Great Decaf is Worth the Bother

I’ve sometimes heard decaffeinated coffee referred to as the “why bother?” coffee. I’ve never understood this comment.

Decaf coffees can lose their flavor during the decaffeination process. But a good decaf coffee should offer all the flavors and aromas one would expect from a regular cup of coffee. It takes the right bean to withstand the process to ensure the flavor and nuances of the coffee stays intact.

Our Decaf Sumatra goes through an innovative natural decaffeination process. Using carbon dioxide and ultra-pure water, we’re able to remove the caffeine in the shortest amount of time – leaving all the flavor and aroma intact. And the beans we use are perfect for maintaining the herbal, spicy, full-bodied flavor one would expect from a Sumatran coffee.

This process and these beans are definitely worth the bother. On a recent trip to Sumatra, I met several farmers we purchase coffee from. The amount of care and passion they put into their daily lives, their families and their coffee farms was very humbling. With all of the work we do to ethically source our coffees and all of the relationships we have built with these farmers, it would be a shame to put the coffee through a decaf process that removed its flavor and liveliness.

So, the next time you want a cup of decaf coffee, make up a press of Decaf Sumatra. You won’t be disappointed!

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    • bebnurick
    • 6/4/2012 4:29 PM

    We love coffee - Starbucks that is! When my husband's doctor told him to change to decaf due to a heart condition, we were wary of the usual chemical process of most decaf coffees. Starbucks came through wiith a delicious water processed decaf coffee....Decaf Sumatra. Deep, rich and an answer for those who must use decaf. More people should know about this awesome product. Thanks so much for this wonderful decaf coffee...we love it!

    • highsue
    • 1/26/2013 6:43 PM

    Kona is an amazingly smooth coffee. It would be great if you could carry
    a Decaf Kona, or Decaf Kona Blend.

    • dobj01
    • 4/20/2013 6:32 AM

    I've been drinking this coffee every day for a couple of years now. Thank you Starbuck for offering a natural decaf that taste amazing and safe to drink .
    Please keep this one available!

    • Strathman
    • 6/7/2014 11:25 AM

    Do you use the CO2 process for all your de-cafe coffees?

      • stmichael94
      • 8/31/2014 5:22 AM

      In reply to: Strathman

      I would like to know this, too. Do you use this process for all your decaf coffees, and if not, why not? What process do you use for your other decaf coffees?

    • 9/8/2014 7:34 AM

    I just bought a decaf that is not Sumatra and wonder if it is chemically processed.

    • ceruleanB
    • 9/20/2014 8:00 PM

    I would like to know the process used for all Starbucks decaf coffees as well.

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