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    Keurig K-cups Best before dates

    Has anyone tried using a K-cup past its best-before expiry date? I am wondering how set in stone these expiry dates are.

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    The "Best before" date is the manufacturer's recommendation based on both quality and food safety. They think the cup quality will deteriorate significantly after that date, and they do not want consumers to have a poor taste experience. Stale coffee is not great for brand image (although manufacturers do not have a unified concept of how high their banner should be held). The product is generally food-safe beyond the best before date. Manufacturers tend to "pad" the dates to be cautious and to avoid liabillity over food safety issues. Improper storage (such as direct sunlight) could shorten product shelf life below expectations.
    Coffee is less susceptible to "expiring" (like dairy products for instance). The coffee does go flat and stale inside the package. It is still drinkable when it gets stale. In some stores and households all the coffee is stale already - even though the date code may or may not have passed. While some specialty roasters sell their inventory within a few days of roasting, many manufacturers date code their product for 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or even two or more years from roast date. Keurig's initial date code recommendation was six months, and I believe most of the roasters packaging K-cups still follow 6 month coding (your particular manufacturer will likely verify their standard if you call them).
    The K-cup is an exceptionally airtight package and they are nitrogen flushed during the filling process, so the product inside is well protected from oxidation which is one of the most noticeable factors contributing to staling. Therefore the k-cups frequently produce a better tasting cup compared to the same product packed in a lesser packaging type of the same age.

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    Coffee isn't milk, fortunately. It certainly is not a health issue.

    There is a lot of slack in the expiration dates. There are 6 and 9 month expiration dates on k-cups that I am aware of. There is no rhyme or reason to it - so if you see a 6 month k-cup, you're probably good for another 3 months minimum.

    Over a long time, the oils in the coffee may turn rancid. That will make it taste more like commerical grade coffee. Some people actually like that, because the coffee tastes stronger. Not better, just stronger, and some people don't know the difference.

    Try it, let your taste buds decide. let us know what you find out.
    Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

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    Depending on the exact ingredients, some may expire faster than others. K Cups Coffee last for 3-8 months past expiration date. Learn more about how to locate this best use by date in this article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophiadner View Post
    Depending on the exact ingredients, some may expire faster than others. K Cups Coffee last for 3-8 months past expiration date. Learn more about how to locate this best use by date in this article.
    I thought that K cup was a glorified version of ground coffee which made consumers believe that the ground coffee captured in a tiny capsule can be fresh after 8 month to few years of shelf life...... by the way, normally, on the K cup package, does it give "expiration date"?
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    I thought that K cup expiration date is like twinkie and snowball expiration date which is kind of ... forever???

    but I got this from twinkie web info : Twinkies are on the shelf for a short time. A company executive told NY times in 2000 that the twinkie is on the shelf no more than 7 to 10 days. the max shelf life was reported to have been 26 days, until the addition of stronger preservatives made beginning in 2012 increased it to 45 days.

    I mean... do you actually believe that all the 7-11 people will just return or throw away all the twinkies after 45 days? or sell them to my son at half price? I do not thing so.... probably K cup is the same way... what do you think?
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    I found some expiration date on the K cup itself and on the box.
    as you can see from the photo... but my main question is "when the coffee was actually roasted, grounded, and packed in K cup"?
    I mean who care about the expiration date when we do not know the "manufactured date"?

    this exp date says Oct 8, 2014, but it could have been roasted and packed 10 years before that date?

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    Here is some article about K cup expiration date :

    The best use by date is a guideline for great tasting fresh coffee as recommended by the roaster. It is not an expiration date. (yes, I know, but who roasted, when roasted and how they roasted? without these info, just mentioning expiration date is just academic!)

    Keurig K cups are packaged in a manner that they will not expire (like Twinkie in 1980th... They will last forever, like our marriage and like our wedding vows... LOL :+) but simply are not up to industry standards after a certain time period. (so what is the industry standards for K cup?) The "expiration date" is determined by your taste buds. If it is past the best use by date but, still tickles your fancy- brew away! (WoW, my mom whose taste buds were/are used to Folgers for life will love K cup! But actually she does!)

    This all rings true for K cups that have maintained their air and moisture seal. K cups are sealed with nitrogen keeping them happily away from these elements for long periods of time. (is this similar to vacuum packed ground coffee? and How can K cup be so happy with nitrogen all around them? hope that they do not fart. ha ha ha) If the seal is broken, do not use the K-cup as it will have lost its freshness and will not brew properly. (yep, as long as the seal is not broken, it should be super fresh....I think that I saw a K cup dated 2014 from a movie called, Blade Runner 2049?! i remember.. the seal wasn't broken. should be fresh.)
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    I think that K cup lovers might want to know how the k cup actually works...

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    here is "maragogype" of K cup! don't they all have to be same size????

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