Life without coffee is hard to imagine, almost impossible if you’re like me. But if you’re planning to cut down your caffeine intake due to health reasons or just want to venture out into the world of decaf, these are all the best options in the market that make a comparable, and dare I say even better in some cases, cold brew.
Best Decaf Coffee Beans for Cold Brew
All you need are some quality decaffeinated coffee beans, and as always, here is a comprehensive list with something for everyone.
Sourced from the tip of Southern America, the Koffee Kult Colombia Decaf is medium roasted and decaffeinated using a chemical-free process. When brewed, whether espresso or cold, the coffee produces notes of rich dark chocolate and leaves a syrupy lingering finish in your mouth.
The coffee is also available in a pre-ground form and there are also a couple of other decaf options that may interest, although the Colombia Decaf works best for a cold brew.
The “Koffee Kult decaf is one of the best-rated decaf coffees ever, and comes from 100% Arabica Colombia coffee beans,” assures the company dedicated to fair trade practices and organically sourcing coffee beans.
That said. The Spruce Eats also votes it the best medium roast making it ideal for cold brews.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Kicking Horse Decaf Dark Coffee with a deep, dark, and delicious coffee taste with an even longer-lasting aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
The beans are decaffeinated using the swiss water method – one of the best decaffeinating methods that guarantee a chemical-free product while retaining all of the essential coffee oils, flavor and aroma.
It is darkly roasted, with hints of chocolate and hazelnuts, giving it a rich, earthy and nutty taste. Think dark chocolate poured over roasted hazelnuts but in the form of a refreshing glass of cold brew. Doesn’t it sound like a dream come true?
Sourced from Central and South America, Kicking Horse’s whole bean dark decaf, with a “tip-top taste with a mellow finish” as the company would call it, is organically produced, sustainably delivered and roasted to its maximum capacity.
The coffee is also kosher, possibly one of the only ones of its kind if that is a requirement you are looking to fulfill.
Another kosher option for anyone who’s looking, the Fresh Roasted Organic Sumatra Swiss Water Decaf Coffee is brought in from the jungles of Indonesia, processed through the swiss water chemical-free decaffeination method, and delivered to you in whole bean, drip grind, coarse grind, and fine grind form.
For an Organic Sumatra cold brew, order the whole bean or the coarse grind, seep in the water a day or so and enjoy an uplifting, earthy glass of coffee with creamy and chocolaty undertones.
The company offers a wide range of complex and original flavors that fall within the medium to dark roast categories and therefore, make great cold brews. The prices are great and you can even put your order on an auto-delivery subscription making life super easy.
If you’re looking for something different or looking to add a little (natural) sweetness to your cold brew coffee, at minimal cost, No Fun Jo Decaf is a good choice.
The company describes the cupping notes of their coffee as “full-bodied, complex with hints of white chocolate and blueberry”.
No Fun Jo Decaf doesn’t specify the origins of their medium-roasted, swiss water processed arabica coffee beans, but guarantees that no artificial flavors or chemicals are added to enhance the taste of their coffee.
A family-run coffee empire, Volcanica is one of the most well-known brands in the coffee industry, especially when it comes to decaf. Like other brands, they also provide several options for you to choose from, but the Volcanica Decaf House Blend is the most recommended for cold brews.
It is an exquisite blend of coffees from South and Central America, medium-roasted and characterized by its rich taste. This is possibly one of the most authentic tasting medium roasts with a slightly sweet undertone.
Volcanica also uses the swiss water method to decaffeinate the beans and produces 100% chemical-free gourmet coffee at a much more budget-friendly price.
Some of the other Volcanica decaf coffees that work with cold brew are:
- Espresso Dark Roast Decaf Coffee.
- Sumatra Mandheling Reserve Decaf Dark Roasted Coffee.
6. Bizzy Decaf Cold Brew Coffee (Coarse Grounds)
Bizzy Coffee is a popular choice that guarantees to put a smile on your face with just the aroma of their Micro Sifted coarse ground coffee before you even taste them.
