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mmmmcoffee
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Posted Wed Nov 9, 2005, 3:33pm
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How long before coffee pods "expire"?  I know some of the boxes come stamped with a use by date, but what I'm really wondering is how many packages I can order from a site like betterpods and not have to worry about them expiring before I get a chance to use them.
Relatedly, can you freeze pods like you would freeze regular beans, or doesn't that work here?
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Posted Wed Nov 9, 2005, 3:54pm
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mmmmcoffee Said:

How long before coffee pods "expire"?  I know some of the boxes come stamped with a use by date, but what I'm really wondering is how many packages I can order from a site like betterpods and not have to worry about them expiring before I get a chance to use them.
Relatedly, can you freeze pods like you would freeze regular beans, or doesn't that work here?

Posted November 9, 2005 link

Hi mmmmcoffee, and welcome to CG.

That's a tough question to answer, because once coffee is ground, it starts losing its flavor.  The only way to get truly fresh coffee is to grind the beans within 3-7 days after they are roasted.

All pods have lost flavor, no matter what the "use by" date is.  

That said, it's a HUGE no no to freeze coffee or store it in the refrigerator.  That's because coffee absorbs odors the same way baking soda does.

I'd just restock your pods when you run out.

What espresso machine do you have?  Is it pods only, or can you use fresh ground coffee?

 
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Posted Wed Nov 9, 2005, 4:00pm
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I'm talking about coffee pods, not espresso.  I have a Senseo machine in my office (I know, not as yummy as I would make at home, but it saves me money) and was going to buy some pods online.  Basically, I'm wondering how much to buy at once.  I don't want to have to keep reordering, but I also don't want it to get really "old" before I have a chance to use it.
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Posted Wed Nov 9, 2005, 4:41pm
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Just don't order more than you would use in 3 weeks to a month. Betterpods & Podhead are the at high end of the coffee pod lines, so the product is much fresher than the grocery store brands.

 
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Posted Sat Jan 21, 2006, 7:31pm
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Hey There:

I can comment on our pods, which likely is the same for most others.   The machine that packs our pods literally has whole beans on one end, and finished boxes of sealed pods coming out the other side.  All the stuff in between is oxygen-free (it's filled with Nitrogen) so the pods are packed without oxygen and will last a long long time.

Our pods are officially rated with 18 months til expiration, but we quote 15 months to our customers.  We keep a very small inventory of finished pods, so you're pretty much assured that you get the full 18 months of freshness if you want to push it.

I hope that helps!   I imagine the same is true with most high end pods like ours.

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