An insider’s guide to coffee without the caffeine buzz
Decaffeinated coffee is a great alternative for coffee lovers who prefer to avoid the added energy boost their favourite brew offers.
What is decaffeinated coffee?
It is currently not possible to produce coffee without any caffeine at all. Decaffeinated coffee, or decaf, is made with coffee beans that have at least 97 percent of their caffeine removed. While the beans still contain traces of caffeine, removing most of the caffeine makes a major difference to those who are sensitive to it.
How is decaffeinated coffee made?
There are several ways to decaffeinate coffee. The process starts before the coffee is roasted, when the coffee beans are still green.
- Natural Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extraction
At Bacha Coffee, we use natural carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction methods to produce our decaffeinated coffees. Green coffee beans are steamed and then added to a high-pressure vessel where a mixture of water and carbon dioxide is circulated. The caffeine dissolves into the carbon dioxide, keeping the flavours and aroma of the coffee beans intact.
This method involves soaking green coffee beans in hot water to dissolve the caffeine. After soaking, the water is passed through a charcoal filter. The caffeine gets trapped in the filter while the coffee oils pass through to create a green coffee extract. This extract is then used to soak the next batch of green coffee beans to retain the coffee flavour.
This is the most common way of decaffeinating coffee. The coffee beans are soaked in a solvent – usually methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. The process draws out caffeine. Critics argue that adding solvents to coffee beans affects flavour and poses health risks.
What does it taste like?
There is a common perception that decaf coffees do not taste the same as regular coffees. However, this is dependent on the decaffeinating process. When coffee is decaffeinated using the natural carbon dioxide extraction, the unique characteristics of the coffee remain intact and the complexities of flavour remain present on the palate. This is why the decaffeinated coffees by Bacha Coffee are so rich and full-bodied.
Other extraction methods can product coffees which, when brewed, may be lighter in colour and in flavour. The taste and aroma of these coffees is usually much milder.
When should you drink decaf coffee?
- When you are expecting or breast-feeding
As our decaffeinated coffees are chemical-free, our decaf coffees are great for pregnant women and new moms. Our fine-flavoured decaffeinated coffees are perfect for a much-needed treat. Try Kahwa! Kahwa! Decaffeinated Coffee. We recommend enjoying it with a splash of milk or a dollop of Chantilly cream.
View the Bacha Coffee decaffeinated coffee selection here.