The sugar cane decaf process is a method of decaffeinating coffee using ethyl acetate (EA), a natural compound derived from sugar cane and other foods. The process involves the following steps.
- Green coffee beans are sorted and steamed for 30 minutes to open their pores and prepare them for decaffeination.
- The beans are submerged in an EA solution that bonds with the caffeine molecules and extracts them from the beans.
- The beans are rinsed with water to remove any residual EA and caffeine.
- The beans are dried and ready for roasting.
The sugar cane decaf process is considered a natural and eco-friendly method of decaffeination, as it uses a renewable and biodegradable solvent that does not affect the flavor or quality of the coffee