Seattle’s Best Coffee Decaf Portside Blend

Contributed by low-sal-life community member in: USA

Last Updated on December 6, 2023

Thoughts from Low-sal-life

Decaf coffee like this, unless specified, usually uses the methylene chloride or the ethyl acetate process called "direct contact" method. Those chemicals are washed away and adhered to the caffeine which is later separated and sold to pharmaceuticals. Decaf coffee has been tested as negligible or low in every salicylate study I've seen.  If you are reacting, it might be due to other natural chemicals like amines or something else. Some people say that the direct contact method leaves chemicals behind in the process, and maybe that's what they are reacting to. Since there are many different ways to decaffeinated coffee, it's worth looking around until you find something that works for you. Try looking for Swiss water process, or the CO2 process.

Seattle Best Coffee is a Starbucks Coffee, but with a lighter flavor profile. This one is considered a medium blend.

Details from company

  • Seattle's Best Coffee has a new look but the same premium beans, specially roasted for a smooth taste
  • Decaf Signature Blend No. 3 is now Decaf Portside Blend
  • Decaf Portside Blend is a medium roasted, decaffeinated coffee with a well-rounded and smooth flavor
  • Our recommendation for a great cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee is 1 tbsp (5 g) of ground coffee for every 6 fl. oz. (180 mL) of water
  • For finest taste, use cold, filtered water and store ground coffee in a cool, dark place
  • Each pack includes a 12-ounce bag of ground Seattle's Best Coffee


decaf coffee (Coffea arabica)

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Estimated salicylate level

Low risk