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Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the preemptive-buzzkill dept.

Biotech 312

First time accepted submitter eternaldoctorwho writes "Research has been underway to produce a coffee bean plant that naturally has no or little caffeine content. Now, it looks like that might become a reality in the near future: Paulo Mazzafera of the University of Campinas in Brazil has come closer than ever with a strain containing 'only 2% of normal caffeine levels.' Coffee, anyone?"

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Caffeine-free coffee (5, Insightful)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363723)

It's like a car without wheels or a computer without a CPU.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (4, Insightful)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363829)

Agree. Like I care to get coffee for the taste. If I want something tasty, very likely it will be a smoothie or plain juice. I wonder if Starbucks has statistics about the consumption of decaf?

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (4, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363979)

STOP THESE PEOPLE!

Decaffeinated, Sugar Free, Low Fat Guardians to the GAtes of Hell!

Those things are not a problem.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364035)

STOP THESE PEOPLE!

Decaffeinated, Sugar Free, Low Fat Guardians to the GAtes of Hell!

Those things are not a problem.

The sugar is for me - I'm diabetic (type 1).

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364089)

Then stop taking aspartame or you'll also get type 2.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (2)

sadness203 (1539377) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364677)

I'm diabetic type 1 myself, and I do put sugar in my coffee. You just have to take that into account when you give yourself insulin and that's ok. Type 1 should never be afraid of sugar, they just need to adjust there daily insulin needs.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (5, Insightful)

neurophil12 (1054552) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364517)

I would love such a drink. I'm extremely sensitive to caffeine, but I enjoy coffee quite a bit. In fact, the stuff is more likely to put me to sleep than keep me awake, so I tend to enjoy coffee after some dinners rather than early or during the day. Occasionally I have a cup of decaf during the day. If this coffee becomes available I'd drink it much more frequently than I drink coffee now.

I've heard of others like myself, though I doubt we're a particularly large portion of the population, so we are probably not a major reason for this research. Still, why are you so against people having a less processed low-caffeine option? And how is railing against such a possibility with zero facts or specific arguments in any way insightful?

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364109)

Some of us do like the taste and decaf doesn't provide the same rich flavor (if that's because caffeine tastes good or decaf destroys other tastes I can't say).
Hint: Try using some fine ground coffee as spice in e.g chili or stew.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364219)

If you don't care about the taste, why not try sleeping?

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364521)

If you don't care about the taste, why not try sleeping?

Because not all of us have jobs where we're allowed to come to work late because we are "sleepy" (wait 'till you have kids - going to bed early doesn't guarantee a good night's sleep), and many of us have found that executives don't like it when we fall asleep in their early morning meetings... plus some of us have jobs were occasional late-night work is neccessary to do system maintenance - give me a cup of coffee in the late afternoon and I'm good to go 'till 2am.

I'm definitely one of those that doesn't drink coffee for the taste - I cover up the coffee taste with lots of cream and sugar.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363851)

It's like taking the cocaine out of Coca-Cola.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363857)

Or like cannabis without THC.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

the_other_one (178565) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364165)

I can understand Industrial hemp. I do not understand caffeine free coffee.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (2)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364535)

Some people like the taste of coffee, cream, and sugar, but can't have caffeine. Like my wife.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364659)

Like my wife.

Sure, what's her facebook id?

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (2)

Pascal Sartoretti (454385) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363967)

It's like a car without wheels or a computer without a CPU.

Yeah, this was also my first reaction.

But some people (like me) have trouble sleeping if they have coffee after 4-5 PM; so it would be nice to be able to have a real coffee (not a decaf) after dinner.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364411)

So, you're saying you actually like the taste of coffee?

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (2)

Pascal Sartoretti (454385) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364477)

So, you're saying you actually like the taste of coffee?

Like ? No, love !

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364019)

That was my first thought. The only reasons I drink coffee is it makes my mind sharper, wakes me up in the morning, and I'm addicted to it. Without caffiene, coffee is worthless. I never could understand why anyone drank decaf.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364173)

or sex without partner...

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364199)

Agreed. What good is non-caffeine coffee? I know of no one who actually drinks coffee just for the taste of it...even gourmet and flavored coffees. Maybe de-caff coffee is for people who can't drink coffee (due to religion or medical reasons) but want to "fit in" to crowds that do break-room or hallway gossip...I'm conjecturing.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (2)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364389)

I drink coffee mainly for the taste. But you don't know me so you are still correct.

