Iced Coffee: How Long Will It Keep in the Fridge?

Baristas, have you ever wondered how long iced coffee will last in the fridge? We often get asked this question by customers who want to make coffee at home. And the answer, like most things in life, is…it depends. In this blog post, we’re going to dive into all things iced coffee so that you can make a delicious cup at home that will last as long as you need it to.

Brewing Methods

The type of iced coffee you make at home will affect how long it lasts in the fridge. If you’re brewing with a French press, we recommend consuming your coffee within 12 hours for optimal taste. Cold brew, on the other hand, can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge—but we doubt it will stick around that long! If you’re using a pour-over method, your coffee will be somewhere in between French press and cold brew in terms of shelf life. Finally, if you’re making iced espresso drinks at home, they should be consumed within 24 hours.

The added ingredients

What you put in your iced coffee will also play a role in how long it lasts. If you’re adding milk or cream to your coffee, it will decrease the shelf life because dairy is a perishable product. The same goes for any sweeteners you add—syrup, honey, sugar, etc. If your goal is to make iced coffee that will last longer, we recommend keeping it black or adding non-dairy milk instead of dairy milk. This will help extend the shelf life while still allowing you to enjoy a delicious cup of iced coffee at home.

Storing Your Coffee

Once your iced coffee is brewed and ready to drink, it’s important to store it properly so that it doesn’t go bad too quickly. First things first: never leave your iced coffee sitting out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Room temperature is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s important to keep your coffee cold if you want it to last. The best way to do this is by storing your coffee in an airtight container in the fridge. This will help keep out any unwanted flavors or smells and keep your coffee fresh for longer. Just be sure to give it a good shake before enjoying it so that all of the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the cup.

Conclusion

Now that you know all there is to know about iced coffee storage, go forth and enjoy a delicious cup at home! Just remember: the fresher your coffee is, the better it will taste. So if possible, try to consume your iced coffee within 24 hours of brewing for optimal flavor. But if not, don’t worry—a little extra time in the fridge won’t hurt!

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