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Peanut/nut free coffee?

Does anyone know of a safe coffee for people with peanut/tree nut allergies? I've been emailing coffee manufacturers and while many of them have said their facilities are nut-free, some of them have pointed out that they don't know if the farmers they buy the coffee beans from also produce other crops, like peanuts or tree nuts, and that it's possible that contamination may have occurred before the coffee beans ever left the farm. Any advice? I'm 42 and brand new to this allergy. I'm assuming I have to give up coffee altogether. Thanks.

By willsdr on Sun, 05-04-14, 21:20

Green Mountain Coffee has assured me of their lack of contamination in their single serve Kurig coffee cups. The hot chocolate is NOT SAFE. Give them a call.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 05-02-14, 00:32

Question of the Week: Answered!

Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.

Our Answer:

First of all, it is great that you are staying vigilant about avoiding potential allergens in the goods you purchase! Cross-contamination is unfortunately present in all types of foods and drinks.

Cross-contamination is when certain goods are unintentionally transferred from one substance to another. For instance, a facility that produces soy milk may also use their equipment to process peanuts. This could potentially lead to cross-contamination as traces of the soy milk or the peanuts could ‘contaminate’ the other good.

Unless you have a severe peanut allergy, you will most likely be safe consuming ground coffee as the trace amount from cropping is likely to be low. However, if you want to be 100 percent safe, buy organic coffee. When a coffee is certified organic by the USDA, you can be assured that the coffee company is making advances toward the “creation of buffer zones to prevent cross contamination in growing or processing of the coffee.”

Additionally, other members have posted similar questions to yours. This post has to do with hazelnut coffee and this one has to do with “may contain traces of…” labels on coffee.

We also asked our Facebook fans for their advice, and you can read their responses here.

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By LSUTigger on Mon, 04-28-14, 16:02

Starbucks told us they roast their regular separate from flavored (like hazelnut flavored) separately. You might want to grind yourself. Many coffee companies I have spoken with and emailed stated their ground varieties might have cross contamination cuz they all use the same grinder for the nut and regular varieties.

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By Michelyne Callan on Thu, 04-17-14, 00:52

Hi Cara,

My son who is 18, has a severe PA (and other nuts too), but he has successfully had Starbucks in a variety of countries including Canada, England, Malaysia, and Greece (probably some others I'm not remembering). Also, we know that Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf do not use peanut products, but don't know if you have one of these outlets near you. Liam has been a black coffee drinker for about two years now, and he has never had a nut related problem. We do read labels, but as far as the 'farmer might have coffee beans in the same warehouse as where nuts are stored'....this has never been an issue, and my son is severely allergic to nut residue. So, I hope you can have your coffee and not worry. :-)

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By nutfreenyc on Sun, 04-06-14, 00:11

I've gotten good answers from Starbucks and Brooklyn Roasting Company.

By Cara Lena on Mon, 04-07-14, 13:20

Thanks!

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