Coffee addicts live for the buzz they get from their first cup in the morning, but for many the glorious caffeine high is followed by a subsequent crash requiring more coffee (or perhaps a nap). Now, however, scientists at Nestle — which in addition to being the world's biggest food company is also the world's biggest coffee manufacturer — say they're developing coffee that could keep you boosted all day long.
"... what if you could drink one beverage and enjoy the boost effect caffeine provides in a slow, sustained way throughout the day?" the company asks by way of introduction. It may sound like late-night infomercial fodder, but apparently scientists have discovered technology to make it a reality.
The research was conducted by scientists at Nestle's research labs in Lausanne, Switzerland, in collaboration with a Swiss technical university called École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. It centers around "cubosomes," which Nestle explains "are made of lipid molecules and water, and can release nutrients or medicines in the human body in a controlled fashion." EPFL explains that while cubosomes are already used in the pharmaceutical industry for extended-release drug delivery, they've now been able to study their structure with 3D mapping; the new findings are "expected to make the study and design of cubosomes with [controlled release properties] easier."
While Nestle has yet to comment on potential food and beverage applications for cubosomes beyond extended-release coffee — caffeinated peanut butter to give toast-eaters energy all day long, perhaps? — the promise of an all-day caffeine high is surely one of the most enticing prospects for consumers. Though the supposed health benefits of coffee may still be up for debate, there's no doubt that millions of people worldwide depend on it to get through the work day.