Decaf the good the bad and ugly of Decaf

  • Is drinking Decaf better for you?
  • Do you want to cut back on the amount of caffeine you consume?
  • Can't sleep at night!
  • Get all jittery!
  • Heard Caffeine is bad for you?

Decaf Coffee is just like your regular cup of Joe except it has had most of the caffeine removed but how much is a bit of a mystery.

In the US the food and drug administration does not have any strict guidelines on decaf coffee. What is clear though is that around 97% of caffeine is removed in the decaffeinated process. On average a decaf coffee has around 3 milligrams of caffeine compared to 85 grams caffeine in a regular cup of coffee.

Making Coffee Decaf

The process starts by soaking the beans in water to dissolve the caffeine. From there,there one of 3 different methods can be used.

Chemical extraction to remove the caffeine from the water solution. Sounds a bit suss and when you find out it could be either Methylene chloride or ethyl acetate which are used as nail polish removers, paint strippers or glue to name a few, not good !

Swiss water method is a chemical free method which uses a charcoal filter to remove the caffeine from the water making it 100% chemical free

Last method of using liquid carbon dioxide to dissolve the caffeine making this also a chemical free method.

As it is not compulsory to identify the method of extraction used it is impossable to know whether you are getting chemical or non chemical extraction. The only way to be sure is to purchase organic which will be solvent free

When it comes to whether drinking Decaf is better for you!
It boils down to how your body responds to caffeine. Don't suffer any side effects keep on coffeeing away jsut try to keep to the recommended 3-4 cups a day (good luck). However if your preference for something not so strong and a milder taste go for decaf. Not interested in consuming a few chemicals at the same time go the organic route

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