One of the main things that haunt all the people who use Keurig K Cups (or even plan to use them) is their expiration. At one point or another most people that buy k-cups in bulk get curious if their stored cups have expired or gone bad.
So, the question as to whether k-cups expire has become really common as of late. Equally common are the questions that if they do, what can be done with the expired k cups and can you use expired k cups?
But there’s no need for you to worry about it any longer. Gamble Bay Coffee is here to explain everything that you need to know about this issue. So, ready for it? Let’s get started then.
How Long do K-Cups Last?
One of the main things everyone seems to wonder is about how long k-cups last. Well, technically speaking, they last forever if you don’t use them. After all, this question doesn’t mention about changes or anything.
So, neglecting the details (which we are going to discuss in this article really soon), the cups, themselves, last for as long as they remain unused. Of course, as I just said, some things do happen and we’re going to talk about them but they can last basically for ages without you having to worry. So yeah, they last, so to speak, forever.
Okay then. But do k-cups go bad?
Now that’s a good question to ask. Well, this actually depends on you. What happens is that, if you keep the K cups sitting around for a long time (a REALLY long time), they tend to become stale. It’s the same with almost everything. While they don’t become unsafe or anything, they might have some adverse effects on the taste.
But again, there are also some people who like this stale taste more than the regular taste and they deliberately buy old cups. As we all know, taste depends on the person. So, that’s that.
Do k-cups expire?
You might wonder at this point, “Do k-cups expire?” but..well, they expire and don’t expire depending on how you look at it. From a health and safety perspective, you can rest assured that they don’t really expire.
However, from a perspective of taste, they do. As I just stated, if you have them sitting around for ages, they are bound to get stale. Yes, it still takes a lot of time but expired k-cups do get stale. So, that’s actually one of the only things that might be concerning about this issue.
Keep in mind, once again, that the expired k-cups are safe to drink. They’re sealed, so mold and such aren’t a worry, and the contents shouldn’t decay without help, like unpreserved canned fruit can. So most people who look at it from a safety aspect say that they don’t expire, but yeah, the new taste isn’t the same as before (though some do like it, as well, as I stated).
How long do k-cups last?
Well, K-cups for coffee are believed to have a shelf life of three to eight (3 to 8) months depending on the manufacturer.
Frankly speaking, anyone who buys these usually tends to use them up long before that. Someone who doesn’t use one for that long usually doesn’t use it after that, either. But, should the months pass and you use it anyway, you gotta know that they do actually last forever if you judge by the safety standards.
However, once again, after the shelf life period the flavor is no longer guaranteed (usually becoming more stale) and most people don’t like it anymore. This makes it sort of important for you to factor in so you don’t serve them to your guests if they have already expired.
What to do with expired k-cups?
Well, this entirely depends on you. Some people suggest throwing it away, but as I keep saying, safety isn’t really compromised and so you might as well use it if you want to.
Most people will probably decide to throw them out because of the new stale taste. But there are the people who actually like it so they would certainly keep them around. For them, this taste seems to be better than the regular taste!
Ultimately, what you want to do depends entirely on you. You might want to try it out and you might actually fall in love with it. Alternatively, you might throw it away because you won’t be using it anymore, either way. Also, you might just feel like keeping it, in which case you can just put it back where you kept it and let it sit there for a couple more ages. The last option might not sound like a plan, but not many people have actually tried doing that so you might get to find what happens to it after that. After all, you’re just experimenting with something you might have thrown away anyway!
A brief conclusion
K-cups are really great things that everyone loves. They make it really simple to prepare coffee and it’s actually kind of fun to use them, somehow. So, I guess a lot of people have them stored away. Some of them might be sitting around for longer than expected and you might get worried when ti comes to using them.
Well, at the end of the day, they do expire in terms of taste, but they are still perfectly safe to consume and so it’s mostly alright. While several people advise you to throw them away, I believe the choice is yours.
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