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Swiss Water Process Used for Decaffeination

March 07, 2018 // // The Human Bean is proud to use the Swiss Water Process to decaffeinate our coffee. This particular method of decaffeination is different from the rest.  It does not directly or indirectly add chemicals to extract the caffeine. Rather, it relies entirely on two concepts, solubility and osmosis, to decaffeinate coffee beans.  This method is also exclusively used on organic coffee beans.

The coffee beans first come from the finest growing regions around the world. They clean and hydrate them with pure, local water to prepare them for caffeine removal.  These beans are beginning their journey to becoming amazing decaf coffee.

Then their Green Coffee Extract (GCE) is introduced to the beans and caffeine removal begins. Caffeine ventures out on its own, away from the coffee beans into the GCE.  This occurs until the ratio of soluble compounds in the GCE to the compounds in the coffee reach the point of equilibrium. Caffeine and GCE flow continuously through carbon filters.  This traps and seperates all the caffeine from the GCE. Then they refresh the GCE and use it again and again to remove more caffeine.

For the next 10 hours, a team continuously monitors the process and caffeine levels in each batch they are decaffeinating. They monitor time, gauge temperature controls, and check the levels on the GCE flow. The result of all this loving attention to detail is worth it.  It produces 99.9% caffeine-free coffee that still tastes great.

Lastly, they ship the decaffeinated green beans to our roaster.  The beans now become something special that is ready to brew and enjoy.

You can purchase our decaffeinated coffee online at or order your favorite espresso drink to be made decaf at the nearest Human Bean drive thru location. You can learn more about the Swiss Water Process at

About The Human Bean

With a passion for creating happy people and their love of coffee, they opened their first drive-thru espresso stand in Ashland Oregon in 1998. The demand for convenient, quality coffee & espresso grew and soon after opening their original location in Ashland, they expanded to surrounding cities in Southern Oregon. The Human Bean quickly established a reputation for having friendly and experienced baristas and offering the highest quality ingredients.

Their commitment to developing the best drive-thru espresso led them to franchising The Human Bean’s brand and system in 2002. They are proud to announce that The Human Bean has expanded to 72 locations in ten states, 59 of those being franchised locations and 13 being corporate locations. They expect to continue this growth through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to their goals for this exceptional brand.

The Human Bean Drive-Thru Franchise

They expect additional growth through approved franchisees throughout the nation. Moving forward, the brand will stay true to the successful operations on which The Human Bean was founded. With exceptional products, attractive and efficient facilities and an exceptionally trained and qualified team, they have the tools needed to be the consumers' brand of choice.


Jackie McGrath
Director of Marketing
The Human Bean
(541) 608-0564

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