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Too much decaf?

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Created July 28, 2011 at 5:25 AM

Three weeks ago I decided to give up coffee. Not altogether, but no more 4-5 cups a day at the office. The office coffee maker is one of those automated ones, so the quality and taste are horrible. I had started to switch more to green tea anyways, and even when drinking coffee, I didn't have any after 1pm. I decided that if I was to have coffee, it would be good espresso, and only occasionally.

I myself love coffee also for the taste, not just the stimulating effects of caffeine. I decided to look into decafs (before I never really understood the "purpose" of drinking decaf), and I found Mount Hagen Organic Instant Decaffeinated Coffee, which is decaffeinated without using chemicals. It is very good, I think that I could be blind-tested and would think it was regular brewed coffee (not espresso tho).

I like the taste so much, that I find myself sort of craving for it. Like 4-5 "biggish" cups a day? Couple of drops of stevia, vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon and cardamom, this stuff is way delicious. Right now I'm trying it with ice!

Are there any ill effects in drinking a lot of decaf? Especially when its organic and not chemically processed?

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on July 31, 2011
at 12:17 PM

to be called decaff, it must have at least 97% of the caffeine removed - leaving the same amount of caffeine as in 2 ounces milk chocolate. Perhaps you got a placebo buzz. Or you were drinking half caff which is not decaff and contains 80mg of caffeine

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on July 31, 2011
at 12:12 PM

to be called decaff, it must have at least 97% of the caffeine removed.

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:05 AM

I think they still contain 5-15mg per normal serving (compared to 100% for normal coffee). I've certainly got a discernible caffeine buzz from decaf, which I wasn't expecting, but also definitely get a separate digestive upset from tannic drinks, which I don't get from caffeine pills/energy drinks, so glad you can handle them.

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on July 29, 2011
at 04:04 AM

From what I've read about decafs, the natural decaffeination should remove "virtually all of the caffeine". So far I've had it in the evenings without it affecting my sleep, but I was more concerned with stomach and digestion issues. Haven't encountered any yet, and so far I have assumed that all digestion-related issues with coffee were in fact due to the caffeine.

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on July 28, 2011
at 10:35 AM

I am in the same boat as you but I have found that Mount Hagen Organic Instant Decaf is highly acidic and makes my stomach hurt more than I've noticed any other decaf to do. My only advice would be to cut back if you start to feel like your digestion is being affected negatively. Otherwise, I don't think there's a lot of negatives in consuming it.

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:33 PM

5 biggish decaffs would be too much caffeine for me (50-75% of a normal coffee), but then I can hardly handle any caffeine after extended abstinence.

The tannins would also do me in in terms of digestive upset (presumably these levels are approximately the same as 5 normal coffees).

I can also imagine that I'd end up craving any hot drink with stevia, vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon and cardamom.

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on July 29, 2011
at 04:04 AM

From what I've read about decafs, the natural decaffeination should remove "virtually all of the caffeine". So far I've had it in the evenings without it affecting my sleep, but I was more concerned with stomach and digestion issues. Haven't encountered any yet, and so far I have assumed that all digestion-related issues with coffee were in fact due to the caffeine.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on July 29, 2011
at 06:05 AM

I think they still contain 5-15mg per normal serving (compared to 100% for normal coffee). I've certainly got a discernible caffeine buzz from decaf, which I wasn't expecting, but also definitely get a separate digestive upset from tannic drinks, which I don't get from caffeine pills/energy drinks, so glad you can handle them.

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on July 31, 2011
at 12:17 PM

to be called decaff, it must have at least 97% of the caffeine removed - leaving the same amount of caffeine as in 2 ounces milk chocolate. Perhaps you got a placebo buzz. Or you were drinking half caff which is not decaff and contains 80mg of caffeine

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on July 31, 2011
at 12:12 PM

to be called decaff, it must have at least 97% of the caffeine removed.

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on July 31, 2011
at 11:46 AM

I have similarly transitioned from caffeinated coffee to decaf and I also really like the Mt. Hagen brand. I too consume large quantities of the stuff but I haven't noticed any adverse effects, but bear in mind decaf does have caffeine, so if you suffer any side effects, you may need to pare down your consumption.

I actually think the Mt. Hagen is delicious alone with full cream or pastured half and half, but then for many reasons I consume next to nothing that presents even a hint of sweetness.

Mt. Hagen is so good iced and the instant granules make it so easy to whip up a glass of refreshing, cold decaf coffee in no time.

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on July 31, 2011
at 02:26 AM

I use the same decaf most of the time. In the last month, I've done dairy exclusion via whole30, which is good inasmuch as my coconut milk creamed coffee just isn't quite as delicious as coffee with heavy cream, and as a result I might drink one or two tall Mt. Hagens every day. As for your 4-5 cups, if they're black and you can tolerate them, there's probably little harm done, but if they contain heavy cream or other creamer and sugar/sweetener, then you may be kinda overdosing on that if you find weight loss or body composition goals are being compromised. If that's the case, maybe cut down to 1-2 cups, or even eliminate it for a few weeks. However, if all else is good and the decaf isn't noticeably impeding you in terms of weight or energy, then carry on and enjoy! :)

The Mt. Hagen is excellent with homemade coconut milk creamer mixed as an iced coffee, or as a pinch added to unsweetened heavy cream just before adding to fresh berries - the slightly bitter addition makes the berries taste even sweeter!

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:10 PM

Yeah - I gave up my too-many-coffees-per-day coffee habit a long time ago. I still drink decaf - not as much as I used to drink caffeinated coffee, but still probably more than the average.

But dear god, don't you dare take my decaf away! You'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

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