The Portland Press Herald interviewed Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, in a story about Portland’s proposed ban on Styrofoam containers. Some people, and scientists, believe Styrofoam can make coffee taste better. Camire said Styrofoam is made from petrochemicals and some of those can be “extracted” by hot coffee. “I personally go for paper cups because plastics and Styrofoam both have material that can leak out into the beverage. And that doesn’t sound that good to me,” Camire said.