Coffee in Capsules Contains More Furan Than the Rest

Posted by erauch, April 17, 2011

“Preparing a coffee in a drip coffee maker is not the same as making one in an espresso machine or from capsules, because these give rise to differing levels of furan”, Javier Santos, a professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Barcelona and lead author of the study, tells SINC.

Concern has risen over recent years about the presence of this compound in foods, because of its toxic and carcinogenic effects in animals, as well as the fact that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed it as a possible carcinogen in humans.

Against this backdrop, the scientists used an automated analytical method to assess the presence of furan in coffee. The results, published online in the Journal Food Chemistry, reveal that higher concentrations are found in espresso (43-146 nanograms/mililitre) than in coffee made in drip coffee makers, both in the case of normal coffee (20-78 ng/ml) and decaffeinated coffee (14-65 ng/ml).

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