Gluten Content Test: Counter Culture Coffee Forty Six Coffee Beans + Nima Sensor False Positive

After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2016, I wrote Counter Culture Coffee to see if the coffee beans I get from them (Counter Culture Coffee Forty Six) are gluten free.

My email to them:

“I have recently been diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Because of that, I need to eliminate gluten from my diet.  Does counter culture coffee contain gluten or any gluten containing additives?  I can’t imagine you use gluten anywhere in the process, but I wanted to double check.”

Their reply back (dated 3/8/16): “Thanks for contacting us! Coffee is naturally gluten-free and we do not add anything in the process of roasting, so you should be good to go!”

Note: This is their reply to me personally, not an official position, contact Counter Culture Coffee with questions and verify currentness of information.

Fast forward to 11/2017.  I decided to double check this with my Nima Sensor

Result: Gluten Found!  What the what?!!!!  This result baffled me and sent me into a spiral wondering – Just what can I trust???  Single ingredient item from (what I consider) to be a high end coffee roaster, that has told me their process includes not gluten ingredients.  After some digging, I realized that this was false positive result.  Nima has issues with intensely colored things.  See link below.

I decided to perform a GlutenTox test on this coffee. GlutenTox allows you to choose between 5 and 20 PPM.  I performed this test at the 5 PPM (parts per million) sensitivity level.

I used a cooled down shot of espresso to complete this test.

The bag of coffee, two glutentox solutions and test strip

Close up of the results

The test stick has two lines, the one on the left is the blue control line and should always become visible.  There is another possible line just to the right of that, that one is red.  That becomes visible if gluten is detected at the selected concentration.  As you can see in this photo only the control line is visible.  According to this result the sample I tested has a lower than 5 PPM gluten content.

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More About GlutenTox

 

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Each GlutenTox test comes with single use pipettes, extract solution, dilution solution, sample scoop and a test stick.  The testing process is relatively simple and the instructions are clearly written.  This test gives you some flexibility as you have the choice between testing at 20 PPM (parts per million) or 5 PPM.  Under 20 PPM allows manufacturers to label certain foods as gluten free.

GlutenTox Home is a quick, user-friendly test to detect gluten in foods, drinks, cosmetics, or any other substance. It’s useful for anyone who suffers from celiac disease, or keeps a gluten-free diet for any reason.

  • Adjustable sensitivity: test for 20ppm or 5ppm of gluten depending on your specific needs
  • No special equipment required; everything but the test material is included in the kit
  • Safe, non-toxic, and easy to use
  • Quick response: a reliable answer in less than 20 minutes
  • The included G12 antibody recognizes the toxic fraction of gluten in wheat, barley, rye, and even oat.

Kits contain everything you need to test for gluten in foods, drinks or cosmetics. Kits are available in 2-, 5- and 10-test quantities.

Price varies based on how many kits you buy

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A note about gluten content tests: These are performed in non-lab environments with small samples.  Processes and ingredients change over time.  Tests found on Gluten Free Finds should not be considered authoritative in nature.  Always check product labels and consult manufacturers for additional information on ingredients and processes.

Triumph Dining Gluten Free Dining Out Cards – English & Spanish + Review

Gluten Free Dining Out Cards (English and Spanish Edition) by Triumph Dining

These cards help to explain to restaurant staff (in both English and Spanish) that you need to dine gluten free.  I have these and have used them for foreign travel.  In my opinion, they are an amazing help.  Check out my review.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

Gluten Free Dining Out Cards (English and Spanish Edition)

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Triumph Dining Gluten Free Dining Out Cards – English & Spanish + Review

Gluten Free Dining Out Cards (English and Spanish Edition) by Triumph Dining

These cards help to explain to restaurant staff (in both English and Spanish) that you need to dine gluten free.  I have these and have used them for foreign travel.  In my opinion, they are an amazing help.  Check out my review.

Gluten Free Dining Out Cards (English and Spanish Edition)

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Kitchen Gear: SuperFast Thermapen Classic …$59 – Best Price Ever

We cover the occasional kitchen related item here on Gluten Free Finds because, we gluten free folks, tend to cook for ourselves a lot.  See: Topics Covered

Classic SuperFast Thermapen from ThermoWorks

from ThermoWorks:

“The Super-Fast Thermapen is a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use. Its popularity among celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, top foodies, bloggers and competition BBQ teams has made the Thermapen into an essential tool in the best-equipped home kitchens and backyard BBQ rigs.”

  • 2-3 second readings!
  • High accuracy to ±0.7°F (±0.4°C)
  • Water-resistant design
  • °F to °C reconfigurable
  • Auto on/off—no buttons!
  • 1,500 hour battery life

As of this posting, ThermoWorks is marking down the Classic Thermapen to just $59.  This is the lowest price they have ever offered for brand new Classic Thermapens.  This is a great deal on a great thermometer.  Check ThermoWorks for up to the minute price and availability.

Classic SuperFast Thermapen

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Highly Recommended Movie: What’s With Wheat?

What’s With Wheat? with David Perlmutter, Cyndi Omeara, Justin Brown and more.

This title is available on DVD, Blu-ray and for rental via Amazon Video.

This is a highly educational look at wheat and issues with our food supply in general.

I think that this movie contains revolutionary information that most people are not getting.  I highly recommend that you watch this.  I rented it via Amazon video, but I’m also going to pick up a DVD copy to be able to lend to people.

What’s With Wheat?

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“Eat Dirt” by Dr Josh Axe

Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It available in multiple editions.

I’m currently reading it and both enjoying it very much and learning a lot.  I believe that Dr Axe is on to something.  As someone with Celiac Disease [About Me] he seems to be describing a lot that’s going on with me.  This has been a great read that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It

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Simple Mills [Grain Free, Gluten Free] Farmhouse Cheddar Snack Crackers

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, Farmhouse Cheddar, 4.25 Ounce

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, Farmhouse Cheddar by Simple Mills via Prime Pantry  (about Prime Pantry)

Made with a blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. Only simple, whole food ingredients. Certified Gluten-Free and Non-GMO Project Verified. Paleo-Friendly, Grain Free, Soy Free.

These crackers are… delicious.  They are reminiscent of Cheez-its, but of course, gluten free and much simpler, healthier ingredients.

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, Farmhouse Cheddar, 4.25 Ounce

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Kitchen Gear: Thermapen Classic Private Open Box Sale

We cover the occasional kitchen related item here on Gluten Free Finds because, we gluten free folks, tend to cook for ourselves a lot.  See: Topics Covered

ThermoWorks is a having a private open box sale on their very popular and nearly universally lauded Thermapen Classic Thermometer.  This sale discounts these great thermometers to $63.  That ties with the lowest price I can recall seeing on this great thermometer.  These are like new and come with a full warranty.

I have a Classic Thermapen and Love it.

Check it out – Classic Thermapen Private Open Box Sale – Note that you must use this private landing page to get the deal.  The standard product page will not show the discount.

Also: Standard Classic Thermapen Product Page

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