Discovery of caffeine
Caffeine in the lab
Caffeine and plants
Students and Caffeine



Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, Organic Chemistry, OUP, 2001

Ellis, Aytoun, The Penny Universities: A history of the Coffee-Houses, Martin Secker and Warburg, London, 1956.

Stryer, Biochemistry, Freeman Press, 4th Ed. 1995

Taylor, Green and Stout, Biological Sciences 1, 3rd Ed. Cambridge Press, 1997

Weinberg and Bealer, The World of Caffeine, Routledge, 2001

Journals, newspapers etc

Biological Sciences Review, Vol.10, No.2, November 1997.

The Daily Telegraph, Arts and Books Supplement, 5th May 2001, p.A3

New Yorker, June 5, 1995, p.34

Internet Sites


Title page credits: coffee beans picture taken from Biological Sciences Review, Vol.10, No.2, November 1997, p.41.

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Caffeine - Simon Tilling