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A few years ago you could go to any major city in America, blind fold yourself, turn in place a few times, and throw a rock in any direction and hit a Starbucks coffee shop (but hopefully not any aspiring screenplay writers inside.) That is until a recession hit and forced the company to actually try different business models rather than over saturating the world with their stores selling overpriced burnt bean water...
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/251A few years ago you could go to any major city in America, blind fold yourself, turn... more
"The Texas Board of Education wanted to rename the slave trade "the Atlantic Triangular trade. It turns out the ovens at Auschwitz were actually tanning beds." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin tackles some touchy topics at Refried Comedy @ Aztek Grill. Odyssey Michael is the host."The Texas Board of Education wanted to rename the slave trade "the Atlantic... more
At age 68, Harrison Ford looks much younger than his age. The Six Days Seven Nights star was spotted just yesterday on Wednesday October 13, 2010 at Luxxe CaféAt age 68, Harrison Ford looks much younger than his age. The Six Days Seven Nights... more
The uses and benefits of coffee grounds are endless, so before you throw away your coffee grounds, consider these 10 ways to reuse coffee grounds.
Link : http://www.toponlinecolleges.com/blog/2010/10-ways-to-reuse-coffee-grounds/The uses and benefits of coffee grounds are endless, so before you throw away your... more
Glen Coffee arrested on the charges of felony, Glen Coffee is a former NFL player who retired at a very young age; he was only 23 years old when he decidedGlen Coffee arrested on the charges of felony, Glen Coffee is a former NFL player who... more
MUCHAS PALABRAS para decirnos que los precios AUMENTARAN! Muchos se alejaran del vicio o adiccion de la CAFEINA.
With the price of cocoa having doubled since early 2008, London-based hedge fund Armajaro "has swept up a large chunk of the world's stocks of cocoa beans, helping to drive prices of the basic ingredient of chocolate to their highest level in 33 years," The FT reported in August. One day in July, Armajaro took delivery on 240,100 tonnes of cocoa. . . "equal to about 7 percent of annual global production," according to the FT.
http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/110840/starbucks-takes-caffeine-high-to-a-whole-new-level?mod=bb-budgeting&sec=topStories&pos=3&asset=&ccode=MUCHAS PALABRAS para decirnos que los precios AUMENTARAN! Muchos se alejaran del vicio... more
If you've ever wondered who invented the coffee break you can find out here.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Who-Invented-The-Coffee-BreakIf you've ever wondered who invented the coffee break you can find out here.... more
As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar industry, Black Gold traces one man's fight for a fair price.
Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.
But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and many experts still believe it has the best coffee. More consumer's need to be aware of the low wages farmers are getting paid and demand fair trade commodities. Not only in coffee but with other products.
Africa needs Fair Trade NOT Aid.As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee... more
CRESCENT CITY, Calif. – An attempted burglary at a California supply store was thwarted when the manager threw hot coffee in the face of a masked intruder.
Chris Hegnes, manager of the Englund Marine and Industrial Supply, was going into work early Monday morning when he encountered a man in a mask charging at him with a hammer.
Hegnes says he hurled his hot mocha at the man's face and ran for it.
The man came after him for a few steps, then ran to a vehicle parked behind the store.
Hegnes says the man apparently had been trying to break into a safe using the store's hardware tools. The man didn't get away with much, but damaged some tools.
The sheriff's office is investigating.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100807/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_mocha_defenseCRESCENT CITY, Calif. – An attempted burglary at a California supply store was... more
A South African scientist says the image of Jesus appeared in the coffee stains on two different mugs, a year apart to the day!
He says the first holy image formed after he watched a religious documentary, reports IOL. Conflicted about faith, he says he asked God “Give me a sign, show me something, I know I am arrogant,” and then went to bed. When he woke up he was stunned to find the image of Jesus on the cross in a stain. “This was not made by a human hand,” he says.
A year later to the day, the former atheist says Jesus appeared to him AGAIN on a different mug. “I saw the face of Jesus with the crown, and it was not a dead Jesus but one who was alive with his eyes open.”
And now, the man is sharing his experience to find an answer. “I know I have a soul which I cherish and I know I must be careful of what I say. I plead with anyone to examine the mugs and explain how the pictures were formed,” he says.