Bourbon pointu (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364415)

While certainly not caffeine-free, the Bourbon Pointu variety grown on Reunion Island is a delicious drink without needing the "kick" to justify itself to incults.
It is naturally low in caffeine and bitterness, horrendously expensive, and highly prized in Japan, where it sells for fifty euro per kilo.

http://www.teacoffeeasia.com/section-blog/78-features-q1-11/438-comeback-of-a-mythical-coffee-french-bourbon-pointu-.html [teacoffeeasia.com]

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364545)

Agreed. What good is non-caffeine coffee? I know of no one who actually drinks coffee just for the taste of it...even gourmet and flavored coffees. Maybe de-caff coffee is for people who can't drink coffee (due to religion or medical reasons) but want to "fit in" to crowds that do break-room or hallway gossip...I'm conjecturing.

No one that drinks coffee for the taste drinks "flavored coffee". They'd rather drink coffee that was pooped out of a monkey than drink vanilla flavored coffee.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364549)

IMO, flavored (as in when the bean is somehow flavored, not a syrup) coffees taste worse. :P

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364231)

I love the taste of freshly made coffee, unfortunately I became intolerant to caffeine so I can no longer have it. Caffeine free coffee would be awesome for me.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (2)

NicknameAvailable (2581237) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364311)

I love the taste of freshly made coffee, unfortunately I became intolerant to caffeine so I can no longer have it. Caffeine free coffee would be awesome for me.

You are a freak of nature and we really shouldn't be wasting resources on your desires.

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364333)

It's like beer without the alcohol. What's the point?

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364369)

The idiots! What's next, a rose without a scent? Sex without babies? Hey, wait a second....

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364539)

That excludes flying cars, and flying cars would be AWESOME.

How they currently make decaf [ineedcaffeine.com]

Re:Caffeine-free coffee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364557)

Seriously. I'm having a really hard time imagining people enjoying that shit for the taste.

(yes, seriously; that wasn't sarcasm, I honestly think it tastes hideous)

Blasphemy! (5, Insightful)

HeavyDDuty (2506392) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363735)

If it has no caffeine it isn't coffee. Yes, this includes decaf.

Re:Blasphemy! (3, Funny)

delt0r (999393) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363787)

It is like an energy free Energy drink! Sheesh, if ya don't want caffeine, perhaps coffee is not a good choice of drink? It is like a skier that doesn't like snow. There should be something about the wookie defense in here somewhere too. It does not make sense.

Re:Blasphemy! (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364105)

It is like an energy free Energy drink!

There may well be a market for that. I drink Red Bull for the taste, but I don't need the energy effects (and in any event, my body has long since built up a tolerance to the caffeine). Thus I think it would be nice if there were a caffeine-free version of this drink.

Re:Blasphemy! (1)

delt0r (999393) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364195)

Well there really are "sugar free energy drinks". Hilarity ensued when i saw the billboard a while ago. Don't remember the brand.

Re:Blasphemy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364313)

Coca Cola makes one, tastes like crap though (called "Relentless" over here in the old world, not sure about the US). The version with sugar is pretty nice though

Re:Blasphemy! (1)

emilv (847905) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364503)

We sell sugar-free energy drinks in the cafeteria at my university, alongside a sugar-filled variant of the same brand. The sugar-free one is pretty popular. One guy even bought some candy at the same time as the sugar-free energy drink!

Re:Blasphemy! (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364551)

Well there really are "sugar free energy drinks". Hilarity ensued when i saw the billboard a while ago. Don't remember the brand.

Most of them, it seems. Look at the ingredient list the next time, and you'll be surprised how many of them have sucralose (Splenda) as a sweetener.
I simply can't drink anything with Sucralose - the five minute aftertaste I get is frankly disgusting.

Is it too much to ask to get an energy drink with water, cane sugar, caffeine, nicotine, tauric acid and phosphoric acid - completely free of artificial sweeteners and vitamins?

Re:Blasphemy! (1)

dtmos (447842) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364343)

It is like a skier that doesn't like snow.

Like many semi-tropical regions, Florida is full of skiers that don't like snow. (I was 12 when I first heard of snow skiing. Before then, "skiing" meant what I now know to be "water skiing.")

Re:Blasphemy! (2)

MisterMidi (1119653) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363807)

If it tastes just like coffee (unlike the decaf crap) but doesn't keep me awake at night I'm all for it.

Re:Blasphemy! (2)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363855)

After the late night host David Letterman had bypass surgery, he had to switch to decaf. It was a running joke for weeks:
"Decaffinated coffee: It's just useless warm, brown water."

