Chapter 3: The Drug in the Cup
Published:24 Jan 2024
This chapter explores the chemistry of caffeine, the world’s most widely used psychoactive substance. The molecular structure of caffeine and its relationship with the binding of caffeine to adenosine receptors in the brain is described. Designs of “super-caffeines” are detailed. The role of caffeine in tea plants is discussed, including its biosynthesis. A variety of methods for decaffeinating tea are explained.