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The Facts About Decaf Coffee

A person may ask why you would drink decaf coffee. In answer to that question, not everyone can drink a regular cup of coffee due to caffeine sensitivity.

Some people need to watch their caffeine intake due to medical problems or if they are taking medications with a high caffeine content.

Drinking decaf coffee also reduces the amount of anxiety and nervous restlessness associated with the standard caffeine drink. Decaf coffee has the same taste but a very low caffeine content.

Origins of Decaf Coffee

The idea of isolating caffeine first came about in 1820 when a German chemist called Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was requested to analyse a set of coffee beans by the famous poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Goethe thought there may be a link between how much coffee he was drinking and his insomnia. The poet became aware of the German chemist through Runge’s investigation into belladonna, also known as “deadly nightshade”.

The result of this analysis was the discovery of caffeine. It wasn’t until 1903 that a commercial decaffeination process was created. The German coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius stumbled upon decaffeination in a chance encounter. In 1903 a shipment of coffee was soaked in seawater, resulting in the separation of the majority of caffeine. Roselius sought to replicate these results and thus, created a method of decaffeination by steaming coffee beans with various acids and using benzene as a solvent to remove the caffeine.

Alas, decaf coffee was born.

How Much Caffeine Is In Decaf Coffee?

For one thing, drinking decaf coffee instead of regular coffee can increase your quality of sleep. We all know caffeine keeps us awake. One in three Irish people will buy a coffee every day, with 70% of Irish people having more than one coffee a day.

The average amount of caffeine in a regular 354ml (12 oz) cup of coffee is 90-120mg. A healthy adult should consume no more than 400mg of caffeine per day according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). By these guidelines this translates to roughly four cups a day but how much caffeine is in decaf coffee?

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) the average cup of decaf coffee contains 4mg of caffeine but caffeine content can range from between 3-12mg.

Benefits of Decaf Coffee

  • Less anxiety and stress versus caffeine consumption from a regular cup of coffee
  • Better quality sleep versus regular coffee
  • The large amount of antioxidants in decaf coffee can prevent conditions associated with the aging process such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer
  • Decaf coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing colon cancer and female decaf coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of breast cancer
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes

CoffeeClick’s Selection of Decaf Coffee

If you weren’t drinking decaf coffee while reading this you can find out what selection of decaf we have on our website. Alternatively, we can just list them out here:

At CoffeeClick we have a love affair with coffee. The word itself is in our name and is at the core of our entire business. We aren’t biased towards any kind of coffee either. To find out more about what selections of decaf coffee we stock call us now on 01-911-9911 or email us at Alternatively you can reach us through our contact form.


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