He even had a jingle created every time he mentioned it.

Decaffinated coffeeee--it's what they serve in Hell

Re:Blasphemy! (4, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364359)

Decaffinated coffeeee--it's what they serve in Hell

A thief dies in a gun battle with police, and when he reaches hell, he's given a tour and told he has a choice of how he spends eternity.

The first place he is shown has a man with oozing sores all over hime, in agony.

The next one shown is a man chained to a wall.

The next room has a bunch of people up to their waists in raw sewage drinking coffee. The murderous thief says "I guess that's my choice." He's given a cup of coffee and wades into the cesspool.

The next thing he hears is "Ok everybody, coffee break's over. Go back to standing on your heads."

Re:Blasphemy! (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364455)

IAWTC, but I'm laughing at all the people saying that the caffeine is the only reason to drink coffee. Some of us drink it black, and we like it that way!

I don't drink coffee all that much because I can't seem to develop a tolerance that lets me take more than 3-500 mg a day without getting really sick, but when I do it's definitely for the taste. I can get my caffeine in much more measured doses other ways, so when I drink coffee it's despite the caffeine. Decaf can go fuck itself until it tastes good though.

Noooooo (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363761)

This time science has gone too far!

But Caffeine.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363767)

...Is why I have the first post

Re:But Caffeine.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363973)

Check the packet, it might be decaf...

All the coffee in the world won't stop people thinking you're a dumbass though.

You RUINS IT! (5, Funny)

Warhawke (1312723) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363789)

Wicked, tricksy, false! It chokeses, burnses us! Gollum! Gollum!

will need to find another source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363793)

So there goes my only reason to drink this disgusting dark fluid....

Why? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363797)

"Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee"

Why would anyone do such a thing?

Why, you ask? (1)

overshoot (39700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364295)

I've been drinking coffee for 50 years. No grandchildren yet, and I intend to be around to watch them grow up.

Yeah, yeah -- not a reason most people on /. can identify with.

Re:Why, you ask? (2)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364409)

I've been drinking coffee for 50 years. No grandchildren yet, and I intend to be around to watch them grow up.

Yeah, yeah -- not a reason most people on /. can identify with.

I on the other hand, intend to be awake *sip*.

Re:Why? (1)

ccanucs (2529272) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364611)

What will follow is caffeine-free Exc*drin, (oh, wait, ....) , tea, chocolate etc. etc. Gives people something to do and get grant mony for. Got to keep research scientists in a job ;-)

Awesome!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363801)

This will allow me to drink twice as much Mountain Dew!!!

Re:Awesome!!!! (1)

the_other_one (178565) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364197)

You are obviously not Canadian. We can only get caffeine free Mountain Dew.

Coffee = Caffein, Next: Bitter Sugar (2)

Vernes (720223) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363803)

So you have a brown bitter liquid which lacks the characteristics of coffee?
We already have that, it's called E150 [wikipedia.org]

This Is Just Wrong (4, Insightful)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363809)

And we wonder why people see scientists as evil, soulless bastards out to destroy the very fabric of society? Doesn't this university have an ethics committee?

Re:This Is Just Wrong (3, Funny)

chthon (580889) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364079)

No, only a faceless auditing committee

Re:This Is Just Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364207)

You sir, are champion of the interwebs today.

- Dave

Good lord! (2)

masteva (996554) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363847)

Non caffeinated coffee is like non alcoholic beer! And you can't tell me you drink either for the taste!

Naturally? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363853)

Since when is GM natural? :P

Re:Naturally? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364433)

What does your emoticon mean? That you know the article isn't about GM?
It's not. Just read right above and below the "Breed appeal" heading inside the article.

The Mayans were right!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363905)

Any society that would create an abomination like caffeine-free coffee deserves an apocalypse .

What's next? (4, Insightful)

mordejai (702496) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363929)

I wonder what other abominations they'll come up with next...

Non-alcoholic beer?
Sugar-free candy?
Fat-free milk?

Oh, wait...

like novacaine before sex (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363933)

Whats the point of caffeine-free coffee then?

Re:like novacaine before sex (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364575)

What is this "the point" you speak of? Dude - just give it to marketing. The market droids can sell shit sandwiches without any bread, and the consumers go crazy over it. We don't CARE what use it may or may not be - we just want it on the market!

