Nature’s Perversions

Naturally Decaffeinated Coffee Plant Discovered. [props to Jake]

Arabica beans have been found that, on their own, do not produce caffeine. For decaf drinkers, this should be great news – modern decaffeination processes also strip some of the flavor oils from the beans. However, call me old fashioned but just like the earth is round and the sun rises in the east, coffee should have caffeine. To quote:

Other caffeine-free plants have been reported, but the latest comes from the same genetic stock as today’s elite commercial strains. This means the decaffeinated trait should be relatively easy to breed into popular types of coffee.

If there was ever an argument against genetically modified foods, this is the one for me. Now, pass me the black tea…