Are chemicals used to make flavored coffee?

by Matt
(Dearborn, Michigan)


QUESTION:


I love flavored coffee, but am concerned about how "natural" the flavors are. If I buy hazelnut flavored coffee, for instance, is the flavoring done with natural hazelnut?

ANSWER:

Matt, hi

That's an excellent question...with a fairly scary answer. Most coffee flavoring is done with chemicals.

The flavoring of coffee beans is done after roasting. The big issue here is that roasters use a particular chemical to help get the flavoring into the bean. That chemical is called propylene glycol.

If propylene glycol sounds familiar it's because it is also used in the manufacture of anti-freeze. I said the answer was scary!

One company that does offer flavored coffee without using propylene glycol is Flavorbean Coffee.

You can also learn more about this on our natural flavors for coffee page....

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Sep 04, 2014
A little smarter than you think : )
by: Nick (Coffee Detective)

Yes, propylene glycol is used for food products. Yes ethylene glycol is used in antifreeze, and is toxic.

However, do a little more research and you'll see that propylene glycol is also used in antifreeze and windshield wiper fluids.

Nick

Sep 03, 2014
propylene glycol
by: Anonymous

You are not too smart -- antifreeze is ethylene glycol and what is used here is propylene glycol which is safe for consumption (used in quite a few food products).

Two completely different things.

Feb 04, 2009
Syrup
by: Anonymous

So what about the flavored syrup that is added to coffee drinks? How is that made? Is it bad to drink?

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