I saw this on a coffee site:
As we all know, it is really hard to get a good decaf specialty coffee. The decaf process removes oils and flavors as well as the caffeine, leaving a blah cup behind. It's a little known trick that you can "decaf" your coffee using a french press. Pour just enough hot water to cover the grounds. Let sit briefly. Press the grounds and pour off the water. As caffeine is highly soluble in water, this first extraction should pull off most of it. Then add more water to the pot, and extract as usual. Voila! A ‘decaffeinated’ coffee.
Is there any validity to this? Are you just tossing out good coffee or does this actually work? Many thanks.