Written by Karen Bates (last updated January 27, 2020)
For many people, waking up to a hot cup of coffee is a favorite way to start off the day. Whether you like it most for the taste or for the boost of energy it provides, coffee is one of the most popular beverages around the world. With so many ways to prepare coffee drinks, there is a kind of coffee out there to please just about anyone.
There are times, however, when you want to enjoy the taste of a cup of coffee without the effects of the caffeine. Caffeine is a mild stimulant, and along with giving the consumer a jolt of energy, it can also cause nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability. If the caffeine found in coffee impacts you in one or some of these ways, you may wish to consume coffee that has had the caffeine removed. This process is called decaffeinating and takes out most of the caffeine, leaving you with coffee that has far fewer side effects.
Although the process of decaffeinating coffee takes away the majority of the caffeine, a very small amount will remain. This is why this type of coffee is referred to as "decaffeinated" instead of "uncaffeinated." During this process of decaffeinating, solvents are applied to the coffee beans when they are still green. This solvent removes most of the caffeine from these beans, leaving the coffee mostly free of caffeine while avoiding the disruption of other parts of the bean.
Decaf coffee is similar to caffeinated coffee in many ways, although it is not identical. Fortunately, decaf coffee is available in the same wide selection as regular coffee, and if you are interested in trying coffee without caffeine you will have nearly as many options as ever. Plus, decaf coffee tastes like regular coffee, so you can still enjoy the taste and coffee drinking experience without ingesting the caffeine.
Decaf coffee is widely available, and you can find it along with regular coffee at just about any store or coffee house. It can also be mixed into any beverage that uses regular coffee for one of the ingredients, and in cooking recipes as well. You can get decaffeinated coffee beans whole, or already ground and ready to brew in your coffee maker at home.
Drinking decaf is the perfect way to have coffee without dealing with the effects of caffeine. Enjoy this drink in the same way you would regular coffee, but don't worry about an energy rush with this beverage.
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