Specialty Decaf Coffee: five reasons you'll be glad you switched

Specialty Decaf Coffee: five reasons you'll be glad you switched

We love decaffeinated coffee.

Ignore the haters, those so attached to their caffeine hit they can't climb down from the ceiling to see the benefits of decaff, and join the health revolution that will only benefit you for making that switch.

Food processing is under scrutiny across the market, and it's true that removing the caffeine from coffee beans can be done in ways that we don't advocate, and which may adversely affect the quality of the taste and add in processing steps that some find undesirable.

Here though, we aren't just talking about any old decaffienated beans. We know that you want beans that are grown with love, picked with care, prepared with thought, decaffeinated with expertise, roasted with joy, and brewed with pride.

Let's look at the five reasons why our speciality decaf is worth making the switch.

1. No-chemical decaffeination

Chemical processing of any food is increasingly unpopular, and savvy customers increasingly look for food products that not only have few additives, but have been put through as few chemical processes as possible between picking and packing.

The decaffeination process originally used to include chemical agent trichloroethylene, which is no longer used for food proessing -having been uncovered as a cancer-causing substance in the 1970s.

Since then, most decaffeinators have switched to ethyl acetate and ethylene chloride which are the industry standard for chemical decaffeination. Some customers remain uneasy though about such a process, and would prefer to go full-caff or skip that coffee treat completely, rather than risk exposure to potential toxins.

Research hasn't demonstrated a link between these agents and harm to consumers, but our increased awareness and movement towards organic and high-quality produce means that we understand the discering punter wants to avoid food that has undergone these chemical processes, removing any risks from their cup.

So we use nothing but Swiss Water to decaffeinate our coffee. Your decaf touches nothing scarier than pure, fresh water.

The method, patented by the Swiss coffee company Coffex, has emerged as a solution for those seeking the highest quality product and beverage.

The facility that carries out this healthsome decaffeination is located in Canada, and works to the highest standards.

Green coffee beans are soaked in water to separate the caffeine from their flavours, oils and acids.

This 'green coffee extract', once sufficiently brewed, is passed through a carbon filter and this attracts and retains the caffeine from the extract solution, passing only those nutritious and yummy coffee benefits through.

The green beans then reabsorb the extracted essentials, leaving them perfect caffeine-free replicas of their former selves.

Now standard among speciality decaff coffee producers, Swiss Water methods are known to be clean, chemical free, and result in next to no waste. Win win!

2. Evening comfort

Caffeinated coffee drinkers face a constant dilemma over when in the day their last cup of coffee should be.

For many coffee drinkers, caffeine results in lower quality sleep if they drink it too late in the day. They have to get the timing just right in order to make sure that they're not stealing sleep from themselves.

Many health gurus recommend lunchtime should be the latest that caffiene is consumed in a day. So caffeine drinkers are missing out on their favourite treat for half of every day.

Those savvy decaf drinkers, however, can have both a good night's rest and a great cup of coffee.

They know that their cup contains at least 97% less coffee than their caffeinated peers, so there's no need for guilt, or a restless night.

3. Care for sensitive digestions

Some people find that regular coffee makes their stomach acidic and results in discomfort and bloating or other digestive problems.

This is because stomach lining produces more acid when it comes into contact with caffeine - it just can't help reacting to that stimulation!

People who suffer from caffeine-induced stomach acidity can be glad that a decaf cup will help you.

Without that caffeine, you also won't get the acid response from your stomach. So you can enjoy a cup of coffee without the worry that it will come back to haunt you.

At least 97% less caffeine in your cup means no acid response. That's another win!

4. Jitterbugs be gone!

Of course, the really great thing about regular coffee is that it picks you up and gets you going. But for many people, the point at which you are really rockin' and the point when you've just turned into a jitterbug can be hard to predict!

How do you know when that cup of coffee will take you over the edge of comfort, and leave you with the shakes.

The shakes can manifest as physical tremors and actual jitters, or may result in flitting thoughts that leave you unable to concentrate, or even a feeling of nausea.

So whether it's messy handwriting or an anxious mind that you are worried about, caffeinated coffee can make this worse.

With decaf coffee, you can continue to enjoy your favourite drink all day without worrying about the jitters. No embarassing 'stung out' moments, just delicious coffee all day with no risk of overdoing it. Another great reason to make the switch.

5. No compromise on flavor

Some people who've tried inferior products in the past have been unimpressed with the taste of their decaf. We believe they have been drinking a product that uses some of the chemical decaffeination processing methods that we talked about earlier.

And it makes sense, that chemical stripping of the caffeine might also have a less-than-organic effect on the taste!

Natural processing, using Swiss Water or the very expensive CO2 method, is so simple, but results in no change to the coffee itself. This means that they also don't cause much change in the flavour of the drink.

No need to mess with perfection! Our Swiss Water technique designed in Swizerland and carried out in Canada holds onto the magic flavour in those beans.

Blind taste tests carried out with our decaf beans have shown that even expert tasters can't pick out the decaf bean from a lineup of five coffees when asked to do a blind taste test.

In one blind taste test, the Swiss Water decaff came out as the second favourite brew of the five that were included - and all of the others were full caffeine coffee beans! Another win!

Specialty decaf coffee doesn't have to be a compromise just for those the can't handle their hit.

For many reasons, decaf can actually be the smarter option. There are some great products out there that are better for cost, waste, and taste than you might ever expect.

We set out five reasons here why you'll be glad you made the switch to decaf. You smart person you! Let us know any others you come across.

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