4 Different Kinds of Decaffeination

Plus 1 more that was banned.

Not all decaffeination is the same. Of the five different processes, which is the best for you?

It’s not always clear on a packet of decaf coffee or tea how the caffeine was removed. In fact, a lot of well-known brands will not tell you anywhere – not the packet, their website or FAQs – exactly how decaffeination was achieved at all.

At I Love Decaf, we’re a big fan of transparency and often detail the decaf process in the name of the product, just so there are absolutely no doubts.

While we don’t hide the details, there’s still not enough space on the label that tells you why we chose one method of decaffeination over another. So, we wanted to fill you in on everything you need to know about the methods of decaffeination available, which ones we use and why. 

The method of decaffeination has a direct effect on the taste and aroma of decaf tea and coffee.

Not all methods of decaffeination were created equally. Let’s dive into the details.

There are five known methods of decaffeination. Of these, the original method is now illegal because it used benzene, which is highly toxic. The 1906 discovery of Ludwig Roselius, a man whose second claim to fame involved a plot to kill Hitler, led to a decaffeinated coffee drink that became popular in almost every country.

Neither of Roselius’ grand plans ultimately bore fruit, so that leaves four different ways to decaffeinate your coffee.

The Methylene chloride decaffeination (MC) process.

Methylene chloride (MC) is combined with caffeine molecules to make decaffeinated coffee or tea. This process can be done on either the coffee beans or tea leaves in hot water. and it is important to note that because it is only a tiny trace amount remaining, even that evaporates.

The Ethyl Acetate decaffeination methods

Ethyl acetate decaf is sometimes referred to as the “natural” method because it involves naturally occurring chemicals from fruits. This process is otherwise identical to the direct and indirect methods which use methylene chloride as a solvent.

What method do the Swiss use to decaffeinate coffee beans?

The Swiss Water Process for decaffeinated coffee – and a few teas – removes caffeine by soaking beans (or tea leaves) in hot water and passing them through activated carbon filters. The decaffeinated beans are then re-soaked in water to reintroduce the flavors.

What is carbon dioxide decaffeination

This is very much the science laboratory way of doing decaffeination and doing it well. Part of its boffinological appeal is that it involves turning carbon dioxide ‘supercritical’, which is essentially making CO2 do things well above its pay grade.

No one said making a quality cup of coffee was easy, but it’s worth it. Beans or leaves are pressure cooked with carbon dioxide which becomes temporarily capable of extracting the caffeine from the beans while still leaving the flavour molecules in place.

Learn about the Mountain Water Method of decaffeination

The Mountain Water Process (MWP) is seen as a cut above all other decaffeinated beverages. This process uses water from Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico.

To remove the caffeine, the process starts by steaming green coffee beans which then get soaked in a water solution, removing caffeine and the compounds that make the flavour. Water is drained from the soaked seeds and passed through activated carbon filters which separate the caffeine from the water. The beans are then introduced back to the decaf water and the flavours soak back in without the caffeine.

Coffee Grind: How to Find the Right Kind

Ground decaf coffee is available in a few different grades and there’s a great deal of confusion as to what the grind has to do with flavour, the kind of coffee-making equipment you have, and so on. It can be baffling for anyone but now, the guesswork is over, with our guide to the grind.

What coffee grind is best for me?

From fine ground to coarse, the grind of the coffee affects how it tastes in your cup. if you pay attention to what ground coffee you are putting into which piece of coffee-making equipment you will always get the best taste and aroma. If your coffee tastes bad, it is usually because you have over or under brewed your drink. 

It’s not surprising that with a myriad of kinds of coffee making machines, there are many ways of brewing, from the super-fast to the grindingly slow. Your chosen machine will require a specific size, grade, and grind of coffee to work properly.

How to find the perfect espresso grind

Espresso machines are fast because the hot water is in contact with the coffee for less than half a minute. This liquid extracts the flavour quickly, and a finer grind leads to a richer, more flavoursome cup. The science behind this is simple, a finer grind means more surface area in contact with the water, gram for gram. 

If you tried coarse ground in an espresso machine, you would find the flavour of your hot brown water sour and undeveloped.

The right ground coffee for your French press

A French press or cafetière takes much longer to work than an espresso machine. In a French press, the grinds float about in the water steeping for minutes on end and so brewing fine ground in a cafetière would allow serious over-extraction of the coffee’s flavour and turn it into a bitter-tasting brew.

For drip filter machines or pour over coffee makers of the kind that fill a carafe or jug, drip by drip, try a medium ground coffee

What kind of coffee grind is right for your kind of coffee machine?

Whenever you buy ground decaf, match the grind to the equipment you own. If you’re always disappointed with your machine’s coffee, it could be as simple a fix as buying different grinds for your machine.

Not only do we love decaf, but we also love keeping decaf simple. We sell coffee in different grinds for different machines. It can be difficult to tell what grind is suitable for each method, so we say what kind of machine it’s good for. Sometimes, to save space on the label, we use a letter instead on our Brasilia coffee and call it what it is for others. But what you will see is: Beans, Ground (cafetière) and Find Ground (espresso, moka and filter machines)

Unground, whole beans (CHOOSE BEANS)

Unground beans are perfect if you like complete control over your coffee, you own a bean-to-cup machine or, alternatively, have more than kind of coffee machine and need to vary the grind accordingly.

