10 Things to Know about Coffee

Get more gusto from your grinds with our top coffee tips.

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Coffee Bean Roasting Freshness
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Roasting Freshness

2. So, when were these beans roasted? That's when the clock starts ticking, and you've got about two weeks before flavor starts to fade. There are no guidelines for coffee labeling; some vendors list the roasting date, and some don't. Open bins of beans are not promising; nor are bags without valves. Some vendors, like Peet's Coffee & Tea, roast to order.

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