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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

COFFEE, GROUND, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BAGGED, VACUUM-PACKED — UNOPENED

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  • How long does an unopened package of ground coffee last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — store in cool, dry area.
  • How long does an unopened package of ground coffee last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened package of ground coffee will generally stay at best quality for about 1 year at room temperature.
  • Is unopened ground coffee safe to use after the “expiration” date on the package? Yes, if properly stored — commercially packaged coffee will typically carry a “Best By," "Best if Used By," “Best Before,” or "Use By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the coffee will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if ground coffee is bad or spoiled? Ground coffee typically loses flavor over time and develops a stale taste — if coffee develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes; if mold appears, discard the ground coffee.

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