February 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #96: Some Flavors Are Natural, Others Just Taste That Way

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Did you know that there are more than 100 different varieties of flavored coffee, according to the International Coffee Organization? Thatís a whole lot of flavor, but how does the flavor actually get in the beans?

The coffee beans are roasted first and flavoring is applied to the roasted bean or roasted ground coffee in precise amounts to match the desired flavor.

So, where do those flavors come from? Natural and artificial flavors, including essential oils and plant derivatives, deemed safe by the Federal Drug Administration. The United States rules that natural flavors are composed of extractives from plants or animal sources and aroma chemicals derived from these sources by physical or biologically derived means.

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