Does Decaffeinated Coffee Still Have Caffeine in It?

Decaffeinated coffee, alternatively known as ‘Decaf coffee’, goes through the decaffeination process and the amount of caffeine in it is very small.

The amount of caffeine in decaffeinated coffee is 1-2% of the original caffeine. It can be up to 20% based on requirements.

Generally, 1% to 2% of the original caffeine amount exists in decaffeinated beans. But as per demands, the amount of caffeine can be 20%.

Sometimes people get confused about the process. Therefore, the question arises, does decaffeinated coffee still have caffeine in it?

And the answer is ‘Yes’.

There is still caffeine in decaf coffee but a very small amount.

Caffeine in Decaffeinated Coffee

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, in 8 US fl. oz (237 mL) cup of decaf coffee, there are 2 to 15 milligrams of caffeine.

The United States standard of decaffeination is a reduction of 97% caffeine. Whereas, the European Union standard is 99.9% caffeine-free coffee.

Let’s talk about a study that showed the amount of caffeine in a cup of regular coffee commensurate with the amount of caffeine of fourteen to twenty cups of decaf coffee.

The study was performed multiple times in controlled environments. The regular cup of coffee 16 US fl. oz (473 mL) contained 8.6 to 13.9 milligrams of caffeine. The aggregated data showed the ‘mg of caffeine’ is equivalents to fourteen to twenty cups decaf. 

The requirement of caffeine level in decaf varies from country to country. Like- Canada allows 0.1% caffeine in decaffeinated coffee. The amount is 0.3% for decaffeinated instant coffee.

If we look back, commercially, the decaffeination process started in 1903. Coffee beans can be decaffeinated in various processes. The primary category of the process is the organic solvent process and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) process.

Though it sounds the same, low caffeine coffee and decaf coffee are not the same things. Low caffeine coffee is natural coffee beans with a lesser amount of caffeine.

With a good number of health benefits, caffeine of coffee has some shortcomings too. So, decaf coffee becomes the first choice when excessive amount of caffeine is not good for health.

Enjoy your coffee!!!

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