Choose Safe Decaffeinated Coffee Brands for Better Health

This post about safe decaffeinated coffee brands is sponsored by Women Online.  All opinions are my own.

If you love coffee but need to give up caffeine, you may choose to look for decaffeinated coffee.  But, what is decaf coffee, and how healthy is it, anyhow? Is decaf coffee bad for you? If this is a concern for you,  the Clean Label Project will help you choose safe decaffeinated coffee brands for better health!

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What is the point of drinking decaf coffee, anyhow?

For serious coffee lovers, decaf coffee may seem like sacrilege.  Why drink coffee without that kick from the caffeine, right?  But, there are lots of people for whom caffeine poses a real problem.

Drinking coffee while pregnant often means ditching the kick of your caffeinated beverage. When I was pregnant with both my kids, what I ate and drank became a HUGE concern for me.  It’s when I started drinking organic milk and gave up caffeine.  It was an eye-opening time in my life. 

People who are elderly or have heart problems often have to give up caffeine as well.  

And some people just don’t respond well physically to too much caffeine but love the flavor of the coffee itself.  Rather than give up their favorite morning cup of coffee completely, they prefer to look for decaffeinated coffee brands instead.  

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How do they make decaffeinated coffee?

How to you get the caffeine out of a cup of coffee?  And how safe is this process for the often health conscious, possibly pregnant or elderly people, who drink it every day? 

There are two methods for decaffeinating coffee.  I won’t go into too many details and get all science-y on you.  Suffice it to say that there is a water-based process and a chemical-based process.

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Is decaf unhealthy? 

Well, one factor I would take into consideration is how the caffeine is removed.  Many brands use methylene chloride to remove the caffeine from coffee.  And that methylene chloride can actually stay IN THE COFFEE YOU DRINK in small amounts. 

Consumers deserve to know if they are getting chemicals in their coffee.  And that is where the Clean Label Project comes in!

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How to choose safe decaffeinated coffee for better health

So, you want to drink decaf coffee but don’t want harsh chemical residues in it.  How do you choose the best decaf coffee?  

Start reading the label on your coffee!  Look for claims on the packaging like solvent-free, chemical-free, Swiss-water, or certified organic. (YAY for organic coffee!  It’s high on my list of things I always buy organic!)  The processes I just listed don’t use harsh chemicals to decaffeinate their coffee.

Want your favorite coffee brand to share more info on how they decaffeinate their coffee?  ASK THEM!  Reach out via email, or social media, or give them a phone call.  Talk to them about your search for the healthiest decaf coffee and ask for more information.

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Safe Decaffeinated coffee brands tested by the Clean Label Project

There are several naturally decaffeinated coffee brands on the market.  You just need to find them. What is the best decaffeinated coffee? Well, there are a lot of variables to consider. However, if the presence of methylene chloride in your coffee concerns you, here are the brands that were tested by the Clean Label Project and found to NOT contain this chemical:

These brands will definitely be on my list of brands to choose from when I buy decaffeinated coffee! KNOW WHAT YOU ARE BUYING!  Clean Label Project has filed lawsuits against four national brands for false and misleading advertising and labeling.

These brands claim that their decaffeinated coffee products are “pure and natural.” In contrast, Clean Label Project’s study showed that methylene chloride was detected in the decaffeinated coffee products of these brands.

Keep in mind that if you do an online search for ‘the best decaf coffee consumer reports, you will get ratings based on taste, sustainability, and many other factors. Only one of which is how the coffee is decaffeinated.  So, keep this in mind as you search for the best brand of decaf coffee!

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How can you get involved?

If you are concerned about your exposure to methylene chloride, talk with your doctor.  And if you want to join the movement for healthy decaf coffee, head over to the Clean Label Project and join the movement!  

Another great way to get involved is to SHARE this post with friends and family.  Or, click the share button for social media sharing and use the hashtag #DetoxYourDecaf when you do it. 

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If you have a serious coffee habit and want to do something sustainable with your leftover coffee grounds, check out my post on Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around the House.

15 thoughts on “Choose Safe Decaffeinated Coffee Brands for Better Health”

    • Glad I could help. Please check out the Clean Label Project website for updated information and more details about how they determined their list

  1. I didn’t see the Sugar Cane method mentioned.
    Ethyl Acetate which is derived from the cane may sound
    like some harsh chemical but it’s not. You may want to look into it 🙂

      • How would an individual determine which product is utilized by national restaurant chains (other than those specifically listed in the article, e.g., Mc Donald’s, Wendy’s, etc.), except by contacting the Consumer Affairs Dept. of each corporation?

        • You can try calling the individual store and asking? Not sure if they would be open about that but can give it a try.

  2. A eye opening article. I started looking for other roasters that used the Swiss Water method of decanting coffee and found a great roaster. You might check out Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC. Most of their decaf coffee uses the Swiss Water method. There coffee is excellent.

  3. Any further info on the lawsuits? Its mind boggling than our FDA would approve a known carcinogen as a food ingredient, even residual. But then they told us the experimental vaccines were safe too. I trust no processed food in America anymore except that which I research, to the extent that I can. FYI, don’t drink coffee in paper cups at your favorite coffee place, it may be coated with plastic. An Epoch TImes article said that 80000 plastic microparticles may be ingested from the hot beverage. Ask for a mug.


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