Decaffeination… The Clipper Way

Posted: May 4, 2013

Some other tea makers use chemical solvents such as methylene chloride and ethyl acetate to strip the caffeine from their teas. Ethyl acetate works well in nail polish remover (so we’ve heard), but let’s just say it’s not very Clipper.

What’s more, chemical solvents remove the caffeine, but they can leave behind a chemical residue. That’s why we use the natural CO2 decaffeination method, which leaves behind no chemical nasties whatsoever.

Our decaf process uses carbon dioxide, a completely natural resource, found in the air we breathe. It’s also the gas that gives sparkling water its bubbles.

The CO2 method of decaffeination is far better for the environment than using chemical solvents and it doesn’t leave any unnatural chemical residues; just lovely, fresh tasting tea.

The Soil Association approves CO2 decaffeination for use in organic products because it’s the most natural way to remove the caffeine.  At Clipper, we’re proud to say that it’s the only method we ever use, for all our decaf teas and coffees.

Removing the caffeine can take away some of the flavour, so we’ve selected a premium, organic Assam for our Everyday decaf. Assam tea delivers a big, full−flavour, even after it ‘s been decaffeinated. So you see we can be decaf and still be delicious.

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