Some would say that if you get the measurements right, Bizzy Coffee will certainly offer you the most flavorful cold brew cup ever.
The Bizzy decaf beans are 100% Arabica, optimized for cold brewing, grown on the northern Chiapas region of Mexico, decaffeinated and medium roasted.
So, If you’re looking to put a little extra smooth mexican twist to your cold brew, this decaf coffee is your best friend to start the day fresh, and get ‘bizzy’ preparing some delish cuppa! (I had to say that)
Jo Coffee also offers pre-ground coffee beans at affordable prices that are just as good for cold brews if you don’t have a grinder at home.
Grown in the mountains of Nicaragua, home to the best Arabica coffee beans, the Lifeboost Organic Medium Roast Coffee Beans are the best when it comes to organically produce decaffeinated coffee that does not compromise on flavor.
These beans are chemical-free – they are hand-washed, sun-dried, and decaffeinated using the swiss water method. The resulting cold brew is rich with chocolaty undertones and a hint of sweet caramel. It has a very distinctive strong and tasty fragrance and has medium to low acidity.
Lifeboost offers a ton of decaf options from the usual dark, medium, and light roasts to hazelnut, peppermint, and even pumpkin. However, their medium roast works absolute wonders when it comes to a cold brew.
According to Homegrounds, Lifeboost Decaf Coffee Beans are the healthiest decaffeinated coffee beans you will ever buy, and after reading about their processes and guarantees, I have to agree.
Speaking of great prices, this medium roast is possibly the best value for your money. The Eight O’Clock Original Decaf is produced from the best quality arabica beans sourced from all across the globe and produces coffee comparable to any glass of an original cold brew.
The taste is balanced with fruity, sweet undertones and the company also has the auto-delivery option if you are up for a long term commitment with decaf.
Eight O’Clock also has a 50% Decaf option for those that are not quite as ready to quit caffeine as yet. Also a medium roast, the cold brew tasted just as well balanced and rich.
Another decaf option better suited to those who prefer notes of honey and walnuts in their coffee.
Producing a well-rounded and smooth tasting cold brew, the coffee had a rich flavor with almost a negligible bitter aftertaste. The company describes their decaf as full bodied, rich, and perfect for a flavorful cup of coffee.
Don Pablo sources its arabica beans from brazil to mexico, as you can guess, puts them through an artisanal small-batch roasting process, and also uses the swiss water method to decaffeinate them.
Also highly recommended by customers but available at a tad bit higher cost, Peet’s Coffee Decaf Major Dickason’s Blend is a dark roasted, spicy coffee blend that combines beans from the world’s premium growing regions – Latin America and the Indo-Pacific.
Essentially an east meets west flavor or “the most flavorful cup of decaf you’ll ever taste” as the company assures, if decaf cold brew is not your favorite thing in the world, try this one. And while the company doesn’t say much about their processes, they have an overall great reputation.
Think about decaffeinated coffee. Did that just bring a quizzical look to your face?
If you’ve been drinking coffee for years and years, I’m sure you know that decaf coffee wasn’t always a thing. In fact, I remember that when it first came out, it tasted like warm cardboard. But, believe me, gone are those dark days!
Today, with the coffee industry advancing by leaps and bounds every other day and taking the demand for health-conscious foods into account, there is an array of good, decaffeinated coffee in the market. With some of them – and this amazes me every single time because I cherish my coffee so much – you can’t even tell the difference anymore!
But speaking of health, I know a lot of us have had to cut down on our coffee intake some time or the other. There is still lots of ongoing research, and fingers crossed, it will bring us some good news. But it never hurts to keep your caffeine intake to a moderate level and switch things up with a decaf once in a while!
Thank god for coffee technology!
With a decaf cold brew, you might not feel as energized as you are used to feeling, but you will certainly agree that the taste and the refreshing after effect is nothing less than the original.
The days when good decaf coffee was impossible to find are long gone, my friends. Here’s to health, cold brews, decaf, and lots of nutty flavors!
Have you tried a decaf coffee lately that you really loved? Don’t forget to share the love with me and all the other coffee lovers reading this.