Coffee estates that are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified Seal meet specific and holistic standards which balance all aspects of production including protection of the environment, the rights and welfare of workers and the interests of coffee growing communities. Kicco coffee beans are sourced from global plantations including Brazil, Costa Rica and Colombia to name a few where farms and workers are treated with respect, have access to clean water, receive medical care and education for their communities.
Swiss Water Process
Kicco uses the Swiss Water Process for the production of its decaf blends. This term and method of decaffeinating coffee beans was developed by the Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company. This method takes unroasted green coffee beans and soaks them in hot water, which releases the caffeine. Once all the coffee solids and caffeine have disbursed into the water the beans are then disposed of. A carbon filter is then used as the remaining water passes through it which catches the caffeine but allows the coffee solids to pass through. The remaining liquid is called “green coffee extract” – coffee solids without caffeine. New green coffee beans are then introduced to this green coffee extract where only the caffeine defuses from the new recently added green beans. The green coffee extract passes through proprietary carbon which confines the caffeine. This procedure is then repeated until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free.
Organic coffee is coffee prepared without the use of chemical substances which are unnatural. No harmful pesticides or unnatural herbicides are present. Farmers who produce for organic purposes can utilise the shade provided from other crops to eliminate the use of herbicides. When the raw green coffee beans are roasted, no artificial ingredients added to the process. Fertilisers that are used on farms which grow coffee plants must also be 100% organic and such types include bocachi, chicken manure, general compost and coffee pulp. If phosphate, nitrogen, or potash is found within the fertiliser which has been used on a coffee crop, it cannot be deemed organically certified.