He added: “I am not a Christian, and I’ve never read the Bible. But I have started moving closer to God every day.”
The man wishes to remain unnamed.
http://www.tabloidprodigy.com/?p=17600A South African scientist says the image of Jesus appeared in the coffee stains on two... more
Great coffee informational video
By Derek Lamberton
Photos by Suzie Blake, courtesy Scrambling Eggs
In or Out? Well, let's start with In. Lantana's success has been unmissable over the past year as its new In and Out signs have added a semblance of order to Charlotte Place's hodgepodge of rotating lunch spots and hairdressers. Lantana In, the original Lantana, is dominated by a verdant mural on the back wall complete with mushrooms and a butterfly -- or maybe it's a moth... Regardless, it's a mural that has certainly anticipated Lantana's ability to not only flourish but to take off as Fitzrovia's café du jour.
Earlier this summer Lantana expanded into its neighboring shop to create its current In and Out club appearance. Out, as you would expect, handles take away; coffee all day, pastries in the morning and sandwiches and an array of salads in the afternoon. Managed by Brooke, whose disposition puts a smile on the face of even the grumpiest early morning customer, Lantana Out is a place you won't really want to leave, which is why I'm usually sitting on the bench out front.
But if you are a person blessed with foresight, Lantana In will suit you just fine. In fact, if you are really organised you will be there for breakfast tomorrow morning. And you'll order the Brioche toast with vanilla poached pears and raspberry ricotta cream. And you will be happy. Even more so once you've finished it off, and expanded your stomach beyond repair, with a velvety flat white. It's especially pleasing when the healthy person sitting across from you has order toasted muesli and a single espresso.
Is there anything Lantana needs to improve? Sure. The seating should be comfier. But the most common complaint I've heard is an inability to deal with its popularity and to get a take-away long black in your hands in a reasonable amount of time. Lantana Out has solved this -- with a little help from the introduction of another independent café, Tapped & Packed, around the corner.
As every week seems to bring with it a new café in the West End, Lantana's competition is stiffening. In spite of this, owner Shelagh Ryan and her friendly, competent staff seem to have entrenched themselves so thoroughly in the London coffee scene that there is little chance that Lantana won't continue to grow.
Location: 13 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SN
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 8am - 6pm; Thursday - Friday 8am - 9pm; Saturday 9am - 5pm
Coffee: Lantana is, as far as I know, the only café in the immediate area dedicated to serving Monmouth Coffee (although Monmouth's Covent Garden shop itself isn't more than a fifteen minute walk). So if you're a Monmouth drinker, this is your spot.
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We're also on Facebook at Facebook.com/CurrentUK By Derek Lamberton Photos by Suzie Blake, courtesy Scrambling Eggs In or Out?... more
By Derek LambertonPhoto by Brian Jones, courtesy KaffeineSituated down the calmer end of Great Titchfield Place, this is one of my favourite London cafés. Its location -- unless you are lucky enough to live or work next door -- eliminates the take away option, so by the time you arrive you are ready for a break and a quality coffee.Inside Kaffeine, the atmosphere is subdued, the staff friendly and the customers more relaxed than their resolutely trendy brethren in nearby Fitzrovia. The bar is anchored by a Synesso Cyncra, which is visibly one of the most attractive machines I have seen in London, and according to the baristas, of unsurpassed quality. Needless to say, they are proud of their espresso machine and aren't afraid to tell you. But more importantly they make incredible coffee with it.The owner, Peter Dore-Smith, is a tall Australian most often found working behind the bar. His restrained intensity gives off the impression of someone who has been in the coffee business for a while, or at least someone who has had his fair share of caffeine. His enthusiasm for coffee is such that when he overheard my colleague Rich declare himself a tea-drinker, he brought him behind the bar and taught him how to make a flat white. Rich no longer drinks tea.Kaffeine sticks to the Square Mile seasonal roasts, serves a rotating selection of pastries and baked treats for breakfast, and salads and sandwiches for lunch from their own kitchen.Lemonade muffins are available this week in case quality coffee isn't enough incentive to make the trip.Either way, it's worth the walk.Website: www.kaffeine.co.uk
Location: 66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 6pm; Saturday 9am - 6pm
Coffee: Square Mile
Get your daily London fix at Current.com/London Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/CurrentUK We're also on Facebook at Facebook.com/CurrentUK By Derek LambertonPhoto by Brian Jones, courtesy KaffeineSituated down the calmer... more
It's an appealing notion that our daily pick-me-up may also confer a range of health benefits. And for coffee drinkers there's a lot of research percolating. Several studies suggest that a daily caffeine habit may help protect against Alzheimer's disease. But there's a catch. The cup or two a day that most Americans drink doesn't seem to be enough. Researchers say 500 mg of caffeine, or about five cups of regular coffee, is the dose that seems to protect the brain.
