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How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee Beans?

There are a number of ways to cut the eye-opening power of a cup of joe, but the methods are basically pretty similar. First, processors use water or steam to swell the green beans, then they extract the caffeine using a solvent. Water, ethyl acetate, methylene chloride, or highly pressurized carbon dioxide strip the caffeine [...]

Where Does Decaf Come From? …and Other Burning Questions About Coffee

Whether you take it with cream and sugar, as a latte or frappuccino- coffee can get complicated. Fortunately, mental_floss is here to unlock the mysteries of the dark drink that brightens your mornings. Q: WHERE DOES DECAFFEINATED COFFEE COME FROM? It’s pretty simple. To make decaf, you start out with regular coffee beans and then take out [...]

Why Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

Puppy image via Shutterstock I grew up with a series dogs that were shameless food moochers. Max, our German Shepherd-Black Lab mix, was once left on his own in the house while the humans were having a backyard cookout. Poor Aunt Sophie went in to get something from the kitchen and found Max standing on the [...]

World’s First Ski-Thru Starbucks

Need a caffeine fix while skiing but hate taking off your gear to go into the coffee shop? The Squaw Valley has got the solution: the world’s first "ski thru" Starbucks! Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

AeroShot: Inhalable Caffeine

Put down that venti soy Americano! Don’t reach for that cup of Java when you next need a caffeine hit. Inhale it instead. Behold the AeroShot, an inhalable caffeine "shot" invented by David Edwards [...]

Dancing with a Coffee Cup

(YouTube link) Caffeine does strange things to people, and apparently to birds! This cockatiel is so excited about a cup of coffee that he dances to the tune of a stirring spoon. -via Arbroath

Bacteria species lives off caffeine

Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria that actually depends on caffeine for survival. Known as Pseudomonas putida the microbe uses enzy…

The Bacteria That Live on Caffeine

If you can’t live without a cup of coffee, you have something in common with the bacterium Pseudomonas putida CBB5. The bug was discovered to live on caffeine – literally! The caffeine-munching bacterium was found in a flower bed on the University of Iowa campus. Ryan Summers, a doctoral student there, identified four digestive proteins that it [...]

Gene May Determine How Much Coffee You Drink

Love coffee? No, I mean, do you love coffee? If you’re a coffee addict, then take heart – it’s not your fault: A new research shows that how much you crave caffeine largely depends on your genes. New research suggests that individuals who carry a so-called “high-consumption” variation of either gene appear to drink more coffee, [...]

Gene May Determine How Much You Coffee You Drink

Love coffee? No, I mean, do you love coffee? If you’re a coffee addict, then take heart – it’s not your fault: A new research shows that how much you crave caffeine largely depends on your genes. New research suggests that individuals who carry a so-called “high-consumption” variation of either gene appear to drink more coffee, [...]