Meet Java the Mole from Finland!

By: Abby Guerra

Java the Mole from Finland

Java is the compound Caffeine. He is stuffed with tea bags, which are caffeinated, as well as drenched in coffee, which is also caffeinated. He smells of early mornings and cafe runs! His feet are green to represent tea leaves.

Uses and Purposes of Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant that is used to help restore mental alertness when one is drowsy or tired.

Caffeine can be used with certain drugs and medications such as ergotamine, aspirin, and acetaminophen. Caffeine is used with these drugs/ medications to improve the certain medication. It can also be combined with these drugs/medications to counter the drowsiness caused by the antihistamine.

Caffeine can be used with ephedrine as an alternative for an illegal substance
Certain types of caffeine, such as citrated caffeine, is used to help with breathing problems in premature babies.

Caffeine is also used in dermatitis creams to reduce redness and itchiness

Caffeine is used in soft drinks such as cola, as well as coffee and tea

Interesting Fact

Did you know that dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine that lighter roast coffees?
*The process of roasting the coffee beans actually burns off the caffeine.

Did you know that not all coffees have the same amount of caffeine?
*Brands such as McDonald's coffee have 9.1 mg per fluid ounce, while Starbucks coffees have 20.6 milligrams. Not all the coffees are equal.

Did you know that Finland consumes the most coffee(with caffeine) in the world?
*The average adult in Finland drinks 400 mg a day. That means about 4 five-ounce cups of coffee a day.

Physical and Chemical Properties of Caffeine

Physical Properties:
*Caffeine is soluble in water and organic solvents, such as alcohol
*Caffeine's boiling point is 178 degrees celsius and its melting point is 238 degrees celsius
*Caffeine, in its purified state, is a white poweder with a bitter taste

Chemical Properties:
*Flammability: Caffeine may be combustible at high temperatures
*Products of Combustion: the products are carbon oxides and nitrogen oxides