How would you know the coffee you are using doesn’t have mold?

How would you know the coffee you are using doesn’t have mold?

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  1. I have never once encountered mold in my coffee.
    I am also highly doubtful that mold could ever grow on coffee. Caffeine is a natural pesticide, and therefore antiseptic. If you brew sun tea outside, the caffeine present in the tea isnt usually enough to mitigate the potential risk of growing bacteria in the tea, but cold brewing coffee like this is not an issue. Nothing will grow in that.
    I suppose if that coffee looks fuzzy and green, throw it out, but make sure the pigs are on a leash before they start to fly.

  2. Here’s a better answer. Yes, coffee bean prior to roasting can support mold growth if not properly stored. Some of the molds that can grow on coffee produce carcinogenic aflatoxins. So, growers, shippers, and roasters take precautions to prevent it.
    From RealTime Labs:
    “Here’s the bad news: that cup of coffee you drank this morning (or 10 minutes ago) may have contained mold spores. Despite coffee’s bitter taste and relative acidity, spores can—and sometimes do—settle and take root on the raw beans, either during the harvesting, fermentation, and drying processes or during transport and storage. ”
    Is There Mold in Your Coffee? | RealTime Labs

  3. Look at the coffee smell the coffee mold has a distinctive smell and can be visually seen. The coffee will also taste like crap so don’t take a big sip.

  4. Mould growth can usually be seen but if not, it can be usually be smelled and tasted. But the main clue that mould might be present is dampness.
    If coffee is noticeably damp when you go to use it then I’d seriously suspect that some form of mould may be there, but not all mould looks the same, so you can’t expect it will look like the bluish-green stuff that so often appears on bread or cheese.
    The blue-green mould does have a strong unpleasant odour and it tastes just vile. It’ll give its vile flavour to the food far beyond the visible growth too.
    Some other common food moulds are whitish or greyish ( mould may be other colours depending on species) and those tend to be rather thready looking or weblike and some don’t have a particularly strong odour or taste.
    But I find it impossible to believe that anyone could simply fail to notice the coffee is greyish or whitish or damp & sticking together! The whitish/greyish moulds I’ve encountered tend to have a musty odour which is less distinctly offputting as the odour of the bluish-green stuff.
    I am desperately allergic to moulds and would never risk breathing in spores or consuming the stuff if I can possibly avoid it so if I should have the least suspicion that mould may be present I’d toss the stuff.
    If your ground-up coffee has been damp enough to grow mould, you’re going to notice that when you try to scoop out or pour out some coffee.
    Damp and mould will make coffee grounds quite lumpy and clumpy, more like some sort of potting soil and nothing like what ground coffee should look like.
    Bone dry coffee cannot grow mould, as mould must have moisture to grow. So properly stored coffee, be it ground or whole bean, is never going to get mouldy unless you store it in such a way that it gets damp,.
    Mould will grow on virtually anything that’s damp no matter what it is.

  5. I guess I would smell it. I would think mold has a pretty distinct smell. Store your coffee bean in an airtight container and in a dry place.


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