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Does coffee have any *expiry* or *best before* date ?

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  • Jan 24th, 2007 11:07 am
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Does coffee have any *expiry* or *best before* date ?

I found a jar of Maxwell House Instant Coffee on the shelf

I believe we have had it for at least 1 and a half years. I looked high and low around the jar to see if there's any *best before* date but didn't see anything.

I opened it and the smell is still good ;-)

I know some of you guys will say throw it away, it's only a few bucks. I know, i know and I probably will, just asking if coffee has any *expiry* date or *best before* ?

Also same question for hot chocolate
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Since I like living on the edge, I would still use it if it still tastes good. I never follow the expiry date, I follow my smell and taste.

It makes me laugh that cheese and yogurt has expiry dates when they are purposely aged. :confused:
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Who knows, it tastes like crap any time! :)
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pipolchap wrote:
Jan 24th, 2007 1:24 pm
Since I like living on the edge, I would still use it if it still tastes good. I never follow the expiry date, I follow my smell and taste.

It makes me laugh that cheese and yogurt has expiry dates when they are purposely aged. :confused:
well there's good bacteria and there's bacteria that gives you diarrhea for an hour :p

For coffee, I don't think it matters too much, at the worst I think you'll just get a really dull cup
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i have some instant coffee and it says on the container to use within 6 weeks after opening.
That's my 2cents worth
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It wont kill you or even make you sick, but it wont taste as good as fresh coffee...though instant never does anyway
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Instant coffee last for years. An opened capped jar survives repeated seasons at unheated cottages. Its great for baking too. Coffeemate and hot choclate last for years also.
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