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Does Coffee Need A Hechsher?

Does Coffee Require A Hechsher?

Coffee does indeed require a hechsher for many reasons. While the global coffee itself would generally be kosher, some types of flavored coffees, which contain a variety of ingredients, may not be suitable for Passover, and so may require a hechsher year-round.

On Passover in particular, it is recommended to only use coffee that has been certified as having a special Passover certification, in order to ensure that it meets the dietary guidelines.

Coffee’s Origins

Coffee’s origins can be traced back to the mid-1500s in Ethiopia and Yemen, where it fueled its spread throughout the world. By the 17th century, coffee had quickly become popular across Europe and its popularity eventually grew to reach beyond the Ottoman Empire.

After the Boston Tea Party, Americans began to rely on coffee products for their day-to-day energy needs and its prevalence continued to grow during The Civil War period.

Nowadays, nearly 2.2 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day around the world, proving that coffee has become an essential part of people’s lives.

Since coffee first became popular more than 500 years ago, it has retained its place as one of the most widely enjoyed drinks on earth. Approximately 2.2 billion cups of coffee per day are consumed around the world.

When You Need Coffee Certification

Plain, unflavored coffee does not require kosher certification, but if you’re opting for any flavored variety, then it will need to have kosher certification due to the possibility of non-kosher ingredients being present in the flavorings.

Furthermore, decaf coffee requires a kosher certification since the decaffeination process involves warming grain alcohol, which makes coffee consumption unfit during Passover.

The Coffee Market

The Coffee Market is booming like never before. In North America and Europe, the largest consumers of coffee, people are spending more than USD 80 billion each year on their beloved brew. The economic impact of coffee is significant, accounting for as much as 1.6% of a country’s GDP in certain countries.

Moreover, there are an estimated 150 million daily drinkers who consume close to 400 million cups a day – this number is poised to increase by one-third by 2030.

Is Coffee Kosher For Passover?

Yes, coffee drinkers can consume instant coffee during Passover, however, it is necessary to obtain special certification of Kosher for Passover (Hechsher) in order to make sure all the Passover-related issues concerning coffee production have been taken care of.

5 Coffee Concerns For Passover

When it comes to coffee for Passover, there are 5 major factors to be taken into consideration before consuming.

  1. Since some coffee is spray dried in outside facilities, it could render the product unacceptable if proper Koshering and Hashgacha have not been done between runs.
  2. When it comes to decaffeinated coffee, one of the methods used to do so relies on ethyl acetate which might have derived from Chametz and should also be taken into account.
  3. Non-kosher beverages produced in the same factories as coffee typically need a Hechsher year-round and need to be avoided during Passover unless they have a special certification.
  4. In the case of costly items like coffee, there is a danger that companies may mix it with other substances, including chometz.
  5. Flavored coffees pose their own set of worries due to the array of ingredients that may not have the appropriate hechsher for general or Passover use.
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Ellie Patchen

I love a good cup of coffee on Monday mornings for that pick-me-up, also love them in the afternoon, and on Tuesdays. In fact, it's fair to say that I love coffee all day everyday! So much so that I created a whole site to blog about it, answer questions and to just have a place for my frequent ramblings on the wonder that is.. coffee!

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