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  • n. A mercaptan derivative of furan that is mainly responsible for the aroma of roasted coffee


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  • "Over eight hundred different chemical ingredients have been identified inside the coffee bean, glorying in such names as furfurylthiol, furfuraldehyde, oxazole, and ethylfuraneol. Another, trimthylamin, exists in minute quantities: it is also found in putrefying fish. Like perfume, coffee uses the most outré of ingredients to work its wonders."

    —Antony Wild, Coffee: A Dark History (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), 193

    October 9, 2010