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Passionate, knowledgeable, and a little bit reserved, Patrick Dinkins has been Cameron’s Roastmaster for 8 years.

He’s really our go-to guy for any and all coffee-related questions–from selecting a grinder to proper grind types, Patrick’s always ready to help us through our most pressing coffee conundrums. For this edition of Ask the Roastmaster, we’re diving into decaf.

Q: Is it possible to get a bold coffee taste in a decaf coffee?
A: Yes, it is. All you need to do is use a little more coffee than usual, and make sure you grind it correctly for your chosen method of brewing. This will ensure you get the best flavor out of your coffee.

Q: How do you decaffeinate coffee, anyway?
A: Without going into too much detail, the coffee is heated and softened using steam or a large water bath. This opens the coffee pores up so the caffeine can be extracted. Extraction is done using either a chemical or another water bath and carbon filters, depending on decaffeination method. After this the coffee is dried and sent on its way.

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  1. Hello
    I buy breakfast blend in beans medium roast.
    Do you have any other coffee that has a lighter roast?

  2. I am struggling with heartburn from coffee. I have read that dark roast coffees are lower in acid and that cold brewed coffee is also 68% less acidic. Can you recommend any of your coffees for cold brewing? Also, have you heard of the convection roasting technology that reduces high levels of chlorogenic acid in the beans, supposedly the real problem in the acidity?

  3. Hi Hector! If you like our Gold Roast Breakfast Blend, you may also like our Gold Roast Kona Blend or our Woods & Water blend. We hope this helps! Thanks for asking 🙂

  4. Hi Jan! Yes, the darker roasted coffees are less acidic – our Donut Shop and Velvet Moon would be a couple good ones to try. As to the roasting for less Chlorogenic acid, unfortunately, I am not very familiar with that. Let me know if you have any other questions! -PD

  5. I am looking for a replacement for the Honduran, I have tried Water & Wood, Roastmaster’s Blend and Rainforest. Rainforest came the closest, but is now out of stock. Do you have suggestions?

  6. Organic Mountain Gold and Rainforest Blend will be the closest options to our Honduras. Thanks for asking!

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