Decaffeinated coffee has, for a long time, had a very bad reputation, even being frowned upon by the coffee industry its self. Derided as tasteless and full of chemicals, it has been largely ignored and only offered by roasters out of necessity. However, in recent years, there has been a decaf renaissance thanks in part to the health benefits which are being realised as well technological breakthroughs which have allowed for huge improvements in taste.
There is a large amount of data to suggest that drinking caffeinated coffee a day is perfectly healthy and can be advantageous as part of a physical training programme but decaffeinated coffee has many benefits. Besides the obvious case for pregnant and breast-feeding women many people find that caffeine disrupts sleep, raises blood pressure or makes them anxious. Then there is a spikes and troughs in energy that caffeine can cause if drunk throughout the day and while previously anyone who enjoyed a cup of coffee had no decent decaf alternatives now there are more and more great decafs out there to try.
The advancement of the decaffeinating processes has had much to do with the improvement in taste. Historically there were a lot of harsh chemicals used in the process, like benzene, a solvent now known to be a carcinogen, so roasters would only use the lowest quality beans. There are now 4 different methods used to extract caffeine from beans. Two direct methods which still employ chemical solvents, although at safe levels, and 2 more modern methods that don’t involve chemicals. The Swiss Water process is the best known. It involves soaking Green coffee beans in water, which dissolves the caffeine. The other process Is known as the ‘Sparkling CO2’ method where the coffee beans are soaked in liquid CO2, the same gas used in sparkling water, and under certain conditions the caffeine can be extracted and filtered out, leaving the flavour compounds unaltered. Both modern processes are favoured by independent roasters as they are believed to leave most of the flavour compounds intact.
With roasters finally embracing decaffeinated coffees there are more and more great tasting fresh coffee options available from some of the country’s best roasters. One of the easiest ways to explore fresh speciality coffee is with a subscription, they tend to have flexible delivery options and they get shipped fresh from the roasters straight to your door for an ultimate fresh experience.
Beans Coffee Club is currently the only service which offers a variety of decaf coffees to try from a selection of the country’s best roaster’s in one subscription. So if you are keen to try some of the exciting new decaf coffees available why not take out a decaf subscription today.