Coffee. The daily go-to source of caffeine for many of us. It gets you up in the morning, it keeps you going all day, it’s even popular before bed, but have you ever stopped to consider what’s really in it?
Wired has investigated and brought us a great little animation that answers that very question.
Ok so the caffeine and water were obvious, but the trace ingredients of 2-ethyphenol (a cockroach pheromone – lovely) and dimethyl disulfide (any more of it and your coffee would smell like rotting meat) were not so. Then the slightly better acetylmethylcarbinol and trigonelline (which help with the taste and wonderful aroma), but they tend not to be on the ingredient list either!
Will all that that stop me drinking it? Probably not, but it does make you wonder what else is being kept from us in day to day items we consume.
More great stuff from Wired here.