We often get asked at Red Oak Roasters, why we don’t carry a decaf coffee bean. We are passionate about offering beans with a naturally clean flavor that cannot be achieved by processing the caffeine out. (Click hereto learn more about our coffee beans).
Here’s how the decaffeination process works:
It begins with raw green coffee beans that are either steamed or soaked in water to open the pores. Chemicals such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate extract the caffeine. Sometimes the beans are even soaked in a coffee extract to reintroduce the flavors and oils that the decaffeination process strips away.
The chemical-free decaffeination process uses a charcoal filter to remove the caffeine after the green beans are soaked in very hot water. The beans are then soaked in a green-coffee extract to reintroduce some of the flavors lost during the process.
If you are looking for a coffee with less caffeine, we recommend drinking a darker roast (yep, you read that correctly). The longer the beans are roasted, the less caffeine they contain. Light roast coffees will contain more caffeine, (the word light simply refers to the color of the bean when roasted).