Decaf Coffee Might Soon Be Banned in WA: Here’s Why

When do you choose to drink decaffeinated coffee?

Lunchtime? Perhaps the idea of coffee and a pastry sounds great at lunch. The two pair great together - but not the idea of caffeine after Noon.

My wife doesn’t like the idea of drinking coffee outside or morning, for fear of not being able to fall asleep, later that evening. 

Pavel Timofeyev

Decaf Coffee Might Soon Be Banned in Washington and the USA

I usually drink two cups of regular, old-fashioned coffee per day.

If you drink decaffeinated coffee, you're not alone. estimates that 26 million Americans drink a cup or more of decaf coffee every day.

How Do They Take the Caffeine Out of Your Coffee?

Coffee beans naturally have caffeine in them.

Decaffeinated coffee is made, by using methylene chloride - a likely carcinogen used in the decaffeination process.

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What is the FDA’s Stance on Methylene Chloride?

The FDA allows a small amount of methylene chloride —or 10 parts per million (0.001%) to remain on coffee beans for Americans.

That's a very small number.

However, allowing this tiny amount of methylene chloride is debated on whether or not you and your family should be able to consume it.

What is Methylene Chloride?

The CDC says that Methylene chloride is a colorless liquid - that may damage your eyes, skin, liver, and heart.

Bottom line: Methylene chloride can cause harm. 

What is the FDA Doing about it?

In early 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration proposed to remove harmful ingredients - including methylene chloride from decaffeinated coffee and other foods.

We’ll see if this proposal becomes law.


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Can You Find Out What Decaf Coffee is Safe?

Yes. Get the information from They tell you what brands use harmful chemicals and what brands don’t.


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America's Worst Coffee Brands

Is there anything better than a cup of coffee in the AM? Before you pour that cup of Joe, take a peek at the list of coffee brands you should avoid.

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Top Coffee Shops in Each State According to Reader's Digest

Whenever I am traveling, I am always on the hunt for a coffee shop. Next time you are touring the U.S. or just out for a road trip in your own state, go grab a cup of coffee from the top shops in the United States according to Reader's Digest.

How did they pick the best in each state? According to their story, they checked out "customer reviews and roasting reputation". The story has more insight on each place and you can find that at

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