Do you know the process
Yuban Decaf Coffee uses?
by Anthony from New York State
Do you know the process Yuban Decaf Coffee uses… in other words do they use a Natural or a Chemical Process to remove the caffeine from their beans?
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Yuban Decaf Coffee – 99.7% caffeine free
Unfortunately, Yuban’s marketing materials no longer even use the word “naturally”. 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”. Yuban states that its decaffeinated blends are 99.7% caffeine free. So it’s got a residual 0.3% caffeine!
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. (10/7/2019: no reply has been provided.)
Lower Caffeine Consumption
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.
Why Yuban Coffee probably isn’t ‘naturally’ decaffeinated!
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 brands are considered ultra premium brands or whether they’d be decaffeinated by any particular means. In coffee, it matters more where the beans come, how they are picked/roasted/dried, etc., than what brand they are.
If you’re interested in finding out more, check out our Yuban Coffee Guide.