By: Chelsea Jarrell
Decaf Coffee has been considered over the years to be a blemish to the coffee community.
It is often talked about in a bad light, and has been attached to certain slogans such as “Death Before Decaf.” These quick judgements and accusations do not give decaf any chance to prove itself.
Like most inventions, decaffeinated coffee was discovered by accident.
Around the early 1900s a German merchant by the name of Ludwig Roselius was transporting a shipment of coffee beans when they accidently became saturated with sea water. The salty water caused the beans to lose a lot of its caffeine, but miraculously kept much of the coffee flavor. Ludwig saw this as an opportunity he couldn’t miss out on. He created a company called Kaffee HAG to sell and market the newly discovered decaffeinated coffee. His company is still around today and has changed its name to Café HAG after being bought by an American Company.
Decaf doesn’t have to taste bad.
It is often associated with a dull taste and a thinner body which makes people not even want to give decaf a chance. Our Humpback Hike Decaf is a different story all together. Be prepared for us to exceed your expectations with every cup you drink. Named after Humpback Rock, this full-bodied bold roast is the perfect companion on any afternoon excursion. The flavor notes of chocolate make it a perfect pairing for any late night dessert.
Humpback Hike Decaf is decaffeinated using the trademarked Mountain Processing Method.
This method is one of two methods (see Swiss Water Method for the other) that uses absolutely no chemicals and just the power of water to extract the caffeine. It is said to be able to remove almost 99% of caffeine and still keep that rich coffee taste. Decaffeinated Coffee is never fully caffeine free. In fact, most decafs have a range of between 3 – 18 milligrams of caffeine per a 12-ounce cup. This is a significant decrease in caffeine compared to the regular cup of coffee. A 12-ounce cup of regular coffee can vary, but usually has around 140 milligrams of caffeine. Although there is still a bit of caffeine in decaffeinated coffee, it is a great alternative to those who cannot have high amounts of caffeine.
Most places will just offer decaf drip coffee or even decaf espresso beverages.
It is harder to find shops that will serve any kind of unique decaf coffee options. Imagine coming into our shop and not only having the choice to have a hot cup of decaf drip coffee, but a total of four different decaffeinated options to choose from. Pick from our drip coffee, pour overs, espresso based beverages, and even our well-known nitro cold brew to get your decaf coffee fix. There will never be a dull day again for those who love decaffeinated coffee.