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We have a great selection of Decaf to choose from, Decaf Espresso, Decaf
Blends, Decaf Origins, and Decaf Flavored.
Decaf coffee contains less than 1/40 of the caffeine found in untreated
caffeinated beans. Caffeine is a crystal clear substance that lacks aroma and
contains only a slight bitter taste.
Most Americans love their morning coffee. Even when we are rushing out the door, we still have
time for that all important cup of joe. Caffeine occurs naturally in coffee and is therefore used as a
beverage for its stimulating affect. Did you know that coffee is the most widely consumed beverage
in the world?
Caffeine can cause jitters and nervousness and is not recommended for individuals with certain
health problems. Because of this, some individuals have taken the decaffeinated route, but did you
know you are still consuming a little bit of caffeine? Have you ever wondered how they get the
caffeine out of those delicious aromatic little coffee beans? Well, if you have, you've come to the
right place! Let's take a look at some of the processes used to remove caffeine from coffee beans.
The first step to removing caffeine from coffee beans is to soak the beans in water. This softens the
beans. After soaking, a solvent such as methylene chloride is used to remove the caffeine. Methylene
chloride is used in several products to remove caffeine as the molecules blend together. The beans
are processed either directly or indirectly. The direct method is where the beans are soaked directly
into the chemical solution. Indirectly is where the water is treated with the methylene chloride
solution and then the beans are soaked in the water after the caffeine has been removed.
Coffee labeled naturally decaffeinated is another chemical process of removing caffeine from coffee
beans. The beans are again soaked in water and then the coffee water solution is treated with ethyl
acetate. Ethyl acetate is a chemical found naturally in fruits, therefore the term naturally
decaffeinated. After the caffeine has been removed, the coffee beans are again soaked in the coffee
water solution so they can reabsorb their natural flavor.
Water processing is where the beans are soaked in water and no chemicals are used. After soaking
the beans, the solution is drained through carbon filters that remove the caffeine and then the beans
are soaked in the water to absorb oils and flavor.
Another type of water processing is called the Swiss Water Process. This is similar to the water
processing method however the coffee water is used instead of plain water. Basically the beans are
soaked over and over again to preserve flavor after being passed through carbon filters.
The last process is carbon dioxide processing. That is where the beans are soaked in water and then
treated with carbon dioxide in a pressure cooker at high temperatures and very high pressure. The
carbon dioxide bonds with the caffeine molecules and is then removed from the beans.
Coffee beans are treated before roasting to preserve flavor. Even though coffees are labeled
decaffeinated, they still contain some measure of caffeine. In the United States 97% of the caffeine
must be removed to qualify as decaf. What do they do with this left over caffeine? Surprisingly it is
used in soft drinks and other products.
For those who are drinking decaffeinated coffee due to jitters or sensitive stomachs, there are
alternatives that are low caffeine, non-acidic, organic, and not subject to the chemical processing of
By Phillip Bynes
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