Decaf Nespresso Compatible Coffee Pods

How is decaf coffee made?

Caffeine-free coffee has come a long way since its early days. The process of removing the magic molecule from beans was invented by German merchant Ludwig Roselius who commercialized the product under the still successful ‘cafe HAG’ brand. Early attempts at removing caffeine relied on treating the beans with solvents such as benzene. This damaged the beans and affected the quality of the coffee, making it harder to roast accurately.

Chemical solvents including ethyl acetate or methylene chloride are still used today, but a new breed of demanding coffee customer has helped drive the push towards chemical-free methods of production. Today’s more natural methods are gentler and do a much better job of preserving the flavour of coffee beans. The two most popular ‘natural’ ways of doing it are called the ‘Swiss Water Process’ and the ‘C02 Process’ (both are explained below). When choosing a decaf, look for these as chemical methods affect compounds key for the flavours and aromas of the magic bean to a much greater degree.

The Swiss Water Process

This involves soaking raw beans in caffeine-free green coffee extract as a solvent. As the beans steep, their caffeine is drawn out into the liquid. The coffee is drained out and the beans are dried and bagged.

While a natural and gentle process, the same solvent is often used to treat a vast number of batches of beans, which some say flattens out the unique flavour and aromas of any individual bean.

The C02 or ‘sparkling water’ process

This involves soaking raw beans in water and in a sealed tank and pumping C02 into the beans at very high pressures. This draws out the caffeine but leaves larger molecules responsible for taste behind.

Neither method is perfect. Chemical and flavour profiles of beans are almost always affected in some way by the treatment process. However, the industry is light years ahead of where it was 30 years ago and it is possible to get some very delicious decaf coffees that are worth every penny.

Nespresso® Compatible Coffee Pods
In today’s world, we rely highly on efficiency. As our lives become more and more fast paced we find ourselves with less spare time. Due to this, products we come across in a day to day basis are evolving with efficiency in mind. Enter the Nespresso machine. A product designed to use minimal effort but still effectively assist you in your daily routine. We’ve now developed our own compatible and biodegradable capsules, for the entire range of machines, as we know how important these have become for so many people. Our aim was to provide a direct comparison to our whole beans without compromising on quality, while carefully considering efficiency as well as the environment. Which is why we roast, grind and package in biodegradable capsules fresh on the day of your order, to lock in the aromas and flavours straight away, rather than having them sit on shelves for days or weeks before an order. No other capsule will provide such guaranteed freshness or quality.
About The Beans
Our capsules are packed with a blend of 100% high quality Arabica Beans:from Eastern Africa. Carefully selected to ensure they have come from Fair Trade farms that are supported by the Rainforest Alliance. Grown at an altitude of around 1700 - 1800 metres, giving this coffee its remarkable high acidity and clean crisp taste. The nature of high altitude means the coffee beans will grow slowly, allowing ample time to develop and provide lots of nutrients to each bean, giving this coffee its range of unique tastes.

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