Nestlé Is Developing Slow-Release Coffee to Keep You Going All Day Long

If successful, the ‘3 p.m. slump’ will be a thing of the past

Nestlé scientists are conducting research on cubosomes, which can release nutrients or medicines in the human body in a controlled fashion.

Jitters from overloading on too much caffeine and ‘crashes’ are unfortunate side effects that frequent and occasional coffee drinkers know all too well. Nestlé is working to make these side effects a thing of the past, with the idea of creating a coffee that releases caffeine in a controlled fashion for a longer-lasting, sustained effect.

Nestlé says in a release, “What if you could drink one beverage and enjoy the boost effect caffeine provides in a slow, sustained way throughout the day?” Scientists at the Nestlé Research center in Lausanne, Switzerland, collaborated with two other research institutions, EPFL and ETHZ on research focused on ‘cubosomes,’ nanoparticles made up of lipid molecules and water which mimic natural structures present in the body and can “release nutrients or medicine in the human body in a controlled fashion.”

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In the study, scientists used 3D microscopy to accurately map the inside of cubosomes, a first which allows scientists to study the 3D structures of cubosomes in detail for the first time. The study of cubosomes and harnessing their ability for controlled release of molecules has important implications for future use in medicine and food science, according to EPFL.