Alkaloids (4)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:28

The Chemistry of Coffee (video)

Here's a video we helped develop with the American Chemical Society (ACS). Enjoy!

One of the most commonly asked question we receive is: "does espresso have more caffeine than drip coffee?"

Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:59

Trigonelline in Coffee

Trigonelline is a bitter alkaloid in coffee which serves to produce important aroma compounds. In terms of concentration trigonelline is higher for arabica than robusta and ranges from about 0.6-1.3% and 0.3-0.9%, respectively.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:40

Caffeine in Coffee

In its pure state - caffeine, or 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, exists as a white powdered alkaloid with an intensely bitter taste. Caffeine acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system (CNS) having the temporary effect of warding off sleep and restoring alertness in both humans and animals.