indulge in your leftover iced coffee a bit later.

This is where the question “How long does Starbucks iced coffee last?” comes in. Because, I mean like most things, these coffee drinks have a limited shelf life. Yes, it doesn’t have a short shelf life, per se, which, is great. However, it doesn’t mean that you should keep it in your pantry or fridge for an extended period of time.

Okay, so in short, the good news is that Starbucks’s bottled iced coffee has quite a long shelf life. Especially if you compare it to regular coffee. However, for the sake of the freshness of the coffee, I recommend that you save it in the fridge for a few hours max. Even if you leave it until the next day, it might still be fine, but the taste of the coffee will definitely not be as it was.

In the following sections of this post, I’ll give you some general guidelines, but always check the back of the container for the manufacturer’s guidelines.

There are quite a few options for you to choose from when it gets to Starbucks’ at-home iced coffee drinks. So, I will also go into more depth about the most popular drinks on this list.

Kinds of Starbucks Bottled Ice Coffee

Starbucks actually has quite a range of at-home cold beverages for you to choose from. Here is a list of them:

  1. Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino
  2. Via Instant Iced Coffee
  3. Iced Latte (like this Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte)
  4. Cold Brew Concentrate Pods
  5. Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
  6. Ready to Drink Coffee, Espresso and Cream
  7. Brew Over Ice Classic Black Coffee

Shelf Life of Starbucks Iced Coffee

Okay, so we all know that for the best flavor, you actually have to drink the coffee as soon as you open it. However, as I mentioned earlier, sometimes we want to save our coffee for later.

In general, all of the above drinks have quite a long shelf life as long as they stay unopened. Once you have opened the coffee bacterial growth can start and this leads to spoilage.

It is just important that you check the expiry date of the coffee and make sure that you drink it by then. They give us an expiration date for a reason and I really think that it is a good idea for us to trust them on that. It is for our own safety after all.

Above all, always check for signs of spoilage, like a sour taste or smell, before consuming any of these drinks. It is a good way to make sure that you don’t end up in the hospital with food poisoning or whatever because you drank coffee that was no longer good. 

Starbucks’ Guidelines

An open Starbucks frappuccino will last for 3 days in the fridge after opening.

For their iced lattes, nitro cold brew, and ready-to-drink espresso they don’t actually give an indication on the package (at the time of writing this post). They only say that you have to put it in the fridge once opened and consume it before the best-before date. However, stale coffee is not the best thing in this world. I think your best option is still to drink it as soon as possible.

When it comes to the coffee that is in pods, the situation looks a bit different. There Starbucks doesn’t actually give us an indication of how long the coffee will last once you’ve made it. However, I believe that it is because it is best if you drink it immediately for the best taste.

Another Option for Leftover Coffee

A great idea for not wasting leftover iced coffee is to freeze it in an ice tray. This way, the next time when you open or make one of these drinks, you can use coffee ice cubes instead of normal ones.

Coffee ice cubes in an ice tray.

This is great because ice melts and in the process, it waters down your drink.

Conclusion: How Long Is Starbucks Iced Coffee Good For?

The bottom line is that the best way to ensure that you don’t end up with old iced coffee is to not store it for a long time. Rather drink it as soon as you open it.

However, you can put an opened bottle of iced coffee in the fridge to preserve it. Just take a look at the indication on the packaging for Starbucks’ guidelines. And beware of spoilage that you can pick up with, for example, an unpleasant taste.

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