The Mystery of Decaffeinated Coffee

Written by Gary Gresham

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Not all ofrepparttar caffeine is completely removed with any of these current methods. To qualify as decaffeinated coffee inrepparttar 113158 United States, coffee must have at least 97 percent of its caffeine removed.

Coffee beans are decaffeinated before they are roasted because that's when it hasrepparttar 113159 least effect onrepparttar 113160 beans flavor.

The reason decaffeinated coffee costs more is because ofrepparttar 113161 additional labor, equipment and material needed to removerepparttar 113162 caffeine.

So what do they do with all of that caffeine? The extracted caffeine is manufactured and used mostly in medicines and soft drinks.

As an example,repparttar 113163 caffeine content in soft drinks mainly comes fromrepparttar 113164 caffeine extracted from these decaffeination processes. The kola nut accounts for less than 5 percent ofrepparttar 113165 caffeine in cola drinks.

Forrepparttar 113166 past 30 years scientists have done extensive research on coffee andrepparttar 113167 effects of caffeine. New research has even shown that caffeine has many positive effects.

Some of these effects include more energy,repparttar 113168 ability to concentrate better and has even been used as an appetite suppressant.

But not all scientists agree with these findings and coffee andrepparttar 113169 effects of caffeine will continue to be thoroughly researched.

There will always be a market for decaffeinated coffee because some people just love their coffee withoutrepparttar 113170 caffeine buzz.

The rest ofrepparttar 113171 100 million regular coffee drinkers either love their coffee forrepparttar 113172 wonderful flavor or enjoyrepparttar 113173 effects of a caffeine boost. For most of us, I'm sure it's a little of both.

Gary Gresham is the webmaster for where you can purchase quality coffee, tea, cups & mugs, coffee gifts and delicious desserts online. He offers a free monthly coffee newsletter with articles like these at

Share A Gourmet Food Basket With Your Lover

Written by Marguerite Bonneville

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Gourmet gift baskets are a gift forrepparttar senses, a gift to be shared between two people who enjoy food. Or they can be an opportunity to expand culinary horizons for people who haven't paid a lot of attention to food inrepparttar 113157 past, or are content with fast foods or standard 'meat and two veg' meals. Either way you're in for a treat when you share a gourmet gift basket. An evening spent indulgingrepparttar 113158 senses in this way will certainly create a highly romantic mood.

If you haven't exploredrepparttar 113159 gourmet food world before, it's an excellent experience to share with your partner. You may change your eating habits forever and bring more pleasure into your life. Or you may decide it's not for you but you had a great time experimenting. Here's a story about some friends of ours who did exactly that.

When Terry met Alicia they were both university students. Alicia came from a Mediterranean family where olives, salamis and all sorts of interesting foods were part ofrepparttar 113160 family's diet. Terry came from an Anglo-Saxon family that ate very traditional foods. Dinner was generally meat, potatoes and a vegetable such as frozen beans or peas, with apple pie for dessert. By Alicia's standards,repparttar 113161 range of foods he consumed was extremely narrow.

Whenrepparttar 113162 relationship became serious, they moved in together and began to sharerepparttar 113163 weekly food shopping. Alicia introduced Terry to a wider range of vegetables, including broccoli, zucchini and other squashes. He was surprised to find he enjoyed trying these new foods, and they soon began experimenting withrepparttar 113164 massive array of raw vegetables used in salads.

Along with shopping atrepparttar 113165 supermarket, Alicia had always visitedrepparttar 113166 local delicatessen for her treats. When Terry accompanied her, he reluctantly tried olives forrepparttar 113167 first time. Again he became a fan, devouring green olives, black olives and pimento stuffed olives, with every kind of dressing. Terry and Alicia also had fun experimenting with cheeses, trying at least one new cheese every week. They ratedrepparttar 113168 cheese on a scale of 1 to 10, then decided which to include as a regular part of their diet.

In Alicia's family wine was served with meals so they began experimenting with different wines as well. Terry was strictly a beer drinker until he developed a taste for wine. Sharing a gourmet snack with wine became one ofrepparttar 113169 many pleasurable experiences they shared. And Terry was forever grateful to Alicia for introducing him to this new world of sensual delights.

Are there gastronomic worlds out there you've yet to explore? Take a trip to that ethnic grocery or restaurant today and discover what you're missing.

Marguerite Bonneville is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) whose passion is publishing information online. She is a contributing writer for, a resource site dedicated to helping visitors find the perfect romantic gift.

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