Coffee doesn’t have a long shelf life, at least, not in the most readily available forms. Beans, roasted and not roasted, don’t last for long periods of time, and ground beans last for even less time. For instance, green beans can last up to 1 year, roasted beans are good from 2 weeks to 2 months depending upon storage conditions, and ground coffee goes stale within days and freezing them does not increase storage life.
I can safely say that our family drinks a lot of coffee made from stale ground coffee beans. Our beans sit on the counter for weeks, and once we had a can of ground coffee for more than a year. I guess we aren’t too picky.
Anyway, the only kind of coffee that lasts is freeze-dried coffee, otherwise known as instant coffee.
We recently bought some pouches of freeze-dried coffee from a company called My Patriot Supply. This coffee has a 25 year shelf life, so in case of emergency, we can use it for barter or drink it ourselves. It comes in a really nice sturdy plastic box and in the box is a burlap sack which has the packages of small coffee crystals in them.
The coffee itself tastes pretty much just like regular coffee made from coffee grounds. I’m not a coffee connoisseur and I haven’t had that much coffee in my lifetime, but it tastes pretty good to me. Compared to all the other coffees I’ve had, I’d rate it a 9. Dink tried some, too, and according to his slightly more experienced taste buds, he’d say it’s about a 7. My mom tried a cup as well, and she think it’s an 8. She said, “It’s very drinkable.” She does, though, put a lot of sugar and cream in her coffee and admitted that perhaps she never really tastes much coffee.
You know they are calling for a severe coffee shortage in the future, don’t you? You also know people have been saying there is going to be an economic collapse for the past decade. So, if you don’t have some sort of coffee stored up by now, well, you’d only have yourself to blame 🙂