Good coffee is not just about brewing the highest grade. It also depends on the quality of coffee cups. Keurig cups (k-cups) are among the most used coffee cups by individuals who prefer to brew their own coffee.
In spite of their popularity, there is little information about the cups, so a lot of people keep wondering if K-Cups actually expire. To answer this question and to help you use and store k-cups properly and extend their shelf life, here is what you should know.
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What are K-Cups?
The K Cup is a coffee capsule made from the Keurig brand of coffee makers. This capsule contains coffee sealed in a special plastic cup.
The k-cup has a plastic ring that is protected at the top by a foil. Inside, the k-cups are lined with thin filter capsules.
Other than filtering the coffee, the capsule also holds the coffee in good condition while brewing.
If you place the k-cups onto a fitting coffee brewer, the needles on the equipment—one on top and the other at the bottom—punctures the cap lids.
This allows water to flow smoothly from the top to the bottom as the coffee is extracted. The bottom needle breaks only the plastic cup and not the filter material.
How Long Do K-Cups Last? – Do they Expire?
A common question that new k-cup enthusiasts often raise is: Do k-cups expire? Well, the answer is No.
K-cups are designed and packed not to expire soon. The date indicated on the k-cups is the “best by date” (and not the expiry date). Of course, if you have unused capsules from years ago, then its a no-brainer that you should throw them away!!
The “best by date” is the time that the roaster sets to enjoy the coffee. In most cases, the k-cups take up to 8 months from the date of packing. Normally, the life of the packed coffee is determined by your taste preferences. So long as the k-cups are stored properly, the coffee will taste great for an extended period.
Where Can You Find the Expiration Date on K-Cups?
As aforementioned, there is no expiry date but the “best by date.” There are two places to find the date on k-cups.
To begin with, you can check the date on the side of the k-cups. Every k-cup has the date printed on its side but the prints are usually small.
Secondly, you can also find the date on the bottom of the k-cups. This option is more visible than the first one since the prints are in a black square.
How Can You Store K-Cups to Extend their Shelf Life?
Some of the things that affect the performance and the shelf-life of k-cups are moisture, air, and sunshine. The cups are carefully sealed with inert nitrogen to protect the coffee from weather elements. By and large, you can do the following to extend the shelf life of your k-cups:
- Make custom cabinets for storing the k-cups. You can make special drawers in your kitchen’s cabinets to keep the cups.
- Use silverware trays to store the k-cups.
- You can also use a hanging divider. This is usually a clear plastic bag with several pockets, and can be hanged on the pantry door.
- Put the k-cups in pretty kitchen baskets. The lovely baskets will look better holding the k-cups than when left empty.
- Lastly, you can make spice racks to hold the k-cups. The racks have holes that allow you to slip the cups.
Here is a great video that shows you how to make space saving Keurig Cup Storage:
Ideally, k-cups are supposed to be kept in a cool place, away from humid conditions, and direct sunshine. The organizers listed above will help you achieve this.
How Can You Tell If K-Cups Are Bad?
As stated, the seal of the k-cups is reinforced by nitrogen. In case the seals are broken, you shouldn’t use the k-cups since it’s likely that they have lost their freshness.
When the seal is broken, the chances of mold invading your k-cups are higher. The mold may expose you to serious health risks.
You can also tell if the k-cups are bad by tasting the brewed coffee. In case the drink tastes unpleasant or unusual, this is an indicator that the k-cups are bad.
Lastly, you can know if the k-cups are bad by checking the “best by date.” If that date has passed long ago, it’s probable but not definite that the coffee inside will be bad.
If you are looking to brew and enjoy coffee, Keurig brand is among the best coffee brewing devices. However, you’ll need to store k-cups away from weather elements to maintain the taste of the caffeine drink. This also helps to boost the shelf-life of the product.