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Methylene Chloride Used for Decaffeination?

Methylene Chloride Used for Decaffeination?

March 31, 2018 5 Comments

People around the globe use the caffeine found in coffee every day to give them a jolt of energy before they begin whatever the day can throw at them. Some, on the other hand, drink decaffeinated coffee for the taste without the crazy caffeine buzz. The decaffeination process is meant to remove all or most traces of caffeine from the finished product. 

 According to the USDA, most decaf coffee blends actually contain about 3% of the average caffeine content compared to a regular cup. There are currently four commonly used processes for decaffeination, two of which are solvent based and two that are not. The most commonly used solvents in decaffeination include Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Dichloromethane, and Chloroform. The two of choice though have become Methylene Chloride and Ethyl Acetate.

Methylene Chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is found in most hardware stores as a paint stripper. While the Dichloromethane used in the roasting process is in much more minute quantities than a concentrated paint thinner, there still may be residual chemicals found in your beans. It is also used much more commonly than its safer, more natural counterpart Ethyl Acetate due to cost and impracticalities in the gathering.

Methylene Chloride is terrifying because, in commercial quantities, there are labels warning of cancer risks and other health warnings. There have been at least 56 accidental deaths due to Methylene Chloride since 1980 due to asphyxiation and heart attack caused by fumes of the chemical.

Tyler’s Acid Free Coffee uses a Swiss Water Process (SWP) for our decaffeination. This process is completely chemical free and was founded in Switzerland.  This process uses solubility and osmosis to decaffeinate. Very hot water is used at first to dissolve caffeine, and then a filter is used to allow other molecules that may have washed off to sift back through while leaving the caffeine filtered behind. After this, the now flavorless and caffeine-free beans are discarded, the flavorful water is to be reused with a fresh batch of beans. This process leaves a caffeine-free bean without a significant loss to flavorful and aromatic molecules found in the coffee. Tyler’s Coffee believes coffee should be as natural and healthy as possible, which is why we use absolutely no chemicals in our roasting processes.



5 Responses

Robin
Robin

September 07, 2018

I have a sensitive bladder and my boyfriend has heartburn. Thank God I found this Acid free decaf coffee. We both love this coffee!! Regular decaf

bothers the both of us. Tylers does not!!!!!I I grind the coffee and put it in small tea like little bags, we take them out to dinner with us. We can now

finally enjoy a cup of coffee when we are out. We just ask for a cup of hot water. I was afraid to order this coffee at first I thought it would taste awful.

When the box arrived i could smell the coffee through the box and it smelled just like coffee this when i knew it was going to taste wonderful!!!

Thank you very much for making this delicious coffee. the two of us are fans for life!!

the box!! This is when I knew it was going to taste

Catherine
Catherine

July 04, 2018

Thank you for making a delcious decaf organic chemical free acid free coffee. A little pricey…not when you think about your health. I had to quit coffee until I found Tyler organic acid free coffee. Now I can enjoy the great taste of coffee without irritating my stomach and without caffeine that gave me reflux. I love that it is organic plus uses no chemicals to remove the caffeine plus it tastes great! Thank you Tyler Coffee for making a great product! Love my Tyler Coffee!

Terri Taggart
Terri Taggart

May 30, 2018

I love the decaf and regular coffee and buy it by the case at Ada’s in Fort Myers FL. I buy whole beans, grind it for a perculator and mix the decaf and the regular. I would like to know the estimated caffeine content in mgs for the regular coffee and decaf coffee by the 8 oz cup. Thank you for creating a wonderful acid-free, chemical free, organic product. We love it!

Tylers Coffee Team
Tylers Coffee Team

May 22, 2018

Hi John thank you for reaching out! We here at Tylers Coffee believe in Quality over Quantity. It is our promise that your Acid-Free Coffee will ALWAYS be made with the highest quality beans.

John Allegretto
John Allegretto

May 21, 2018

I can appreciate your process of not using chemicals. I have tried your coffee in the past. My only issue is the cost. For only a 12 oz bag it seems a little pricey.

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