Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fun Facts About Decaf Coffee

Here is another “Things You Might Not Know” list about decaffeinated coffee:

This list gives 8 “facts”. First we give the all important item (#9) which they left off -- then we share are our comments on each:
#9 Decaf Coffee Fact from Artisan Coffee Imports: you don’t need to compromise on taste!

  1. Decaf doesn’t mean caffeine-free: very true!
  2. The amount of caffeine in decaf varies (a lot): true it varies, whether it varies “a lot” depends on your definition of “a lot”. Some would say the difference between 20mg and 32 mg is pretty insignificant.
  3. Not all decaf is equal: Indeed, there are four different methods to decaffeinate coffee: two organic and two ‘conventional.’ Reading this makes me suspect the author works for Swiss Water or has just been inundated by that company’s effective marketing. Water and CO2 are the two organic methods, but “Swiss Water” is not the only water process available. There is also the “Mountain Water Process” available, and “Mountain” and “Swiss” are essentially the same process, just owned by different companies.  The two conventional processes utilize methylene chloride or ethyl acetate as solvents. Both are harmless, especially after roasting at > 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, but I understand and appreciate those who prefer to go organic.
  4. 1 in 10 coffee drinkers reach for decaf. Interesting and probably accurate statistic. The NCA does a good job with their annual survey. The real news is the fact that Counter Culture gets about 18% of sales from decaf. Counter Culture is an example of a roasting company, where everything they do is done as “right” as they possibly can. Even the decaf. They, more than many, are selective and take care to create decafs that taste good. (See Fact #9.)

Facts 5, 6, 7 and 8: all are about health benefits of coffee -- liver, diabetes, cholesterol, prostate. Our suggestions, do not drink coffee, decaf or otherwise, to cure these or any health problems. To improve health, exercise and eat right. And drink decaf coffee for the taste and pleasure!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Instructor Development Program Co-hosted By Artisan in Ann Arbor

Jan. 2, 2014
Happy New Year!
Big News -- the SCAA's Instructor Development Program (IDP) and the all-new Advanced Instructor Development Program (A-IDP) will both be offered in beautiful Ann Arbor, MI on Feb. 8 & 9, 2014. Artisan Coffee Imports is co-hosting the educational program with local roasters, Zingerman's Coffee Co. and Mighty Good Coffee. Artisan is especially proud to be helping to bring this "train the trainers" course to Michigan. "It's a way to raise the bar for training and education at any coffee company," says Ruth Ann Church, Artisan's President. "To be in specialty coffee, you also really have to be about education."

The location will be one of Zingerman's classrooms, close to the roaster, which is near the Ann Arbor airport. (Yes! You can fly your little Sand Piper nearly up to the front door!)

The course will look a little like this... only with Ildi Revi as the instructor!
For all the details and registration, go to the SCAA website with a click here for the regular IDP, and a click here for the Advanced IDP.

The Advanced IDP is designed to help instructors refine the art of giving feedback to students. The SCAA is considering making this course a requirement for those teaching internationally.
Sign up today!