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Old 05-23-2007, 11:47 AM
henrijohns henrijohns is offline
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Sanka is 97% caffeine free. How does regular coffee compare?

When I first heard this slogan I assumed they meant that Sanka had only 3% of the caffeine of regular coffee. But now I assume they meant it was 3% caffeine by weight.
After all, 2% milk has 2% fat. Regular milk has 3.5% fat, so 2% sounds very fat free but actually has over half the fat remaining.

So how does regular coffee compare?
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:58 AM
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When I first heard this slogan I assumed they meant that Sanka had only 3% of the caffeine of regular coffee. But now I assume they meant it was 3% caffeine by weight.
You were right the first time:
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Dr. Ludwig Roselius' scientific ingenuity led to the creation of decaffeinated coffee. For years, Roselius searched for a way to remove caffeine from coffee without diluting the flavorful taste and aroma. In 1903, Roselius and his team of researchers were given the opportunity to implement new techniques, using brine-soaked coffee beans that had been plunged into the sea during a storm. Roselius and his team discovered that a brine-soaked bean reacted differently to roasting and within a few years developed a technique that removed 97 percent of the caffeine without removing the flavor. A patent was issued for this process in Germany in 1906.
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:40 PM
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It's a simple enough calculation.

The bottle I have is 7 oz. and makes up to 105 cups. 7 oz. is 198 grams or 198,000 milligrams. Each cup therefore uses 1885 milligrams of coffee.

Instant coffee has 65 to 100 milligrams of caffeine per cup. So each cup is 3.44 to 5.30% caffeine.

So decaffeinated coffee can't be 3% caffeine itself. It's actually .10 to .16%.

And that's using the old-fashioned 97% caffeine free numbers. Today's decaf is 99.7% caffeine free, so a cup is .010 to .016% caffeine.

Not very much.
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:49 PM
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More info:

A normal serving of regular instant coffee powder is 2 grams, and contains 55 milligrams of caffeine.

A normal serving of decaffeinated instant coffee powder is 2 grams and has 2.1 milligrams of caffeine.

That is the equivalent of 96.18% less caffeine that regular instant coffee. If it was 3% of the weight, decaffeinated would have 60 milligrams per serving, or more than regular coffee. That does not compute.
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