This bacterium eats caffeine

Even though I only drink coffee when it’s sweetened to the point that you can hardly call it coffee, it’s definitely the nectar of the gods. Maybe it’s the caffeine, maybe it’s the coffee, but there’s something in the drink that appeals to so many people almost everywhere. Apparently this also includes a newly discovered bacterium called Pseudomonas putida CBB5. This bacterium breaks the caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia, which is interesting because we don’t normally think of ammonia as being particularly nutritious.

Here’s the real question: Will these bacteria show up and eat the caffeine in my caffeinated drinks? Hmm?

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