What’s In Your Cup?

What’s In Your Cup?

Photo by: DeaPeaJay on Flickr

At Griffin we love our coffee. What’s not to love? I’ll be the first to admit to swilling the stuff like it’s going out of style. For the record, it’s not going out of style.

In the latest Wired there’s a fantastic breakdown of what’s inside a cup of coffee. Patrick di Justo explains what caffeine actually is:

This is why the world produces more than 16 billion pounds of coffee beans per year. It’s actually an alkaloid plant toxin (like nicotine and cocaine), a bug killer that stimulates us by blocking neuroreceptors for the sleep chemical adenosine. The result: you, awake.

We tend to do our best work when we’re awake, management likes this. :)

di Justo continues breaking down the other crucial ingredients like: Water, 2-Ethylphenol, Quinic acid, 3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic acid, Dimethyl disulfide, Acetylmethylcarbinol, Putrescine, Trigonelline, and we can’t forget Niacin. It’s a really interesting article.

We’ve got two large coffee makers filled with the good stuff all day at the office. Some of my fellow Griffinittes tend to prefer to head out to grab a cup from a local shop instead. Others keep a french press here to make the real thing.

What’s your preference? What’s inside your ideal cup of joe?

Photo by: DeaPeaJay

  • Whit

    As a fellow Griffinite, I like to drink the free stuff here at the office, though at home I choose between a couple of options. French press tastes best but my grinder/drip maker combo does the job when I’m wanting several cups. We got one of those single cup makers as a wedding gift and it’s pretty great in a hurry. Cheers!

  • Rory

    Coffee cup…?!? I don't need no stinking coffee cup! Mountain Dew is my caffeine source.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Ha! You sound like our photographer, Brad. He's been known to down a
    tin or two of Dew. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Mandog3635 Ron

    I waffle on my java…I'll go through, typically every 3-4 months general shift…currently it's a good straight-ahead medium roast (higher in caffeine than dark roast) at either my local shop (City Dock in Annapolis, MD) or at whatever local shop has on tap when on travel. And by local I mean Starbucks only as a last resort as I tend to like to give my business to smaller/local companies. Last 6 months prior it was Grande nonfate latte…but at the home office we have both a regular Krups brewing machine as well as a Nespresso machine, so we go with the mood of the day/hour and atmosphere (I always get asked to make espressos/cappuccinos in the evening and at parties). Prior to that I was in a frozen concoction from City Dock called Cappucino Chill which I found out later was an ice-cream based liquid, 3 shots of espresso and ice all blended into essentially a coffee milkshake – what's not to like, save the excessive calories!

    Finally, since hearing it, I am cognizant of making sure I don't embarrass myself and get too excessive on my order, as George Carlins New Rules for 2006 stated: “New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the a##-hole.
    If you walk into a Starbucks and order a “decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat,
    iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one
    Sweet-n'-Low and one NutraSweet,” ooh, you're a HUGE a##-hole!”

  • http://twitter.com/Mandog3635 Ron

    Geez that last comment of mine was wordy…think it might have been the 8 cups of coffee I've had today?

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Ha ha.
    We've got some great local spots in Nashville too. Bongo Java, Fido,
    Frothy Monkey, Crema to name a few. I'm also partial to Tim Horton's,
    but that's the Canuck in me speaking. :)

    I try to keep my ordering to the basics.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney


  • http://www.d3bruts1d.com/ d3bruts1d

    I quit drinking coffee several months back. It was tough, but now I and my wallet fill much better. 😉 Though I slip every once in a while and grab a creamy, caramel “coffee flavored beverage”. Always have preferred iced over hot, and oddly reverse when it comes to tea.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    I quit coffee for about a month earlier this year. The headaches were
    brutal for the first few days. Then I got addicted to decaf coffee. :)

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Sorry about the delay Whit.
    Now all of talk of coffee has got me craving more of the brown stuff. On my way to the kitchen! :)

  • http://kruppscoffeemaker.com/ Jojo

    I really love coffee. I love tasting different coffee mixes even 3-in-1instant coffee. I know it's funny drinking instant coffee. But it's more tasty if I mix it with creamer.

  • http://bestcoffeeclubs.com/blog/ Coffee of the Month Clubs

    Since you mentioned that coffee is a bug killer then coffee can also be used as a pesticide right? Anyway I enjoyed reading this article.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    I shouldn't be craving coffee at night, in bed. :)