What’s In Your Coffee?

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.


8 Responses to “What’s In Your Coffee?”

  1. 1 MyCoffeeCalling July 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Reblogged this on MyCoffeeCalling and commented:
    Did you know?

  2. 2 ihealthnut July 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Nice post. I’ve very been much into investigating the seemingly innocuous ingredients in foods we take for granted. This blog seems to have given me some insight as well. Thought I’d recommend it just in case you were interested: http://68anda6pack.com/

  3. 3 B-Arts August 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Hat dies auf Press to B-Arts rebloggt.

  4. 4 luisfazevedo August 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Really interesting post! I just found out that my whole life was a lie :/

  5. 5 polwarthlimited August 17, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Interesting – did you know that drinking 4 or more coffees in a day has recently been associated with a 50% increased risk of an early death?

  6. 6 adsj August 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Ohhhh… your comment about rotting meat is really interesting – I was watching a documentary the other day which featured a homicide detective talking about the unmistakeable smell of rotting human flesh – he tried to describe it, and the only way he could was by likening it to the smell of coffee. I think he meant it’s as distinctive and memorable a smell as coffee is, but now those two things are linked in my mind. Not so appetising, but I thought your comment was interesting, and I wonder if there’s more to this guy’s comment on an olfactory level…

  7. 8 JuneB September 18, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Reblogged this on Blogged by Jaede and commented:

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