Medical conditions (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363951)

Some people have medical conditions that make the consumption of caffeine harmful. However, many of these same people enjoy the taste of coffee. The people who are commenting to the effect that this discovery is useless apparently believe that only their own needs matter.

Catering to tastebuds is the problem. (0)

elucido (870205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364093)

People spend too much food worrying about how stuff tastes rather than what that stuff does to their body.

Forget about taste. It is fuel.

Because why?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363969)

Because why?!?

So many (self-proclaimed ?) "scientists" ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39363977)

seem to have real lust for working really hard, sometimes during years and years, on whatever especially stupid senseless "discovery" they can make.

Effort (1)

necro81 (917438) | more than 2 years ago | (#39363999)

Research has been underway to produce a coffee bean plant that naturally has no or little caffeine content

What a wasted life!

Heretics! (3, Funny)

blackicye (760472) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364013)

We have to stop science!!

In a Related Story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364025)

Scientists work toward naturally vagina-free women.

Where will soda get its kick? (2)

big_oaf (560706) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364033)

I've heard/read that most caffeine that ends up in soda and energy drinks is the caffeine that's pulled out of coffee during the decaffeination process. If all coffee growers switch to naturally caffeine-free coffee, won't that drastically reduce the supply of caffeine as an ingredient, causing its price and therefore Mt. Dew's price to spike? Uh....

... gone to stock up on Mt. Dew ...

Hang them now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364049)

and set an example for the next set of meddlesome toads.

Dark Knight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364053)

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

It's like Windows without a Start button (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364063)

...oh, wait...

They would have been done a lot sooner (1)

Chupathingy (1367637) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364083)

They would have been done a lot sooner, but the scientists keep falling asleep.

in other news... (4, Funny)

spectrokid (660550) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364111)

scientists are working on orgasm-free sex, first person shooters with blank bullets, and political discussions free of nazi-references. Next up: soccer games where swearing at the referee gets muffled with anti-sound.

Good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364133)

As a grown up who is allergic to caffeine but loves the taste of coffee, I'm excited about this. I have a cup of decaf a week, and that's about all I can handle. Same thing with soda and candy: most caffeinated sodas make me want to puke. Although I don't know if 2% coffee will have the same effect.

I get enough sleep and exercise, and eat properly so that I don't need stimulants. I just like the flavor.

I think I've heard about this before... (3, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364143)

The new strain invariably produces something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike coffee.

Very cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364155)

I enjoy coffee on occasion, especially during the winter season. We've got this great little coffee shop in my town of residence that has some great flavors. The only issue is that I have TMJ Disorder; No caffeine for me anymore.

Coffee becomes a ritual for many people, and giving them a nice option to ween themselves off while still keeping up the habit is pretty awesome.

What's the point? (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364163)

Coffee tastes like shit, most people i know flood it with milk (or my boss with water) before they can even attempt to drink it.
And too my knowledge, there's 2 (main ones, I guess a third is some people legitimately enjoy it) reasons to drink coffee:

1. For the caffeine, because ya know, they need the energy. Or
2. Because it's socially acceptable, to fit in and what not. My coworkers all think I'm weird because if I need the caffeine in the morning, I drink a coke.

Taking out 1 of the 2 reasons to drink the shit isn't really going to do anyone any favors.

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364277)

Coffee tastes like shit

Super-expensive ($1-600/lb) Kopi Luwak coffee genuinely tastes like shit - having passed through an Asian palm civit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak

Re:What's the point? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364319)

How does flooding your boss with water help with the coffee?

I like coffee. I do put milk in it, because I like coffee with milk, but it brings out some of the flavors and subdues others. Today I had an espresso mocha, which I make with a cheapie machine for which I paid, I believe, $3. Even tastier. Still a coffee drink.

On the other hand, I'm a lot more sensitive to caffeine than I used to be. If I could buy coffee that was naturally about 1/4 or 1/3 as caffeinated as usual, I would consider that to be a good tradeoff between a slight pick-up and not being jittery and grinding my teeth, which sometimes only takes one cup. And I used to have a fairly serious early morning, post-alcohol coffee habit, and drank a lot of coke at the same time. Led to an ulcer. Don't try this at home.

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364421)

Carbonate drinks aren't the best for your health either :(

May be you think coffee tastes that way because it's office coffee? There are many flavours and blends of coffee, some of them delicious and some of them less so, but no swill as poisonous and (ob)noxious as the one known as office coffee. Forget coke, I'd rather drink a combination of gasoline and paint than that "coffee". I feel for you, bro.

