Coffee FAQs

Coffee Preparation FAQs

What’s the best way to store coffee? How long will it stay fresh?

Once roasted, coffee begins to lose its flavour 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 FlavourLock™ bag will stay fresh for several months.

What is a FlavourLock™ bag?

Our unique FlavourLock™ technology uses a special one-way valve that allows the carbon dioxide released by freshly roasted coffee beans to escape a sealed coffee bag without allowing flavour-robbing oxygen to get in. All Starbucks coffee sold in half-pound and one-pound bags is sealed in our airtight FlavourLock™ bags within two hours of roasting so that it stays fresh until you’re ready to use it.

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.

Drip 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. Espresso machines are grind-sensitive and require a very fine grind, 30-35 seconds in a blade grinder. Slow and fast shots are often caused by a grind that is too fine or too coarse, frozen or refrigerated espresso beans and tamping coffee too hard or not firmly enough.

Coffee in Grocery Stores FAQs

Is Starbucks coffee available in grocery stores in my area?

Starbucks coffee is currently available in many major grocery stores nationally as well as a number of club stores and mass merchandisers.

Is the Starbucks coffee sold in grocery stores of the same quality as the coffee at your retail locations?

Starbucks prides itself on maintaining the same high-quality standards for whole bean and ground coffees sold in grocery stores as we do for the coffee in all our retail locations. We start with the same beans, roasted to perfection with stringent quality checks at each stage in the production process. To ensure quality freshness, check the “best by” date printed on the back of the bag.

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 flavour and maximize 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 Starbucks retail stores.

How can I sell Starbucks whole bean coffee at my grocery store?

For information about offering Starbucks whole bean coffee in your grocery store, please call 1-888-447-5282.