- They want the decaf coffee beans to produce a coffee that is full, with rich coffee flavor.
- They want to be assured the decaffeinated process is healthy and natural without the use of chemicals.
Natural Direct Method
In the direct method, the coffee beans are first steamed for 30 minutes and then repeatedly rinsed with ethyl acetate for about 10 hours. The natural solvent is then drained away and the beans steamed for an additional 10 hours to remove residual solvent. Sometimes coffees that are decaffeinated using ethyl acetate are referred to as naturally processed because ethyl acetate can be derived from various fruits or vegetables; but one has to be aware because of the cost of using natural ethyl acetate, a synthetic chemical is often used for decaffeinating.
Decaffeinated coffees require a fine personal touch during the roasting process. It is easy to burn or scorch the coffee beans and takes a well trained roaster to preserve and enhance the delicate flavor of the beans.
The initial decaffeination process always causes the coffee bean to lose some of it’s flavor. Decaffeinated coffee beans also age rapidly. Make sure your coffee company is buying the decaffeinated beans in small quantities so they are fresh.
- Simmer Down (ground) is a distinctive SWISS WATER® DECAF Blend, featuring the finest Grade 1 beans from Central America. Roasted dark, Simmer Down is full-bodied with mild acidity. Subtle aromas of cocoa, nutmeg and spices fill this cup. The sweet, smooth finish creates the perfect coffee, without the kick, so you can “simmer down, like you never did before…
- Simmer Down (whole bean) the same distinctive SWISS WATER® DECAF Blend, featuring the finest Grade 1 whole beans from Central America.
- Simmer Down (whole bean) available in large 2 lb bag of gourmet coffee beans.
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