Thursday, March 5, 2015

Is Decaffeinated coffee really Decaffeinated?

   The FDA regulations specify that for coffee to have a decaffeinated label, 97% of the original caffeine must be removed from the beans. So, yes, there’s caffeine in decaf coffee. But it’s not very much, right?

  The average 12-ounce cup of decaf coffee – a Starbucks tall – usually contains between 3 and 18 milligrams of caffeine. (By comparison, an 8.4-ounce can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine) The average of amount of caffeine in regular coffee can vary significantly, usually between 140 and 300 mg.

  While 97 percent of the caffeine must be removed, the Robusta bean will have more caffeine left over than the Arabica bean after the decaffeination process is completed, which can lead to a lot of variance among brands.

So a 97% decaffeinated Arabica bean coffee will have less caffeine Than a 97% decaffeinated Robusta bean coffee.