I ran across this interesting post on “The Coffee Shop” today about the benefits of using decaffeinated coffee. I learned something new that I wasn’t aware of … scientists have discovered a “naturally decaffeinated” species of coffee plant growing in Brazil. An amazing discovery.
For many coffee lovers, the stimulant effects of caffeine are intolerable. The only viable solution, other than avoiding coffee entirely, is decaffeinated coffee. Fortunately, there are many excellent varieties of premium coffees available in decaffeinated form. For the most part, the decaf versions are quite good, and taste very similar to their caffeinated counterparts.
However, a bit bothersome to some folks, the decaffeination process involves various chemical processes that generate concern. I get questions from readers all the time concerning the safety of decaffeinated coffee. Again, the good news is the current commercial decaffeination methods are quite safe, and are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To be accurate, the Swiss Water method does not actually expose the coffee beans to any chemicals, and is the only decaf process that is certified organic.
Nonetheless, a species of coffee that actually produces naturally decaffeinated coffee beans is remarkable, and will likely open up new markets for coffee lovers and consumers looking for a natural decaf solution.
Scientists in Brazil made this discovery in 2004, so this may not be immediately ground breaking news. See this article Natural Decaf Coffee Discovered by Brazilian Scientists. The article points out that the discovery is a species of “Coffea Arabica“, the most widely grown coffee around the world, which significantly raises the possibility for cross breeding the decaf characteristics of the newly discovered coffee plant.