We utilize two processes for decaffeination: the direct contact method and the water process method. Our Decaf House Blend, Decaf French Roast, Decaf Sumatra and Decaf Major Dickason's Blend are processed via the direct contact method. We offer three water processed decaf coffees: our Decaf Mocca-Java, Organic Decaf Terrena and Decaf Especial (available in K-Cup pods).
The direct contact method uses methylene chloride, the most selective decaffeinating solvent known, which we believe allows for the fullest flavored, best tasting decaf possible. The beans are steamed, and then the solvent is used to draw out the caffeine, but not the flavor. The beans are then washed, dried and ready for roasting.
The water process method uses hot water to remove the caffeine. The process starts by creating a flavor-rich solution by soaking green beans in water. The caffeine is then filtered from the water, creating what is called green coffee extract solution, or GCS, which is full of molecules containing coffee flavor. The fresh batch of beans is then soaked in the GCS, leaving the flavor molecules in the beans, while the caffeine flows out into the water. The beans are then removed from solution, dried, and ready for roasting.