Re:What's the point? (1)

psychokitten (819123) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364443)

Low quality our poorly made coffee tastes like shit, and if its coffee being made at work it's most likely going to be both of those.

Quality, well-made coffee is a completely different story. The current method of making decaf though completely alters and ruins the coffee taste. I'd kill for a decaf that actually tastes like, you know, coffee.

Now Coke, there's something that tastes like shit.

Re:What's the point? (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364589)

Quality, well-made coffee is a completely different story. The current method of making decaf though completely alters and ruins the coffee taste. I'd kill for a decaf that actually tastes like, you know, coffee.

This :) I like coffee. "Folgers" doesn't count, though... it tastes terrible.

obligatory xkcd link (2)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364205)

you know which one I mean, just imagine I put it here.

Re:obligatory xkcd link (1)

gregg (42218) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364449)

you know which one I mean, just imagine I put it here.

I couldn't find your obvious xkcd link and there have been car analogies already, so how about a marginally related simpsons video clip [youtube.com] .

Re:obligatory xkcd link (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364587)

I actually didn't know which xkcd link.I was trying to make an odd twist that didn't come off. I'll console myself with the simpsons then :)

STUPID! (1)

sudden.zero (981475) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364215)

JUST PLAIN STUPID!

Going for the down mods (1)

overshoot (39700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364251)

About time. The processes used to remove the unwanted chamicals from my coffee (caffeine, in particular) from my coffee so y'all can have the straight drug are nasty and degrade the fine flavor. Since caffeine does absolutely bupkis for me (aside from headaches when I go off of it) I don't see any point in consuming something that does no good and might, maybe, raise my blood pressure and screw with my sleep patterns. Waking up ready to go at 0300 is fine; I don't see any point in getting any less sleep.

So y'all enjoy the extract while I'm still sending it to you, because when they finally get some decent Sumatran with no caffeine to begin with I'll be roasting up a pot of heaven every day.

That's like (1)

Titan1080 (1328519) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364257)

Vodka without the alcohol. What's the point; for the taste??

Re:That's like (1)

tabrisnet (722816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364519)

Homeopathic vodka!

On the other hand... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364261)

Low caffeine coffee sounds like a useless product... but if they can develop low caffeine coffee beans, couldn't they create high caffeine beans? Now that is a product I would buy!

Idiots (1)

StillNeedMoreCoffee (123989) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364529)

Pet rocks can be re-tasked to be a coffee subsitute as well. Like sucking on a rock

BLASPHEMY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39364531)

I hold very few things sacred. Human Life. Freedom of expression. Privacy. Most everything else is negotiable.

But this.
Is.
EVIL.

Caffeine is Life. It is the Divine Spark. It is by the beans of java that the thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shaking, the shaking becomes a warning. Life without caffeine is nasty, brutish, and dull.

Monsters, all of them! ...

Ok, now that I got the silliness out of my system, a quick thought... Caffeine is essentially a natural pesticide, a poison. And, if memory serves, coffee beans grow within a fleshy, sweet fruit, like a grape with a stone. I skimmed the fascinating article, and they only briefly touch on the fact that caffeine is a pest deterent, so, here's my question:

Would coffee plants without the innate pesticide property of caffeine be able to grow in the real world, or would we be offering up a delectable snack for local critters that would require depressing amounts of man-applied pesticides to protect?

In other words, would we be making a low-caffeine plant that farmers would have to invest more money and effort in protecting than it would cost to extract by other methods, for a small market of coffee drinkers who are offended enough by the taste alterations of current decaff coffees so they may get their drink without the buzz?

I've mostly given up coffee (3, Informative)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364553)

I used to love the stuff, 2 a day on most work days. I stopped cold turkey at the start of February, giving in to a quarter cup after 3 weeks after a big breakfast when up north. Had half Starbucks "short" this morning because I was just too damn tired.

I was partly inspired by this blog article [youarenotsosmart.com] , partly by health concerns that had developed over the previous few months including a feeling of over-sensitivity to the caffeine, and partly just to see if I could do it.

After the first week of withdrawal symptoms, mostly slight headaches in the afternoon, I was pretty much operating as normal. I think it's good to force one's self out of a habit for a while.

Then they farm it... (2)

brainboyz (114458) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364595)

If they farm it and it cross-contaminates the world coffee DNA, there will be an apocalyptic uprising of caffeine deprived people.

What's the point? (1)

BigFire (13822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39364653)

Like booze without alcohol?

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