Coffee Charcoal (Coffeae carbo)

Published May 5, 1988.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Coffeae carbo, coffee charcoal.

Composition of Drug

Coffee charcoal consists of milled, roasted to blackening and carbonizing of the outer seed parts of green, dried fruit of Coffea arabica L., C. liberica Bull ex Hiern, C. canephora Pierre ex Fröhner and other Coffea species [Fam. Rubiaceae], as well as preparations of coffee charcoal in effective dosage.


Nonspecific, acute diarrhea, local therapy of mild inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Note: Due to the high adsorption capacity of coffee charcoal, the absorption of other, simultaneously administered drugs can be influenced.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

9 g; equivalent preparations. Duration of Use If diarrhea persists for more than 3 - 4 days, consult a physician.

Mode of Administration

Powdered coffee charcoal and its preparations intended for internal consumption or local application.