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How is decaffeinated coffee made?

Basics Decaffeination (decaf) is the removal of caffeine from coffee beans, cocoa, and other caffeine-containing materials. While soft drinks which do not use caffeine as an ingredient are sometimes ...
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Does a decaffeinated coffee have zero or little caffeine in it?

We have yet to invent a process that removes 100% of the caffeine. When drinking decaf, the important question to consider is how likely you are to feel the effects of the trace amounts of caffeine ...
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Is it safe to give decaf coffee to a child?

You may find similar discussion mostly on the health tag. The most relevant question was previously closed on Coffee SE site as it was opinion-based. What's the minimum recommended age for ...
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Is there a way to distinguish decaf from normal coffee?

Only "Brew a pot and see if it wakes you up in the morning, or not." I can't think of any other test that is practical at home. Other practical solutions - Mix them and have half-caf until ...
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Can decaf coffee be addictive?

Since decaf coffee isn't the same as caffeine-free coffee, the key point regarding addiction is the amount of daily servings of decaf coffee that deliver the 100 milligrams of caffeine needed to ...
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Can decaf coffee be addictive?

Another take on addictiveness of coffee in addition to caffeine: there are several other psychoactive chemicals in coffee; some links/references are available from this page and this page. These ...
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Decaffeinated Coffee Beans

There's no strain of coffee bean that has no caffeine when it is grown, but you can find whole-bean, decaffeinated coffee. "Decaffeinated" coffee has been treated to have most of the caffeine removed. ...
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Does a decaffeinated coffee have zero or little caffeine in it?

According to Wikipedia: Decaffeinated drinks contain typically 1–2% of the original caffeine content, and sometimes as much as 20% [Decaffeination] is repeated from 8 to 12 times until the caffeine ...
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Is decaffeinated coffee more acidic?

According this source, a study by Dionex, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, found that decaf coffee is less acidic than regular coffee. That being said, all coffee causes the stomach to produce ...
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Of the various methods of decaffeinating coffee, which is the safest?

Swiss Water process is the best because it's the most natural and has the best percentage of decaffeination. However, none of the processes are dangerous, I repeat, none. Unless you consume the ...
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Decaf coffee, how to make our own

In short: Very probably, you will lose the very best part of your coffee. Caffeine is highly soluble, yes. But, also the other lipids and aromatics, too. So, you cannot obtain the benefits of ...
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Is there a way to distinguish decaf from normal coffee?

According to this empirical evidence, only two of the eight people can correctly identify the decaf. Not an academic study, but still shows that you cannot find it by flavor, in my opinion. Otherwise,...
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Is there any difference (besides caffeine content) between decaf and regular coffee?

Yes. Remember that decaffeinated coffee is coffee that has had caffeine content removed. To my knowledge, there is no such thing as naturally uncaffinated coffee. Since the coffee starts with caffeine ...
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How can I keep several pots of coffee warm?

Actually, this answer will eventually boil down to the forecasting of time dependent expected coffee consumption function of your guests. You may expect that, right after a meal or right after they ...
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Is it safe to give decaf coffee to a child?

Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free, as almost all decaffeinated coffee contains some measure of caffeine. Bruce Goldberger, a professor and director of UF’s William R. Maples Center for ...
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Which decaffeination process changes the flavor of the coffee the least?

Based on the article here and some brief experience with roasting decaf myself, I'd agree that the methylene chloride method seems to produce more flavorful beans. That being said it's hard to make a ...
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Is there a way to get Caffe d'orzo in North America?

You should be able to find the roasted barley itself in an international food store, often sold for steeping like tea (a tisane). It is often called mugicha (Japanese) or other names. When prepared ...
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Can decaf coffee be addictive?

My experience, as someone who went from drinking 2-4 cups of normal coffee plus several black teas per day to drinking 1-2 cups of decaf (and no tea) is that it IS addictive. hoc_age's answer that ...
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Is there a way to get Caffe d'orzo in North America?

if you're keen to experiment i'd look at homebrew(beer) stores. i'd try chocolate/black or coffee/brown barley malt(both pure barley names refer to roast) i don't live in the US but you should be able ...
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How can I distinguish prepared cups of regular and decaf?

A similar question was asked on the cooking stack exchange quite a few years back. The answers and comments there mostly address your first and third points. It seems that there's consensus that ...
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What is the industrial method for extracting caffeine to make decaf?

Caffeine is mostly extracted by utilizing very safe processes. Some of them, such as Swiss water, is not even really a chemical process. Please see the following relevant discussions: Of the various ...
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Recommendations for tasty decaf coffee?

One of my favorites is Mystic Monk Coffee. I personally order their regular caffeinated coffee, but I have tried their decaf and they are just as good. They also make some flavor coffee that is decaf ...
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Recommendations for tasty decaf coffee?

I roast my own, but my green bean supplier also supplies decaffeinated unroasted beans. I always have a pound on hand, but have never had occasion to roast and use them.
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Recommendations for tasty decaf coffee?

When we werekeeping our caffeine consumption low, we used to brew a 50:50 mix of normal and decaf. Both were at the good end of what the supermarket sells ground, and were a nominally similar roast. ...
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