Category: Food. Last updated June 20, 2023.

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What would you like? Coffee? Water? Soda? It’s all here as you learn about the science of beverages. Explore topics like the solubility of gases, the complexities of drinking water, what gives coffee its enticing aroma.


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  • The Secret Science of Soda from ACS Adventures in Chemistry
    How can you make soda shoot out of a can? Why are some sodas fizzy while others are flat? Find out the answers to these questions and more!
  • Distillation in Survival Mode from AACT
    Investigate methods for purifying water while considering a survival based situation that requires clean drinking water. Explore processes such as boiling and distillation, as well as review the phase changes within the water cycle.
  • Would You Drink It? From AACT
    Analyze data related to the water quality at multiple locations throughout a city. Then determine which location should be prioritized for cleaning of contaminates.


  • Crush the Can from AACT
    Analyze how the change in temperature of a gas can affect the pressure and volume of the gas while watching an engaging demonstration involving a heat source, water vapor and an empty soda can.


  • Fizzy Drink from AACT
    Learn the properties of acid and bases while applying the principles of stoichiometry to calculate the amount of base needed to neutralize an acid completely and produce a bubbly drink.
  • The Gravimetric Analysis of Lead in Contaminated Water from AACT
    Perform a gravimetric analysis of a simulated water sample contaminated with “lead”. Using knowledge of solubility and chemical reactions precipitate the “lead” from the water sample. Then from the data collected, calculate the concentration of “lead” in the samples and compare that value to those found in water samples from the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
  • Can Gases Dissolve in Water? from
    Observe the dissolved carbon dioxide in a bottle of club soda and then design an experiment to compare the amount of carbon dioxide that stays in cold club soda compared to warmer club soda.
  • Bubbly Soda Science from Science Buddies
    Serve up a personalized soda with just the right amount of fizz, flavor, and sweetness. All it takes is a little experimentation.


  • Is Cold Brew Really Different from Iced Coffee? From ChemMatters Magazine
    With all the coffee options available, and more and more teens drinking the caffeinated beverage to help them perk up, we delve into what makes cold brew coffee different from its iced counterpart.
  • Drinking the Sea from ChemMatters Magazine
    We’ve already started tapping the world’s oceans to satisfy our water needs. Will it be enough?
  • The Aroma of Coffee from Compound Interest
    That heady smell of freshly brewed coffee has chemistry to thank. Take a look at the aroma compounds that play a role.
  • Chemistry in Every Cup from Chemistry World
    The coffee conflict—good for your health or something to avoid? Learn about the chemistry of what’s in the cup.
  • Are Energy Drinks Good for You? from ChemMatters Magazine
    Energy drinks are the latest beverage fad. Learn about the main chemicals present in them and what scientists know about their health effects.


  • What do Electrolytes Actually Do? from ACS Reactions
    Sports drink commercials love talking about electrolytes, but what are they, why do we need them, and what happens if we don’t have enough?

  • What Makes Coffee So Good? from ACS Reactions
    This week Reactions uncovers the chemistry in your morning cup of coffee. There's an incredible amount of science that goes into your beans, dark or light roasts and the entire brewing process.

  • The World’s Smallest Water Treatment Plant Comes in a Packet from ACS Ingenious
    About 800,000,000 people worldwide – that’s almost one in ten, more than the population of the U.S. – don’t have reliable access to clean water. Using a technology first developed to reuse dirty laundry water, scientists have developed a water treatment plant the size of a teabag. Inside, a potent chemical triple-threat removes microbes, heavy metals, silt and dirt to produce clean, safe water one bucket at a time.

  • White, Green, Black, and Oolong Tea: What's the Difference? from ACS Reactions
    Did you know that many different types of tea come from the same plant? It’s pretty amazing, considering the various flavors and colors, but what really sets each tea apart are the chemical changes that happen in the leaves during production.

  • Why do Things Taste Sweet? from ACS Reactions
    Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they’re made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry.

  • How Much Water Can Kill You? from ACS Reactions
    You may have heard of deadly poisons like arsenic, cyanide and even the devilishly hard to detect polonium 210. But did you know even drinking water could kill you?

  • Making Drinking Water from Sewage from ACS Reactions
    Sure, drinking toilet water sounds gross, but with the right cleaning methods we can turn the dirtiest water you can think of back into clean, safe, refreshing drinking water.

  • Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe? from ACS Reactions
    The chemistry of fluoride has helped reduce cavities in children for decades. Still, more than 70 years after Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city to fluoridate its drinking water, the practice remains controversial. Some worry that fluoridated drinking water can lead to health issues, but what is the scientific consensus?