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I’ve been thinking a lot about coffee lately and drinking a lot of coffee lately.

I always grind up my own coffee beans as I KNOW that instant and ground coffee affects me. Not always, but sometimes I get a mild adverse reaction. Sometimes migraines. If it’s just pure coffee I’m OK.

So imagine my horror when I read an article shared with me by Fiona who read my recent blog about itchy palms on Facebook which touches briefly on coffee. The article, “The Surprising Ingredients in Your Coffee” in Good Housekeeping has some startling facts about filter coffee and what’s really in it.

Is there wheat, barley, rye, corn and soya in your filter coffee?

Is there wheat, barley, rye, corn and soya in your filter coffee?

In this article it lists a whole lot of weird stuff you might not expect in your bag of filter coffee including wheat, soybeans, brown sugar, rye, barley, corn, rice, black beans, acai seeds, cocoa seeds, sticks.

What the?

Yeah you heard me.

There could be wheat, soya, barley, rye and even corn in your filter coffee.


The article was based on a press release about the state of the coffee industry, “Keeping filler ingredients out of your cup of coffee”

The reason this is done is because coffee harvests are struggling and the demand for more and more coffee is driving the less scrupulous coffee suppliers to use these cheaper ingredients as ‘fillers’ to make the coffee go further.

“In 2012, a study from the U.K.’s Royal Botanic Gardens and the Environment stated that 70 percent of the world’s coffee supply might disappear by 2080 because of conditions caused by climate change. But shortages due to more immediate issues already are occurring. The coffee-rich country of Brazil typically produces 55 million bags of coffee each year. But according to some reports, the projected amount for 2014 will likely only reach 45 million bags after this January’s extensive drought. That’s about 42 billion fewer cups of coffee for this year.”


Not all filter and ground coffee will be affected but some could and the link above talks about a test being developed to check for these stray unwanted ingredients that are creeping into one of our countries favourite hot beverages.

So if you are allergic to wheat, corn, barley, rye or soya then you might want to think twice before you grab a filter coffee. How do you know what else has been ground in with the beans?

How is this even possible? Anyone with a wheat, soya barley or corn allergy ever noticed issues with ground coffee? Coeliacs beware – there could be gluten in your filter coffee!

I’m generally shocked by this. Explains why some coffee messes with me…



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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