Choose Safe Decaffeinated Coffee Brands for Better Health

Last Updated on August 30, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

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?  A Clean Label Project recent study 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 of my life. 

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

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And some people just don’t respond well physically to too much caffeine but love the flavor of 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, social media, or give them a phone call.  Talk to them about your concerns and ask for more information.

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Safe Decaffeinated coffee brands tested by the Clean Label Project

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:

  • ALLEGRO COFEE Decaffeinated Organic French Roast
  • ARCHER FARMS Decaffeinated House Blend
  • CARIBOU COFFEE Decaffeinated Caribou Blend
  • COMMUNITY COFFFEE Decaffeinated Café Special
  • DAZBOG COFFEE Decaffeinated French Roast
  • DUNKIN’ DONUTS Decaffeinated Medium Roast
  • FOLGERS Decaffeinated Classic
  • ILLY Decaffeinated Illy Blend
  • KICKING HORSE COFFEE Decaffeinated Dark
  • NESCAFÉ Decaffeinated House Blend
  • PEET’S COFFEE Decaffeinated Major Dickason’s Blend
  • STARBUCKS Decaffeinated House Blend + Decaffeinated Caffè Verona
  • THE ORGANIC COFFEE CO. Decaffeinated Organic Gorilla
  • TIM HORTONS Decaffeinated Medium Roast

These brands will definitely be on my list of brands to choose 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.

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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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  • How to Vote With Your Dollar on National Coffee Day! National Coffee Day is September 28th.  Read on for tips on choosing the best coffee!
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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.

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