Coffee Preparation FAQs
What is the best way to store coffee? How long will it stay fresh?
Once roasted, coffee begins to lose its flavor the longer it is exposed to air and moisture. We recommend buying your coffee weekly, storing it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and grinding it just before brewing. Coffee in an unopened FlavorLock™ bag (see below) can stay fresh for several months. See The 4 Fundamentals to learn more about how to brew great coffee.
What is a FlavorLock™ bag?
Our unique FlavorLock™ technology utilizes a special one-way valve that allows the carbon dioxide that is released by freshly roasted coffee beans to escape a sealed coffee bag without allowing flavor-robbing oxygen to get in. All Starbucks® coffee sold online in half-pound and one-pound bags are sealed in their airtight FlavorLock™ bags within two hours of roasting so they stay fresh until you're ready to use them.
How much coffee should I order?
A 1-lb bag of coffee yields approximately 64 5-oz cups* (320 oz). The chart below will assist you in estimating how long a 1-lb bag of coffee will last depending on the size of coffee maker and amount of coffee brewed per day.
|Number of pots brewed per day|
|Coffee Maker Carafe Size||1
|16 days||8 days||5 days||4 days||3 days|
|6 days||3 days||2 days||2 days||1 day|
|5 days||3 days||2 days||1 day||1 day|
|Estimated days supply for a 1 lb. bag of coffee|
* Carafes for most major brand home coffee makers are based on a 5-oz cup size.
What kind of grind should I use?
For the freshest tasting coffee, we continue to recommend starting with whole beans and grinding them fresh for each pot. Or, if you prefer, you can take your whole bean coffee to your local retail store and ask them for a custom grind.
Espresso machines are grind-sensitive and require a very fine grind that is best achieved with a burr grinder. Coffee presses require a coarse grind, as the coffee is in contact with water for a longer brewing time (3-4 minutes). Drip coffee makers perform best with either universal grind that is available in pre-ground coffees or with a grind specifically for a flat bottom or cone type filter. All Starbucks stores can grind coffee to this specification.
What is universal grind?
Starbucks® coffee in grocery stores is available in whole bean or ground with a universal grind. Starbucks developed universal grind to deliver optimal flavor while maximizing convenience. It's perfect for all electric drip coffee makers and also works well in coffee presses. Universal grind is the same grind used to brew the drip coffee in our retail stores.
What is the Pour Over brewing method?
The Pour Over method allows baristas to quickly serve a fresh cup of coffee if it's not already brewing. Preparing a cup of coffee with the Pour Over method takes about two minutes and alleviates the frustration of having to wait up to six minutes for a larger fresh batch of coffee to be brewed upon request in the afternoon. See it demonstrated and learn more about the Pour Over method from Starbucks coffee master, Colin Frolich. Watch video.