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There are two methods generally used to decaffeinate coffee. In the first, coffee beans are placed in a rotating drum and softened by steam for 30 minutes. Then the beans are rinsed in a chemical solvent such as methylene chloride for approximately 10 hours. Once the solvent has absorbed the caffeine from the beans, both caffeine and chemical are drained away. The beans are then steamed for another 8 to 12 hours so that any remaining solvent evaporates. A minimum amount of the solvent, (approximately 0.1 parts per million) remains in the beans.
In the second method, called the water process, green coffee beans are soaked in hot water until the caffeine is drawn from the beans. The water is then drained and treated with a chemical, such as methylene chloride, which absorbs the caffeine. The water mixture is then heated until both the chemical and caffeine evaporate. The remaining water is returned to the beans, wherein, according to coffee experts, the beans regain most of their flavor.
A cup of brewed decaffeinated coffee contains 2 to 5 milligrams of caffeine, compared with 30 to 120 milligrams for regular instant and 40 to 170 milligrams for drip-filtered.
Sources: FDA Consumer, vol. 21 (December 1987-January 1988), p. 24; Leff, Jonathan. Consumer Reports Health Answer Book, p. 89; Prevention’s Giant Book of Health Facts, p. 111.