How Decaf Coffee Is Made

Decaf coffee, provides all the health benefits without the caffeine or chemicals that many other coffee companies use. Coffee with or without caffeine increases longevity and minimizes the risk of chronic diseases and cancers, which has been proven by science. 

Over 1 billion people drink coffee on a daily basis, Finland being the worlds biggest coffee consumer. We drink coffee for many different reasons, including taste and social connections, but some of us prefer coffee without the effects of caffeine. 

Decaffeinating coffee can be done different ways, but ultimately this is achieved by water logging coffee beans while they're still green (before being roasted) so the caffeine can be made soluble and washed away. 

History states, the possibility of decaf coffee was by accident in 1905 by Ludwig Roselius, a German coffee merchant. After receiving a shipment that had been soaked in sea water he decided to test them. He discovered the caffeine had been stripped, but still tasted like regular coffee aside from being a bit salty.

Roselius soon discovered benzene, used for paint stripping and after-shave, could be used to decaffeinate coffee. Today, benzene is no longer used due to it's cancer causing effects. Instead, many companies use chemical solvents such as ethyl acetate and methylene chloride to remove caffeine. There has been some controversy because exposure to methylene chloride can be toxic and lead to damage of the central nervous system. Another system used today, is the carbon dioxide decaffeination process. Heating liquid carbon dioxide under pressure and pushing it through the beans results in the caffeine being separated.

An alternative to using any chemicals, but slightly more expensive, is the Swiss water method which was first commercially used in the 1970. Soaking green coffee beans in water, the caffeine is then filtered out with carbon. This natural process tends to produce the most flavorful coffee due to stripping away the caffeine while leaving its flavorful compounds.

With no labeling laws, it can difficult to know the process your decaf coffee has gone through. Companies are not required to disclose the process used to produce their decaf coffee. With Ama Coffee Co. we are very transparent and proudly produce the highest quality coffee. That's why our decaf is Water Processed, which is displayed on the front label. 
Even after going through the decaf process, that doesn't mean the coffee is free of caffeine completely. As stated in our blog: How much caffeine is in your cup, "A typical decaf cup of coffee can contain much more from commercial brands."

-Starbucks contains 15–30 mg of caffeine.
-Mc Donalds has an estimated 8 mg per cup.
-Dunkin Donuts “decaf” contains around 53-128 mg in a cup which is equally as much in a caffeinated cup."

Ama Decaf is 99.8% caffeine free, containing 2-5mg per cup.

Imported from the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, enjoy the taste of coffee, and all it's benefits by trying Ama Decaf today.