SWP: The Secret Behind Our Decaf
Swiss Water® Process — 100% chemical-free coffee decaffeination.
Our coffee is decaffeinated using only the Swiss Water® Process - the caffeine-free and chemical-free secret behind amazing decaf.
"We use only water, temperature, and time to gently remove caffeine, while preserving all the coffee’s original characteristics. Our seal means you’re getting the very best cup of decaf, free of chemicals or residual processing flavors." - Swiss Water® Process
Step by step
Step 1: The GCE (Green Coffee Extract) is created only once, made from soaking the beans in pure fresh water. GCE is pure water plus the water-soluble solids found in green coffee (minus the caffeine) and is the key to the process.
Step 2: The coffee is prepared for the Swiss Water® Process. The green coffee is rehydrated to prepare for the target moisture level that is ideal for caffeine removal. This step also removes dirt, dust, and silverskin.
Step 3: Caffeine removal. GCE is circulated around the green coffee for a continuous period of 8-10 hours, until there is no more than 0.1% of caffeine remaining. The caffeine is then removed from the GCE using a proprietary carbon filter system, and the carbon is sent to a regeneration furnace to burn away the caffeine, so that it can be reused.
Step 4: GCE is renewed and refreshed. During the decaffeination process, the health of the GCE is constantly being monitored to ensure it can continue to operate at its best. This way, a new batch of GCE doesn't need to be created for every new batch of green coffee.
Step 5: Once 99.9% of the caffeine has been removed from the coffee, it is ready to be dried, bagged, and shipped to the customer with care.
"Swiss Water® Process isn't just Swiss (although it was invented there), it's Canadian! We decaffeinate coffee using pure water to gently remove caffeine from green coffee beans, without any lingering chemical residue like other processes. The result is delicious decaf coffee roasted and served by some of your favorite brands and cafes." - Swiss Water® Process