June 6, 2008, Newsletter Issue #163: There Is Caffeine In Decaf Coffee

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When coffee is labeled decaffeinate, what does that mean? Most of the caffeine is removed, but there is some caffeine in decaf coffee. Caffeine is not added during the processing. Coffee beans by nature have caffeine and the decaffeinating process does not complete strip it all away. So how much caffeine is in decaffeinated coffee?

To be call decaffeinated, green coffee must be less than .1 percent caffeine. This is equivalent to about 3 mg per cup of coffee. How does the caffeine level of decaffeinated coffee compare with other beverages?

Drip coffee has an average 115 mg. per 5-ounce cup. Percolated coffee has an average 80 mg. per 5-ounce cup. The recommended daily caffeine intake is less than 300 mg. This is equivalent to:

3-4 cups of roast and ground coffee5 cups of instant coffee5 cups of tea6 servings of some colas or10 tablets of some painkillers Caffeine intake is broken down into low, moderate and high caffeine use:

Low: less than 200 mg. per dayModerate: 200-400 mg. per dayHigh: More than 400 mg. per day

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