Gluten Warning: Gevalia Coffee
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Sep 7 2012

Gluten Warning: Gevalia Coffee

I wanted to take a few minutes to make you guys aware of something that was brought to my attention yesterday.  I received an email from a reader asking for my recommendation on gluten-free coffees.  It seems that the reader had been enjoying Gevalia Traditional Roast Coffee and couldn’t figure out why she was experiencing a gluten reaction.  She sent an email to Gevalia and received this response:

We apologize for your inconvenience.

Please be advised that all of our products have a trace of gluten.

GEVALIA®

Customer Service

I always knew that flavored coffees could contain gluten, but I have never heard of 100%, unflavored coffee containing gluten.  I sent an email to Gevalia myself to see if I would receive the same response.  I know that sometimes different customer service representatives give different answers, but I received exactly the same response.  I wonder if Gevalia’s statement is that all of their coffee has a trace of gluten to cover them in case there is some cross-contamination.  Perhaps the flavored varieties contain gluten and because they don’t have a dedicated facility they say that all of the coffee has a trace?  Whatever the reason, I’ll spend my money on a product made by a company willing to provide me with the information that will keep me safe. 

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I always feel bad when someone inadvertently gets glutened and then has to endure the effects for any period of time.  If I can help one person avoid that, I am doing my job.  If you are a coffee drinker, there are many varieties that are safe:

Keurig coffee

Caribou – Packaged coffee and prepared by Caribou

Tim Horton’s – Packaged coffee and prepared by Tim Horton’s

Panera – regular and flavored

Millstone – regular

Peet’s

Folger’s – regular

Berre’s Brothers – regular and flavored

Maxwell House – regular

New England Coffee – regular and flavored

Do you drink coffee?  What is your favorite brand/type?  I would love to add more to this list!

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Great article Kimberly! Hopefully this company will work on a better gluten/allergy statement! You can add Dunkin Donuts plain & flavored coffee to the list as well! http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/nutrition/nutrition_catalog.html?nutrition_catalog_hidden=0&nutrition_catalog_needType=Drinks&nutrition_catalog_selPage=1&nutrition_catalog_perPage=50

    • Paula,

      I wonder about barley malt in the flavoring, though. They only mention wheat on the page. Also, there is no mention of the flavored ground coffee in the store.

      Kim

      • Yes, barley is always a concern in the flavored coffees .. I was informed by a rep a while ago the flavored coffee did not contain any “gluten”, including barley .. having said that, ingredients can certainly change at any time (and certainly if purchasing from a DD store there is always a risk of cross contamination). I’m going to make another call to DD to verify their most recent statement on “gluten-free”. In the interest of safety, perhaps DD shouldn’t be added to your list quite yet , as I originally suggested :) – Thanks!

        • Paula,

          Thanks! Please let me know what you find out!

          Kim

          • Hi Kim .. just hung up the phone with a guest relations rep at DD (9/10): She stated that “at this time” ALL DD’s coffees, plain and flavored are gluten-free (includes Barley/Rye). All ground bagged coffees are gluten-free as well. She suggested however that anytime a new flavor is introduced, it should be questioned .. but as of this moment in time, ALL are GF. I recommended they add “barley & rye” to their allergen/nutritional website info :) and of course, there is always a risk of cross-contamination in an establishment where so many wheat-based items are being handled! Hope this info will be useful to your visitors!

  2. Beth says:

    I drink Community Coffee. Do you know if they have gluten in their product? I guess coffee was never really on my radar for gluten. Goes to show, you can’t drop your guard about gluten in anything.

  3. Mary says:

    What about Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.

    • Mary – Starbucks unflavored is fine. They are very unclear about any flavored varieties or syrups they use in their shops. As far as Dunkin Donuts, read a few comments up – Paula added a link regarding them.

  4. Deb says:

    I just got off the phone with a Gevalia customer service representative and she assured me that all of their coffees are gf???? Don’t know what to think!!

    • Deb,

      So frustrating! I even sent an email from another email address and received the same warning. My personal feeling is that it is best to avoid the product since at the very least there is some confusion going on within their company. Better to be safe than sorry, especially since there are plenty of other options out there.

      Kim

  5. Robin Krofcheck says:

    Is the issue just with the K-cups rather than the whole beans?

  6. Chris says:

    Hi,
    Interesting article. Thanks for the warning.
    In the accompanying picture I see a product from ‘Gloria Jeans’, an Australian coffee house. Gloria Jeans is one of the places I drink coffee.
    It is not clear from your article if you are saying that Gloria Jeans sells coffee tainted with gluten, of if Gloria Jeans coffee is safe.
    Would you like to clarify that, and please edit your article to indicate the status of the product in the picture.
    Kind regards,
    Chris

  7. Kristin says:

    I like Starbucks best. I buy the big bags at Costco and then grind it myself. If I drink coffee out I just order the Pike Place at Starbucks.

  8. Janet says:

    The Dolce Gusto coffee capsules are also gluten free

  9. bijouix says:

    Thank you so much for keeping up with all this for us. I have the traditional roast, called Gelvaia and was told it was gluten free just the flavored might contain sight amount….I also had ben mixing it with Starbucks French Roast which they have tod me 3 times all their coffee is GF…I do not believe the flavored are…but I see okay with Traditional Roast. Again many thanks. I look forward everyday to your newsletter.

  10. Joan says:

    I drink Peet’s. Buy it whole bean to grind as the water heats up.

  11. Angela says:

    I actually use Tasters Choice instant stick packs. You would never know they are instant and they are labeled gluten free. They are also very inexpensive.

  12. Gail Nickols says:

    I drink van houtte’s raspberry truffe chocolate framboise and it is gluten free.

  13. That’s surprising — why would they have gluten in unflavored coffee? Thanks for sharing this!

  14. cristina says:

    I get a magazine every month in Sweden about celiac desease, and they warn about cofees, its not that they contain gluten, but some brands baste them with a coat of wheat meal!

  15. Melissa Dixon says:

    Thanks for thr information. I just recently started the gluten-free diet and am often surprised at the sources of hidden gluten. I’ve been using Maxwell House at work, so I’m safe there. But I’ve been using Gevalia at home. Looks like I’ll be buying something else when I go to the grocery store today.

  16. Richard says:

    Gevalia is a Kraft brand. Kraft says it will clearly list any gluten.

  17. Guest says:

    I am having so much trouble finding out it french roast coffee is safe, maxwell house, (sometimes i use great value, starbucks or stop and shops brand). I am new to all this but in a short month or two it’s beyond obvious and the first time i have gone so long without a stomach ache and digestional woes (usually all day every day) I still feel like there’s something upsetting my stomach and I am searching to figure out what it is, I am a heavy coffee drinker so I thought I’d look into it because drinking so much a day I’m sure trace amounts could cause a problem, but there is nothing to be found on maxwell house french roast and gluten content all I can find on gf overflow is on instant coffee. Thank you in advance

  18. Guest says:

    I am having so much trouble finding out it french roast coffee is safe, maxwell house, (sometimes i use great value, starbucks or stop and shops brand). I am new to all this but in a short month or two it’s beyond obvious and the first time i have gone so long without a stomach ache and digestional woes (usually all day every day) I still feel like there’s something upsetting my stomach and I am searching to figure out what it is, I am a heavy coffee drinker so I thought I’d look into it because drinking so much a day I’m sure trace amounts could cause a problem, but there is nothing to be found on maxwell house french roast and gluten content all I can find on gf overflow is on instant coffee. Thank you in advance

  19. Teresa Ball Reidel says:

    Does this mean that all K cups no matter what brand is gluten free??

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