French Press or Cafetière (CHOOSE GROUND)

You fill a cafetière with very hot water and leave it to steep. When it is brewed, you compress all the grounds out of suspension behind a metal screen by pushing a plunger down.

E Espresso coffee (CHOOSE FINE GROUND)

An espresso machine at home can be very convenient and makes us all into a barista. But originally, people brewed coffee using a stove-top percolator called a Moka pot. This boils water under pressure, forcing steam and water through the coffee grinds. When the grinds are saturated with pressure from boiling water, the steam further forces the brewed coffee up a funnel and then into the top chamber. Once you hear the characteristic sound of gurgling, your coffee is ready.

P Coffee Pods and Capsules

Not all pod systems create environmentally responsible coffee. Many of these will be thrown away after one use and the environmental consequences will not be limited to a small area. However, it is best to find those that are refillable to avoid this dilemma. We sell one of these on ilovedecaf.com, but many other companies offer refillable pods as well.

F Filter Coffee and AeroPress (CHOOSE FINE GROUND)

The simplest way to make coffee is to drip feed or pour hot water over grounds sitting in a filter cone. From the pour-over to the new AeroPress machine, a medium grind works best.

What’s so great about herbal tea?

Herbal tea is a drink that has been enjoyed by people around the world for centuries. There are many types of herbal tea, each with its own unique flavour and benefits. It is believed that herbal tea has more health benefits than traditional tea.

The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is popular for people of all ages. It has many health benefits, including reducing stress and improving heart health. Here are five reasons why herbal tea is great:

1. Herbal tea is a natural stress reliever. Studies show that herbal tea can help reduce stress levels. This is because the tea contains compounds that affect neurotransmitters in the brain.

2. Herbal tea can improve heart health. Studies have shown that herbal tea can help improve heart health by reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some of the compounds in herbal teas can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while protecting against inflammation.

3. Herbal tea helps you lose weight. Several studies have found that people who drink herbal tea tend to weigh less than those who do not drink herbal tea. This is likely because herbal teas contain compounds that promote satiety (the feeling of fullness). Studies have found that antioxidant properties are present in many types of herbal teas. These properties can protect cells from damage and may help reduce the risk of some diseases.

How to Make Herbal Tea

What’s so great about herbal tea? For one, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of antioxidants and other health benefits. Plus, it’s convenient and easy to make at home. Here are four tips for making herbal tea like a pro:

  • Choose the right herbs
  • Select the right herbs for your desired flavour and health benefits. Some popular choices include ginger, cilantro, peppermint, lavender, and lemon balm. Experiment to see what you like best! Try out some of our ready to brew herbal teas here.
  • Make sure the water is hot enough
  • Hot water helps to extract the flavour and nutrients from the herbal tes. Steep for 3-5 minutes per cup, or until desired flavour is reached.

What to Drink with Herbal Tea

There are many great things about herbal tea, and one of the best things is that it can be tailored to what you want. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing drink to cool off on a hot day or something to help you relax, herbal tea has you covered.

Some of the most popular herbal teas include chamomile, lavender, and raspberry. Chamomile is known for its calming effects, lavender for its relaxing properties, and raspberry for its sweet flavour. All these teas are perfect for when you need some downtime or want to relax.

If you’re looking to take your herbal tea up a notch, consider trying some of our tinctures. Tinctures are concentrated versions of herbal teas that offer more potent flavours and benefits. Some of the most popular tinctures include peppermint, ginger, and lavender. These tinctures can help with digestion, circulation, and energy levels.

Whatever your needs are, there’s a good chance that a herbal tea can fulfil them. If you’re new to herbal tea, start with something simple like chamomile or lavender tea. 

Herbal Tea for Sleep

If you’re looking for a relaxant, herbal tea may be just what you need. Chamomile, lavender, and hops are all excellent choices for a bedtime drink. These herbs are known to promote relaxation and can help you fall asleep faster. Additionally, some teas contain natural chemicals that work as sleep aids, such as melatonin. So, if you’re struggling to get to sleep, give some herbal tea a try.

Herbal Tea for Stress Relief

Herbal tea is amazing for relieving stress. Here are some reasons why:

  1. First, herbal tea is enjoyed for its taste, which can be quite soothing and calming. Unlike some caffeine-based drinks, herbal tea doesn’t leave you feeling wired or jittery.
  2. Second, many herbal teas contain antioxidants and other health-promoting compounds that have been shown to help protect against chronic health conditions like heart disease and cancer.
  3. Third, herbal tea is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Many herbs contain important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and potassium that are essential for overall health. Tea also contains several antioxidants that can help scavenge harmful toxins from the body.
  4. Finally, many people find that drinking herbal tea helps them to wind down after a long day of work or school. The calming properties of herbal tea help to relieve stress and promote relaxation.


Herbal tea is a great beverage for people of all ages. It can help you stay hydrated, relax your mind and body, and boost your immune system. Not to mention, herbal tea is much less expensive than traditional drinks like soda or coffee. If you’re looking for a refreshing drink that has many health benefits, herbal tea may be the perfect choice for you!

