How do you like to have your coffee? Do you prefer K-Cups or coffee mixes as your daily dosage of caffeine?
It doesn’t matter how you prefer to have, but there is nothing quite like the taste of freshly brewed coffee, isn’t it?
The entire process that we follow every morning right from grinding the coffee beans and pouring it in hot water sounds so refreshing, especially coffee fanatic.
But do you remember when the last day you purchased fresh coffee beans was? You will probably notice that roast date labeled on the coffee bag and wonder how long will the beans last before they go wrong?
At the same time, you must be struggling to find out the best ways to store coffee beans? After all, we don’t want to spoil the most favorite thing on Earth.
Let’s talk about what “Good” coffee is and signs that will help you understand whether my coffee beans have gone wrong or not.
Did you know: Coffee beans never spoil in a way that you will understand that they are rotten or have mold.
I bet after reading this, you will grab the coffee bag and will start sniffing your bag of beans, trying to decide if it is good or has gone bad.
How long does coffee stay fresh? This is perhaps one of the right questions to start with. To be honest, it doesn’t last that long enough if you don’t take all the necessary precautions to preserve them. Even a subtle change can have a significant impact on the taste of your coffee.
- When aroma and flavor weaken: Storing roasted coffee beans for a long time can worsen the quality. So if you don’t want to go through that miss state and make the most of the class, then consume coffee within a week or month after roasting.
You will probably understand this when you will brew yourself a cup of coffee with those old coffee beans and will find out that the coffee isn’t tasting right.
- No strong smell: If you feel that the smell isn’t strong enough and is tasteless, it’s time to throw the coffee beans in the trash. Either discard those beans or stick with them or continue to brew unsatisfactory coffee. In the end, the choice is yours.
3. If you expose it to air for a more extended period: The longer you will keep the newly roasted coffee beans exposed to the air, the faster they will oxidize. This leads to bad taste and aroma. Moreover, it adds unwanted bitterness. So make sure it is not exposed to air or oxygen.
- Not going for valved packets of coffee beans: Valved packets come with a uniquely crafted hole that allows it to release the carbon dioxide without allowing any air that can rot the coffee beans.
- Not storing in airtight jars: Go for jars that are airtight and opaque. No doubt, mason jars are beautiful, but they allow excessive light, which eventually adversely affects the quality of the coffee.
Containers that are made of stainless steel and are perfectly secured with lids. Once you get that perfect container, avoid exposing it to high temperatures and hot environments.
If you are like one of those people who don’t notice even minor changes in the taste and aroma and wondering if you can still drink it? The answer is yes, you can as it doesn’t cause any adverse health effects, but it will not taste as good.
Coffee doesn’t go bad per se. You can have it for a long time but it would be best if you consume the opened packet within a few weeks.