Caffeine is a naturally-occurring substance that occurs in more than sixty plant species worldwide. Many food and beverage products made from these plants contain varying amounts of caffeine. Coffee is, not surprisingly, is one of them. One typical cup of coffee contains 120-180 mg of caffeine, while a decaf cup of coffee contains between 2 and 6 mg. So, even though decaf coffee is much lower in caffeine, it does still contain small amounts.
In the US, coffee must have 97% of caffeine removed to be considered decaf. However, in Canada and the rest of the international community, that number is higher at 99.9% caffeine-free as the recognized standard.
There are several reasons why people may choose to drink decaffeinated coffee, but did you know there are varying processes for how the caffeine is removed? Many processes actually use chemical solvents like ethyl acetate or methylene chloride to strip caffeine molecules from the coffee bean. Fortunately, there is an option that is 100% chemical-free and Certified Organic: the SWISS WATER® Process. This process removes 99.9% of caffeine, without compromising bean quality or taste. All beans undergo regular audits to verify the caffeine has actually been removed to this level.
The SWISS WATER® Process is also eco-friendly, and uses pristine water from the mountains in British Colombia, Canada, to gently remove caffeine from coffee beans. The way to tell if your decaf coffee has been decaffeinated using this process is to look for the SWISS WATER® seal on its packaging.
So, in a nutshell, the SWISS WATER® process is a chemical-free, highly effective, and eco-friendly process for decaffeinating coffee. HealthWise Decaf Coffee is decaffeinated using this process and is the only low-acid coffee decaffeinated without the use of chemicals!