Coffee, one of the most popular drinks in the world is a mainstay in most people’s lives who crave a little caffeine for their daily grind. Whether it’s in the morning, during the afternoon, or at night, many millions of people everyday drink coffee as apart of their routine. It is also true that a lot of folks like to buy coffee packages in bulk from the local supermarket, especially when it’s on sale. The question that needs to be answered then is can coffee go bad? The answer is more complex than you may realize.
Does Coffee Go Bad?
If you are someone who has put your bag of coffee into a kitchen cabinet or cupboard and left it there for a couple of months without using it, you may wondering if that same coffee has gone bad by now. The good news is that coffee won’t go bad on you unless you store it in a hot or humid environment. This means that accidentally leaving your coffee in a cool kitchen cabinet or cupboard won’t ruin your product or cause it to go bad.
However, how good your coffee will taste depends directly on how well you store it. Despite not putting your coffee in a hot and humid environment does not guarantee that it will have a great taste after three months of not being used. Coffee may not go bad easily but its’ taste and flavor can still be affected depending on what kind of decisions you make for the storage process.
Storing The Coffee
The most important thing to do when storing coffee is to put it in a cool, dry, and dark environment above all else. For a longer period of time, you’re going to want to keep your coffee in either the pantry or in a kitchen cupboard to achieve the necessary environment for your product.
You may lose a bit of the original flavor or taste of the coffee after a few months of storage but it won’t be completely ruined and will still be edible. If you buy a package of coffee beans, and want to keep them fresh for as long as possible, it may be a good idea to freeze them until you need to use them. Once again, you may lose a bit of their taste and flavor from the freezing process but increasing their longevity may make it worth your time and effort.
For your ground and instant coffee, sealing the product in an airtight container would be a good idea. By doing this, you’ll avoid exposing your coffee to light, water, heat, and other outside environmental factors. If your instant or ground coffee comes in a tightly sealed bag or container already, then all you would need to do is put it in the freezer or refrigerator after opening it.
The Shelf Life of Coffee
It’s important to note that even if you drink ‘bad coffee’, you won’t get sick from it or face any serious side effects. It won’t spoil like other products and lead to serious negative health consequences. The worst that will happen to your coffee is that it will lose its’ taste over time and become stale or have no flavor. If that happens, you can simply throw out the old coffee, which will have lasted you a couple of months already.
To keep that from happening, it’s important to disregard the ‘expiration date / use before date’ on your package of coffee. This is because if you store your coffee correctly, you will be able to keep it tasty and refreshing for a few more months. For ground coffee, you can make it last for six months after date of first purchase. Whole coffee beans will last even longer than that from a period of six months (half a year) to nine months total. Lastly, if you store instant packages of coffee correctly, it can last the longest for up to a few years. Freshly ground coffee made from the whole coffee beans will last you the shortest amount of time. Since its’ freshly made, you’ll want to use the whole serving of ground coffee up to a week after purchasing it.
If you have bought a bulk package of coffee from the store, and you’re worried about making it last for a few months. Do not fear. After reading this article, you’ll be ready to save some money and enjoy your coffee for the next few months. As long as you don’t store your coffee in a hot, humid environment, it is going to last you a while. These types of environments will make your coffee go bad quickly because it absorbs some of the water in your coffee mixture.
The one surefire way to tell if your coffee has gone bad is if you see some mold forming in the texture and makeup of the product. If you store coffee in cold, and dark environments, you will be able to enjoy your coffee for months to come.