# Is the caffeine in coffee an oxidation agent?

I heard a friend say:

You have to watch out for coffee, the caffeine is an oxidation agent.

Now I remember carbon Chemistry from year 12.

You can oxidise ethanol to ethanal, and then to ethanoic acid.

But I don't understand how this would apply to caffeine.

My question is: Is the caffeine in coffee an oxidation agent?

## 1 Answer

No, caffeine is not known as an oxidizing agent.

• Guess it could oxidize $\ce{LiAlH4}$ or something of the sort, but in any case this has absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the health hazard it presents. – Ivan Neretin Jan 12 '16 at 10:55
• Yeah it could be made to lose its oxygen or electrons but couldn't any compound containing oxygen? I think because it doesn't do this readily in normal conditions like H2O2 or another common oxidizing agent it is not classed as an oxidizing agent. I was going to add that in the answer but thought it would go off topic. – Technetium Jan 12 '16 at 11:08