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What goes into Nescafé decaf?

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Popular brand names:

  • Carte Noire
  • Illy
  • Kenco
  • Lavazza
  • Nescafé
  • Tassimo

Generic name: Decaffeinated coffee.

Active ingredient: Coffee beans, green or roasted.

Can you make it? Yes. You can soak fresh coffee beans in warm water, lightly steam them, strain them, pass the liquid through activated charcoal, and then resoak your beans before drying them properly. The more times you repeat this, the lower the caffeine content would be.




So long as you are not addicted, which is very unlikely with decaf coffee!

Ethical concerns?

Coffee farming can be unethical. Always look for coffee that is Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade certified.

Health concerns?

It still has a little bit of caffeine, and some decafs are decaffeinated with a solvent, which has a correlation with cancer.

Alternative brands:

  • Cafedirect (Fairtrade)
  • Clipper (Fairtrade)
  • Equal Exchange (Fairtrade, Solvent-Free)
  • Mount Hagen (Fairtrade)
  • Percol (Fairtrade)

Are there store brands?

Yes, most supermarkets stock their own brand.

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