Why Drink Decaf?
Traditionally decaffeinated coffee has been a dirty word in the coffee world. Back in the 1970s, it had a bad reputation as tasting bitter and being full of chemicals.
Even today, most roasters are not passionate about decaf coffee perhaps because they have not encountered good quality decaf green beans.
One needs only to try most decaf coffees currently on the market and you can taste this lack of passion or innovation. Roasters typically list decaf because they feel they have to do so...
This is for historical reasons: decaf coffee was traditionally produced by using chemical solvents and the result was weak, insipid or bitter coffee. As a result of this, decaf coffee was commoditised into a low quality coffee “product”.
At the same time, the decaffeination process is expensive and so, to keep the prices down, low quality coffees (often old coffee from past crops) were used.
The result: if you put bad coffee in, you’ll get bad coffee out.
Fast forward a few decades and it’s all changed. The decaffeination process, such as the Swiss Water Process, gently removes the caffeine and leaves the coffee flavours in the bean. The Swiss Water Process only use water (no yukky chemicals), to decaffeinate the beans and is certified 99.9% caffeine free.
A few leading coffee pioneers around the world are using high quality green coffee beans for decaffeination. Swiss Water Decaf uses new crop green beans and sources the best from all over the world with an emphasis of high cup quality.
In short, decaf’s moment has come. Decadent Decaf wants to reinvent decaf and spread the word of great chemical-free decaf coffee!
Indeed, there are a number of benefits to drinking decaf coffee:
- Less anxiety/stress and better quality of sleep than drinking classic caffeinated coffee
- Almost no caffeine! Swiss Water Decaf is certified 99.9% caffeine free, so is ideal for pregnant or breastfeeding women who still want to enjoy the taste of great coffee without the dangers of caffeine.
- Decaf coffee still contains high levels of anti-oxidants that can prevent conditions associated with the aging process and cancer. Studies have shown that regular decaf drinkers have reduced risks of incurring colon cancer. For female drinkers, the risks of breast cancer are also reduced.
- Studies have shown that women who drink one to three cups of decaf decrease all-cause mortality.
- Decaf coffee reduces the risk of incurring diabetes. The high anti-oxidant levels of decaf will protect the cells from damage that can lead to diabetes. Also, the decaf process will not eliminate chlorogenic acid, which helps regulate blood glucose levels.
- Caffeine has been linked to heart conditions like irregular palpitations, heart attacks, and strokes.
- Coffee contributes to the prevention of mental decline due to old age and Alzheimer's disease. The polyphenols found in coffee beans are not lost during the decaffeination process, which are responsible for boosting the brain's cognitive abilities and improving memory.
- Fat free/sugar free beverage.
- It’s a great source of hydration. The old myth that coffee is a diuretic has been proven wrong by scientists.
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