Desperate for freshly roasted coffee, but not sure exactly how fresh is best? Read on, we’ve got all the answers you need—and some of them might surprise you.
The Roasting Date Isn’t Everything
First of all, we need to clear one thing up. We’re talking about roast dates, but that alone won’t let you know if the coffee’s any good.When buying food, you look for the freshest items. Of course, you check the best before date. Then there are the visual cues: the firmness of an avocado, the bruising on an onion, the redness of a fish’s gills. Yet to find out how good the food really is, you need to serve it up to eat.
The same principle applies with coffee. Never judge the quality of beans solely on the roast dates. At the very least, you need to open the bag, calibrate the beans the best you can, taste, and evaluate.Now that we’ve established that the roasting date isn’t everything, let’s look at what it can tell you.