Decaf & Decaf!
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:31 AM
By Randy Pedersen
Any one concerned about their health and about what goes into their body should stop and think about decaf coffee. Why? Decaf may not be as good a choice as you think. Aside from the jitters we get when we have too much caffeine coffee is pretty innocuous when it comes to the human body. In fact many studies have demonstrated that regular coffee actually has abundant health benefits. So why decaf? It lets you drink more of your favorite beverage without the buzz. It lets you sleep at night however it can really mess you up.
The vast majority of decaf coffee is processed with a very nasty chemical called Methylene Chloride or by a “natural” method using Ethyl Acetate. These chemicals leech caffeine out the green coffee prior to roasting. The theory is that the chemicals “burn off” during the roasting process. We tried roasting Methylene Chloride processed coffee ONCE at JavaMoose because our customers were asking for a less expensive coffee. (Chemically treated decaf coffee is very cheap.) What we observed is that the chemical smell of the Methylene Chloride coffee remained in the roaster for several batches afterward, polluting many subsequent roasts. In fact, subsequent roasts smelled and tasted like Methylene Chloride. We weren’t impressed and after a very vigorous purging of all of our equipment NEVER roasted it again.
Methylene Chloride and to a lesser extent Ethyl Acetate is POISON. Methylene Chloride is a common furniture and paint stripper. (No need to put that in your body.) The WHMIS classification for Methylene Chloride is D1B-Toxic; D2A-Very Toxic CARCINOGEN (my emphasis;) D2B-Toxic Skin Irritant, Eye Irritant.
This crap causes cancer. Stay away from it.
JavaMoose uses only Swiss Water Process® decaf. OCIA certified organic Swiss Water® decaf uses absolutely no chemicals. It uses pure glacier fed water and activated charcoal filters to remove caffeine. If you are interested in the science behind the process check out Swiss Water’s® website where they explain it in detail.
There you have it. Not all decaf is created equal. Look for the Swiss Water® designation on your decaf and buy only from a reputable roaster. Avoid decaf in restaurants unless you know for a fact it is Swiss Water® Many restaurants in our area serve JavaMoose coffee so ask if the decaf is JavaMoose.
Drink Safe Decaf.
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