Posted by Selby
Whether you slam an energy drink in the afternoon or start your day with a cup of joe, most Americans consume some amount of caffeine during the day, and we love it. Recently, author Murray Carpenter took a good long look at a drug many of us use daily without thinking about it. In his book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, Carpenter travels the world to see where and how we get our caffeine fix, as well as how it affects our bodies and minds.
Carpenter travels to an artisanal coffee plantation in Mexico, a synthetic caffeine processing plant in China, and the laboratories of top caffeine researchers – all to learn why we love this bitter white powder so much. If you enjoy Mary Roach’s books such as Stiff and Gulp or are just curious about caffeine, then this is a great read. It’s a fascinating and entertaining book sure to make you think twice before grabbing that second, or third, or fourth cup of coffee.