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Behind the scenes of Decaffeinated Coffee and its health benefits

Coffee is by one of the world’s favourite hot drinks with over 500 million cups consumed worldwide each day. There is simply nothing quite like a fresh cup of coffee.

But what happens when your body is caffeine sensitive?

Decaffeinated coffee - Troy by Kahvé Road

Decaf’s History

Fortunately, in 1905 Ludwig Roselius invented decaffeinated coffee – The perfect solution for those sensitive to caffeine.

Back then, Roselius’s method entailed using benzene and a rather toxic process to remove caffeine from premoistened, green coffee beans.

Today, much gentler processes have been developed that naturally decaffeinate coffee beans.

How to make Decaffeinated Coffee

There are 3 main decaffeinating processes in use today.

  • Decaffeination using water processing,
  • decaffeination using a direct solvent,
  • and carbon dioxide decaffeination.

In all three approaches, the green or roasted beans are first moistened, making the caffeine soluble so that it can be drawn out.

Additionally, each process decaffeinates green coffee at moderate temperatures, typically ranging from 70 to 100 degrees Celsius.

Troy Coffee Beans

What are the health benefits of decaffeinated coffee?

Coffee is good for you and here’s why…

Regardless of its caffeine content, coffee is rich in numerous biologically active substances that contribute to its aroma, taste and color.

Some of these have been studied to determine which components of the drink are responsible for its well-documented health benefits.

We have compiled a list of the health benefits of each biologically active substance found in coffee.

Caffeic Acid

  • Caffeic acid is chemically unrelated to caffeine and shares none of its stimulant actions in the body.
  • It is part of a large class of chemicals found in coffee called phenols.
    Many of these phenols exhibit modest, dose-dependent anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • Additionally, 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid protects from free radicals and has weak anti-oxidant actions.
  • Recent studies have suggested that 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid is a potent and selective inhibitor of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Chlorogenic Acid

  • Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant
  • May be linked to coffee’s presumed ability to prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Chlorogenic acid can reduce the production of glucose by the liver and can lessen the hyperglycaemic peak following the consumption of sugar.
  • In addition, the coffee plant is believed to use chlorogenic acid to defend itself from viruses, bacteria and fungi; it may provide the same benefits for humans.

Ferulic acid

  • Ferulic acid is also an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals and may prevent oxidative damage to our bodies caused by exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • Additionally, ferulic acid can decrease blood glucose levels.
  • Furthermore, it reduces the level of cholesterol and triglycerides; these actions may underlie the potential benefits of coffee drinking, decaffeinated or not.
  • Finally, it is also a potent anti-inflammatory and has shown it is capable of significantly reducing brain inflammation that is thought to underlie the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Quinides are fats produced during the coffee bean roasting process.
  • Studies suggest these fats may improve the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels by improving the ability of insulin to remove sugar from the blood.


  • Trigonelline may prevent dental cavities by preventing the bacteria Streptococcus mutans from adhering to teeth. However, this does not suggest that you should use coffee as a mouth rinse.
  • Trigonelline spontaneously converts itself into vitamin B3, i.e. niacin above 160 degrees.
  • Additionally, niacin’s presence in coffee may be responsible for its ability to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Kahvé Road’s Decaffeinated Coffee Blend – Troy

Troy - Decaffeinated Coffee Capsules Cape Town

Our decaf coffee blend comes with the tastes, aromas and smells you love in coffee.

Sourced in Mexico and Democratic Republic of Congo, Troy is the decaf blend that will change your preconceptions about decaf coffee forever.

Additionally, our Troy blend is an all-natural decaf and certified specialty grade 100% Arabica.

Kahvé Road – Wholesale Coffee Company

Whether you’re a decaf or regular coffee drinker, Kahvé Road has a coffee blend for you.

While our online store makes it easy to order our products, our coffee shop in Claremont offers the perfect setting for a quick coffee, business lunches or some you time.


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