Decaf Coffee

Why drink decaf coffee?

There are several different ways to decaffeinate coffee without using harmful chemicals. The Swiss Water Method uses concepts of solubility and osmosis, which draws the caffeine out of the beans by passing them through carbon filters. This process is regularly audited to ensure it’s 99.9% caffeine free, and it’s also environmentally friendly.

The best decaf coffee is one that has been naturally decaffeinated before being freshly roasted to bring out the best flavours. Iron and Fire’s popular decaf coffees are naturally decaffeinated and roasted to ensure the natural flavours of the bean remain intact. Why compromise?

See our selection of best decaf coffee beans

The History of Decaf

Much of the history of decaf coffee is shared with that of regular coffee. While it is made from the same beans and collected in the same way, it is the processes later on in its life cycle that differentiate regular coffee from decaf. The difference in decaf lies in the caffeine content, something German physician Ludwig Roselius flagged as the reason behind his father’s death. This drove Roselius onto the path of discovering how to remove the caffeine from regular coffee beans to avoid the health implications. Purely by accident, he found that the caffeine content in beans that had been exposed to saltwater was far lower than those that hadn’t, this was the first step toward the discovery of decaf. Over the next couple of years, he began to flush coffee beans with water and different chemical solutions to create decaf coffee as we know it today.

What Are the Benefits of Decaf Coffee?

The main reason that people drink decaf versus regular coffee is due to the lack of – or reduced quantity of – caffeine in the beverage. While for some this takes away the entire purpose of coffee as a stimulant, quality decaf speciality beans that have been well roasted bring a superior flavour that rivals their fully caffeinated alternatives. For regular coffee drinkers, the high caffeine concentration might deter them from having a cup later on in the evenings at the risk of losing out on sleep, decaf looks to remedy this and provides an often-identical taste without the repercussions of being up all night.

Tips on How to Enjoy Decaf

Bean Storage 

As is the case with regular coffee, bean storage is key when it comes to producing that perfect cup. Cool, dry, and dark places are where beans should be kept and if you’re a frequent drinker you may wish to invest in airtight containers. Failing that, ensure your bag of coffee is tightly rolled up after use.

Water Quality

A big factor in the quality of decaf coffee is that of water. Different geographical areas have different water hardness and dissolved minerals meaning you’re never really going to get the same taste across locations. A basic carbon filter should increase your water quality for regular coffee drinkers, while some aficionados look to purchase bottled water specifically for decaf coffee.

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