With regard to freshness, coffee can be compared to bread. Both are natural products. We usually refrain from eating stale bread even though we would not get ill after eating it. We only do so because we do not like the taste of it. With coffee it is similar, fresh coffee is much tastier than “stale” one. Coffee that was roasted two years ago will not hurt us but it will not taste as good as the fresh coffee. It is just like with bread – fresh is best!