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HOW IS CAFFEINE REMOVED FROM COFFEE?
In the early 1900s, according to coffee lore, German coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius discovered decaf coffee by accident after a shipment of coffee beans was soaked in seawater during transit, naturally extracting some of the caffeine from the coffee beans.
A few years later, Roselius patented the first commercially successful means of decaffeinating coffee. But instead of just saltwater, his method also used a more potent chemical solvent called benzene to finish the job.
We now know that when inhaled, even in small amounts, benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches, as well as eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation. Over the long term and in high doses, benzene has been linked to cancer, blood disorders, and fetal development issues in pregnant women.
It’s no wonder people questioned is decaf coffee bad for you? The use of benzene and other similarly toxic solvents gave decaf coffee beans a bad rap.
However, today, decaf coffee manufacturers have switched to safer decaffeination methods, though many still use potent chemicals to strip away caffeine. This is usually what you find in cheap decaf coffees. Meanwhile, researchers have wondered whether any of the coffee’s healthful compounds are lost along with the decaffeinated coffee process.
So is decaf coffee bad for you? Is decaf coffee healthy? We talked to experts including William D. Ristenpart, Ph.D., a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Davis, and director of the UC Davis Coffee Center, to understand the facts about how decaf coffee is made and its health benefits.
DECAF COFFEE HOW IS IT MADE?
There are three key methods for removing caffeine from regular coffee beans: The most common use a chemical solvent, another uses liquid carbon dioxide (CO2), and the last simply use water.
They take green coffee beans, soak or steam them until the caffeine is dissolved or their pores are opened, and then extract the caffeine from the green coffee beans.
While the CO2and water methods are considered chemical-free, the solvent method relies on synthetic chemicals such as ethyl acetate (naturally found in some fruits) and methylene chloride (commonly used in industrial applications such as in adhesives, paints, and pharmaceuticals).
The Swiss Water Process used to make the best decaf coffee, which is what we use, tends to produce the most flavorful coffee, Ristenpart says, because it’s good at removing caffeine and without stripping other flavorful compounds from the green coffee beans. But it’s also more expensive to use the Swiss Water Process to remove caffeine from coffee beans, and the process is difficult to produce at scale.
How much caffeine in decaf coffee is a question we are asked, and none of these methods scrubs the bean of caffeine completely? While the Food and Drug Administration requires that at least 97 percent of caffeine be removed from coffee beans, some decaffeinated coffees can still contain between 3 and 12 mg of caffeine per cup of coffee.
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