Here’s how long this combination can stay in the refrigerator:
Coffee with cream or milk can last for a maximum of 2 days in the fridge.
Adding dairy to coffee drastically changes its flavor and how long the beverage is good for.
Alternatively, you can set the temperature in your fridge to just above freezing to keep coffee with cream/milk as fresh as possible.
But I’d recommend drinking the coffee with cream/milk right away and always serving it fresh.
It can only last for up to 2 days in the fridge and even worse, it can even absorb bad odors.
Also, note that brewed coffee should be consumed within 30 minutes for the best taste and flavor.
To expand on how long your coffee with milk/cream will last in the fridge, today I’ll also cover:
- The best temperature to store coffee with cream or milk
- Side effects of drinking coffee with cream that’s gone bad
- How to safely enjoy coffee with cream or milk after it has been refrigerated
- Whether it not it’s possible to extend the life of coffee with cream or milk
Best Temperature to Store Coffee w/ Cream or Milk
Coffee with milk is safe to consume only when you store it at a temperature of 40 degrees F or below.
The temperatures between 40° and 140° F are not a safe zone for coffee with milk as it can spoil.
At this temperature range, bacteria found in foods such as milk will start growing rapidly.
Coffee with milk sitting at a temperature of 40 to 80 degrees F is not safe to drink after 2 hours.
And if it has been sitting for 1 hour at temperatures between 90 to 180 degrees F, just toss it and brew a fresh cup.
Remember – do not refrigerate coffee with milk that has been sitting outside at room temperature for more than 1 hour. Thank me later.
Side Effects of Drinking Coffee with Bad Cream
Drinking coffee with bad cream can make you sick and it’s only safe to consume coffee with cream within 2 days after you refrigerate it.
Creamers have a short life once opened and even when mixed with coffee and put in the fridge, they can turn bad.
Drinking coffee with cream that has expired can make you sick and cause vomiting and stomach pain.
If your coffee with milk or cream smells and tastes sour, that is a sure sign that it is spoiled. If that’s the case – discard it right away.
Also, do not use dairy and non-dairy cream if it has been sitting open in the fridge for a week or two.
The same goes for coffee with milk – leaving it to sit for more than 2 days and then drinking it can make you feel bad.
And it doesn’t matter if you use traditional milk or alternatives such as oat or almond milk.
Just put it in the fridge within 2 hours of preparing/consuming it and finish the cup within 48 hours max.
How to Drink Coffee w/ Cream Safely Once Refrigerated
You can reheat coffee with cream/milk that you’ve previously held in the fridge by putting it in the microwave.
Heating the coffee to a high temperature will destroy all the bacteria and make it safe to consume, yet it will also change its taste and flavor a bit.
Plain coffee has very little protein and carbohydrates, which is why it’s safe to consume even if you leave it at room temperatures.
While cream and milk can encourage the growth of microorganisms and other foodborne pathogens.
This is why it is best to microwave your cup of coffee with milk/cream after you take it out of the refrigerator.
Other Important Factors to Consider
Here are two additional important factors related to storing and refrigerating coffee with milk or cream:
1. You can’t extend the life of coffee with cream or milk
Not adding milk or creamer to coffee will extend the beverage’s flavor and taste.
Coffee is good to store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (in an airtight container) so instead of pre-adding milk or cream, add it only before drinking it.
2. Refrigerated coffee with cream/milk preserves caffeine
Coffee with milk or cream will stay strong for another day or two after you prepare it.
Caffeine won’t degrade for weeks after you brew the coffee, although the beverage may lose some of its other properties besides the caffeine kick.
Either drink coffee with cream or milk that has been refrigerated for no more than 2 days or do not add anything to your coffee at all.
Milk and regular cream are labeled dairy products and they tend to spoil rather fast, which will affect how long your coffee lasts as well.
Alternatively, you can try a non-dairy coffee creamer e.g. one made of almond milk.
But you should still consume your cup within a day or two, otherwise, it won’t taste as good at the very least.
Now tell me, do you mind drinking day-old coffee with milk or cream?
What’s the longest you held your coffee in the fridge?
And when do you typically add milk/cream – before or after storing your coffee?
Drop your answers below!