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The Difference in Decaf: Swiss Water Process

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When it comes to decaf, the Swiss Water® Process is the gold standard. If you’re a decaf drinker, or even if you’re not, you should know the difference in decaf. There are two ways to decaffeinate coffee, with chemicals and with the Swiss Water® Process. All Allegro decaf coffees use the latter, because we believe this is the only way to maintain the quality and taste of our sustainably sourced coffee.

 

The Swiss Water Process production facility in Vancouver, Washington.

So what exactly is “The Swiss Water® Process”? You may have heard it or seen the seal on our bags, but do you know how it works? Here we will break down the decaf process in a few steps:

  1. We send our green (un-roasted) coffee to Swiss Water® in Vancouver, Canada.
  2. The coffee is then hydrated with water to prepare it for the patented Swiss Water® Process.
  3. Then Green Coffee Extract (GCE) is introduced to the beans, this process naturally displaces the caffeine from the beans through diffusion.
  4. The caffeinated GCE is then passed through a series of carbon filters until all the caffeine is trapped and separated from the extract, without removing any of the flavor compounds.
  5. This process is repeated until the coffee beans are 99.9% caffeine-free.
  6. Each batch is then analyzed to ensure it is 99.9% caffeine-free.
  7. The decaffeinated coffee is then shipped back to us to be roasted and packaged.
  8. You get to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, without caffeine or chemicals.

Bags of Swiss Water Process decaf coffee from the Allegro decaf lineup.

Whether you’re trying to cut back on caffeine this year, are sensitive to caffeine, or have a friend desperately looking for a decaf that actually tastes good… we have tons of decaf options, in whole bean and ground, different roasts, and from all over the world. You’ll be surprised just how good it is!


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