Do coffee capsules expire?

The expiry date of coffee capsules is a recurring question and one that worries some uninformed users. How long can I keep my capsules at home? Does it matter if I buy ten or twelve-packs of capsules at once to take advantage of an offer? Do coffee capsules caṕsulas expire? We often ask ourselves this question. The answer is as follows:

Yes and no.

Well, maybe we haven’t made that much clearer to you, have we? Don’t worry, we’ll explain it to you:

The expiration date of the coffee capsules

To know if the coffee capsules expire, the first thing to look for is their packing date. The pressing of the doses and the material of the capsule guarantee that the coffee is kept in optimum conditions for a long time, at least 6-8 months.

It does not mean that if you consume them after that time, the coffee is harmful or dangerous, simply that the manufacturer no longer guarantees that its taste and properties are the optimum of freshly ground coffee. So, if we take into account the date of packaging, we will be able to know the optimal time in which we should consume our capsules.

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A capsule that has been stored for three months is not the same as one that has just left the factory. Another critical question is the storage conditions: coffee is not kept the same way in a dry warehouse as it is in humid conditions, or with too extreme temperatures. It is why manufacturers recommend consuming the capsule before a particular time, as they cannot control where it will be stored afterwards.

All of the above is especially relevant in the case of powdered or semi-liquid milk capsules (i.e. if you are a Dolce Gusto or Tassimo user). In this case, the properties are not the same as those of coffee, so if you can, it is better to consume them as soon as possible (which does not mean that they will not hold, either).

In any case, to avoid problems, if you buy and keep a large amount of capsules at home, we recommend you always consume the oldest ones. This way, you will avoid surprises, although, by the way, you have to be very careful or buy in excess to store coffee capsules for more than eight months.

Anyway, now that you know everything about the expiry date of the coffee capsules, you have to worry about the coffee capsules expiring.