The Best Dark Roast Decaf Coffee: I Love Decaf’s Number 1 Recommendation

When looking for a dark roast decaf coffee, you may find yourself asking: “What is the best dark roast decaf coffee?” or “Which brand of dark roast decaf is best?” If that is you, then have a quiet word with yourself, because normal people don’t talk like that. However, if you really are looking for our most popular, range of dark roast decaf coffees, full of rich flavour, then you’ve come to the right place – look no further than the I Love Decaf shop for satisfying dark roast decaf.

The beauty of dark roast decaf

Sometimes, a dark roast decaf coffee is the only answer to whatever the day might be throwing at you; bickering kids, boredom at work, line manager with a personality bypass – we’ve seen it all, too. We have what you are looking for, right here, and we consider it to be the best of the best when it comes to dark roast decaf coffee.

Brazilian Swiss Water dark roast decaf coffee

If you’re looking for a dark roast decaf coffee that packs a punch, our Brazilian Swiss Water Dark Roast Decaf Coffee is for you. This coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans and is roasted to perfection, giving it a bold and robust flavour that coffee lovers crave. Brazilian Swiss Water Decaf Coffee is decaffeinated using the Swiss water process, so you enjoy all the flavour without any trace of chemical solvents.

After clocks, mountains and bank accounts, the Swiss are perhaps best known for the Swiss Water Method – a chemical-free decaffeination process discovered in the 1930s by a man who may or may not has been in possession of an Alpine horn. The Swiss Water Method gets rid of over 99% of caffeine while keeping all the gorgeous taste intact. Perfect for dark roast decaf, the specialty Arabica beans our Brazilian Swiss Water dark roast decaf are from are grown in the perfect climate. This bold and satisfying velvet smooth coffee produces notes of rich dark chocolate that’s consistent throughout the year.

The benefits of dark roast decaf

We all know that coffee is packed with antioxidants and has health benefits, but did you know that decaf dark roast coffee is also good for you? Studies have shown that decaf dark roast coffee can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of stroke, and even lower the risk of cancer.

What’s certain is that dark roast decaf coffee is a fantastic source of antioxidants. 

Antioxidants, found in the rich brown colours of a dark roast decaf as much as regular coffee, fight free radical chemicals that harm cells and which are linked to your risk of cancer. Drinking dark roast decaf every day not only lowers risk of developing multiple forms of tumour, but also avoids the effects of excess caffeine.

Your liver also likes a cup of dark roast decaf, lowering your risk of cirrhosis development. As the body’s manufacturing facility, the liver helps filter blood, produce digestive juices and regulates many body processes.

Dark roast decaf is also rich in:

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2). Healthy cell development
  • Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). Helps convert food to energy
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B3). The thiamine in dark roast decaf helps fetal development and breast feeding in nursing mothers
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

Something that tastes so good as dark roast decaf is not always or often good for you. So, if you’re looking for a healthy cup of joe, opt for a dark roast decaf. Your body will thank you!

What is so good about dark roast decaf?

There are many things that make dark roast decaf coffee the best choice for coffee lovers. First of all, it has a rich, full-bodied flavour that is perfect for those who enjoy the taste of coffee. Additionally, dark roast decaf coffee is lower in acidity than lighter roasts, which means that dark roast decaf is so easier on the stomach. It is also decaffeinated, so you can enjoy it without having to worry about the effects of caffeine. 

Our Brazilian Swiss Water dark roast decaf is a great example – it is a bold and satisfyingly smooth coffee that produces notes of rich dark chocolate that’s consistent throughout the year

So, if you are looking for a delicious and healthy coffee option, our Brazilian Swiss Water dark roast decaf is a great choice. I Love Decaf’s number one recommendation!

How to buy dark roast decaf at Ilovedecaf.shop

If you want the best dark roast decaf coffee, look no further than the I Love Decaf shop. We offer a wide variety of medium and dark roast decaf coffees from all over the world, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Plus, we have a number of handy guides, like this one, on our website to help you choose the right coffee for you.

The 5 Things You Don’t Believe Can Happen When You Cut Caffeine

I used to be one of those people who would drink not just coffee but energy drinks and colas on top, often throughout the day. I was under the impression that the caffeine spritzing through my veins from all different angles was necessary for living a happy and productive life in the city. But as it turns out, when you reduce your intake for a month or two (more like 3-4 months) you can experience some pretty wild changes to your health!

Decaf: How much do you need to go there?

When it comes to the benefits of decaf, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The amount of caffeine you need depends on your individual tolerances and sensitivities. Some people can drink multiple cups of coffee a day without any negative effects. Others may start to feel jittery and anxious after just one cup.

If you’re thinking about reducing your caffeine intake, it’s important to pay attention to how your body responds. If you notice any negative changes, such as increased anxiety or difficulty sleeping, you may want to cut back on the amount of caffeine you’re consuming.

It’s also important to remember that caffeine is found in more than just coffee. Tea, soda, and energy drinks all contain caffeine. So, if you’re trying to reduce your intake, you’ll need to be mindful of all the sources of caffeine in your diet.

