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Q: Decaffeinated coffee. Guidelines/standards/rules in USA and Europe ? ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Decaffeinated coffee. Guidelines/standards/rules in USA and Europe ?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: alsinger-ga
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Posted: 08 Aug 2005 06:29 PDT
Expires: 07 Sep 2005 06:29 PDT
Question ID: 553015
Coffee still contains a small portion of caffeine after it has beeen decaffeinated.
How much caffeine is allowed in decaffeinated coffee ? 
I am looking for the percentage for the United States with indication
of the relevant regulation/standard and the organization/body issuing

Ideal if same information is given for other countries (Europe/EU,
Japan, Canada, Australia,...). However, this additional information is
not a condition for the answer.
Subject: Re: Decaffeinated coffee. Guidelines/standards/rules in USA and Europe ?
Answered By: nenna-ga on 08 Aug 2005 19:07 PDT
Good evening Alsinger and thank you for the interesting question. 
Being a coffee drinker, I was suprised at how much caffiene I am
drinking, just by drinking one cup of coffee a day.  I always thought
soda had more caffeine and tried to stay away from it as much as I
could - I guess we all learned something tonight!

According to sources listed below, the average cup of American-style
coffee contains about 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine while the
average cup of decaf should range somewhere between 2 to 4 milligrams
of caffeine per cup.

Espresso:              100 mg
Tea:                   40 - 60 mg
Jolt Cola:             58.8 mg
Mountain Dew:          55.0 mg 
Plain Chocolate:       50 mg
Coca - Cola:           45.6 mg
Diet Cola:             45.6 mg
Dr. Pepper:            39.6 mg
Pepsi Cola:            37.2 mg
Diet Pepsi:            35.4 mg
Decaffeinated coffee:  2 - 4 mg
7 U:                   0.0 mg


Just About Coffee
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Cherry Hill Coffee
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" According to Commercial Item Description (CID) A-A-20213B , the
United States Department of Agriculture mandates that decaffeinated
coffee cannot contain more than 0.10 percent on a dry basis in the
packaged item, as determined by Association of Analytical Communities
(AAOC) International Official Method 979.1 1. However, a reduction in
caffeine by 97.5% is the legally accepted method of calculation."

Source:  Coffee & Health
( )

"In the United States federal regulations require that in order to
label coffee as "decaffeinated" that coffee must have had its caffeine
level reduced by no less than 97.5 percent.

Source:  Coffee FAQ
( )

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"Arabica coffee contains 0.8-1.4% caffeine. In other words, it is
naturally 98.6 to 99.2 percent caffeine free. That 1.1% average must
be further reduced by 97.5 percent to be considered decaffeinated."

Source:  Coffee & Health
( )

"Panamanian coffee is about 1.36% caffeine by weight normally. This
and many other arabica coffees are about 98.64% caffeine free even
before anything is done to lower the caffeine content."

Source: Coffee FAQ
( )

"In European Community (EC) countries, roasted decaffeinated coffee
may contain a caffeine residue of 0.1 percent and coffee extract 0.3

Source:  Europe by Mail
( )

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Coffee trivia:

* The first process for decaffeinating coffee was invented by Ludwig
Roselius in 1905.

Source:  Science & Technology

* Decaffeinated coffee accounts for about 10 percent of the world coffee market.

Source:  Food USA

* Coffee drinking has been around since approximately  900 BC. 
Rhazes, an Arabic doctor, mentioned coffee in one of his writings.

Source:  Europe by Mail
( )

* "Researchers say they have engineered coffee plants that have 70
percent less caffeine than usual in their leaves." (See link for full

Source:  CBS News
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I hope this answers your question.  If you would like clarification
before rating my answer, please do not hesitate to ask!

Google Researcher
Subject: Re: Decaffeinated coffee. Guidelines/standards/rules in USA and Europe ?
From: dops-ga on 08 Aug 2005 09:24 PDT
In the US the maximum amt. is 0.3% 

the link:

In the EC it is 0.1%

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