If you prefer to get your gourmet coffee from the supermarket rather than specialty roaster, there are clues on the packaging that can help you separate quality coffee beans from the rest. The first think you should look for is the stamped roast date.
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Barista champion Katie Carguilo of Counter Culture Coffee tells Real Simple that if you don't find a roast date (not a best-before date) on the bag, then "the coffee isn't worth your money". To know if the beans have gotten stale or not, you need to know when they were roasted.
Another sign of good quality beans -- that have also been responsibly sourced -- is if the roasting company lists a farm or cooperative on the packaging. Check out the other tips for buying gourmet coffee beans at Real Simple.
How to Buy Gourmet Coffee Beans [Real Simple]