Why is caffeine extracted using organic solvents?

Why is caffeine extracted using organic solvents?

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  1. There are several methods for the extraction of Caffeine like Water extraction, direct extraction and indirect extraction.
    But your question is Why is caffeine extracted using organic solvents?
    Because Caffeine is an organic compound and less soluble in water. Take Dichloromethane which is a common organic solvent used for the direct extraction of Caffein organic solvent. Caffein is more soluble in dichloromethane (140 mg/ml) than it is in water (22 mg/ml).
    Although, water is also used in the extraction of caffeine but it more tedious as in the Swiss Water Process but it is water at a very high temperature.

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  2. Why? has two answers.
    * to remove it so it does not end up in the coffee
    * because if you extract it with water, you get everything else as well (ie cuppa coffee)

    The corollary is that it’s extracted, however it’s done, so that the caffeine can be recovered for No-Doz, eg
    Supercritical carbon dioxide works fine, and methylene chlorid…

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