Natural Water-Process Decaffeination
Conventionally, decaf is made using wicked chemicals, such as methyl chloride or other chemicals used in the dry cleaning industry. The Swiss Water Process was the first to use recirculating water, but that company is owned by either Nestles or Kraft (whatever) and requires all the coffee to be shipped to British Columbia for processing. So not only does it support multinational corporations that don’t particularly care about the farmers, but the distance adds greatly to the cost of decaf and the carbon load of all that unnecessary trucking! No thanks.
We get our coffee de-caffed in Mexico, in a facility built by the locals a few years ago. Instead of using harsh chemicals to remove the caffeine from the coffee beans, our coffee is decaffeinated using simply water, in a gentle eco-friendly process called the Natural Water Process. The beans are soaked in hot water for a designated period of time, and the caffeine leaches out. Then the solution is passed through a carbon filter that catches the caffeine particles, but leaves the water, oils, and flavors to be reabsorbed into the beans. You are left with a 99.9% caffeine free bean, without sacrificing great taste or adding unneeded chemicals to the environment and your body. Also, our coffee from both Peru and Mexico goes straight to the plant on its way north, thereby minimizing the extra travel and cost. And as you can tell from the price, we pass that savings on to you!