So, you’ve switched to decaf coffee to limit your caffeine intake. Whether it be doctor’s orders or your own personal choice, you think switching to decaf takes the caffeine out of your favorite brew. Right? Wrong!
There really is no such thing as decaf coffee. All coffee has caffeine in it, unless you drink dandelion coffee, which gives you ample energy without the caffeine. I love dandelion coffee, and you can purchase it fairly cheaply online (like Amazon.com) or at health food stores. It’s a great alternative to traditional coffee if your goal is to truly knock caffeine out of your morning brew, and has a bold, bitter, nutty taste. Try it. It’s great.
Decaf coffee contains up to 97% less caffeine than regular coffee, and is classified as a decaf brew by containing between 2-5 mg of caffeine per cup. By comparison, the average cup of regular coffee has between 100-150 mg of caffeine per cup, so when you place the two together, it seems like decaf lives up to its name. There’s not really enough caffeine in a single cup to notice.
The FDA classifies a decaf coffee as a caffeine-free beverage because decaf goes through a chemical process to remove the caffeine before it is packaged. Since it has “trace” amounts of caffeine, by definition, though not entirely true, decaf is labeled as a beverage not containing caffeine.
So switching to decaf definitely limits your caffeine intake to such a minimal amount that you likely are getting more caffeine daily from hot cocoa or chocolate, and definitely from a cola. However, to say that decaf is truly caffeine free is a bit deceiving. But since you’d have to drink a lot of decaf to get the amount of caffeine as a single cup of regular coffee, I guess they can get away with it.