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 I just heard that because of coffee being harder to grow, Brazil and other countries are using fillers. They are putting in wheat, soy or dirt. Does anyone have information on this. Would it be safe to use whole beans and grind them? Coffee has become more of a problem for me this year since I started using a coffee machine that uses Kcups but it might be because it is just stronger.

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I haven't heard of that either. Are you using the refillable K-cups with just plain coffee? I could see some of the flavored ones maybe not being safe for us but don't use them myself so don't know. You could try dropping the K-cups for a while and see if the problem is still there with just regular coffee made the old fashioned way. 

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Yep, I saw that on the internet. Just one article and I am not sure of the reliability of the source:

http://www.livescience.com/47433-counterfeit-coffee-busted-by-chemists.html

BUT.........it is really only a concern outside the U.S., Canada and other countries that do not have any food labeling laws. My brand is Yuban and it is roasted and ground in California. But I am sure my Costco Decaf is just fine too. What am I saying? I have not been glutened by any of my coffees that are plain or unflavored! I would be concerned about ordering a cup of coffee off a street vendor in South America.

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I can't get the link to copy but it was put on the weather channel web site on 8/12/2014 under the heading - bad news for coffee lovers.

I don't like flavored coffee so I use the regular Kcups that are pre-made like Starbucks and others. I don't know how they could put wheat in the product unless it is during the grinding and you would think that would have to be put on the labeling. But the article seems to indicate that the wheat is added to the beans.

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I know the big coffee plant here buys the beans all over the world and brings them here to roast &  grind.  So, even if they buy beans from Brazil, there would be no reason for Brazil to add wheat to whole beans.  They make their own K-cups so, if this is somehow true, I could get those.  

 

I think Starbucks grinds their own in the US, but I don't know.  I bet you could email them and ask.

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Dunkin' Donuts whole bean. Grind fresh for every pot. Just the aroma when grinding is worth the "hassle", and the flavor...oh my. :wub:

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I can't get the link to copy but it was put on the weather channel web site on 8/12/2014 under the heading - bad news for coffee lovers.

I don't like flavored coffee so I use the regular Kcups that are pre-made like Starbucks and others. I don't know how they could put wheat in the product unless it is during the grinding and you would think that would have to be put on the labeling. But the article seems to indicate that the wheat is added to the beans.

No, wheat is not added to the beans, but can be added to grounded roasted coffee, along with corn, dirt, twigs, soy beans, etc. When times are hard, people add all kinds of things to coffee. Think of the chicory coffee found in New Orleans! People have been watering down or adding stuff to coffee for centuries.

I found the same article on TIME and USA Today. If you really are concerned, grind the beans yourself or stick to a reliable manufacturer.

BTW, I drink coffee brewed from those K cups at my neighbor's house. It is very strong, so you might be reacting to higher levels of caffeine.

It Is safe for those with celiac disease to drink most coffee! Another reminder to ask questions and carefully read the label! (This is for the newbies out there!)

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I found a couple of articles mentioning the possibility of this, but not a single one names any company that doing it or points to where any tests have shown it happening. Sounds like needless worrying. If you're still paranoid about it, stick to name brands or grind your own, which tastes better anyway.

 

richard

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