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The Decaf Pouch: A Bold New Way to Decaf

A Little Pouch that Decaffeinates Any Cup of Coffee with health and environment in mind!

The Decaf Pouch: A Bold New Way to Decaf

A Little Pouch that Decaffeinates Any Cup of Coffee with health and environment in mind!

$5,404
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113
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 18 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

World's first post-brew decaffeination - Directly remove caffeine from brewed coffee. 

“...given a few Decafino pouches to sample..., I can say that the results were shockingly good.” - Sprudge 

"Decaf coffee is actually primed for some disruption" - The Spoon

"Liu’s idea is buzzworthy without the buzz-inducing element" - Geekwire

“... the Decaf Pouch allows to keep that consistent quality and freshness of the coffee” - Blas, Master Roaster 


Hello, coffee-lovers!

Are you a decaf drinker and tired of the limited choices you have? Or are you a coffee fan who wants to cut down on the caffeine but not on the taste? At Decafino, our mission is to bring you a bold, new way to decaf! Our product - The Decaf Pouch - is a tea bag-like product that you put in your cup that takes caffeine out of your coffee leaving you with a delicious cup of decaf. 

Imagine a decaffeinated beverage that is full of the delicious flavors you love, but free of dangerous chemicals and processes that harm the environment! With the Decaf Pouch, you can decaffeinate any drink, anytime, anywhere! The Decaf Pouch is Simple, Versatile, and Green.


Decaf is not new; you can already find decaf coffee in the grocery store or a coffee shop. But decaf coffee currently on the market is limited in choice and feels like a lower quality product. We’ve fixed that. Instead of needing to use decaf coffee beans, we decaffeinate the beverage after brewing! This means you are put in charge of decaffeination: you can decaffeinate any drink, giving you a larger selection of coffee (and other beverages) to choose from!

We’ve spent the last 3 years optimizing this product to deliver a delicious cup of decaf coffee. We worked closely with coffee professionals, baristas, roasters, and coffee drinkers around Seattle to make the best product possible to suit the coffee lover's needs.


After winning the 2016 University of Washington Business Plan Competition, we wanted to bring the Decaf Pouch to life. Thus, our team of chemical engineers and scientists have been prototyping and testing the Decaf Pouch ever since - having tested countless samples, we are now ready to share it with you.

Our goal is to create the easiest, healthiest, and most sustainable decaffeination solution. Together, we can change the landscape of decaf coffee! 


Method 1: Dunking 

Simply dunk the Decaf Pouch in your coffee 

Method 2: Pour-Over

Simply make your pour-over coffee over the Decaf Pouch 

Method 3: Automatic Coffee Maker

 Simply brew your coffee over the Decaf Pouch  

Does the coffee taste good after using The Decaf Pouch? We think so! The team has conducted hundreds of coffee tastings to fine-tune the Decaf Pouch in order to produce the best-tasting decaf coffee. Check out how local coffee shops and coffee-lovers feel about The Decaf Pouch.

"I can really say that it has changed my life!" - Jen 


Easy-to-use pouch to decaffeinate on-the-go.

The Decaf Pouch is as easy to use as a tea bag! Just drop it into your container during or after brewing to start decaffeinating right away. It’s a one-step process that you can carry with you for a cup of decaf on-the-go!

" ... you can use your favorite small batch or single origin roast…the fact that you can do that and just use the pouch, I think it’s spot on!" - Jeff


Works with any drink while retaining taste, quality, and aroma.

The Decaf Pouch works with any caffeinated beverage, including coffee, tea, and soda, independent of how it was prepared. It even works with specialty drinks containing milk and/or sugar! The Decaf Pouch effectively removes caffeine, while retaining taste, aroma, and quality!

 "...it gives me this opportunity to participate without worrying about the effects of caffeine..." - Cynthia 


 Contains natural ingredients and is biodegradable after use. 

