About The Swiss Water® Decaffeination Process

Our natural Swiss Water Process decaffeinated coffee has all the health enhancing bioactive compounds that regular coffee has only without the caffeine.

All natural organic process of decaffeination. No Methylene Chloride, Dichloromethane or Ethyl Acetate. Only water, temperature, and time to gently remove 99% of the caffeine, while preserving all the coffee’s unique flavors and health enhancing bioactive compounds.

The Swiss Water® Process means you’re getting the healthiest and very best tasting decaf coffee in the world, free of chemicals or residual processing flavors.

How the Swiss Water® Process works

Unroasted green coffee is cleaned, rehydrated, and then immersed in Swiss Water’s proprietary Green Coffee Extract (GCE) for the removal of caffeine. Created using only green coffee and water, GCE contains all the same water-soluble compounds found in green coffee, except for caffeine. Central to the process is the principle of diffusion: molecules naturally move from an area of high concentration to one of low concentration. Water-soluble compounds are held at equilibrium between the green coffee and the GCE—except the caffeine, which only exists in the coffee. 

Diffusion now takes place, with caffeine particles migrating out of the coffee beans and into the liquid GCE, but leaving everything else—like the coffee’s natural flavor characteristics—intact. After becoming saturated with caffeine, the GCE flows through proprietary carbon filters that trap only caffeine, so that the GCE may be used once again. Refreshed, caffeine-free GCE continues to flow until the coffee reaches its target of 99.9% caffeine free. Coffee then moves from processing to drying, where moisture in the coffee is converted to vapor, and removed through the air exhaust stream.

The Swiss Water® Process is paired with advanced scientific systems and controls to identify relevant variables that adapt and adjust for different types of coffees. Where the process needs to be slow, it is slow. Where temperature needs to be adjusted, it is carefully adjusted. Swiss Water’s technicians use constant data feedback on process performance to optimize each step and the overall outcome.