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Brimming with caffeine and nicotine?

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Countless Canadians are addicted to Tim Hortons coffee, and CBC-TV's Disclosure wants to know why. "What's in this brew that has us all spellbound?" asks Disclosure's Peter Walsh, a self-confessed Tim's addict. Rumour has it that Tim's has the maximum amount of caffeine legally allowed. Or is it filled with nicotine? In this light-hearted 2004 TV clip, Walsh gets to the bottom of these rumours by taking the coffee to a science lab for analysis.

Medium: Television
Program: Disclosure
Broadcast Date: Feb. 17, 2004
Guests: Jennifer Brayton, Brian Walsh
Reporter: Peter Walsh
Duration: 8:32

Did You know?


• The rumour that there's nicotine in Tim Hortons coffee is so widespread that it's made it onto Snopes.com, a website devoted to either confirming or debunking urban legends. According to the site, "Tim Hortons does not include nicotine, MSG, an unusually high level of caffeine, or any other additive." Snopes references this 2004 Disclosure episode when debunking the urban myth.


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