Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 7:45pm Subject: "Sell By Dates" on packaged coffee.
I've become much more interested in roasting dates lately, trying to make sure the coffee I'm drinking is not displaying off flavors simply because the beans are too old.
So it sparked my interest in when the bags of Kirkland beans are my local Costco were roasted (Costcos in my area no longer roast beans in-store). The two pound bags of beans state they are roasted by Starbucks.
I wasn't able to find a roasting date, but what I found interesting was that the "sell by" dates on the bag were a year away.
I've consumed some old beans, but I can't imagine purposely consuming year-old roasted beans. The other thing I'm curious about now is how long ago the beans were actually picked and how long they sat in bags before they were roasted.
DavecUK Senior Member Joined: 21 Sep 2005 Posts: 1,461 Location: UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 7:55pm Subject: Re: "Sell By Dates" on packaged coffee.
The packed date is also another date you might see, again useless, because the coffee can have been roasted a long time before later being repackaged (e.g. months). I think all coffee should have a "proper" roast date on it, then let the consumer decide how old they want it to be. Unfortunately too many roasters do not put a roasted on date on coffee. I also agree with you, year old coffee would not be something I would want to consume, in fact I don't want to consume 6 week old coffee as I feel that's about the limit for me personally, now matter how it's packaged for sale.
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