Welcome to Burning Questions, The Takeout’s video series in which we answer all your culinary quandaries and ponderings.

The two most popular drinks on earth are tea and coffee, beverages prized for their caffeine boost more than anything else. Roughly one in ten people, however, choose to drink coffee purely for its flavor, minus the morning buzz. For those folks, decaf coffee is a widely available option—but how do manufacturers remove the naturally occurring caffeine in coffee beans? We did the research, and it turns out to be a surprisingly complex process. For the full investigation, head here.

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I’m surprised that they haven’t genetically engineered coffee beans to not produce caffeine.

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