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Starbucks Discontinues Its Swiss Water Decaf Blend

Posted Jan 22 2009 4:33pm

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Starbucks’ Komodo Dragon Decaf Blend is wholly an Asia Pacific coffee – deep, full-bodied with a complex flavour that is bold and unanticipated. And as it employs the completely natural, Swiss Water Process this rich, earthy blend is the favourite amongst pregnant coffee drinkers. And it has been discontinued. Starbucks no longer offers a Swiss Water decaf blend.

A note from Starbucks Customer Relations

Starbucks will no longer be offering our Decaf Komodo Dragon BlendT coffee. This blend was discontinued because our other decaffeinated blends are more popular with our customers. Therefore, we decided to focus on those coffees. We apologize for any inconvenience and are happy to suggest several other decaf options.

Fans of Decaf Komodo Dragon Blend will likely enjoy Decaf Sumatra. We also recommend our other decaf coffees such as Decaf House Blend, Decaf Verona, and Decaf Espresso Roast.

Currently, all of Starbucks decaffeinated coffees are decaffeinated using a method called the direct method. Once the green coffee beans have been soaked in water and sufficiently softened, a decaffeination agent called methylene chloride is added to the mass of wet coffee beans. The caffeine molecules bond with the methylene chloride, leaving the bulk of the coffee’s flavor intact. The beans are rinsed and dried, and ready for roasting.

Methylene chloride has a lower boiling temperature than that at which coffee is brewed (approximately 200 degrees F) and much lower than that at which coffee is roasted (approximately 400 degrees F). Thus there is no detectable methylene chloride in a cup of Starbucks decaffeinated coffee.

Although Decaf Komodo Dragon BlendT was the only decaffeinated coffee Starbucks offered that used the natural Swiss Water decaffeination process, we arecurrently exploring other natural decaffeination processes and look forward to introducing new decaf coffees processed using the Swiss Water and other natural decaffeination methods.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at info@starbucks.com or call us at 1-800-235-2883 to speak directly with a customer relations representative.

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