Lavazza Blue Coffee Decaffeination Process
For those of us who love the great taste of coffee but aren’t fans of over indulgence in caffeine, Lavazza Blue have developed decaf coffee capsules to be used with ease in our Lavazza Blue coffee machines.
Lavazza Decaf coffee capsules have the same great taste and almost all the same health benefits of regular coffee, but without the caffeine.
The process undertaken to decaffeinate coffee beans is an interesting one, and a question we often receive here at Blue Pod Head Office, from our inquisitive office coffee customers.
What is Decaffeinated Coffee?
Decaffeinated coffee is the coffee that comes from coffee beans that have had at least 97% of their caffeine removed.
It is important to note that decaf coffee only needs to be 97% caffeine free to be considered ‘decaf’.
There are 4 main methods of decaffeination used in today’s society; below we have outlined the process Lavazza uses for our BLUE coffee capsules.
How does Lavazza make their Decaffeinated Coffee for BLUE Capsules?
- Lavazza green (unroasted) coffee beans are cleaned and then placed safely within a stainless steel container and humidified slowly by adding hot water
- The stainless steel container is sealed and the steam from the hot water boosts the 45% coffee beans moisture
- CO2 is pushed into the coffee at very high pressure and can then easily penetrate inside the beans and extract the caffeine
- The CO2 acts as the solvent to dissolve and draws the caffeine from the coffee beans, leaving the larger-molecule flavour components behind
- At this point the coffee is transferred to another container where the high pressure is released, and the coffee is able to be brought back to a humidity level below 11%
- Once this process is complete, the now decaffeinated and dried coffee Is stored in insulated tanks and then shipped out for use.
Our Lavazza Blue Decaf Capsules can be purchased here