The Truth About Expired Coffee Beans

Are you concerned about drinking coffee out of expired coffee beans? Well, just like any other goods, coffee, too, have expiration. Look into each coffee container, and you’ll see that it has an expiration date. Most of us understood that the expiration date denotes “best before,” which means that if the coffee beans are used within the time period between the production date and expiration date, you’ll be guaranteed of excellent coffee quality. But that matter still depends whether you keep the container airtight. Some coffee beans lose aroma because they are not sealed properly.

Phillip Di Bella, the owner of Brisbane’s Di Bella Coffee, says that “coffee beans have no expiry date, but it’s a big misconception that it doesn’t expire.” According to him, coffee beans have at least forty-eight hours of premium time and two weeks expiration after roasting. He also said that choosing to drink coffee that has been in stock for quite sometime after roasting is a personal preference, much like wine drinking where some people opt to taste wine that has been stock for years.

Those who have worked in coffee shops attest that the best tasting coffee beans, even when sealed, may be at risk of molds when stock for a year or more after the expiration date. It is actually a no brainer. If you see that there are molds growing in the beans, you may not think twice. Just don’t use them. In some cases, coffee beans do not contain molds, but according to those who have tasted coffee made of expired coffee beans, the expired ones suffer a satisfying coffee quality. Do not expect soothing aroma and good taste out of expired coffee beans. Some believe that those who feel sick after drinking coffee out of expired coffee beans are affected by psychological means.

Di Bella says that storage is an important factor to protect the oil of the coffee beans. He said that the best place to keep coffee beans is to put them in an airtight container then place it in the fruit and vegetable section of the refrigerator—at least six to twelve degrees steady temperature.

Exposure to air and light can deteriorate the quality of the coffee beans. If the coffee beans become too oily, unless there are molds, they are still good but the grinding process can be a bit challenging.

But amidst all arguments regarding this matter, it is still advisable to consume your goods before the expiration warning.