No-Caf Herbal Coffee: An Upgrade from Decaf
Many people are confused about decaffeination. They think that decaf coffee beans are caffeine free. Guess what? That’s what the coffee companies would like you to believe, but it just isn’t so.
A 12 oz cup of decaf contains anywhere from 10-17 milligrams of caffeine. A 16 oz Starbucks® Grande contains 12-23 milligrams and a 20 oz Venti contains upwards of 28 milligrams! If you order a cup of decaf coffee at a coffee bar or restaurant, independent studies have shown a great variance in the amount of caffeine in the cup even on the same day from the very same place. So there is no safety in knowing how much caffeine you may get from a cup of decaf coffee.
"The important point is that decaffeinated is not the same as caffeine-free," says Roland Griffiths, PhD, a professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in a news release for a study conducted by the University of Florida on caffeine content in decaf coffee. "People who are trying to eliminate caffeine from their diet should be aware that popular decaffeinated espresso drinks such as lattes (which contain two shots of espresso) can deliver as much caffeine as a can of Coca-Cola -- about 31 milligrams."
All methods of decaffeination processes adulterate coffee beans, making them no longer a natural product, i.e. the product as nature produced it. Whatever the method used for decaffeination, the flavor is degraded and the chemical characteristics of the beans are altered. The most common method of decaffeination uses chemical solvents, which may not be good for your health.
Don’t be fooled by statements that say “100% natural water process” decaf. This coffee may have been soaked in several chemical solvents such as methylene chloride, a base for paint strippers, and ethyl acetate, also known as dry cleaning fluid. As long as the beans are steamed first for 30 minutes, they can then be soaked for 10 hours in these solvents. Steamed once again after the solvent treatment and now you have “100% natural water process” decaffeinated beans.
Our philosophy is simple. If you want to drink a caffeine-free cup of coffee, drink Teeccino, which is naturally caffeine-free, just the way nature created it. If you want a cup of coffee with less caffeine, blend Teeccino with your regular coffee to reduce the amount of caffeine in your cup. If you want to kick the coffee habit completely, try our 21-day challenge to avoid caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Now that’s a much better idea than decaf!