Decaf drinker? You may be getting a little caffeine after all

I switched from regular, dark roast coffee some time ago to decaf (decent organic brands) in order to completely rid myself of caffeine. Soft drinks took a dive years ago, and besides water, morning (decaf) coffee — most a symbolic thing — was my way of starting the day.

Actually, I knew that decaf coffee still had traces of caffeine in it. The extraction processes used to reduce caffeine in coffee beans leaves a small trace of residual caffeine, but just a tiny amount.

But just how much is in there? Dr.Bruce Goldberger says that “if someone drinks five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee a day, the dose of caffeine could easily reach the level in a cup or two of caffeinated coffee.” According to that formula, one cup of decaf contains about 20 percent as much buzz as a regular cup. That is quite a bit more than I expected, and I’ll be doing more research on the subject. Are you a decaf drinker? If so, why?

It’s interesting to educate yourself on the different processed for actually decaffeinate coffee — since the process if anything but simple. But, with a cup of decaf having the previously-reported one-tenth volume of caffeine compared to a regular cup of joe, this new study suggested by Dr. Goldberger appears to say that there is a little more caffeine in decaf than previously thought. Just be safe in the knowledge that there will always be a little caffeine in decaf — and come to peace with it if possible. I know I have.

Author by Brian White