As most people know, caffeine can be removed from coffee, but how is it done? The process isn’t as simple as you might think.

Ludwig Roselius discovered the secret to decaffeination by accident. In 1903, shipment of coffee had been swamped by seawater in transit – leaching out the caffeine but not the flavor. Roselius worked out a method to repeat it and decaffeinated coffee was born.

Key Takeaways:

  • Caffeine is a stimulant that can also work as an appetite suppressant and serves as a pick-me-up for nightshift workers and others who burn the midnight oil.
  • Unfortunately, for some, too much caffeine can sometimes cause insomnia, diarrhea, anxiety, and muscle tremors.
  • The Swiss Water Method is one way of decaffeinating coffee by soaking coffee beans using water rather than harsh solvents.

“If you`re partial to a cup of coffee minus the caffeine, then next time you`ve boiled the kettle you should raise your mug in memory of Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge.”

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