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Organic Decaf Coffee
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Organic Decaf Coffee
With people around the world paying more attention to their health, many have begun enjoying organic decaf coffee. If you're passionate about good coffee, but find that caffeine has negative side effects, then decaffeinated is the way to go!
Some people are very sensitive to caffeine, but with organic decaf coffee you can have all the flavor and body of your favorite coffee without any issues.
Roasted Coffee Bean: Processing
For your everyday decaffeinated cup of 'Joe', the caffeine in coffee has to be removed by a special process that includes soaking the coffee in methylene chloride or ethyl acetate (sounds appetizing - yuck!).
By comparison, for organic blends to maintain their designation as USDA Certified Organic they have to be processed differently and with more concern for the health of the planet, and your health.
Companies like Green Mountain Coffee have turned to a more natural process - the Swiss Water process - to remove the caffeine. The process works incredibly well and preserves the taste of the coffee, not to mention keeping potentially harmful chemicals out of the mix.
The process involves soaking green, unroasted beans in hot water, which releases the caffeine, and then the water and beans are filtered to produce an extract. The Swiss Water processed coffees come in a variety of forms now from whole roasted coffee bean to K cup coffee.
Organic Decaf Coffee: Is it Good for You?
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The regular coffee drinker who turns to herbal, non-caffeinated tea as an alternative, often finds it to be disappointing - the taste is just not as robust and strong. I actually find that I drink organic caffeinated coffee in the morning, switch to an organic decaffeinated coffee in the afternoon and evening, and on some occasions still enjoy a regular or herbal tea, such as Tulsi Tea. I like the flavors of the organic; and the decaffeinated coffee is just as flavorful.
The organic decaffeinated coffee alternative is far more satisfying. It doesnt have the acidity that regular coffee has, nor does it give you the 'jitters'.
Individuals with acid reflux, GERDS, IBS or IBD would do well to consider low-acid organic decaf blends so they can enjoy the taste of coffee without irritating their condition.
Organic decaffeinated coffee certainly offers the advantage of being a purer processed coffee than the normal decaf process allows. People who do not want to put chemical solvents in their coffee cup would do well to consider organic as an alternative.
By the way, the U.S. FDA requires that any coffee labeled as decaffeinated must have 97% of caffeine removed.
Going Green with Coffee
Normal coffee cultivation includes the use of pesticides, some of which are banned in the United States, and other countries, and many of which are known carcinogens. Since we import our coffee from various countries, some of those pesticides may wind up in our coffee beans. If youre not buying certified organic, theres no way to know for certain.
By comparison, organically grown coffee has no such chemicals (both in the raw bean and in the roasted coffee bean process). Many organic blends are also part of fair trade practices that support farmers in emerging countries. Combine these eco-friendly advantages with the regulations governing organic food and the potential health benefits (of choosing decaf over caffeinated) of organic decaf coffee, and it would seem to be a 'win-win' choice for consumers.
Better still, in checking the price on organic decaf, its well within the normal cost for any good coffee. For example, a package of organic decaf Green Mountain Coffee (24 K cup coffee) runs about $13.00. Thats a very competitive price with a company known for its quality blends. Just compare that cost to stopping at a coffee shop thirteen times youre not going to get a cup of coffee for just over fifty cents anywhere!
Remove the Caffeine in Coffee, But Not the Flavor
Organic decaf coffee is a good option for people who have found they shouldnt have caffeine but still want to enjoy a decent cup of coffee. The coffee beans are grown and processed in an ecologically healthy way; the caffeine is removed as effectively and safely as possible, it represents a value added, cost effective product; and it tastes good!
Find Out More About Recipes for Beverages: A List of Organic Beverages and Recipes
- Organic Wines are becoming more easily available and are known to have good flavor.
- Organic Decaf Coffee: find out about organic decaffeinating
- Coffee Bean Tree: Growing Organic Coffee Beans
- Organic Tulsi Tea: a healthy, organic tea
- Organic Kombucha Tea: this tea has wonderful health properties
- Organic Tinctures: use tinctures as herbal medicines in concentrated forms.
- Making Apple Cider: Use Organic Apples for a healthy, nutritious and flavorful juice
- Organic Fruit Juice: organic fruits provide more flavor and are full of vitamins and minerals
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