Primos Decaf – The Best Choice For Caffeine Sensitivity

Decaf coffee takes the brunt of many jokes like, "Death before decaf!" All kidding aside, it is estimated that decaffeinated coffee accounts for 20% of coffee sold so there are many caffeine sensitive coffee drinkers looking for a good cup of decaf. 

Historically, decaf has gotten a bad rap for three reasons. First, decaffeination requires additional processing and therefore additional costs. In order to keep expenses down, many use inferior or cheaper beans for their decaffeinated coffee which results in a poor tasting cup. Second, the use of chemicals to remove the coffee's naturally occurring caffeine compromises the flavor. Finally, roasting decaffeinated coffee requires expertise and is different than roasting caffeinated coffee. Cheap beans, inferior decaf methods and poor roasting technique is why decaf developed a bad reputation. Rest assured, Primos Coffee takes great care to ensure our decaffeinated coffee tastes as good as our caffeinated version by decaffeinating our same specialty beans using only water and roasting the beans with carefully developed profiles.  

Decaffeination Methods

Coffee can be decaffeinated through the use of chemicals, liquid carbon dioxide or water. The chemical-based processes are the oldest methods and use chemical solvents (typically methylene chloride or ethyl acetate) to remove the caffeine from the beans. The most recent decaffeination method, liquid carbon dioxide, is very expensive and therefore used to decaffeinate large quantities of commercial-grade coffees. In this process, liquid carbon dioxide is forced into the coffee and is the solvent that removes the caffeine

Water Process Decaffeination – The Preferred Method

Water process decaffeination uses only water to remove the caffeine from the coffee beans. Our unroasted coffee is soaked in water to extract the caffeine. Along with the caffeine, other elements are extracted that we want in the final coffee, such as flavors, sugars and oils. This extract, containing both caffeine and tasty molecules, is passed through a charcoal filter that collects the larger caffeine molecules, allowing the water and the tasty molecules to pass through. This decaf extract now becomes the water base in which future batches of beans are soaked. Already at the maximum saturation of the good stuff, the decaf extract will now dissolve just the caffeine from this second batch of beans. The cycle can then continue until an entire lot of coffee has been decaffeinated.

Primos Decaffeinated Coffee

We have carefully developed our decaffeinated coffee to ensure the cup experience is just as good as our caffeinated coffee. First, we use our same specialty grade coffee for our decaf as we use for our caffeinated coffee. Second, we decaffeinate our beans via the water process because it brews an excellent cup of coffee. Finally, we carefully developed the perfect roast profile to ensure the best flavor for our caffeine sensitive customers.


Primos Coffee - The Best Cup Of Decaf or Half-Caff Coffee

For generations, our family has perfected our processes to offer you the best quality coffee. When you purchase our products, you are supporting our sustainable farming practices in Jinotega, Nicaragua. We have been growing coffee for nearly 100 years. We care about our land, our fellow Nicaraguans, and bringing the best cup of coffee we can produce and roast to our customers.

We have a variety of water process coffee for all your decaf needs. We offer medium roast and dark roast, whole bean or ground. In addition to decaffeinated, we also offer half caffeinated for when you want reduced caffeine but not fully decaffeinated coffee. Our coffees are classic, clean, well-balanced, crowd-pleasing, the kind you want to drink daily.

Find Mountain Water Process Decaf and Half Caff at Primos Coffee Co