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Do K-Cups Expire? – How Long Do They Last

One common concern that most Keurig users face at some point has to do with the expiration of k-cups. At one point or another most people buy k-cups in bulk or misplace a box somewhere in the home and then many months (or years later) they find them and get curious if their old k-cups have expired or gone bad.

To further complicate this most brands mark their coffee pods with best by dates which are misleading. They make it seem like the coffee inside the cup will go bad but in actuality the coffee is still good… just past it’s freshness date.

I image that the difference between a cheap k-cup and a premium brand would be dramatically different. A stale generic branded k-cup may not taste very different after a year but waiting a year to drink one of these bad boys would result in a big difference in flavor!

So with all that said, the question as to whether k-cups expire has become really common as of late. Equally common are the questions that if they do expire, what then 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?

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Well, technically speaking, they the coffee inside a sealed k cup will last indefinately so long as the seal isn’t broken. After all, the coffee on the inside of the capsule is sealed off from all of the elements including air.

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 and the coffee inside the cup will slowy oxidize and lose its freshness over time but it wont spoil

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…. so long as you are ok drinking super stale coffee.

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Okay Then. But do K-cups go Bad Even if They Don’t Have an Expiration Date?

Now that’s a good question to ask.

Well, this actually depends on your palate and personal taste.

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.

I actually found a box of Keurig coffee pods that are 6 years past their freshness date. I decided to try one and it tasted terrible! I didn’t get sick or anything like that but it was not a good cup of coffee by any means; tasted more like bad gas station coffee.

But despite my personal tastes there are many other people who either like this stale taste or can’t even really tell the difference. As we all know, taste depends on the person. So, that’s that.

So Were Saying K-cups Will Be Safe to Drink Past the Date

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 Stay Fresh?

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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