The world has loved and consumed Irish coffee (or, for you fancypants Frangelico addicts, Nutty Irishmen) for a very long time. But boozy java as we know it just changed forever. Thanks to the work of some courageous scientists who know how to party, we can finally rebuild old coffee grounds into liquor. We have the technology.
According to Science Magazine, the team of chemists in question began their research by collecting used coffee grounds from a Portuguese coffee roasting company. After drying it into a powder, they dumped it in boiling water, separated out the liquid, and threw in some sugar. Then came the yeast cells. The scientists let this brew ferment, concentrating the sample to up the alcohol content even higher. And then, they had it. A new and beautiful drink with 40 percent ethanol -- placing it on par with vodka and tequila.
The taste testers on hand described the drink as bitter, and noted that it still smelled just like coffee. So there you have it, folks. All the great coffee smell and bitterness you love, now with the power to get you schwasty before your 10am meeting.