A Short, Animated Look at What’s Inside Your Average Cup of Coffee

What’s inside your average cupe of joe? Wired breaks it down for us. Let’s start with the obvious, water and caffeine. But did you know about the traces of 2-ethylphenol, which otherwise doubles as a cockroach pheromone?  Or how about dimethyl disulfide, which has industrial uses in oil refineries? And acetylmethylcarbinol? It gives the coffee its pleasant, buttery odor. Want to keep contemplating coffee? Check out the related resources below:

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Black Coffee: Documentary Covers the History, Politics & Economics of the “Most Widely Taken Legal Drug”

Everything You Wanted to Know About Coffee in Three Minutes



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  1. Hanoch says . . . | July 1, 2013 / 8:39 am

    Those are some good tasting chemicals.

  2. Margaret Rose STRINGER says . . . | September 30, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Like, WOW! – with such a variety of components, no wonder it’s always an interesting thing to drink. :-)nHow come it’s we Aussies disseminating this stuff?

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