What is decaf coffee?

As the name suggests decaf coffee is decaffeinated coffee whereby 99% of the caffeine is removed from the beans. It’s a fantastic alternative for people who want the flavourful taste of coffee without the intake of caffeine.

There are a number of different ways you can remove caffeine from coffee which include water, organic solvents or carbon dioxide, but we’ll talk about that later. One aspect of decaf coffee we’d like to explore is the health benefits.

Ethiopia – Sidamo Decaf

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Swiss Water Process – Decaffeinated

Origin Ethiopia – Sidamo
Flavour Upfront chocolate and toffee, leading into a candied lemon and soft floral notes finish.
Varietal Swiss Water Process – Decaf
Acidity Medium High
Body Tea Like
Roast Medium
Brewing Espresso
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How decaf coffee is made from Swiss Water Process themselves

Beans arrive from origin

They have been shipped to us from the finest growing regions around the world. Cleaned and hydrated with pure, local water to prepare them for caffeine removal, these beans are beginning their journey to becoming amazing decaf coffee.

The end of the line for caffeine

Our internally developed Green Coffee Extract (GCE) is introduced to the beans and caffeine removal begins. Caffeine ventures out on its own, away from the coffee beans into the GCE until the ratio of soluble compounds in the GCE to the compounds in the coffee reach the point of equilibrium. Caffeine and GCE flow continuously through our proprietary carbon filters until all the caffeine is trapped and separated from the GCE. Then the GCE is refreshed so that it can be used again and again to remove more caffeine.

Continuous monitoring

For the next 10 hours, our team continuously monitors the process and caffeine levels in each batch we are decaffeinating. We monitor time, gauge temperature controls, and check the levels on the GCE flow. The result of all this loving attention to detail is worth it — 99.9% caffeine-free coffee.

Into your cup

Finally, the decaffeinated green beans are shipped to the roasters and the specialty coffee brands we work with, so that the beans can be turned into something special. We’re privileged to be one small stop on the amazing journey that brings coffee from unique places of origin to your cup.

Is decaf coffee bad for you?

Decaf coffee is certainly not bad for you, in order for decaf to receive it’s “decaffeinated” tick of approval it must be 97% caffeine free. We strictly stick with Swiss Water Process and the team there claim to have their process down to 99% caffeine free! 

We believe the Swiss Water Process (Chemical Free) is the best and cleanest processing method and we are super confident to share that with our beloved coffee family.


Antioxidants and nutrients

It’s regarded that coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet. However, when compared to standard coffee, decaf typically has 15% drop in antioxidants. The main antioxidants in coffee are hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols.

These two antioxidants help reduce ageing, blood clots, blood sugar levels and heart disease risk while also improving brain function, digestion and protection against some cancers.

1 cup of coffee also contains a small amount of your recommended daily intake for the following nutrients: 2% magnesium, 4% potassium and 2% vitamin B3 — so drinking a few cups a day can quickly add up.

The other methods

There are four ways we can decaffeinate coffee, split into two categories:

  1. Solvent-based
  2. Non-solved based

Solvent-based: indirect-solved and direct-solvent

Non-solvent based: swiss water and carbon dioxide

The solvent method involves using chemicals added to the beans to directly and indirectly remove the caffeine from the beans. These chemical solvents can differ depending on the preference of the roaster but typically methylene chloride and ethyl acetate are used.

The roasting process after the beans have been exposed to the solvents means it is unlikely there will be traces left in your coffee. However, our choice of using the swiss water process means there is no chance of these chemicals being left in your coffee cup.

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Buy our organic decaf coffee beans

If you’re after decaf coffee don’t compromise of only when you can try our Ethiopia – Sidamo decaf coffee. It’s our signature decaf coffee option that offers quality single origin coffee without the caffeine hit.

st beans from Ethiopia, used the swiss water process, to create a sensory decaf coffee experience perfect for decaf espresso lovers.

This decaf coffee is so good people don’t even realise it’s decaffeinated. This coffee is a medium roast with a touch of lime, orange, peach and caramel. It’s a sweeter experience, almost like drinking tea that has a subtle body of nougat and honey.

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