Decaffeinated Mountain Water Process
We bring you this delicious, smooth and nutty coffee straight from the mesmerising glacier mountain of Pico de Orizaba, which is the highest in Mexico, and third highest in North America.
This mountain is located in south-central Mexico. The coffee of this country is known to be delicately bodied and pleasantly dry with a crisp snap.
Mexico is one of the largest coffee producing countries in the world, which is no surprise as it is so irresistible.
If you need more reasons to try this naturally decaffeinated coffee other than its smooth, rich and exquisite flavours, it is 100% organic, rainforest alliance certified, fair trade certified and kosher.
What is Decaf Coffee?
Let me start by explaining what Caffeine is.
Wikipedia’s definition is ‘Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.’
Caffeine is a molecule found in the leaves and beans of tea and coffee. When consumed, it will make you more alert and prevent tiredness.
So, what is decaf?
Decaffeination is the removal of caffeine from the source, such as tea leaves and coffee beans.
How is Decaf Coffee Made?
There are four main methods of decaffeination used today, according to Coffee Confidential:
- In-Direct Solvent Process –
- the beans are soaked in near boiling water for several hours.
- They are then washed for several more hours in methylene chloride or ethyl acetate.
- They are then placed back in the original near boiling water to re-absorb the flavours and oils.
- The Direct Solvent Process –
- the beans are steamed for 30 minutes to open their pores.
- They are then rinsed for several hours in methylene chloride or ethyl acetate.
- They are then steamed again to remove any residue.
- The Swiss Water Process –
- A batch of beans are soaked in hot water to remove the caffeine.
- The water is then passed through a filter to capture the large coffee molecules, allowing the small oil and flavour molecules to pass through.
- The flavourless decaf beans are discarded, but the flavour rich water is reused to remove caffeine from a fresh batch of beans.
- This means that the flavours in the fresh batch can’t dissolve, only caffeine moves from the beans to the water.
- The Carbon Dioxide Process –
- Liquid Carbon Dioxide is forced into an extraction vessel with water soaked beans to draw out the caffeine.
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 fresh coffee is 99.9% caffeine free, so we can guarantee you will feel none of the effects of caffeine.
Decaf Coffee During Pregnancy
Baby center tells us that when you drink caffeine whilst pregnant, it crosses the placenta and goes into the baby’s bloodstream. Your body can get rid of caffeine, however your baby’s body is still developing, and it will take a lot longer for them to process it. This means that they are exposed to the effects of it for a lot longer.
Therefore, it is recommended to limit your caffeine intake while pregnant. As our Mexican decaf coffee has such a low percentage of caffeine content (0.1%), it is a great option when pregnant for those who still want to enjoy the delicious flavour of coffee.