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Seeking That Caffeine Buzz for More Than a Thousand Years

August 6, 2012

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As early as 1050 A.D., inhabi­tants of North Amer­ica, specif­i­cally east of St. Louis, Mo. were seek­ing out, brew­ing and rit­u­ally drink­ing copi­ous quan­ti­ties of a sub­stance anthro­pol­o­gists are call­ing Black Drink. Researchers say local inhab­i­tants parched holly leaves and small twigs, placed them in a large pot with water, boiled and agi­tated the liq­uid into a froth before drink­ing it. Full Story

University of New Mexico

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