25 Feb '17, 5pm

Is your coffee too fresh?

Over the course of the last few months I have conducted a battery of tests using coffees with age ranges from 1 day off roast to 1 1/2 years off roast. The tests were all done blind and all done to taste, no scientific equipment (refractometer et al) was used. The results were startling and made me reconsider my definition of peak freshness. As expected, the coffees that were in the 7-21 day range were delicious. The real surprise however, were the coffees at a month, 2 months+. Only, after about 3 months did we notice a truly discernible loss of what I would call vibrancy. The coffees still tasted just fine, but had lost the higher acid notes that constitute a balanced cup. Hell, the 6 month tasted fine too. It wasn’t until the year and a half coffee that it was completely evident that the coffee was old. There was no bloom on the brew and the taste, while still oddly swe...

Full article: https://clivecoffee.com/2017/02/is-your-coffee-too-fresh/

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