1.    Caffeine and adrenaline levels

  • Caffeine and adrenaline levels: When you reduce caffeine intake, your body no longer has the same level of adrenaline. This can lead to feelings of fatigue and low energy. This is a temporary thing.
  • Caffeine and blood pressure: Caffeine can also affect your blood pressure. When you reduce your caffeine intake, your blood pressure may drop. This is usually seen as a good thing as a first step to fight hypertension, but it can also cause dizziness.
  • Caffeine and anxiety: Another common effect of reducing caffeine intake is increased anxiety. This is because caffeine can help to improve focus and concentration. When you reduce your caffeine intake, you may find it more difficult to focus and concentrate on tasks. Again – this is a temporary effect.
  • Caffeine and sleep: finally, reducing caffeine intake can also disrupt your sleep patterns. This is because caffeine can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep. If you reduce caffeine intake, you may find yourself feeling more tired during the day. A temporary reduction in alertness is to be expected, but you will soon find your attention level improving without caffeine.

2.    The consequences of reducing caffeine intake

When you reduce your caffeine intake, you may experience some consequences.

  • One consequence of reducing your caffeine intake is that you may feel more tired during the day. Caffeine is a stimulant, so when you reduce your intake, you may find that you need to take more naps or sleep for longer periods of time. You may also find that you have trouble concentrating when you reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine can help to improve focus and concentration, so without it, you may find it harder to stay on task.
  • You may also experience headaches when you reduce your caffeine intake. This is because caffeine can help to constrict blood vessels, and when you reduce your intake, those blood vessels may expand, leading to headaches.
  • Finally, you may find that your mood changes when you reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine can help to improve mood and energy levels, so without it, you may feel more sluggish and down.

3.    Spring Cleaning to Reduce Caffeine Intake

Spring Cleaning to Reduce Caffeine Intake:

  • If you’re trying to reduce your caffeine intake, one thing you can do is spring clean your diet. This means getting rid of all the foods and drinks that contain caffeine. This includes coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, chocolate, and even some medications. By getting rid of these things from your diet, you’ll be able to reduce your caffeine intake significantly.
  • Cutting Back Gradually: Another way to reduce your caffeine intake is to cut back gradually. If you’re used to drinking several cups of coffee per day, try reducing it to just one or two cups. You can also switch to decaf coffee or tea. Or, if you typically drink energy drinks, try switching to a non-caffeinated version. Cutting back gradually will help you reduce your caffeine intake without feeling too much withdrawal.
  • Avoiding Caffeine Triggers: In addition to cutting back on caffeine gradually, you can also avoid triggers that make you want to consume caffeine. For example, if you tend to drink coffee in the morning because you’re tired, try changing up your routine. Instead of drinking coffee, try walking or exercising to wake yourself up. Or, if drinking coffee before going to bed makes you feel more awake, treat your insomnia in another manner. Speak with a health professional about your insomnia and follow their advice for getting good sleep at night.

How to reduce caffeine intake

If you’re looking to reduce your caffeine intake, there are a few things you can do. First, try switching to decaf coffee or tea. You could also cut down on the amount of coffee or tea you’re drinking each day, but this usually only works for a while.

You can also try alternative beverages like herbal tea or water. Drinking plenty of water is always a good idea, and it can help to flush out the caffeine in your system.

Finally, be sure to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. Eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise will help to boost your energy levels and reduce your need for caffeine.


If you’re used to drinking a lot of caffeine, reducing your intake can have some pretty unexpected effects. You might find yourself feeling more tired than usual or experiencing headaches and mood swings. But don’t worry, these side effects are only temporary as your body adjusts to its new caffeine level. In the long run, you’ll be glad you made the switch to a healthier lifestyle.

The Top 4 Teas That Are Not Tea and Contain No Caffeine

Tea is one of the most popular drinks around the world, and for good reason – it’s delicious, refreshing, and can help you stay hydrated. However, not all teas are made with caffeine – in fact, many tea types don’t contain any ‘tea’ at all but are what are properly called infusions. Infusions are steeped in hot water like ‘normal tea’, but their leaves do not come from a traditional tea plant – a kind of Camelia. Check out this list of top 4 non-caffeine, non-tea teas to see which one is right for you.

1. Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is a type of herbal infusion that is sometimes mistaken for a true tea. It is made from the leaves of the red bush, which is a low-lying shrub that grows naturally on the Western Cape of South Africa. The first recorded pot of rooibos tea was around 300 years ago in colonial times, but it’s likely that its use by the indigenous civilization of the area predates this by millennia.

Those red bushes that give up their leaves lend rooibos tea an almost startling amber colour

Rooibos Health Benefits

Some of the health benefits of drinking rooibos tea include its ability to regulate blood sugar levels and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

It’s likely that colonial settlers took to rooibos because of the punishing cost of importing black tea from Asia and, indeed, rooibos can be drunk with milk and sweetened like black tea.

2. Hibiscus Tea

One of the most popular teas that are not tea is hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is a flowering plant that grows in many parts of the world. The leaves and flowers of the hibiscus plant are used to make this tea which is commonly served cold or over ice and it is also used as a mixer for other drinks.

Like all herbal teas, Hibiscus tea contains no caffeine, which makes it a good choice for people who are trying to reduce their caffeine intake. Like rooibos tea, it is also a good source of antioxidants, which can help to improve your health. Hibiscus tea has a sweet taste that some people find appealing.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is a type of herbal tea that is made from chamomile flowers. Chamomile is a member of the daisy family and is known for its calming effects.

