How does SF Bay coffee get decaffeinated?

Water Extraction Process for Coffee

Ever wonder what happens between the coffee farm and the cup of coffee that starts your day? We love sharing the magic behind how a cup of SF Bay Coffee is born. A very delicate part of that coffee making process is water extraction. Below we share a few easily digestible steps to that process. 

water extraction process of coffee beans

How it works? 

Decaf Coffee Stages

Green coffee beans are soaked in hot water to open the pores of the bean.

The opened pores allow the oils, flavor, and caffeine to flush out of the bean and be taken to filtration

Green coffee beans are soaked in hot water to open the pores of the bean.

Oils and flavor are reabsorbed.

The beans are dried.

Finally, polished to be ready for roasting.


Most frequent questions and answers

We make it very clear on our packaging and on the labels of each package to be sure there is no confusion. 

No! We only use the water process while decaffeinating our coffees. There are not use any chemicals in the water extraction process. Our farmers work very hard to ensure we deliver the highest quality coffee possible.

As outlined above, we begin by soaking our freshly picked beans in hot water which opens the pores of the beans allowing them to prepare for filtration. The process is repeated up to 12 times until the caffeine content meets the required decaf standards. 

Did You Know?

After coffee beans are decaffeinated, several coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soda and pharmaceutical companies.