Caffeine affects different people in different ways. For some, it is a much-needed boost to get out of bed in the morning, while for others it may, in fact, cause jitteriness and sleeplessness. Decaffeinated coffees (also known as ‘decaf’ coffees) can offer the luxurious tastes and aromas of your favourite brew without this high caffeine intake.
Aside from coffee, there are an estimated 60 plants naturally contain caffeine. These include nuts from the Kola Tree (often used in soft drink products), cocoa beans from the Theobroma cacao tree (which is used in the production of chocolate), and, of course, tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. It should be noted that even decaf coffees still contain some traces of caffeine. However, this content is very minimal at approximately 5-10 milligrams (compared to approximately 105 milligrams in ‘regular’ coffee, on average) with an estimated 95-98% of the caffeine removed.
We specialise in two quality-assured decaffeinated coffees. Our popular Decaffeinated Coffee is a Colombian medium roast with an excellent full body and a truly enticing aroma. It is a fantastic choice if you enjoy an invigorating cup to start your day, but likewise wish to avoid any potential side effects from caffeine. We also stock our equally-sought-after Decaffeinated Water Processed Coffee which, as the name suggests, undergoes decaffeination through what is known as the ‘Swiss Water Process’.
This method generally sees hot water used to extract the caffeine, along with the flavours and almost everything else! The water is then put through a carbon filter, which retains most of the caffeine molecules. When the water is returned to the coffee, it once again soaks up the extracted flavours. This particular method removes between 94-96% of caffeine and is considered one of the safest and best methods for decaffeination in the industry.
There are also several other ways to decaffeinate coffee. This includes the ‘Methylene Chloride processing method’, which sees Methylene Chloride used as a solvent to extract caffeine. Typically, this method should extract between 96-97% of the caffeine content. Then there is the ‘Ethyl Acetate processing method’.
This involves Ethyl Acetate - a natural chemical found in many fruits - once again used as a solvent for extraction. It is considered an organic processing method, and accounts for 96-97% of caffeine. The final method, known as the ‘CO2 processing method’, uses pressurised liquid Carbon Dioxide to extract the small caffeine molecules. Since the flavour molecules are larger, they remain intact, while the removal of caffeine accounts for 96-98% of the content.
Many customers most understandably worry about how the extraction of caffeine from coffee may also sacrifice any potential health benefits. Rest assured that this is not true, as most decaf coffees, no matter what processing method is applied, can still help improve your everyday way of life.
According to the USDA Nutrient Database, decaf products contain almost zero calories and/or any fat content when specifically taken without cream or sweeteners. Alas, this means that, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, almost any decaf coffee may be the answer to losing those unwanted, pesky pounds!