The answer is yes, you can save your leftover espresso overnight or even longer. But you’ll probably be disappointed with the results if you try to reheat it. Espresso doesn’t hold up in the fridge or freezer quite like other coffee drinks do.
So if you’re thinking about trying to save some for later, consider how you plan on consuming it. Is it going to be iced? Add it to a smoothie for a boost of energy? Or will you heat it up and drink it as is? Keep reading this post to learn more about your favorite drink.
Table of Contents
- Is Espresso Still Good The Next Day?
- What Happens If You Let Espresso Sit
- How Fast Does Espresso Spoil
- What To Do With Your Leftover Espresso
- Does Espresso Lose Caffeine Over Time?
- How To Keep Your Espresso Warm
- The Bottom Line
- What To Do Next
Is Espresso Still Good The Next Day?
We’re asked all the time, “is coffee still good the next day?” and the answer is YES. But espresso? NOPE.
Espresso is one of those beverages that’s just better fresh. Don’t get us wrong—we’re not saying you can’t store a shot of espresso in the fridge. You can do it for up to half a day and if you want to use it in a cold coffee drink later. That’s fine!
But never store a shot of espresso in the fridge to enjoy later as a hot beverage. It will become a chalky, bitter, hard-to-swallow mess.
If you have an old shot of espresso that you have stored in your fridge, DON’T PANIC. There’s still hope for it! Use it to make a cold drink at home like an iced latte with milk and sweetener. If that doesn’t work out for you (or if you’re just too lazy), try using it as cooking liquid. You can use it for an ice cream base or pudding, where it’ll be balanced by sugar and fat anyway!
So, if you’re storing espresso, make sure it’s going into a cold coffee drink within half a day, and use it for an iced coffee. 
What Happens If You Let Espresso Sit
If you’re an espresso aficionado, you may be wondering what happens to your coffee if you let sit. And the answer is: a lot of things!
A shot of espresso shot left out for more than 2-3 minutes will start losing its crema froth. It will start dissolving back into the drink. You’ll be left with a thin coat on the mug’s side and a shot that is more liquid.
When you taste that espresso, you won’t sense the same syrupy touch. Also the flavor will start getting into a lightly burned, ash-like, taste.
There are some who prefer this style shot to fresh espresso because they like the bitterness. That’s not my preference—I like my espresso strong and bitter when it’s fresh and hot!
Let’s say you’re at Starbucks and you order a latte that has a shot of espresso in it. When the barista hands it to you, they’ll smile, tell you to have a great day, and then off you go.
But do you ever wonder what happens if the barista kind of…forgets about your drink? They don’t let their baristas use espresso after 10 seconds from extraction. And for any kind of espresso based drink preparation.
There’s actually a common misconception that bad espresso can be fixed. Adding amounts of milk and/or sugar won’t fix the shot. This might help to make a bad shot more palatable. But it doesn’t actually make it any better!
The reason this happens is oxidation. Oxygen blends with espresso components and spoils them. 
How Fast Does Espresso Spoil
You’ve just walked into a cafe, and you’re tempted by the siren song of the espresso machine. You order a shot of espresso and watch as the barista works quickly to pour it out. It’s gorgeous, rich, and full-bodied, with a perfect crema on top.
You’re wondering how fast espresso spoils. The answer is: not at all—but the flavor and texture begin to change after about 10 seconds. Even though the body and crema begin to mix, altering its flavor, that doesn’t mean it has expired or gone bad.
You can still drink it without worrying about any food safety issues. It’s just not going to have that full-bodied flavor you were looking for when you ordered it in the first place.
Whether you’re a caffeine fiend who have some espresso in your kitchen right now. So you’ve probably wondered: how fast does espresso goes bad
You might think that ground espresso will last longer than whole beans. When it comes to espresso, that’s not the case. Pre-ground espresso goes bad after about a month if you don’t store it properly. Whole coffee beans last longer—usually between 4 to 6 months. But it’s important that we discuss what we mean by expiring.
When coffee goes bad, it’s a little different than with milk or meat. It doesn’t go bad but rather loses its flavor and potency. So while expired coffee won’t make you sick, it isn’t going to do anything for your taste buds! 
What To Do With Your Leftover Espresso
When it comes to consuming your daily dose of caffeine, you have so many options. You can drink it hot, you can drink it cold, or there’s the classic (and delicious) way: a latte.
But what do you do with your leftover espresso? We know that life is busy. There’s nothing worse than brewing a few shots of espresso only to spill some on your countertop. So we’re here to help!
When we’re not busy brewing up our next batch of joe, we like to use our leftover espresso in these fun ways:
- Mix with milk and ice in a smoothie
- Stir into yogurt for a sweet yogurt parfait
- Mix with butter in the microwave and turn into popcorn. Feel free to add a few drops of vanilla extract for a homemade caramel corn
- Add to your baked goods; no part of your kitchen should go unused!
Does Espresso Lose Caffeine Over Time?
Whether it’s to help you get through the day or to start your morning right. There’s a good chance that espresso plays an important role in your life. You might have heard that espresso loses caffeine over time. And you’re probably wondering if this is true.
Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s not! Rest easy knowing that your espresso will always contain the same amount of caffeine.
But sadly, there’s no such thing as truly everlasting espresso. The flavor and aroma will die out eventually. This drink is typically referred to as ‘dead espresso.’ Your coffee will start being stale, more bitter and not so palatable.
How To Keep Your Espresso Warm
Do you love the rich, delicious taste of espresso? Do you wish that each sip could feel like a warm hug from your favorite barista? If yes, we’ve got some tips for you.
One of the best ways to keep your espresso warm is to serve it in a porcelain mug. These mugs keep beverages naturally warm for longer than common glass or plastic. Plus, they’re classy and elegant and make you look like a true connoisseur when you take them out at parties! 
But there’s more! Do you want to keep the warmness going even longer? Try swirling the beverage around inside the cup before drinking it. That way, no layer of espresso will have time to cool off before you drink it!
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is this: if you’re up for it, the answer is yes! Save your leftover espresso for the next day. It might not be perfect—and it definitely won’t taste as good as freshly made coffee. But you’ll still have some coffee left over to drink.
What To Do Next
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