Nature’s chill assistant – chamomile tea – is a good choice if you are looking for a drink that is free of caffeine and will also help you relax. Chamomile has been shown to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. It can also help to improve sleep quality.

Some people prefer to drink chamomile tea before bed to help them get sleepy. Others like to drink it in the morning as an energy boost. Either way, chamomile tea is a great choice if you want to avoid caffeine.

4. Raspberry Tea

Raspberry tea is made from raspberries and water. It is a sweet, fruity drink that can be enjoyed cold or hot.

Raspberry tea is great for people who want a natural way to boost their energy levels. It is also a good choice for people who are looking for a drink that will help them relax.

Like chamomile, raspberry tea is a popular choice before going to bed because of its relaxing and sleep enhancing qualities. 

Raspberry tea is a great drink for when you want to avoid caffeine. This tea contains many health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to coffee, raspberry tea is a great option. It contains few calories and no sugar, so it is a good choice if you are trying to lose weight or maintain your health.

Decaf Ground Coffee: The 5 Reasons to Buy it From I Love Decaf

Decaf ground coffee is perfect for those who have to cut down on caffeine or just want to change things up a little. With I Love Decaf, you’ll find six great reasons to buy your decaf ground coffee from us!

Decaf Ground Coffee: All those 6 reasons have everything to do with taste

If you’re like most decaf coffee drinkers, you probably crave more choice and more flavour in your coffee. Maybe you’re trying to reduce your intake for health reasons, or maybe you find that caffeine makes you a bit jittery and you’d prefer to avoid it in the evenings. Whatever the reason, decaf ground coffee is a great option.

If you can find one that doesn’t taste characterless and bland.

There are plenty decaf ground coffee brands on offer that provide decaf as a punishment rather than pleasure, but if you haven’t worked it out, here at I Love Decaf, we love decaf.

When it comes to decaf ground coffee, we believe taste should never be sacrificed. We go the extra mile to ensure that our coffee is of the highest quality and flavour. So if you’re looking for a delicious cup of decaf read our six reasons to buy coffee from I Love Decaf: our choice of six great coffees.

1. Happy Medium Roasted Decaf Coffee

If you’re worried about the taste of decaf ground coffee, I Love Decaf offers a variety of delicious blends that are sure to please even the most discerning coffee drinker. 

The first is our Happy Medium Roasted Decaf Coffee.This reliable, tasty, decaf ground coffee is a cut above your typical Italian-inspired coffee shop serving, with a well-balanced smooth medium roast of expertly blended Arabica beans that loses 0% of the romance, and 97% of the caffeine drama. Happy Medium Roasted Decaf Coffeeis ideal for a filtered Americano and plays nice in the French press too.

2. Luxe Organic Swiss Water Honduran Decaf Coffee

Looking for a high-quality, organic decaf ground coffee”? How about I Love Decaf’s Swiss Water Honduran Decaf? This premium coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process. This process uses only water to gently remove the caffeine from the beans, resulting in a cup of coffee that is 99.9% caffeine-free.

I Love Decaf’s Swiss Water Honduran decaf ground coffee is certified organic and Rainforest Alliance approved. This means that the coffee beans are grown and harvested in an environmentally sustainable way.

When you purchase this coffee, you can be sure that you’re getting a product that is good for you and the planet. So why not try it? You might just fall in love with it!

3. Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf Coffee (Swiss Water Style)

If you’re looking for high quality decaf ground coffee, you should definitely check out I Love Decaf’s Mexican Holy Water Decaf Coffee. This coffee is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Method a process that is similar, but superior, to the Swiss Water method. Like Swiss Water, no chemicals are used in the process, but the water used comes from the crystal-clear meltwater streams from glaciers on Mexico’s highest mountain.

The coffee beans are soaked in water. The water is then filtered and the beans are removed. This process removes 99.9% of the caffeine from the coffee beans.

If you are looking for a high-quality, healthy, and delicious decaf coffee, Mexican Holy Water Decaf Coffee is the brew for you.

4. Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf Coffee

Brazilian Swiss Water Decaf Coffee. All our decaf ground coffees are great, this one is definitely and officially awesome.

Our Swiss Water Brazilian is made from specialty arabica beans grown in the perfect climate, this bold and satisfyingly smooth coffee produces notes of rich dark chocolate that’s consistent throughout the year.

The coffee is decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process, which is a completely chemical-free method that gently removes the caffeine from the beans. It has a rich, full body and a chocolatey flavor with hints of nuttiness.

5. No Nasties Half Decaf Organic Coffee

No Nasties Half Decaf Organic Coffee is a great tasting, organic, half-caffeinated coffee. It’s perfect for those who want to reduce their caffeine intake but enjoy the taste of coffee.

The beans in No Nasties Half Decaf Organic Coffee are ethically sourced and sustainably grown. They are also roasted in small batches to ensure freshness and flavour.

I Love Decaf is committed to providing the highest quality coffee possible. That’s why they only use 100% Arabica coffee beans and never add artificial flavors or preservatives.

When you buy from I Love Decaf, you can be confident that you’re getting a product that is good for you and the environment.

