Decaffeinated by an all-natural Mountain Water Process that results in a rich, full-flavor coffee without the caffeine. Full-bodied, and one of the best decaf coffees. There are hints of malt and a warm, natural caramel finish. This decaf coffee is hand-roasted to perfection and is one of our top selling decaf coffees.
HOW IS CAFFEINE REMOVED FROM COFFEE?
In the early 1900s, according to coffee lore, German coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius discovered decaf coffee by accident after a shipment of coffee beans was soaked in seawater during transit, naturally extracting some of the caffeine from the coffee beans.
A few years later, Roselius patented the first commercially successful means of decaffeinating coffee. But instead of just saltwater, his method also used benzene to finish the job. It’s no wonder people questioned is decaf coffee bad for you? The use of benzene and other similarly toxic solvents gave decaf coffee beans a bad rap.
However, today, decaf coffee manufacturers have switched to safer decaffeination methods, though many still use products to strip away caffeine. This is usually what you find in cheap decaf coffees. Meanwhile, researchers have wondered whether any of the coffee’s flavors are lost along with the decaffeinated coffee process.
So is decaf coffee bad for you? We talked to experts including William D. Ristenpart, Ph.D., a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Davis, and director of the UC Davis Coffee Center, to understand the facts about how decaf coffee is made.
DECAF COFFEE HOW IS IT MADE?
There are three key methods for removing caffeine from regular coffee beans: The most common use a chemical solvent and the last simply use water.
They take green coffee beans, soak or steam them until the caffeine is dissolved or their pores are opened, and then extract the caffeine from the green coffee beans.
Water methods are considered chemical-free, the other method relies on ethyl acetate (naturally found in some fruits) and methylene chloride (commonly used in industrial applications).
The Swiss Water Process and Mountain Water Process are used to make the best decaf coffee, which is what we use. This tends to produce the most flavorful coffee, Ristenpart says, because it’s good at removing caffeine and without stripping other flavors from the green coffee beans. However, it’s also more expensive to use the Swiss Water Process and Mountain Water process to remove caffeine from coffee beans, and the process is difficult to produce at scale.
How much caffeine in decaf coffee is a question we are asked, and none of these methods scrubs the bean of caffeine completely? Usually, 97 percent of caffeine is removed from the coffee beans, some decaffeinated coffees can still contain between 3 and 12 mg of caffeine per cup of coffee.
Weaver's Decaf Original Blend Coffee is Fair Trade Certified Coffee blend which is created by an all-natural Mountain Water Process that results in a rich, full-flavor coffee without the caffeine.
Our Decaf Original Blend Coffee is full-bodied with hints of malt and a warm, natural caramel finish.