A Good Cup of Decaf?

Coffee Beans

Some coffee drinkers insist that decaffeinated coffee does not taste nearly as good as regular because the flavors and aromas are affected by the decaffeination process. Others have been drinking chemically decaffeinated coffee for so long that they either don’t mind the difference in taste or don’t notice it at all. Whichever group you fall into, it might be time to try Infusco’s decaf coffee and see if you can taste the difference.

All decaf coffee beans are decaffeinated when they are green – before they are roasted. Most coffee companies use what is called the direct method to decaffeinate their beans, a process that involves steaming the beans and rinsing them with chemical solvents like dichloromethane and ethyl acetate for ten hours. These chemical rinses remove the caffeine from the beans, which are then steamed for another ten hours to remove any chemical residue.

The problem with this method is that because there are hundreds of components in every coffee bean that are critical to the taste and aroma of the brew, it is difficult to isolate and extract only the caffeine. Other components are likely removed as well, and traces of the chemical solvent rinse can be left behind. This affects the way the drink tastes, and explains why some people have never met a decaf coffee that they liked.

So how do we solve this problem? Infusco purchases beans that have been decaffeinated using a method known as the Swiss Water Process. This method takes 8-10 hours, and results in flavorful coffee beans that are 99.9% caffeine free and 100% chemical free. A batch of green coffee beans are immersed in hot water, which extracts the caffeine as well as other flavors. This water, called green coffee extract, is then passed through a charcoal filter that catches only the caffeine molecules.  The first batch of green coffee beans is tossed out, and the next batch goes through the same process – but instead of new, clean water, the fresh beans are immersed in the green coffee extract produced by the flavors of the first batch. This almost eliminates any loss of flavor in the second batch of beans, while removing all of the caffeine without chemicals. Pretty cool!

So next time you’re craving the taste of great coffee, but you don’t want the caffeine kick, stop by and try Infusco’s coffee decaffeinated with the Swiss Water Process!

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Barista Series: Tabi

Tabi

Q: Where are you from?

A: New Carlisle, Indiana

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working at Infusco?

A: Interacting with people.

Q: What is something you like to do in the area that you would recommend to visitors?

A: Go to Greenbush!

-When you visit, be sure to try the Mr. Hyde java cream stout, made with Infusco Coffee!

Q: Is there anything exciting in your life that you’d like to share?

A: I don’t really have any big plans, but I’m studying crimal justice and hope to be a detective and work homicide someday.

Q: What’s your favorite coffee drink?

A: I like just regular coffee!

I am one blessed and thankful business owner!

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve coffee at Journeyman Distillery for the Artisan Market.  As I drove back to our coffee shop after the long day on my feet I was struck by a handful of things, some simple (my feet really hurt!)  and some things requiring more thought and response.  This blog is a result of the things requiring more response.

I love to drive and most of the time when I drive I quickly grow bored with the standard route and so I take lots of detours. Saturday night’s detour involved Flynn road and a mental detour.  As my mind wandered I was caught by the days events mostly marked by the people who walked through the door at Journeyman.  One by one I was greeted by people, some I knew by name, seeing them so regularly over the last three years that I was also greeted with a hug and others I only know by seeing their face regularly in our coffee shop.  But when I take both of those groups of people I already feel very fortunate and blessed to be part of a community that we know as Sawyer, MI.  But my thoughts went on from there…

I met a number of people that I didn’t know at all, that informed me that they had been in our coffee shop even earlier that morning or afternoon and then had come over to Journeyman to check out the Artisan market.  This affected me also, because I realize that I live and own a business in a community that believes in and supports small businesses, not just mine.  I owe all of you a great debt of gratitude for your faithfulness and support over the past three or four years, from coffee sampling in the tap room at Greenbush, to the extreme heat and rain of the two summers of the Coffee Cart and finally to this past summer in our brick and mortar coffee shop, I thank all of you.

There is one final group that blesses me.  This group is our staff, they serve out at the counter, behind the espresso machine and in the back, next to the roaster every day.  Infusco would not be what it is today without each of these individuals and there are not words to express what each of them mean to me personally and how they affect the product that we gather around every day.

Coffee for me is not just a wonderful drink that I love, but a medium that allows me to connect and interact with a community that has been gracious enough to let me join it’s rank and share in its growth. Thank you, thank you and again thank you!

Sincerely,

Rich Siri

Owner / Bean Burner

Infusco Coffee Roasters

SOFA

We have some exciting news! If you love Infusco and you’ll be in Chicago this weekend, be sure to stop by and see us at Navy Pier!

The 21st annual SOFA Chicago will be held November 6-9, and Infusco will be serving coffee for the 30,000 person event. SOFA (Structural Objects Functional Art) is a series of lectures, events, and galleries from fourteen different countries. It’s one of the world’s largest international art fairs. Just for this event, we’ll be roasting 400 pounds of coffee and 160 pounds of espresso. It’s going to be a crazy time of serving two places at once – Chicago and Sawyer! We even bought two brand new espresso machines just for the event.

We’re really excited about this opportunity, and hope that you’ll come see us if you’re in Chicago this week!

SOFA

Barista Series: Spencer

Spencer

Q: Where are you from?

A: La Porte, Indiana

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working at Infusco?

A: Just all the people and getting to experiment with making coffee.

Q: What is something you like to do in the area that you would recommend to visitors?

A: (After much deliberation…) Sitting on the beach and enjoying the sunset. At Warren Dunes, specifically.

Q: Is there anything exciting in your life that you’d like to share?

A: I’m getting married! That’s about the only exciting thing, currently. Getting married in May!

Q: What’s your favorite coffee drink?

A: I honestly like the light roast coffee, just black.

Barista Series: Jess

Jess

Q: Where are you from?

A: Crown Point, Indiana. But I’m a Bears and Cubs fan.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at Infusco?

A: The craft. They’ve trained me to roast so I’ve become aware of coffee in a much broader sense.

Q: What’s something you like to do in the area that you would recommend to visitors, or anyone who’s never done it?

A: It’s as simple as exploring. Go for a walk. Last weekend we went to Warren Woods, which is supposed to be a primeval, virgin forest. The trees there are just huge.

Q: Is there anything exciting in your life right now that you’d like to share?

A: My three siblings are all getting married in 2015!

Q: Favorite coffee drink?

A: I’m simple. Americano.

Coffee Cupping Event

Last month Infusco held it’s first Coffee Cupping in the shop, and it was a great success! Ticket buyers had a great time exploring the look, feel, and flavor of many different coffee beans and blends. If you came out for this fun evening, Infusco thanks you! If not, be sure to join us next time!

Rich

Smelling

Tasting

Between rounds of coffee tasting, Jeff and Tammi Brown shared about the work they will be doing in Costa Rica, which the coffee cupping helped to support. Ronny and Kari Silva also shared what they will be doing when they return to Peru. You can learn more about both families and their goals in our previous post.

Browns

Silvas

Everyone in attendance was invited into the back room of the shop, where all of Infusco’s beans are roasted. Rich fired up a batch and showed examples of the coffee beans when they are received from the farms, before they are roasted.

Roaster

Coffee Beans

Roasting

After roasting, the beans turn a lovely brown, which was seen at the counter in both whole bean and ground forms during the cupping.

Espresso Beans

Espresso Grounds

Drawing Prize

One lucky winner took home an Infusco shirt and diner mug, both of which are for sale in the coffee shop, and every one enjoyed these delicious snacks and desserts from Bit of Swiss Bakery.

Bit of Swiss

Dessert