by Jeanette Kierstead
Coffee is consumed by millions of people around the world. There are some who require this liquid gold each and everyday, in multiple doses.
The caffeine in coffee is the essential part as to why people enjoy this drink so much. This is the stimulant that picks you up and keeps you going throughout the day.
However, it's not for everyone.
Decaf coffee has been "invented" for those who seek an escape from the chemical rush that coffee, naturally, provides.
All decaf coffee has its caffeine removed while the bean is in the green, un-roasted state. It requires a very special process to remove the caffeine compound without affecting, too much, the natural flavours of the coffee itself.
No matter what decaffeination process is used, there will always remain trace amounts of caffeine. If you thought that decaf coffee was complete void of caffeine, you've been lied to.
In order for a coffee to be called decaf, it must have at least 97% of the caffeine removed. This is a requirement by the USDA in order for a coffee to be called decaf. To achieve this, a bit of chemistry is required.
There are four methods of removing the caffeine from coffee which can be clumped into two categories: Solvent Based and Non Solvent Based.
For health related reasons, decaf coffee would be the best choice for you. High levels of caffeine can have some negative effects on your body. Here's a few:
Another reason to keep coffee in your diet while eliminated the potentially negative effects of caffeine is that decaf coffee retains much of its healthy antioxidants. If you're unfamiliar, antioxidants are important because they help prevent diseases like cancer by eliminating dangerous chemicals in your body called free radicals.
If you're starting to forget what the effects of caffeine does in your cup of coffee, here's a refresher:
These are the effects that the caffeine has and are unlikely to experience this (keep reading to learn about a special phenomena).
Aside from eliminating the caffeine from the coffee and possibly reducing the negative risks listed above, decaf coffee can have a range of different (and sometimes disappointing) flavours.
Finding a quality and good tasting decaf coffee is often hit and miss. You can see in the processes above that decaf coffee loses varying amounts of flavour and essential oil.
If you've been away from caffeine for a while, there is a chance that the trace amounts of caffeine remaining in the decaf coffee could give you that energetic rush.
However, if you experience a similar "pick me up" as if you were drinking regular coffee, there is a plausible reason for this phenomena: the placebo effect.
The placebo effect is based upon the power of belief that coffee itself has the ability to increase and enhance alertness.
In other situations, you may have ordered a decaf coffee at a restaurant believing it to be decaf. As it turns out, they may have poured you a regular coffee with caffeine levels that trigger your excitement.
About Jeanette Kierstead
Jeanette has been testing and reviewing kitchen appliances for over six years now, so she knows her stuff when it comes to finding the best ones. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than baking cakes and cookies – especially if she can do so with one of her favorite stand mixers! When she's not in the kitchen, Jeanette is usually looking after everything homes-related; from garden tools to smart home products.