Daily Archives: December 21, 2008
If you're like us, you might regard decaffeinated coffee as a disturbingly man-made mutation on the bland side of the flavor spectrum. Not that we've ever actually tasted it -- we're working largely from gross assumption here -- but we often get raving reviews of Lavazza's DEK decaffeinated coffee, so our interest was piqued: How is the caffeine removed from the bean, without it losing all it's flavor?
We found that there are three different methods for decaffeinating coffee: Organic solvents, water or carbon dioxide. The roaster often performs each method before they begin the roasting process.