No Nasties Half Decaf Organic Coffee is a delicious organic coffee with less of the caffeine for those of that don’t want to go all the way or more of the caffeine if you’ve gone too far. Delicious notes of cocoa praline and orange permeate this hybrid with ethically hand picked coffee beans from the Nicaraguan Jinotega Estate augmenting Swiss Water decaffeinated Organic Fairtrade Honduran beans.

Is Decaf Safe for Kids

You’re a parent, right? You probably already know that caffeine is a nutritional desert. In terms of nourishment, there’s nothing there. We’ve all heard of sugary foods being empty calories, but caffeine doesn’t even have the calories.

Kids being kids, however, might be curious about that ritual you go through after the evening meal or over breakfast and ask if they can have some. You drink decaf, but you’re still not sure. Is decaf ok for kids?

The answer is: the tiny amounts of caffeine left in decaf is safe enough, but you should be aware, perhaps, of the other sources of caffeine kids have access to. Not cola drinks and the obvious culprits, you’re not an amateur. We’re talking about some hidden sources of caffeine here.

Over at ilovedecaf.shop, we stock some of the best decaf coffee and tea you can get. In fact, it’s so good that we think that you won’t be able to tell any difference in taste and aroma.

Highlighting hidden and not immediately obvious sources of caffeine will help you understand how their potential effects can derail your good intentions. Having said that, healthy habits start early. There is no need to worry about decaf tea or coffee when it comes to your kids.

A cup of decaf coffee or tea only has a small amount of caffeine, about the same as a chocolate milk drink. Decaf pales in comparison to coffee and tea. A cup of regular filter coffee might have 50 times the caffeine of decaf, while black tea can easily be 25 times more caffeinated than its decaf alternative. Regular or diet cola is about 35 times more caffeine than a cup of decaf and even a choc bar will give you 10 times as much caffeine as a decaffeinated coffee.

So, relax. Pour yourself a fresh cup of whatever you are all drinking. Be assured if your children do go kaboom at bedtime, you may be surprised that it was the cup of hot chocolate or choc bar they secretly rewarded themselves with on their way home from school that is the more likely culprit.

The Top 5 Benefits of Loving Decaf

Decaffeinated coffee has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people seeking out the drink for its potential health benefits. It really turns out that if you love decaf, it loves you back.

While it is true that caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, can have some negative side effects, decaffeinated coffee can still offer many of the same benefits as regular coffee, without the added jitters and potential for addiction. Here are just a few of the benefits of going decaf.

1.      Heart health 

Regular coffee consumption has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Decaffeinated coffee may offer the same benefits, as it still contains antioxidants and other beneficial compounds

2.    Improved digestion

Coffee, both regular and decaffeinated, can stimulate the production of stomach acid, which can aid in digestion. It can also help to relieve constipation, making it a good choice for those who suffer from digestive issues.

3.     Lower risk of certain cancers

Some studies have shown that coffee consumption, including decaffeinated coffee, may be associated with a lower risk of certain types of cancer, such as liver and colorectal cancer.

4.    Improved mental function

Caffeine is well-known for its ability to improve alertness and focus, but decaffeinated coffee can still provide these benefits. It contains other compounds, such as chlorogenic acid, that may help to improve brain function.

5.    Weight loss

Some research suggests that coffee, including decaffeinated varieties, may help to boost metabolism and increase fat burning, which could aid in weight loss efforts.

Of course, it is important to note that decaffeinated coffee is not completely caffeine-free, as it may still contain small amounts of the stimulant. However, for those who are sensitive to caffeine or looking to reduce their intake, decaffeinated coffee can be a good choice. It is also worth noting that adding cream, sugar, and other additives can obviously negate some of the potential health benefits of coffee, so it is best to consume it black or with a small amount of milk or plant-based milk.

Is Decaf Coffee Bad for You? The Myths Demystified

Is decaf coffee bad for you

We get it – you’re as health-conscious as the rest of us and want to make sure that everything you’re putting into your body is doing you good. This has no doubt led you down some puzzling paths of inquiry. For example, is decaf coffee bad for you?

The answer to this question, frustratingly enough, is that it depends. After all, “health” is a topic where the lines are far blurrier than first meets the eye. How much are you drinking daily? Just how was your morning brew decaffeinated in the first place? What decaf coffee benefits are you trying to reap or which ailments are you looking to avoid? 

We’ll explore all this and more below. We’ll cover whether decaf coffee is bad for you, the benefits of decaf coffee, and how to make a decision that’s right for you. 

TLDR – Is Decaf Coffee Bad For You? 

No, it isn’t.

Not to be anti-climactic, but the vast majority of people don’t need to worry about drinking a few cups of decaf coffee a day. We’ll dive into the nuances of decaf’s safety profile further down this page. Suffice it to say, however, that decaf coffee is perfectly safe, often delicious, and offers most of the same health benefits as “regular” coffee.

Even coffees that have been decaffeinated using a direct or indirect solvent process are considered perfectly safe by the FDA and other health organisations. If you’ve found yourself asking “is decaf worse for you than regular coffee?”, relax. Enjoy each sip knowing you’re getting all of the health benefits without the jitters!

