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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.


Do you have a coffee question you’d like to ask Patrick, for the next Ask the Roastmaster? Comment below, tweet us, or email us at [email protected]!