Wired Shows Us What's Inside Our Coffee (Video)

If you're like us, you're heading out for an afternoon coffee break to keep you going for the rest of the day.

As you pour that life-saving cup, you immediately feel better. That rich aroma, that steam rising from the cup. Coffee is your friend, your wake-up call, your salvation. Plus it tastes great.

But do you know what's in that cup of coffee? If you say water and ground beans, you're almost 100 percent correct. But there's a lot more than milk and sugar lurking in your cup -- and Wired made a handy animated video that explains just exactly what we're drinking in as we make yet another Starbucks run (hint: besides caffeine, we're consuming cockroach pheromones, a tooth decay fighter, and an antioxidant).

Before you take a sip of that steaming cup of java, watch the video, because you'll find all sorts of useful information. It's more jolting that a double espresso.

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