N.Y. Thruway Offers Free Coffee New Year's Eve Officials at the New York Thruway are keeping up their New Year's Eve tradition. The thruway's 27 toll plazas are offering free coffee and tea to travelers. And Silver Lake Research has a caffeine detector stick. It tests whether your cup of coffee is decaf.
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N.Y. Thruway Offers Free Coffee New Year's Eve

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's Last Word in Business, in fact this year's Last Word in Business, is caffeine buzz. It's New Year's Eve tonight, so you might need a little boost to help stay awake until the ball drops at midnight. And if you're driving on the New York State Thruway, you can get that much-needed dose of caffeine for free on the highway. Just stop off at any of the throughway's two dozen travel plazas for a free cup of coffee or tea anytime tonight. The thruway authority's been offering free coffee to New Year's travelers for more than 40 years, we're told.

And by the way, if you think you might have accidentally gotten decaf, the folks at Silver Lake Research can help. They have a caffeine detector stick, a little strip of coated paper that tells you if your beverage is caffeinated or not. You just stick the strip in your coffee, and if it turns out blue, you're good to go for New Year's. If it stays orange, you might have to drive on to the nearest rest stop for another cup.

It's not clear if the stick can also tell your cup of coffee if it's going to have a baby cup of coffee. It's Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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