Fancy a coffee without the caffeine hit?
The process coffee beans undergo when being prepared for decaf is significantly different from that of a regular blend. The method generally used to omit caffeine from coffee beans is called a 'Chemical Wash'. In this method of decaffeination, the beans are repeatedly rinsed with either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to remove the caffeine. There is some debate around whether these chemicals are harmful or not, however it's worth noting that methylene chloride is generally used in various industrial processes (such as paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, metal cleaning and de-greasing), while ethyl acetate is used in glues and nail polish removers. There are restrictions and limitations on how much of these chemicals are permitted to be used during the decaffeinating process, however there is still reason for concern when it comes to using these solvents. Despite mixed opinions, studies have shown that there could be a link between exposure and increased risk for several cancers.
Luckily, a safer and healthier option has been developed - Mountain Water Decaf.
What makes Mountain Water Decaf so great?
Here at Crema Joe, we're always seeking better ways to be as eco-councious, and health conscious as possible. That is why we utilise this natural method of decaffeination for our Decaf coffee.
Similar to the Swiss Water Process (another approach to decaffeinating utilising water and osmosis), the Mountain Water Process is highly complex. In short, the green beans are steamed gently before being immersed in pure glacial water, and saturated with the flavour compounds of coffee. As osmosis occurs, the only property that actually leaves the beans, is caffeine. The essential flavour elements in the beans stay there, balanced by the water already containing the flavour elements. The beans are then dried, analysed and cupped.
The result is a decaffeinated coffee that is high in flavour and free from additional chemical solvents. There are no solvents, filters or chemicals used in our Mountain Water wash method. This process allows for decaf lovers to enjoy a robust brew without needing to compromise on flavour - it really does create the most deliciously rich decaffeinated coffee that money can buy!
Are there any downsides to Mountain Water Decaf?
When the beans are ground, this natural method of preparing decaf creates a very dark, physically oiler, moister and denser result. In short, this chemical-free process creates a wetter blend that can occasionally cause the grounds to bind together, slowing down extraction.
When it comes to reusable coffee pods, a Mountain Water Decaf can perform differently to a regular blend and sometimes water flow may be slightly more inhibited through the capsule. To resolve this, our roaster suggests:
1. Filling the reusable capsule with less coffee
2. Applying no tamp or filter to improve the pour, and finally
3. Being patient with your natural decaf, and waiting a week or two for the grounds to dry out a little! Giving the coffee time to settle and dry slightly may also cause them to perform better in reusables.
Why we love our Bespoke Decaf Blend
With its smooth notes of chocolate raisins, our Arabica Colombian Excelso Mountain Water decaffeinated coffee is an absolute winner (even if we do say so ourselves) - we're certain it'll be your newest cuppa companion!
Our decaf coffee’s delicious flavour is maintained by soaking the beans in melted glacial water from the mountainous regions of Mexico before being decaffeinated through osmosis.
Other Crema Joe decaf perks (pun intended):
✓ 100% chemical free
✓ 100% organically certified process
✓ Sustainably grown
✓ Ethically sourced
✓ Responsibly produced
✓ Intensity rating of 10
✓ Crafted exclusively for reusable capsule use