|The process of decaffeinating coffee |
starts with green coffee beans like these
I heard this fascinating story on NPR this morning about a company in Houston that makes decaffeinated coffee beans and sells the extracted caffeine in powder form to companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Monster for their caffeinated products. I guess it makes sense when you think about it that caffeinated drinks have to get their caffeine from somewhere, but it had just never occurred to me. In fact I think in some way I thought it was synthesized caffeine in those products.
A mere 4 oz of extracted caffeine powder is enough to kill several people!
Before you check out the story, what color do you think the extracted caffeine powder is?