The DeCaf Company, LLC is waiting on approval to start selling a stir stick that will allow coffee or tea drinkers to reduce and control the amount of caffeine within their beverages Ã¢â‚¬â€ all within a matter of seconds Ã¢â‚¬â€ and without compromising the taste and quality of the drink.
The scientific innovation, called Ã¢â‚¬Å“MIPsÃ¢â‚¬Â (molecularly-imprinted polymers), is applied and used in tandem with the traditional coffee stirrer or cup. The stirrer or cup is coated with harmless molecular polymer beads that specifically attract caffeine molecules. As the consumer stirs the beverage, the caffeine molecules bind to the MIPs- imprinted stirring sticks or MIPs coated sides of the cup, rapidly reducing the levels of caffeine within the drink itself. The longer the consumer leaves the stirrer in the cup, the more caffeine is removed.
With just a few swirls, caffeine can be reduced to up to 70 percent in most drinks. That makes me wonder… if I suck on a few of the used sticks, will I get a massive caffeine rush?