Prepper Brew: Storing Coffee Long Term

Most of us enjoy, and LOVE a cup of Coffee in the morning, This is a relatively new phenomenon, as Coffee was once one of the most sought after and desirable commodities in the world and could make a colonial economy very rich if the crop was good!

Coffee is really at its peak at about 24-72 hours after roasting, so usually the Folgers we get and keep in our cupboard all month really isn’t what its “meant to be” but that’s what many of us have grown to like.  In a prepper mentality, Coffee will be an EXCELLENT commodity as well as a great morale booster, but we have to resign ourselves to the fact that we wont be getting that “fresh brewed” taste after a while with our stored coffee.  However Beggars can’t be choosers, and Preppers can’t be picky.

As is with Brown Rice, Coffee has many natural oils, which is one of the reasons they are both delicious, however it is these oils that go rancid quickly.  If you expose more of the oil the more chance there is for “staleness” to affect the taste, thus whole beans are best for long-term storage.

  • Whole Green Beans can stay pretty fresh in a glass, metal or foil lined container for about a year without freezing, in the freezer however they can last several years.  The key as always is to keep air and moisture away from it
  • vacuum Sealed Cans of Ground Coffee can keep for a year or two in 59 degrees or lower temps.  The oils that come out when ground often don’t remix well after freezing and can make the taste “off”.  You can also get those vacuum sealed “bricks” in mylar foil, and they work as well.  Just keep them in 59 degrees of lower, freezing if you can (and are concerned with lifetime over taste)
  • Instant coffee is not for me, well in a perfect world, but they are an option.  Kept in 59 or lower you can reasonably keep this for up to a decade.

You can buy Whole Green Coffee beans off Amazon and package them yourself for long-term storage, or you can buy them already canned from our friends at READY MADE RESOURCES.

You can also Pail the Coffee beans, however I would on top of using a food grade pail, put the Beans a mylar bag as well and seal it.  You can purchase Large 10lb bags of Brazillian unroasted Beans, and put them in a mylar pouch, seal it with O2 absorbers and desiccant packets, seal the mylar up, then throw a few more packets in the bucket and then seal that as well.  The Mylar bags in the bucket should be portioned out in weekly or monthly amounts, so that you don’t open a hug pouch of coffee and it starts to go bad, i would seal them in 1 lb increments so to maximize your ability to trade and use as you please.

Of course if you are storing Green Coffee Beans you will need to roast them first before you grind them and brew them, without making this post 3 pages long I will just link to who I learned from HERE.

Once you Roast them, depending on your situation You can use an Electric Grinder, however having a Hand Grinder would be a good Redundant thing to have in your preps.

This one is a neat Cast Iron Coffee Grinder, I don’t have it personally but a friend does, and I love the design.


San Marco coffee offers a 25lb Pail of Unroasted Green beans, its pricey at $175 but they claim it will last 10+ years (its in mylar with O2 absorbers and Dessicant Packets)

Truthfully I havent really put any coffee away in my preps, not in any great number, I have a few cans of unroasted beans.  This is something i want to get more of and be prepared for in 2013, but it’s not at the top of my list as of yet.  I love Coffee, but i can live without it (sadly) but i do have some for the barter value…which would be huge, considering there’s not a lot of coffee growers here in the Great White North.


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  1. Wow, great timing! We love our coffee and we always buy beans to grind fresh each pot. Coffee was a subject I’ve been meaning to research and you gave me some super tips that I’ll be using. Thanks gnp!!!

    • Great Northern Prepper says:

      Glad you liked it! It wasnt that in depth but thankfully at least something in our preps doesnt require alot of prep work!

  2. I keep both Folgers Freeze Dried Coffee Crystals in my trade goods/comfort foods stockpile, and Folgers Singles. The freeze dried is for long term, and the singles are for shorter term, rotated through my brother for camping as I don’t drink coffee.

    Years ago, when my father was alive, I kept coffee for him. Had the one pound vacuum packed foil pouches that he began to use after I left home. He said they were fine some five to six years in storage. The freeze dried crystals were good for at least eight years and he said it still tasted fine. That has been my experience with coffee.


    • Great Northern Prepper says:

      Its good to have these kinds of things in your preps for barter even if you dont like them! especially when other folks love them! I would look at stashing away tobacco and liquor as well! Lord knows that has been the basis of MANY if not ALL barter economies in the last century or more! Good thinking Jerry!

  3. Great post and something that has been on my mind lately because I love my coffee in the morning. We keep the whole beans and grind each use as well. When we travel Mr. Eileen knows I can get a wee bit cranky if I done get a cup a good coffee before tromping around some new place. That said, i have realized it could be an issue and for a year or so have limited my morning coffee to 1-2 cups and then no more.
    I was also thinking about how to prepare coffee in a no power situation. I have and know how to use a coffee press but need to reasearch other methods as well.
    Again – great timely post GNP. Happy new year to you n yours!

    • Oh, and LOVE that coffee grinder. Functional and beautiful. You could use it as decorative item then functional as needed. But not so portable, ha ha!

  4. Good article.
    Been prepping for 15 years and finally can relax a bit (a little bit) because I finally I have enough supplies to last my family of six for two years.
    I bought my coffee from It is packed in mylar and in a bucket. later I also bought more and had it drop shipped to my father-in-law. He is trying to prep but lives on Soc Sec. It is good strong coffee. They provided a sample pack with my order for us to try.

    • Great Northern Prepper says:

      James, That is awesome! 2 years is a great accomplishment and must feel very very good.

  5. That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read post!

  6. Asher Angell says:

    Nice post! You did a pretty good job of breaking it all down. I would like to mention that when storing large quantities of coffee don’t forget to plan how you will start actually using that large amount before it all goes bad.

    Personally, I like buying smaller quantities so that I could possibly use them as a trading item and they can be rationed out in weeks supply at a time versus a whole years supply opened at once and trying to gulp it all down before it goes bad.

    Here is a link to a company that seems to do it pretty well when it comes to packaging coffee. Check ‘em out.

    Again, great post.


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