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Country of Origin: Pica de Orizaba Mountain Glacier, Mexico
Process: Mountain Water Process
Roast: Medium Roast
Flavour: Smooth, Nutty
Decaffeinated Mountain Water Process
This delicious, smooth and nutty coffee straight from the glacier mountain of Pico de Orizaba one of the highest in Mexico, and third highest in North America. Grown in the south of Mexico, where most key plantations exist, these green beans are a consistent, well balanced tasting coffee even after the decaffeinated process. The coffee is known to be delicately bodied and pleasantly dry with a crisp snap. It is also 100% organic and rainforest alliance certified.
How is Decaf Coffee Made?
There are four main methods of decaffeination used today.
- In-Direct Solvent Process in which the beans are soaked in boiling water for several hours. A solution of methylene chloride is then added which strips the coffee of caffeine. A re-soaking in the original solution is then needed to absorb the flavours and oils. This process provides a fast, cheap way of caffeination but includes some health risks.
- The Direct Solvent Process where the beans are steamed for 30 minutes to open their pores. Similar to the in-direct method, the beans are rinsed in methylene chloride and steamed once more to remove unwanted residue.
- The Swiss Mountain Water Process is used to process these coffee beans. A batch of beans are soaked in hot water to remove the caffeine. The solution then passes through many filters which collect large, small and oily molecules that contain flavour. The caffeine is removed through the addition of more coffee beans being added to this solution. The flavours stay within the beans whilst the caffeine is removed by osmosis.
- The Carbon Dioxide Process method involves CO2 added into an extraction vessel with water soaked beans, drawing out the caffeine. This is a very time consuming and expensive method.
Does Decaf Coffee Contain Caffeine?
A common misconception is that there is absolutely no caffeine in decaf, however in most there is still a tiny amount left.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) states that at least 97% of the caffeine needs to be removed for companies to label their products decaf. Our decaf coffee is 99.9% caffeine free, so we can guarantee you will feel none of the effects of caffeine