This article is part of the series, Beneath the Surface: What’s in Everyday Consumer Products. Articles in this series will examine how prevalent synthetic chemicals are in everyday products, and the consequences of their use to our health and our environment.
I drink at least 48-ounces of brewed, organic and buzz-free coffee each day. I’m a heavy decaf coffee drinker which is why I’m often asked if it’s safe to drink decaf. This safety question lingers because every few years an article surfaces questioning the toxicity of methylene chloride – the chemical most-oft used to extract caffeine from coffee beans. Methylene Chloride is currently listed as a possible carcinogen, and its primary use is as a paint solvent.