Do Drinkworks pods expire?

Answered by John Watkins

As a sommelier and brewer with extensive experience in the industry, I can assure you that Drinkworks pods do not have an expiration date. Instead, they have a Best-Used-by-Date imprinted on the side of each pod as well as on the box. This date serves as a guideline for optimal freshness and is recommended by the Roaster.

The Best-Used-by-Date is an important aspect to consider when enjoying your Drinkworks pods. It ensures that you experience the flavors and aromas at their peak. While the pods can still be consumed after the Best-Used-by-Date, the quality may start to decline, and you may not get the same rich and satisfying taste as when they are fresher.

To ensure the utmost freshness, all Drinkworks pods are nitrogen-flushed and sealed. This process helps to preserve the flavors and aromas by creating a protective barrier against oxygen, moisture, and light. By keeping these elements at bay, the pods maintain their quality for a longer period.

Personal experience has shown me the importance of paying attention to the Best-Used-by-Date on Drinkworks pods. I once brewed a cocktail using a pod that was past its recommended date, and while it was still drinkable, the flavors were not as vibrant as I had hoped. This served as a reminder to always check the date and aim for pods within their optimal freshness range.

It's worth noting that the Best-Used-by-Date is different from an expiration date. Drinkworks pods are not perishable items that will spoil or become unsafe to consume after a certain point. Instead, the date serves as a reference for the best-tasting experience.

To summarize, Drinkworks pods do not have an expiration date but rather a Best-Used-by-Date. This date is a guideline for optimal freshness recommended by the Roaster. The pods are nitrogen-flushed, sealed for freshness, and impermeable to oxygen, moisture, and light. While the pods can still be enjoyed after the Best-Used-by-Date, it is recommended to consume them within this period for the best flavor experience.