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How long do coffee beans last??

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I have the opportunity to buy about 50 lbs of roasted coffee beans at an excellent price. I don't mind grinding my own but does anyone know how long the whole beans will stay good??

I tried finding information on the internet but everything I found must be geared toward coffee gourmets. Heck, one site said "Roasted coffee beans only last 4 to 7 days maximum before they oxidize and lose their entire flavor". Yeah, right. I've used ground coffee that was three years old (from a sealed can) and it was just fine. I would think that the whole beans would last longer than that...right??
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I have heard from coffee aficianados that cold storage actually decreases their flavor (freezing being bad for the flavorful oils or some such). Much back and forth about that. I would run a blind test and bag up two identical sized portions from the same batch and freeze one (store the other at room temp in an airtight container) for about 3 months and have a taste test.

Let me know what you find, eh?
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