Decaffeinated Coffee

Decaffeinated Coffee



    HPLC Separation of Coffee

    November 6, 2006

    The amount of caffeine in regular and decaffeinated coffee can be determined using a Primesep SB column. The HPLC method combines reversed-phase and polar interactions to elute caffeine without interference from the coffee complex mixture. This method can be made even more robust by incorporating a diverter valve and a guard column to prevent late eluting components from sticking to the Primesep SB column. The sample is injected onto the guard column and after a defined time point, the eluent flow is reversed to elute the caffeine peak onto the analytical column without the late eluters that can shorten column life. The HPLC separation uses a mobile phase of water, methanol (MeOH) and phosphoric acid (H3PO4) and UV detection at 270 nm.

    Application Column

    Primesep SB

    The Primesep family of mixed-mode columns offers a wide variety of stationary phases, boasting unprecedented selectivity in the separation of a broad array of chemical compounds across multiple applications. Corresponding Primesep guard columns, available with all stationary phases, do not require holders. SIELC provides a method development service available to all customers. Inquire about our specially-tailored custom LC-phases for specific separations.

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    Application Analytes:
    Decaffeinated Coffee
    Regular Coffee

    Application Detection:
    UV Detection
    SIELC Technologies usually develops more than one method for each compound. Therefore, this particular method may not be the best available method from our portfolio for your specific application. Before you decide to implement this method in your research, please send us an email to so we can ensure you get optimal results for your compound/s of interest.