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Organic Decaf Coffee - Its Decaffeinating Process

Most people have never given thought to how coffee or tea is decaffeinated.
What is the process and is organic coffee decaffeinated differently than regular coffee? First, there is no way to remove 100% of the caffeine from coffee, although it's possible to get pretty close.
Most decaf coffees are about 98% free of caffeine - enough to be called decaf.
Since caffeine is a water-soluble substance, it's not terribly hard to remove the caffeine using water, but it has to be done right to keep the coffee's flavor.
Water is a major component in any decaffeinating process - usually it is used via a steam method or with the water at extremely high temperatures.
Non-organic coffee is usually decaffeinated by the Methylene Chloride Method, or the Traditional Method.
Methylene Chloride molecules bond to caffeine molecules during a steaming process and pulls them away from the coffee bean.
Methylene Chloride is a solvent and while this decaffeinating process is deemed safe, and the solvent is recycled or reused after the process, worries persist about its overall safety.
The preferred and most commonly used method for making organic decaf coffee is the Swiss Water Process.
This uses an activated charcoal filter to pull the caffeine molecules away from the organic coffee bean during a steam process.
This method is the most natural way of removing caffeine from coffee and is safe because it uses no chemical solvents.
People drink organic coffee because they want natual grown.
It's good to know that the process used to make your coffee into organic decaf coffee is a natural process that brings no chemical risks with it.

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