Why People Ask “Is Decaf Coffee Bad for You?”

If you’re huge coffee nerds like us, you’ll know that decaf coffee benefits far outweigh the cons for most people. However, there’s one key reason that so many people ask “is decaf coffee bad for you?” The decaffeination process for commercial coffee leads some people to believe that dangerous chemicals must be at play. 

Most people don’t know how coffee is decaffeinated. This leads some people to the wrong conclusion: that decaf coffee must be more harmful. In general, this isn’t true at all. There are some minor things to keep in mind when shopping for decaf beans, though. The specific caveats to watch out for are largely determined by the decaffeination process that was used for the coffee you’re considering. 

What Changes When Coffee is Decaffeinated? 

Learn in more detail – How is Decaf Coffee Made?

Coffee is made up of literally hundreds of different compounds. In fact, up to 800 compounds make up that characteristic coffee flavour. Removing just caffeine from this equation can be challenging to say the least. Most commercial sellers of decaf coffee use one of four methods:   

Each of these methods can have varying impacts on the resulting flavour of your morning cup – the Swiss water method is generally considered the best at preserving flavour – but what about their impact on your health? 

How Much Caffeine is Left Behind? 

The amount of caffeine that’s left lingering in your favourite decaf blend depends on a number of factors. In general, however, between 97 and 99% of caffeine is removed from every single bean. Our Swiss Water method beans have had over 99.9% of their caffeine removed. 

We know we’re biased, but we think that’s pretty impressive.

Is Decaf Coffee Bad For You if it Was Made Using Solvents?

The two most common solvents used to decaffeinate coffee are methylene chloride and ethyl acetate (they sound delicious, right?). Don’t get us wrong, these don’t exactly sound like healthy ingredients to have fraternising with your daily dose, but it’s important to maintain perspective here. 

Some people raise concerns over the potentially carcinogenic nature of both of these solvents. Surely if there’s even a chance that your decaf beans could cause cancer, you’d want to keep it at several arm’s length? 

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that these decaffeination processes leave tonnes of residual solvent behind in your coffee beans (they don’t). In this imagined scenario, would your average Joe have to worry about exposure and cancer risk?

Let’s see what the Environmental Protection Agency has to say about methylene chloride:

“Human data are inconclusive regarding methylene chloride and cancer.”

source (EPA) 

Okay, but what about ethyl acetate? A US government analysis had the following to say:

“There is no evidence of increased cancer risk from exposure to ethyl acetate.”

source (Government of Indiana) 

This might quell most people’s fears, but what about the hyper-health-conscious among you? 

The reality is that the amount of solvent that’s left behind when decaffeinating coffee is negligible at best. The miniscule amounts left behind are orders of magnitude smaller than anything that could even begin to cause harm. Even if these solvents were found in higher quantities, there really isn’t anything conclusive to suggest that they’re carcinogenic in the first place.

So, is decaf coffee bad for you if it was made using solvents? Decaf coffee isn’t bad for you and that’s simply the truth of the matter. 

How Do You Avoid Solvents in Your Decaf Coffee? 

The idea of even a small amount of solvent in your coffee can leave a sour taste in the mouth (in more ways than one; solvents can tarnish coffee flavour if you’re not careful!). So then, how do you get yourself the ultimate peace of mind when shopping?

The Swiss water method is a decaffeination process that uses just water, carbon filters, heat, and time. It’s the go-to option for those who want to guarantee there aren’t any nasties floating around in their brew of choice. A huge bonus to choosing this kind of decaf coffee is that it’s absolutely delicious. 

Is Decaf Coffee Bad For You? The Caffeine-Craze Myths 

Coffee snobbery sucks – there’s no two ways about it. Taking the time to prepare something delicious each morning doesn’t mean we have to start disparaging others for their personal preferences. Unfortunately, this holier-than-thou attitude often extends to caffeine. 

Caffeine snobs and health nuts alike often harbour a ton of misconceptions about the benefits of decaf coffee. We slash through three of these caffeine-craze myths below. 

Myth One – Only Caffeinated Coffee is Good For Your Liver 

Coffee is quite well documented as helping to reduce the chances of liver disease and even fighting against some forms of liver cancer. While this is excellent news all round, these accolades shouldn’t be reserved for “regular” coffee alone. So, is decaf coffee good for your liver?

Decaf coffee seems to offer exactly the same liver-protecting benefits as caffeinated coffee. Is decaf coffee bad for you? Your liver doesn’t think so!  

Myth Two – Only Caffeinated Coffee Has Antioxidants

Ah yes, “antioxidants” – a word that most of us know about without truly understanding what it means. In short, antioxidants help to “mop up” harm-causing elements in our body known as “free radicals”. The fewer free radicals you have knocking about your system, the better. 

Coffee has long been lauded for its exemplary antioxidant profile, so why the hate when it comes to decaf coffee? Remember earlier when we discussed the different decaffeination processes that exist? Solvent and C02-based methods can have some negative effects on the number of antioxidants found in your decaf beans. 

Swiss water decaffeination, however, can be a far gentler process that takes only caffeine and leaves the rest. The result is a brew that’s every bit as healthy for you as “regular” coffee. Is decaf coffee bad for you? Its antioxidant profile doesn’t think so! 

