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 coffee capsules at home? Does it matter if I buy ten or twelve packs of coffee pods at once to take advantage of an offer? Do coffee capsules expire? We often ask ourselves. The answer is as follows:

Yes and no. Well, maybe we haven’t explained much 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, their packing date is the first thing to look for. 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.

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

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Cafe Au Lait Coffee Capsules, 160 g (Pack of 1)
  • COFFEE: A balanced combination of intense coffee and smooth milk, all in one pod. With an iconic milky taste and a creamy foam, it is perfect for any occasion
  • Number of items: 1.0
  • Specialty: Vegetarian
  • Allergen information: soy

A capsule that has been stored for three months is not the same as one that has just left the factory. Another important issue is the storage conditions: coffee does not keep the same in a dry warehouse as in humid conditions or at extreme temperatures. For this reason, manufacturers recommend consuming the capsule before a certain period, 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).

To avoid problems, if you buy and keep a large number of capsules at home, we recommend you always consume the oldest ones. This way, you will avoid surprises, although 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.

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