How is Traidcraft Coffee Decaffeinated?
We get a lot of questions about how our decaf coffee is decaffeinated, as customers seeking decaf coffee are often worried that the process may be harsh, harmful or full of chemicals.
Decaffeination has come a long way since Ludwig Roselius first discovered how to extract caffeine from beans in 1903. His decaffeination process used benzene, a solvent now known to be a carcinogen, which might explain why the process has a worrying reputation preceding it. Even some modern methods involve washing beans in harsh solvents which slowly removes caffeine, but not us.
The method which we implement for our coffee beans is an organic process; a simple, organic, toxic solvent-free extraction using CO2 and water.
There are no residues or toxic by-products in our decaffeination method. CO2 is an organic substance of great purity, and in its supercritical state (between a liquid and a gas), it’s a gentle replacement for toxic solvents which are known historically to be used during decaffeination.
The CO2 spares the aromatic and flavourful proteins and carbohydrates within the beans, and only extracts the caffeine, leaving you with the same delicious coffee, simply without the caffeine!
To find out more about your decaf coffee, take a look at our blog post about your decaf coffee bean's journey from source to sip, starting in the glorious mountains of South-Western Uganda, at Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union (ACPCU Ltd.)