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I just saw an item on the BBC America service, covering research in Europe somewhere. Apparently some biologist is trying to modify the genes of the coffee plant so it will produce beans without caffeine! How brilliant! The whole point of coffee is the caffeine! What is the world coming to?
"premium" decaf (an oxymoron, no?) is decaffeinated with either super-critical (i.e., liquefied) CO2 or a water-based process.
Now technically, both are solvents (Imagine that! You willfully ingest that solvent water all the time hidden in all you eat and drink!) - but in either case, the 'fear factor' is gone form those who must have one.
And so far as I know, nothing about either method (let alone halogenated alkanes) is simply and selectively limited to just the caffeine - and hence the ruining of the coffee to various degrees when it is decaffeinated debouched.
Some people prefer decaf coffee later in the day, and producing it typically means using solvents
I've always wondered about the process (but never bothered to look it up). If they take the caffeine out, what do they do with it? There's gotta be a market for that product. Skip the coffee, go for the pure caffeine...
(I'm not a coffee drinker, but I've had chocolate-covered coffee beans...and until now hadn't thought about it in years...now, excuse me while I run to the store for a completely unrelated errand...)
Reminds me of another stupid development in plant breeding: jalapeno peppers that aren't hot. Extends to some other varieties, too.
WTF? If you don't want hot peppers grow/buy peppers that aren't hot - there are certainly plenty of varieties to choose from. What is the reason for pretense that one is using a hot pepper when it's not?
I think it has something to do with the BIOS of my machine. I followed all of the registry changes I've found online, and none of them worked. The triggered custom program is the only solution I've found. It was super annoying to start typing away, to realize I wasn't typing numbers!
I have an old laptop (ok, a netbook) with no keypad that, every once in a while, reverses the "normal" state of the NumLock key so at a password screen, I'm trying to type my password but the keyboard registers numbers.
The first couple of times it happened, I spent an awful lot of time trying and retrying, until I typed out the password in the user name field to show up in the clear. I can't recall what OS that was (some version of Linux), but it didn't have that "show password" option...
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