All About Decaf Coffee

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Decaf coffee

Consumed and adored by many, decaf coffee (and yes, the one without caffeine) is advocated to taste just as delicious as regular coffee. Just the idea of “decaf” is a world-renowned paradigm.

Decaffeination Process

Vessel used to prepare decaf coffee

Decaffeination is the removal of the chemical known as caffeine. This is done before the seeds are roasted and then the remaining caffeine is burnt off while the coffee seeds are roasted at high temperatures.
The method followed in removal of caffeine is as follows:

  1. Coffee seeds swell up in water or with the help of steam to let go of the caffeine.
  2. Activated carbon or a solvent acts as a medium to extract the caffeine from the green coffee seeds.
  3. The solvents used during decaffeination are ethyl acetate, methylene chloride (Dichloromethane) or supercritical CO2, after which the seeds are kept to be dried.
  4. The process involved with each solvent is different; however, the general procedure involves circling the water with the solvent around the coffee seeds in order to extract the caffeine.
  5. The process of the one with the solvent repeats until the caffeine is completely not visible.
  6. Coffee is next to the water in terms of the most consumed drink in the world. This is why it is important that people get the exact brew that they ask for, even when it is decaf coffee.

Type of methods used to decaffeinate coffee are as follows:

  1. Indirect solvent process
  2. Direct solvent process
  3. Swiss water process
  4. Carbon dioxide process

Caffeine has multiple good effects on the body, such as reducing aging, reducing the chances of cardiovascular diseases, keeping the body hydrated, and making you more energetic.

On the other hand, decaf coffee has some harmful effects.

Side-Effects of Decaf Coffee

Bad effects of caffeine
  1. Causes Cardiovascular Complications- There are major side-effects of decaf coffee. It increases the risk of a heart attack and the level of LDL cholesterol, which in turn, increases the risk of heart diseases, attacks, and failures.
  2. Adverse Effects On Bone Density- Decaf coffee interferes with bone density. It increases the level of acidity in the body, which reduces the calcium in the bones and minerals in the body. So, decaf coffee makes you prone to osteoporosis or other bone-related diseases.
  3. Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis- Decaf coffee makes the body prone to rheumatoid arthritis. More than four cups of coffee can give rise to this disease. On the other hand, you can have three cups of tea a day and decrease the chance of developing arthritis.
  4. Increases bad cholesterol- Decaf coffee increases LDL cholesterol levels in the body. Studies show that this brew is not good in terms of the level of cholesterol in the body.
  5. Spikes Metabolic Acidity- Coffee is highly acidic in nature. As it increases the level of acidity, it also increases the possibility of ulcers. Hence, professionals suggest avoiding decaf coffee if suffering from stomach ulcers.

There’s a lot to know about decaf coffee, especially the decaffeination process itself and the possible side effects. Make sure you’re aware and in proportion.

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