We all love a good cup of coffee. Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, both for taste and for the aid in waking us up in the morning. But what do you do if you want the oh, so lovely taste of coffee, but don’t necessarily want to be up at all hours of the night? Boy, do we have news for you! Let us introduce you to the wonderful world of Decaf!
What is Decaf Coffee?
Decaf is short for decaffeinated, meaning that at least 97% of the caffeine present in the bean has been removed. The beans go through the decaffeination process before they are roasted and ground, so the nutritional value of decaf coffee is nearly identical to that of regular beans.
What happens in the Decaffeination Process?
There are multiple ways to go about decaffeinating coffee beans, but most methods involve using water, solvents and carbon-dioxide. The process includes:
1. Swelling the green coffee beans with steam in order for the caffeine to be extracted.
This allows the beans to loosen and more easily release the caffeine.
2. Extracting the caffeine from each bean. This is done using water, a solvent or activated carbon as listed above.
The water or the solvent is circulated around the beans which causes the caffeine to be released. This can be repeated multiple times until the desired amount of caffeine is left.
3. Allowing the decaffeinated coffee beans to dry back to their normal moisture level.
Why is Decaf Coffee Gaining Popularity?
It’s those millennials. Seriously. According to Sanford Health and Mash, millennials are really earning the name of the new "wellness generation." Millennials are making better choices when it comes to food and are exercising more frequently than any generation has ever before. Decaf coffee is on trend with avocado toast and oat milk (which are wonderful, I might add) and praised for being a healthier alternative to fully caffeinated coffee. But is decaf actually healthier?
Is Decaf Coffee Actually Healthier than Regular Coffee?
It depends! Let’s look at the benefits!
Coffee, both regular and decaf, is rich in antioxidants.
Decaf coffee offers a slightly lower amount of antioxidants than a regular brew, but this benefit is far from lost!
Coffee of all kinds can help keep your brain healthy!
Drinking coffee has been shown to help protect neurons in the brain and may be able to prevent diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.
Decaf Coffee can help to lower mortality.
Decaf coffee has been shown to lower high risk factors such as depression and inflammation.
Decaf Coffee can reduce undesirable symptoms common with regular coffee.
It is not uncommon for coffee drinkers to suffer from acid reflux, heartburn or stomach aches, but drinking a decaf cup can help to eliminate these possibilities.
Decaf Coffee will not interact with any medicine usage.
As easy as it is to forget that caffeine is a drug, it very much is. If you take medicine that could interact with caffeine in a less than awesome way, decaf coffee is a safer alternative.
Does Decaf Coffee Taste Different?
Kind of, yes! Decaf coffee offers a milder taste than that of regular coffee. Decaf would be ideal for someone who isn’t too fond of the bitterness or strong taste of regular brews, but still wants a hint of the taste. Both are definitely coffee, it all just depends what you, lovely reader, prefer!
Red Panda Coffee Co. is thrilled to be bringing you decaf options in the very near future! Stay tuned for our decaf release for the same great coffee you love, with a chill vibe you won’t want to go without. For more information or to purchase your own bag of Red Panda Coffee Co. coffee, visit: https://www.redpandacoffeeco.com
“The mission of Red Panda Coffee Co is to provide our community with high-quality single-origin coffee as well as contribute to the conservation and preservation of red pandas. For every coffee bag that’s sold, Red Panda Coffee Company donates 10% towards the Red Panda Network.”