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Picture this: it’s late in the evening and you’re thinking of turning in for the night. But before you do, you want to enjoy a nice hot mug of coffee. What do you reach for? Decaff coffee of course!

Decaff coffee (decaffeinated coffee) is coffee that has gone through a process of decaffeination to remove most of the caffeine. However, decaff coffee is not entirely caffeine free. To be labeled as decaff, coffee must meet the EU standard of being 99.9% caffeine free

As the Arabica coffee bean contains about half of the caffeine content of the Robusta bean it’s more suitable for making high quality decaff coffee and you’ll find many decafff blends use Arabica beans. There are also some rare types of Arabica that naturally have very low caffeine levels as well.


In order to get decaff coffee, you have to find a way to decaffeinate it. Decaff coffee dates back to 1903, when benzene was used as a solvent to strip caffeine from the bean. Though this method isn’t used anymore, it did lead to other methods that could give coffee drinkers more options.

Most methods of decaffeination (Swiss Water Process, indirect method, and triglyceride process) start out with soaking green coffee beans in hot water to draw out the caffeine. Non-water methods (direct method, CO2 process) are also used to strip caffeine from coffee beans, leading to a decaffeinated coffee that you can sit back and enjoy.


What if instead of stripping caffeine from the bean, you could breed a coffee bean that does not contain caffeine? It’s not a fantasy – it’s actually possible.

There are Arabica coffee plants that have very little caffeine content, and in 2004, a rare, naturally caffeine-free Arabica plant was found.

To create a caffeine-free coffee bean (what the Brazilians call Decafffito), the idea is to breed caffeine-free Arabica plants with normal coffee plants. If such breeding is successful, we may well soon have an abundance of naturally caffeine-free coffee beans.


Whether it’s a delicious coffee in the evening or for an afternoon break savour the full flavoured taste of our decaff coffe as part of our full range of NESCAFÉ® products.

Although there are numerous ways to decaffeinate coffee, NESCAFÉ® uses a water decafffeinating process that naturally preserves the full flavour and rich aroma that is unique to NESCAFÉ®. That means, with NESCAFÉ® decaff, you’ll get the same “coffeeness” that you’d get in a caffeinated coffee without all the caffeine.

Find out which decaff varieties are available.