Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Caffeine Reducing Gadget

I'll bet you didn't know the Japanese had a governmental entity called the National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science. I sure didn't. Said department is described as a research entity of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization. I'm telling you this for a reason, by the way, and not just in the unlikely event that it comes up in Trivial Pursuit one day.

Apparently the National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science and a Shizuoka-based machinery manufacturer called Terada Production have developed something called an LCT160001. This is a device for lowering the caffeine content of green tea. It does so by washing tea leaves in hot water to reduce caffeine by more than 60% and supposedly does not reduce the amount of catechin and amino acids in the tea.

Source: Japan Corporate News Network

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