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By MommaBear on Fri, 02-04-05, 14:00

have you ever had an allergic reaction to coffee or tea due to it being a "flavor" of coffee or cross contamination? (aside from the actual product itself)

General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Just asking a question.

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By on Fri, 02-04-05, 15:41

I drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Mostly either at home or at Tim Horton's. fyi - Tim Horton's has signs that all products may contain trace amounts of peanuts/nuts.

I usually drink plain coffee - black with sugar. Occasionally I drink an iced cap or Tim Horton's French Vanilla Cappucino. And I did have a couple cans of flavoured Nestle coffees.

I've never had any problems with any of these.

Two concerns I have had: 1. When a coffee shop does have any kind of nut-flavoured coffees I ask about it. Often it is a powder they spoon into the coffee. I tell them to use a clean spoon for my coffee. 2. Once when I ordered a coffee through the drive through the cup had been placed on the counter, and got some cream on the bottom of it. That [i]could[/i] have caused a reaction - if it was contaminated. Not from drinking the coffee - but from getting the cream on my hand.

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By DRobbins on Fri, 02-04-05, 16:02

I have recently become TNA (although the only symptom I can definitely attribute to nut exposure is eczema -- my realization that I am TNA came through testing, so perhaps I am not as sensitive as some others) and because I am a nursing mom I do not eat anything containing treenuts, peanuts, fish or shellfish. I have never had a reaction from corss-contaminated coffee, but I am concerned about the issue since most places use the same coffee machines for all flavors, and of course the manufacturers use the same roasting and grinding equipment for all flavors.

I do drink coffee, but I restrict it to Dunkin Donuts coffee (I've called a few times, and they insist that their hazelnut coffee is entirely artificially flavored). I would also be comfortable with Starbucks coffee, because as far as I know, they don't make flavored coffees.

I currently do not drink coffee from manufacturers who I know use real nuts in their flavorings, for example Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a popular brand in my area.

I have never had a reaction from any brand of coffee, but while I am nursing I feel I need to be extra vigilant, since it's not just an exposure for me, but also for my little one.

I just wish that more coffee manufacturers who make nut-flavored coffees would simply state what's in their "natural" flavorings on the label so I don't have to call them to see if I need to be concerned about cross-contamination of their entire product line. I guess the new labelling law will help in this regard.


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By WoozerMom on Sat, 02-05-05, 04:46

I have never had a reaction to coffee, but I am careful about and where I drink it. I seldom drink flavored coffees, and do so only when I see them made in front of me.

It's no big deal to me, but I do pay attention to what I am ingesting. I am both PA and TNA.

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By mamabutterfly on Tue, 02-15-05, 00:00

I have had a bad coffee experience. I also have problems with places that sell peanut butter cookies not using a different pair of tongs or spatula to get the cookies. I won't eat a blizzard because they don't properly clean the beater thingy before making mine. It's just not fun having pa.

Why doesn't anyone take my allergy seriously???

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By peanut_mom on Thu, 03-31-05, 04:18

I don't drink coffee and tea has never affected me. However, I am now allergic to kiwi (which is quite common with peanut allergies).

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By Peanut on Wed, 04-13-05, 04:05

Be aware...so is eating mandarin oranges.

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By synthia on Wed, 04-13-05, 04:11

Quote:Originally posted by Peanut:
[b]Be aware...so is eating mandarin oranges.


Could you give me more detail on this????
Or is it troll season,I could be wrong.
Just asking.

Love this site

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By ajgauthier on Thu, 04-14-05, 01:35

hi and great question!

I drank a half a cup of hazelnut coffee once...and got a horrible stomach-ache then realized the coffee tasted funny. Could have been psycho-somatic though once I realized it was hazel nut.

I don't use public coffee grinders for fear of cross-contamination (I am PA and TNA).

On the peanut cookie comment...I actually don't eat any baked goods out anywhere b/c of cross contamination issues!

on the kiwi --- interesting...I love yellow/gold kiwi, but the regular green kiwi makes my mouth a bit fuzzy.


30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

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By millpz on Wed, 08-14-13, 18:09

Very interesting about the Kiwi. I had a minor reaction to Kiwi quite suddenly about 10 years ago and have avoided it ever since. I am PA and TNA.

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By krasota on Thu, 04-14-05, 03:20

I avoid this quite easily by not drinking flavored coffees. I buy flavored syrups--preferably organic cane syrups flavored with natural things. I'm not allergic to hazelnut, so Monin's organic hazelnut syrup goes into my daily latte. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] For those worried about syrup cross-contamination, making flavored syrup at home is quite easy--simple syrup and natural flavor extracts.

I buy my coffee at Whole Foods--they don't sell wholebean flavored coffee that can be ground in the store at my store, so the grinder only handles unadulterated beans. It's easy to avoid this by getting a home grinder, but I have limited counterspace. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]


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By margaret on Fri, 04-22-05, 03:47

Yes, it is troll season again! I believe many of the northeastern states have school break this week - ugh!

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By misaok on Mon, 11-28-05, 21:13

I have had a reaction when I go in to a coffee shop if they have a nut coffee brewing and just from the smell of the coffee beans. Needless, to say I have never tried to actually drink any of it.

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By Mimom on Wed, 11-30-05, 14:06

I am 43 and TNA. I have not ever had a reaction to coffee, but only drink 8 O Clock coffee, which I grind at home. I do not drink anybody else's coffee. I do use CoffeeMate vanilla creamer, after being assured their flavorings are artificial. I never thought about tea, however. Is this a potential problem? I never eat baked goods unless I have made them. Not worth the risk.

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By Craiglewis on Sat, 06-01-13, 19:16

I can't find a list of peanut free coffees anywhere

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By Stephbergerca on Wed, 08-07-13, 03:40

I have a tree nut allergy and had an anaphylactic reaction to coffee last year. I used a Keurig coffee maker and am guessing there was cross contamination. It was a brand new box of coffee and was the only thing consumed that day.. I switched to tea after this mishap :(

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By millpz on Wed, 08-14-13, 18:07

Absolutely. Hazelnut coffee and anything with Bailey's or almond flavoring and from cross contamination in the grinder at the grocery store. Also cross contamination at Dairy Queen from the blenders.

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