Myth Three – Only Caffeinated Coffee Helps Your Kidneys 

Okay fine, kidney function is hardly a glamorous subject, but it is a super important one. One of the oft-cited benefits to drinking “normal” coffee is that it can help keep your kidneys in tip-top condition. If you’re a decaf drinker, we have great news for you. Decaf coffee also seems to give your kidneys a welcome boost. Is decaf coffee bad for you? Your kidneys don’t think so! 

Okay, But is Decaf Worse for You Than Regular Coffee?

So it might still be “healthy”, but is decaf worse for you than regular coffee? If you’re looking for something that caffeine can give you (i.e an increased feeling of alertness), then decaf coffee doesn’t have what you’re looking for. 

However, if you’re concerned about the other myriad health benefits that coffee promises, you have nothing to worry about if decaf is your poison of choice. Coffee that has been gently decaffeinated still has all of those same compounds that make your morning brew so amazing. 

Once you factor in the added benefits like increased sleep quality and the potential for less anxiety, decaf coffee is definitely not worse for you than regular coffee. 

Benefits of Decaf Coffee – What You Still Get With a Decaf Brew 

So, we’ve trudged through the doom and gloom, dispelling countless decaf coffee myths along the way, but what are the benefits of decaf coffee? In this section, we’ll explore just some of the things that make decaf so great. 

The long-and-short of it is that decaf coffee benefits are similar to those of their caffeinated counterparts, with a few decaf-only benefits thrown in for good measure.  

Similar Antioxidant Profile to Caffeinated Brews  

Want to kick free radicals in the teeth and improve your overall health? Antioxidants are what you need. A decaf ground that has been decaffeinated properly will still offer the wealth of antioxidants that your regular coffee has.  

Diabetes and Cancer Risk 

Did you know that consuming coffee can lead to a 40% lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes? Now you do. While caffeine does have a relationship with blood glucose levels, many other compounds found in coffee also help to mitigate your risk. In fact, people already living with diabetes are advised to stick with decaf brews. 

But what about protection from cancer? Check out this quote from the American Institute for cancer research:

“Most human studies show a similar reduction in cancer risk when looking at regular and decaf coffee”

source (AICR)

That’s good enough for us! 

Improved Sleep Quality

If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, caffeine might just be the culprit. Reducing your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoon, can dramatically improve the length and quality of your sleep. Good sleep is foundational for practically all aspects of our health and general wellbeing. 

In this sense, decaf can be considered as a key to better health overall. 

Fewer Heart Complications 

Some people experience some pretty nasty heart palpitations when drinking regular coffee. While this isn’t an issue for everyone, many people prefer to avoid caffeine as a result. Decaf blends are an excellent option for those who want that coffee kick without the… kick. 

Is Decaf Coffee Bad for You – FAQ 

Is decaf coffee bad for you? How can you be sure? Which further questions are burning on your lips? In this section, we’ll clear up a few more decaf-myth FAQs. 

Is Decaf Coffee Safe During Pregnancy? 

Caffeine isn’t a good idea when pregnant, but is decaf coffee safe during pregnancy? It’s considered safe to drink decaffeinated coffee while pregnant, but it’s definitely worth practising moderation. Just one cup of regular coffee a day can double the chances of a stillbirth. 

If you’re pregnant and still want to enjoy the taste of coffee, we recommend picking up some beans that have had more than 99.9% of their caffeine removed.

Is Decaf Coffee Bad for Your Kidneys? 

So, is decaf coffee bad for your kidneys? Absolutely not, no. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that decaf coffee can actually improve kidney excretion function. Unless you’re living with kidney disease, you shouldn’t have to worry about your coffee consumption, caffeinated or not. 

In fact, those with chronic issues are often advised to forgo caffeine altogether and opt for decaf versions of their favourite drinks instead. 

Is Decaf Coffee a Diuretic? 

The answer to “is decaf coffee a diuretic” is “no”. Caffeine is what causes the diuretic properties of regular coffee. If you remove the caffeine, you remove the diuretic effect. If you’re hyper-sensitive to caffeine, you might want to make sure you’re drinking a decaf brand that removes 99%+ of the caffeine in each bean (some brands leave as much as 3% behind).  

Does Decaf Raise Blood Pressure? 

Drinking 4 or more cups of regular coffee a day can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure), but does decaf raise blood pressure? It doesn’t appear to, no. The main compound in coffee that can lead to a higher blood pressure is caffeine. Decrease your caffeine intake, and you ease that pressure

Is Decaf Coffee Bad for You? 

The answer to this question is a resounding no. High-quality decaf coffee offers many of the same health benefits as regular coffee and even comes with some of its own unique benefits. Decaf coffee benefits far outweigh any cons and healthy people can safely enjoy several cups a day. 

Is Decaf Coffee Bad For You? Conclusion 

We hope you’ll agree that this page has pretty exhaustively answered the question “is decaf coffee bad for you?”. Just in case you weren’t paying attention: decaf coffee is not bad for you. 

In fact, a well-decaffeinated coffee offers most of the same benefits as a regular cup. Want to get started on your decaf journey? We’ve poured countless hours into our range of high-quality decaf coffees. We use only the best decaffeination methods and each cup is truly delicious – we promise.