The Decaf Pouch contains only natural minerals, food-grade ingredients, and biodegradable materials. Our decaffeination method relies on a physical process called adsorption; therefore, our method does not need any harmful chemicals to work. Also, the pouch and contents are compostable after use. Our product is healthy for you and the environment!

"...to find out that it is sustainable and biodegradable was definitely a pleasant surprise." - Paul 


The Decaf Pouch is not only great for individual use, it also can improve the decaf experience for coffee shops and roasters. Many roasters and coffee shops strive to provide their customers with fresh and high-quality coffee, but maintaining this standard for decaf coffee is not always easy. Now with the Decaf Pouch, everyone can enjoy great coffee anytime, anywhere.

“... the Decaf Pouch allows to keep that consistent quality and freshness of the coffee” - Blas

The Decaf Pouch is full of beads that are made of a natural mineral that attracts and binds caffeine. Through a physical process called adsorption, the caffeine molecules stick to the beads, allowing them to be removed from your drink without removing any of the other flavors you so much enjoy!

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The Decafino Team 

Andy Liu 

Andy Liu, the founder and president of Decafino, is a forward-thinking entrepreneur with over 5 years of experience in product development and an abundant knowledge of supply chain management and chemical engineering.

Stephanie Daifuku 

Stephanie Daifuku, Ph.D., is a chemist and the chief scientist at Decafino. She has over 7 years of experience in research and development and enjoys working on creative and innovative product development projects.

Margerie Celestra 

Margerie Celestra is a chemical engineer who focuses on process design and optimization. She is an avid coffee drinker and believes that Decafino’s technology will change the way people think about decaf.

Samuel Ng 

Samuel is a coffee enthusiast currently receiving a chemical engineering education at the University of Washington. He loves coffee and wants to apply his technical knowledge to improve the coffee scene and allow more people to share his passion. 


The Advisory Board 

Prof. Lilo Pozzo 

Lilo Pozzo is the Weyerhaeuser Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. She is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico (BS) and from Carnegie Mellon (PhD) and her research interests are in areas of colloid and polymer science for use in energy, health and consumer product applications.

Camillo Cheng 

Camillo Cheng was the CEO of a specialty chemical company in the 1980's and 90's. In 1999, Camillo became the owner and CEO of an Asian Foods Manufacturing business. Upon selling the business in 2012, Camillo retired. However, being bored in retirement, Camillo purchased another Asian Foods Manufacturer early in 2019 and currently serves as the CEO.

Charles Breen 

Charles M. Breen is a food safety consultant and owner of CMBreen LLC.  He provides expert advice on FDA food regulatory matters based upon his 41-year career with FDA, and six years of consulting work.

Risks and challenges

We are changing the way we think about decaf, and hope to make people as excited about this product as we are! The funding we raise here on Kickstarter will help us to scale up our manufacturing and produce our product on a larger scale. We already have our location and new equipment designed, and your support will allow us to move to the next step. Your pre-orders will help us invest in the scale-up, and keep the supplies, manufacturing and packaging costs per unit low. With your help, we can bring the Decaf Pouch to coffee-drinkers everywhere!

There are, however, some risks associated with developing this first-of-its-kind decaffeination method. As a team of scientists and engineers that are passionate about our product, we already have plans in place and are ready to solve any problems we encounter in the process, however, the biggest risks/challenges we foresee are:

1) Building and setting up the equipment might take longer than we expect.

2) Producing larger quantities of the beads might mean we need to tweak the recipe slightly to suit the new process and ensure that it still provides that delicious cup of decaf.

3) We want the pouch to be fully biodegradable, but unfortunately, very few companies offer fully compostable pouches. We will do our best to deliver this, but we are dependent on what our packaging partners can deliver and we might have to make some changes to our pouch material and design.

Rest assured, we will do everything we can to deliver our product to you on time. Throughout the campaign, we will keep you updated on our progress until you receive those Decaf Pouches on your doorstep.

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