Reader’s Questions: Yuban Decaf – What process does Kraft use?

By | January 21, 2015

At PurelyCoffeeBeans, I’ve answered lots of questions over the years. You’ll find the questions and their answers scattered throughout the site!

I’m always open to more questions, if you’re frustrated or curious, why don’t you drop me a line! This week we welcome …

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Do you know the process Yuban Decaf uses?

by Anthony from New York State

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Do you know the process Yuban Decaf Auto Drip uses… in other words do they use a Natural or a Chemical Process to remove the caffeine from their beans?

Thank you

Thank you for your query to PurelyCoffeeBeans.com about Yuban Coffee.

Unfortunately, Yuban’s marketing materials 0nly use the word “naturally”. This would lead one to believe it is one of the “safer” methods. However, this article points out: ‘decaf products labeled “naturally decaffeinated” and “water processed” are particularly misleading’. The article goes on to suggest that only the “Swiss” method seems particularly “natural”.

As such, I think we can safely assume the method used is NOT the Swiss method; but it might be one of the other “natural” methods. I’m writing to the manufacturer to ask which method they use… don’t know if or when they will reply. I will make a note to reply to you when they do.

However, if your primary concern is to lower caffeine consumption then cutting down on soda, chocolate, and tea (green & black) may help, too. Switching to coffee with lower amounts of caffeine, typically this means switching to only specific arabica coffees. Lastly, if you cut down on the volume of coffee, say by switching from 12oz cup to 80z cup, you’ll also see a reduction by 33%. You could also make weaker coffee or cut down the frequency of coffee drinking (not something I would like to do!)

If you’re planning to cut out caffeine altogether, decaffeinated coffee may help but do remember it still contains caffeine, albeit at much reduced doses. There is no such thing as caffeine-free coffee. If you’re planning to cut out caffeine altogether, decaffeinated coffee may help but do remember it still contains caffeine, albeit at much reduced doses. There is no such thing as caffeine-free coffee.

Best Wishes
Kenneth

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Follow Up: Posted 1/25 at 10:45am

The natural process for decaffinating coffee is in fact an expensive process due to the energy inputs needed for the coffee, I suspect. Meaning that you in all likelihood won’t find many mass market products that are processed in this way.

Most mass market branded coffees are simply cheap coffees mixed together for a particular target price/profit. The blending can be difficult to get right… but for brands, they tend to create a flavor profile and blend/roast to that profile.

Most natural processed coffee beans start around the $10~15 per pound price. I’m not sure what you mean are ultra premium brands … I wouldn’t regard Starbucks as ultra premium. In coffee, it matters more where the beans come, how they are picked/roasted/dried, etc., than what brand they are.

On further research, however, I found that I had an answer to your question from a few years ago:

http://www.purelycoffeebeans.com/what-decaffeination-process-does-costco-use.html

Seems Costco has a few brands produced by the Rogers Family:

OK. I found this statement from Rogers Gourmet Coffee & Co who have been responsible for some of Kirkland’s Coffees. They write about their other coffees here…

“At Rogers Family Coffee we still prefer to use an all natural water based process that uses no methylene chloride.”

http://www.rogersfamilyco.com/index.php/leaded-or-unleaded-how-we-take-the-caffeine-out-of-coffee/

Their coffees are affordable, and seem to be decaff with a water process. They are available direct or from Amazon, there is variety, too.