We had our own beans that we ground ourselves. Hi, Thanks for this helpful post. Before we look at any specific decaffeination process let’s see what they share in common as a group. I have a favorite shop in Ft Collins called Bean Cycle where they roast their own beans and all their coffee is organic. Thanks Lorenzo, that’s a useful summary of decaffeination. Their “Mocca-Java” coffee is SWP decaffeinated. In the CO2 decaffeination process, water soaked coffee beans are placed in a stainless steel container called the extraction vessel. There are several methods for decaffeinated coffee. Although a jolt of caffeine is exactly what many people are looking for when they reach for a cup of joe, the beans can be processed to remove most of the stimulant, creating a drink that can be enjoyed at night without losing sleep. CAVEAT EMPTOR: “decaffeinated” does not mean 100% caffeine free. Stop and Shop has a coffee by Sun Coffee Roasters out of Connecticut that uses Swiss Water Process. The decaffeination process goes something like this: Green – or unroasted – coffee beans are placed in a solution to remove the caffeine from the beans. Can you really have a GOOD cup of coffee that has been subjected to a decaffeination process? What’s Wrong with Buying Pre-Ground Coffee? Most companies offering Swiss Water Decaf will note it somewhere since people look for it specifically. Oh yes, by the way, decaffeinating myself was much easier than I thought and since I am now retired, I really don’t need the KIck that I got from regular coffee. Had fun with my new found knowledge. I posted it on FB. I was surprised at how good it was – It tasted just like a regular coffee, and wasn’t too dark, which I like (label says medium-dark). The “Roslius Process” involved steaming coffee beans with a brine solution (i.e., water, saturated with salt) and then using the organic chemical compound benzene as a solvent to extract the caffeine. Under the heading “Solvents used on decaffeination” the hit list of toxic solvents included dichloromethane, however, it then goes to state dichloromethane from decaffeinated coffee is completely safe according to the FDA. Greetings. This was so helpful and informative, especially the part about why decaf beans are more difficult to roast. Thanks for posting it. Unfortunately I go through spells of being able to drink full strength coffee, and times when it makes me feel dizzy and faint. Furthermore, while it is probable that traces of the solvent remain in the decaffeinated beans it seems very unlikely that methylene chloride would survive the roasting process. Great article Lorenzo. They also have single serve packets, which is a good idea for taking to restaurants when you don’t know what kind of decaf they brew. Thanks for cluing us in on some of your favorite local roasters. Hi thanks for this! I recommend Ethical Bean Decaf (Dark Roast, whole bean), decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process. Coffee is typically decaffeinated by steaming the coffee beans then rinsing them with certain chemicals. Thank you for all the good information. Hi,I am planning to import fairrade decaf CO2 processed green beans into Japan. Your article was wonderful as to why decaf just doesn’t not taste as good or rich. Glad to hear you’re educating your customers to do the right thing . Lavanta Coffee Roasters is a great place for coffees at a very reasonable price and fast turnaround. Finally, the scientifically named supercritical carbon dioxide method uses carbon dioxide (CO2) under high temperatures and pressure to act like both a gas and a liquid. My favorite is Coda and it may be purchased online and sent anywhere. Water alone cannot be used because it strips away too much of the flavor. Its a subject I’ve never even wondered about. I’ve just decided to switch to decaf during my pregnancy. While enjoying it I wondered how they decaffeinated my yummy coffee and found this article, in which I learned I made a lucky choice since all caffeine is not taken care of equally So thank you for satisfying my curiosity and thanks to Kicking Horse for satisfying my coffee lover. But their customer service has confirmed they use the Co2 process and the same goes for instant decaff. Why don’t you just rip my Heart out. Thanks for the informative piece! In this article I give you 4 good reasons why pre-ground coffee should NOT be part of your daily coffee ritual. I like the organic, SWP (Swiss water processed) Peruvian decaf beans from Dean’s Beans and there are a few other places to buy SWP decaf organic coffee beans. First, the beans are steamed and swell. I too was confused at first on the possible contradiction, but after reading it again realized what it’s saying is… Usually my go to coffee brand in Keurig, drip coffee, or on the go at any store. They are available in CA as well as on the internet. The fresh batch of beans is then soaked in the GCS, leaving the flavor molecules in the beans, while the caffeine flows out into the water.