Coffee Oil / Coffee Absolute / Coffee CO2
The oil that is contained within the coffee bean is responsible for its distinctive flavor. Coffee Oil can be green or roasted, but Roasted Coffee Oil is truer to the aromatic "coffee experience."
Prior to roasting, the beans and the oil derived from them smells quite green and somewhat bitter. In fact, unroasted coffee beans are referred to as green coffee beans.
I'm not familiar with the availability of a steam distilled coffee essential oil, but Coffee Oils are available as CO2s, absolutes and as a cold pressed oils.
Coffee CO2 Extract Total contains less than 0.5% caffeine according to Mark Webb within his course materials for his CO2 Extract Course.
Limited documentation is available regarding the constituents contained within the oil, and its use within holistic aromatherapy is uncertain. It naturally may be assumed that it would be a nice morning pick-me-up oil in the diffuser despite its absence of caffeine. It may be an oil worth exploring for those attempting to give up caffeine or coffee. Though I'm concerned it actually could be a temptation to those trying to quit drinking coffee, it could potentially help curb the craving for some.
Coffee Oil is gaining more widespread use in personal care product formulation.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Medium to Thick
Strength of Initial Aroma
Strong, rich, aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
Coffee Absolute and Coffee CO2 Uses: Perfumery/fragrancing.
Caffeine (< 0.5%)
[Mark Webb and AromaMedix Pty Ltd., Course Materials: CO2 Extracts v1.3. October, 2017, Dallas, TX. Slide 43.]
For more information about Coffee Absolute,
CO2 and cold pressed coffee oils, read AromaTalk's lighthearted
Part of My Morning Aromatherapy Ritual: Coffee!
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