Leaded or Unleaded - How to Make Decaffeinated Coffee


What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a mild natural stimulant that is found in many plant species.  Its function in the plant is to serve as a natural pesticide for certain insects that are enemies of the plant.

As far as human consumption is concerned, caffeine has many sources, including chocolate, tea, and, of course, coffee.  In the U.S., almost 90% of Americans consume caffeine daily.

How much caffeine does coffee have?

All coffees naturally contain caffeine.  However, gourmet Arabica coffee beans, such as we use exclusively, contain 40% to 50% less caffeine than the harsher, more common Robusta beans, which are used in commercial canned coffees.  Most Arabica coffees contain between 70 and 150 mg of caffeine per cup.

Do darker coffees have more caffeine?

No, actually the longer you roast a coffee, the less caffeine remains.  Our richer, darker roasts not only extract more flavor out of the bean, but reduce levels of caffeine as well.

What is considered "Decaf" coffee?

The federal government controls the caffeine levels in decaffeinated coffees, and in order for a coffee to be called "Decaffeinated" or "Decaf", the green coffee beans must have undergone one of several decaffeinating processes to remove 97% of the caffeine resident in the bean.

Here at the Rogers Family Company, we roast exclusively Arabica beans, and our standard is to remove 98% or more of the caffeine during the decaffeination process.

How is coffee decaffeinated?

Almost all methods basically involve soaking green, unroasted beans (which are really tropical evergreen seeds) in a liquid tank to precipitate out the caffeine.  Some processes require an effort to re-inject lost flavor back into the beans.  Then, they are washed numerous times, dried, and bagged.

Is coffee decaffeination safe?

There are many decaffeinating processes with some using chemicals solvents, some gasses, and some only steam or water.  The method that involves chemical solvents, methylene chloride in this case, is still under debate as to its safety.  Methylene chloride has been found to cause depression of the Central Nervous System and other ill effects.  Companies that use this process debate that the methylene chloride burns off during the roasting process.

At Rogers Family Company, we still prefer to use an all-natural, water-based process that uses no methylene chloride.

What is the Rogers Family Company process?

We have discovered a natural process that uses only water, yet results in an excellent tasting coffee – something that is difficult to achieve with water process coffees.  With this method, the green beans are soaked in a hot water bath, releasing the caffeine, and most of the natural flavors and oils.

The water, containing at this point the main essences of the beans themselves (caffeine, flavors, and oils) is then transferred to another tank, where the caffeine is removed from the rest of the components via carbon filters.  Then, the water, still containing the flavors and oils of the bean, is added back to the tank containing the beans, where the beans re-absorb their original oils and flavors, without the caffeine.

Check out our large variety of quality decaf coffee!

We are proud to offer a full line of Decaffeinated Coffees including Quality Gourmet Decaf Blends, Flavored Decaf Coffee100% Organic Decaf Coffee and even Star K Certified Kosher Decaffeinated Coffee for Passover.  We also have decaf versions of our OneCup™ Single Serve Coffee and our Convenience Coffee Packs by Black Mountain Gold.  Give them a try, and or read the outstanding review of our decaf coffee here.

Singleservecoffee.com “totally floored” by Decaf OneCups™

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