Testing More Old Coffee

in #coffee2 months ago (edited)

The Mother Thing has been engaged in another archaeological expedition where she excavated more antiquated containers from the depths of her pantry. This Kirkland Signature 100% Columbian Coffee is a decade past its expiration date.

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The foil seal was still intact, though. It had assumed a slightly more concave shape than I expected, but it was airtight, and that's what counts. The coffee inside looks OK and smells OK. It isn't my usual locally-roasted fare, and the best I can say is that it might still be a notch above Folger's based on the ol' sniff test.

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So it's time to brew some up and see if it's still drinkable at all.

I ran it through a standard drip machine with a paper filter. No French press fanciness today. Besides, the grind is too fine.

Here goes nothing.

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Well, it's drinkable. Barely. Admittedly, I don't have a fresh sample of the same product for comparison, so I'm not sure how much of the flavor profile is "bulk coffee," and how much is "old coffee," but I'd still choose it over the Folger's we have at the library. If a cup of the latter is the best part of waking up, why bother?

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I've heard that the Kirkland coffee is the same thing they sell people as Starbucks brand. I actually despise the taste of nearly everything Starbucks sells as just coffee (their Sumatra variety is pretty good though), so I'm not surprised it doesn't taste good. I guess your mileage may vary depending on your preference for it.

It didn't have the burnt bitterness of Starbucks. Maybe it mellowed with age like a fine wine?

LOL now that is an interesting test!! Guess you lived to tell it 😆

We shall see. The day is yet young, and I am not done drinking this cup yet.