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How long is coffee good for?

How long are coffee beans good for?

Thanks to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, even the mighty coffee bean has an expiration date. While you may not get sick from consuming stale coffee, your taste buds will appreciate you not chancing it. 

While there aren’t expirations written in stone, there are some general guidelines to follow to ensure the coffee you’re consuming is the best for you body and enjoyment.  

First, start with good beans. Always look for a roast date.

Only purchase coffee with a roast date written on the back, you’re putting more control into your hands. Avoid Coffee bags on the grocery shelf with no roast date.. Your guess is as good as mine when it was roasted, how long it’s been sitting there. 

Quick tip timelines

Keep in mind Decaf, being a specialized bean tends to succumb to entropy faster than regular caffeinated beans. Don’t worry, just means we have a reason to enjoy it sooner! 

  • Consume the coffee 2-4 weeks following the roast date, 
  • If you’re grinding your beans, we all right? ;) Then we’d recommend to grind your beans and brew the coffee within ~15mins, 

But what if it's after 4 weeks? 

  • Give Google a shot for baking recipes that use coffee; something like pastries, or even a fancy BBQ rub, 
  • If beyond, it’s still should be safe to consume, it won’t go bad as in bad milk, but the taste will not be as good.
  • Give it to a 2nd or 3rd cousin as a birth-day or holiday gift. 😅 

Of course if you’re unsure, drop us an email at support@sadcow.coffee and we’ll do our best to steer you in the right direction.

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