Influence of Various Factors on Caffeine Content in Coffee Brews [Paper]

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#1: Post by baldheadracing »

"Influence of Various Factors on Caffeine Content in Coffee Brews" summarizes papers published in 2010-2020. Studies on the effects of brew temperature, brew pressure, extraction method, roast, different waters, brew ratio ... the results are all summarized in this paper published in June 2021.

Not the easiest read, but lots of info in one place. Tables might be easier to see in the PDF version.

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#2: Post by Marcelnl »

interesting read yet I do not see why they did not adjust for 'typical intake' or 'serving' in a table or a graph. It is one to thing to extract 4 g/l caffeine in a double espresso but when you drink 2 shots of each 30ml your intake is 250mg (rounding off here and there).
Compare that to a FP with 1.1g/l if you drink 2 mugs of 250ml each your intake is 550mg, if the mug size is 150 ml that is 363mg. Any chosen Volume is pretty arbitrary for most methods, likely except that for espresso.
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#3: Post by jpender »

I typed most of the numbers into a spreadsheet so that I could calculate the caffeine extraction percentage -- i.e. grams of caffeine per grams of coffee grounds. The data were missing in many cases and very inconsistent. It's kind of a hodge-podge. The only things that really stood out were that robusta increases caffeine extraction and boiling coffee increases it too. Lots of other hints but not enough information to form solid conclusions.

I've been a lot more caffeinated lately simply because I've increased my coffee consumption by about 50%.

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#4: Post by RapidCoffee »

Adding to earlier criticisms: the summary data are presented in a highly inconsistent manner, making this literature review almost useless. The authors even note this (and other weaknesses) in the conclusion: "The authors used different amounts of coffee and water, which, among other things, influenced the final results." Sadly, general trends vanish in the diverse range of reported studies.

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#5: Post by Marcelnl »

'Publication Pressure does increase output but not quality" a study by Marcelnl et al :mrgreen:

In my area I see the same thing, people re-digesting old papers or doing an old study once more rather than doing something new simply or building on something potentially interesting because there is way too little money and far too much pressure to publish.
This paper IMO could have done with some peer review and editorial comments, or even better (cafeine is not that hard to analyze) have done the experiment using a standardized batch of 2 coffees with standardized extraction methods, etc.
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