Decaffeinated coffee is not a form of coffee that everyone likes. Many regular drinkers are firm in their opinion that decaf tastes too differently from regular roasts in a way they just don’t like. Even more claim they’d rather have regular coffee so they can get their day going.
Decaf coffee is certainly not for everyone. However, there are some good reasons to choose this type of roast, which we are going to go over below.
Reason 1: You need to sleep
It is not recommended to drink regular dark or medium roast coffee after 2pm for a very good reason. One is because coffee is a stimulant. The more coffee you consume later in the day, the less likely it will be for you to get a good night’s rest. For example, if you have a test in the morning at school or you need to make a presentation at work, you need to have all the rest you can get beforehand. That means you need to pass on having a late night latte if you want to get the full 7-8 hours of sleep. Going with decaf removes the risk of staying awake all night, without giving up the flavor of coffee.
Reason 2: It helps you relax
We are so busy that it’s hard to remember to wind down after a long day. Many of us are hardwired to get up and go first thing in the morning, to the point we forget that like the batteries in our smartphones, we need to recharge too. Choosing decaf over regular coffee, in this case, can remind you to take a break while also savoring your time, such as watching the morning sun rise.
Reason 3: You want something lighter with dessert
As delicious as dark and medium roast coffees are, many desserts that come paired with coffee can be quite rich. Decaf coffee allows you to enjoy the flavor of the dessert, whether it’s a slice of cake or a piece of pie, without tasting too overwhelmingly strong. Decaf will provide the flavor of coffee without weighing down on your stomach or spiking your blood pressure.
Reason 4: It has lots of health benefits
While regular coffee has some amazing health benefits, many of which you can read about here, decaffeinated coffee has its perks as well. For example, drinking decaf can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, and it can keep blood pressure lower unlike regular coffee. A survey also found that decaf greatly promoted good liver health and reduced the risk of damage and inflammation. Even more studies have indicated that decaf, like regular coffee, can contribute to minimizing the risk of type 2 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Reason 5: You’re pregnant
It is not recommended for pregnant women to consume large amounts of caffeine in addition to the standard no-nos (alcohol, smoking, and even certain teas and foods are not very good for pregnant women!). However, decaffeinated coffee is perfectly acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. This is because decaf normally has 95-97% of the caffeine stripped away during the roasting process. This means decaf only contains 5-7 milligrams of caffeine (unlike the 100-150 milligrams that exists in every 6 ounces of regular coffee). The likelihood of negative effects of caffeine from decaf, such as needing to pee more often, jitters, and inability to focus to name a few, are minimal to none.
This doesn’t mean a pregnant woman should drink copious amounts of decaf per day either. Some people find that decaf has the same effect as regular coffee on their nervous systems. Decaf can also still boost blood pressure briefly for those who are not used to drinking coffee regularly. Drinking 1 to 2 cups per day however is fine.
If you are pregnant and are absolutely not sure about drinking any coffee at all, we recommend that you speak to your doctor.
Reason 6: Some decaf blends taste delicious
For those who complain about the taste of decaf being gross or not tasting like the other roasts, we beg to differ. In fact, many of the compliments we’ve received about our decaffeinated coffee is that it tastes so good, they can’t tell much difference between it and our medium roast Jose Gourmet. This is because we pay close attention during the roasting process so that despite the caffeine being removed, the flavor remains. We prefer our decaf to taste as good as all of the other coffees we serve, regardless of its roasting state!
We hope that’s enough reason to start drinking decaf. Feeling up for a cup?
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