Coffee & Tea

OU Kosher Staff

All unflavored ground coffees are acceptable for Passover use when bearing an OU.

Decaffeinated coffee:
Coffee is often decaffeinated by means of ethyl acetate, which is derived from either kitniyot or chometz. Therefore, decaffeinated coffees are not acceptable for Passover unless specifically listed in the section of the Passover guide which contains items that do not require Passover certification.

Instant coffees often contain maltodextrin, which is derived from either corn (kitniyot) or wheat (chometz). Therefore, all instant coffees require special Passover certification unless explicitly mentioned in the section of the Passover guide which contains items that do not require Passover certification.

Keurig/K-Cups: K-Cup Packs are NOT regular coffee grounds. Therefore one may not use their year round or office Keurig on Pesach unless it is cleaned extremely well and kashered. (Please consult p. 15 & 16 of our Passover directory or http://oukosher.org/passover/articles/modern-kitchen/ for exact details.) For those wishing to invest in a new Keurig machine, there are indeed several dozen K-cups that are acceptable for Pesach, even though they are not labeled OU-P. A complete list is available on the oupassover.org search engine.

Unflavored tea bags (including black, white, and green) are acceptable for Pesach without special supervision. Decaffeinated and instant teas require special Passover certification unless explicitly mentioned in the section of the Passover guide which contains items that do not require Passover certification.