Caffeine Litmus Test?

January 8, 2009

Tip of the Hat:

So, someone has gone out and made litmus paper to detect levels of caffeine in caffeinated drinks, eh? I did a little more link following than Frank J. and found the manufacturers.

The idea is like a home-pregnancy test. If the D line is darker than the C line, then the drink has less than 20 mg of caffeine per 6 oz serving.

How these strips will prevent you ingesting “unacceptably high levels of caffeine” is beyond me. People that want to avoid caffeine at the level this strips are advertising are not going to go for a cup of coffee. They are going to go for the chamomile.

In the company’s defense, at least they are honest enough to point out that decaf coffee is not uncaffeinated; the caffeine is just dramatically reduced. If people truly want non-caffeinated coffee, invest in these guys.

Fun prank:

1) Use a test strip on a shot of espresso at home (or your local coffee shoppe)

2) Order a decaf coffee at “The-Coffee-Shop-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named”

3) Stick used test strip in, conveniently finding the fact that it has already been used.

4) Make a gigantic scene when it “comes back” caffeinated

5) Watch what happens

6) Let me know how it went…


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