What is Decaf Coffee?
If you love everything about coffee except the caffeine, try a delicious cup of decaffeinated coffee!
What is decaffeinated coffee?
Exactly what it sounds like! Coffee is considered decaffeinated or “decaf” when 97% or more of its caffeine is removed. An average cup of regular coffee contains between 70 and 140 mg of caffeine, while an average cup of decaf contains 0 to 7 mg of caffeine.
So while decaf coffee isn’t caffeine free, it has much less caffeine than its regular counterpart.
Why drink decaf coffee?
Among coffee drinkers, the afternoon cup poses a dilemma. The caffeine, though a welcome boost earlier in the day, can significantly disrupt nighttime sleep patterns. Furthermore, there is a growing number of people for whom reducing caffeine is not just a preference but a health necessity, dictated by various medical or wellness concerns.
Drinking decaf means you can still enjoy a delicious cup of coffee without worrying about the effects of caffeine. In fact, since coffee beans are decaffeinated before they are roasted and ground, decaf coffee has the same nutritional value and delicious taste as regular coffee - you really are not missing out!
How does coffee become decaffeinated?
Because caffeine dissolves in water, producers use water-based methods for its removal. The solvent method involves immersing coffee beans in a chemical solution, often with extra chemicals to hasten the process, while the Swiss Water method represents an alternative approach.
The Swiss Water method uses natural green coffee extract, a carbon filter, and time to remove the caffeine. This helps keep more of the flavour, is more environmentally friendly, and does not use chemicals on the coffee beans.