Why Our Decaf Is Different

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We’ve all heard someone diss decaf before. 

“Ha, so do you drink orange-free orange juice?”
“I don’t always drink decaf, but when I do, it’s an accident.”
“Wanna hear a joke? Decaf.”
“Decaf is just sadness water.” 

When it comes to decaf, people have a lot to say. And fair enough. If coffee is your morning lifeline—the thing that helps you do all the things—then decaf coffee is criminal.

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The reality: people drink decaf for lots of reasons—and good ones at that.

Maybe caffeine gives them the jitters.
Maybe it keeps them up all night.
Maybe they’re expecting.
Maybe they want another reason to get up from their desk but they’ve reached their daily caffeine limit.

Whatever the reason, they still deserve a top notch cup of coffee. Unfortunately, finding a cup of quality decaf isn’t always easy. 

Our Director of Coffee, Aaron De Lazzer, explains: 

“When people think of decaf, the impression is less than sterling, and rightly so. For too long, subpar coffees have been sent to “the spa” and re-born as decaf. For shame. Our decaf has always begun with fresh, in-season coffees, decaffeinated via the Mountain Water Process (the best IMHO), expedited to the roastery, and then promptly roasted. No coffee gets better with time and this is especially true with decaf coffees. Fresh, fresh, fresh! We keep things snappy to give you an unqualified, delicious cup of coffee… that just happens to be decaf.

Here are 5 things to know about our decaf: 

1. It’s 100% free of chemicals. 

Most methods of decaffeination use chemical solvents, like methylene chloride or ethyl acetate, to strip the caffeine molecules from the unroasted or “green” beans. Our decaf beans, however, have been decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process

In short, the process uses just water (and a special formula of flow, pressure, temperature, and suction) to extract the caffeine molecules, instead of using the chemicals listed above. The decaffeinated green beans are then dried, packed, and sent to our head roastery in Vancouver, BC.

2. The decaffeination process described above happens in Mexico.

The water they use in the decaffeination process comes from the glaciers of Pico de Orizaba (pico = peak in Spanish), the highest volcano in Mexico—located about six hours east of Mexico City. To learn more, visit the decaffeination plant’s website

Side note: if you’re interested in mountain climbing, it looks like an unreal spot for an adventure. 

3. It’s 99.9% caffeine-free.

4. It doesn’t taste like your standard decaf.

Described as a very undecaf decaf, this dark roast has gobs of body with an intriguing chocolate character.

5. It’s not just for decaf drinkers.

Ever heard of a social buzz? Well, drinking decaf means you can participate in water cooler chat without compromising your chill vibes.

TL;DR: the only thing we take out of our decaf is the caf.

See the lawn chair on the bag? Chilling encouraged.

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Decaf and half-caff lovers: use the discount code DELISHDECAF when you check out of our online store and get 20% off all 12oz and 8oz bags of decaf until September 30th. 

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