Five Cups A Day
This may sound like an excessive amount of caffeine. After five cups, lots of us would end up with the jitters and be making extra trips to the bathroom. But some coffee lovers are hard core:
"I drink five to six cups a day religiously," says Gary Arendash, a researcher at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, part of Florida State University. Arendash says he's convinced that caffeine is protecting his brain.
Arendash and his colleagues at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center have been studying the effects of caffeine on the brains of mice with Alzheimer's disease. They've found that adding caffeinated water to rodents' diet results in big improvements. The mice perform better on short-term memory and thinking tests. But only if they get enough caffeine.
"The human equivalent of two to three cups of coffee does not have benefits in our Alzheimer's mice," says Arendash.
Arendash's team also documented that these super-caffeinated mice end up with about a 50-percent reduction in abnormal amyloid proteins, which are thought to play an important role in the development of Alzheimer's.
The typical American drinks about a cup and a half of coffee a day. "So you can see that many of us are below that threshold level that we believe confers protective benefits," says Arendash.
Evidence Not Conclusive
The Alzheimer's mice studies on caffeine are intriguing to researchers who are trying to translate the findings into advice for humans. But interpreting an animal study can be tricky.
"It's always a good starting point," says Joan Lindsay of the University of Ottawa. "But we never know how well it's going to hold up with humans." After all, people are a lot more complicated. And researchers have learned that mice can respond really differently than humans do to a drug, an environmental toxin or a change in nutrition.
Another challenge is to find a reliable test of the memory of mice. Arendash uses a mouse maze to assess the spatial memory of his Alzheimer's mice. He puts the mice in little swimming pools with lots of alleys and dead-ends to see how quickly they can find and remember hidden escape platforms. Similar computer-based maze tests are used in human studies.
"The first thing that is lost in Alzheimer's is short term memory — the memory for what happened a few seconds or a minute ago," says Arendash. "That's what (the water maze) is focusing on."
Observations Of Coffee-Loving Middle-Aged Folks
There wouldn't be as much interest in Arendash's mice studies if scientists hadn't also begun to gather some evidence that a steady caffeine habit is beneficial to people, too.
One recent study comes from Finland where researchers followed about 1,400 coffee drinkers for more than two decades. Researchers found one group seemed to benefit the most: the people who'd been drinking three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s.
"They had about a 65-to-70-percent reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in their 70s," says Huntington Potter, a neurobiologist at the University of South Florida. Potters says effects held up even when researchers controlled for things such as cardiovascular disease, which can influence the risk of dementia.
A few other smaller studies in Europe have led to similar findings, but experts say the research only establishes a correlation between coffee drinking and brain protection.
"I'd hesitate to say that there's epidemiologic evidence that coffee prevents Alzheimer's disease," says Reisa Sperling, an Alzheimer's researcher at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University.
The typical American drinks about a cup and a half of coffee a day.
It's possible that these regular coffee drinkers might have other habits in common that could explain the protective effect. "People who are very active in mid-life are more likely to be drinking coffee than couch potatoes," says Sperling. Maybe the coffee drinkers aren't benefiting from the coffee as much as they are from keeping their minds and bodies active. The studies make it difficult to suss out.
Coffee Drinking Can't Offset Genetic Risks
Sperling says Alzheimer's is an incredibly complicated disease. Exercise and good nutrition do seem to be protective, but a person's risk is largely determined by genes. No one behavior or diet change — like coffee drinking — can erase that risk.
If future research brings stronger evidence that caffeine may modify the risk by some small percentage that means coffee lovers will have one more reason to drink away.
Just make sure those five cups don't keep you up all night — sleep is important to health, too.It's an appealing notion that our daily pick-me-up may also confer a range of... more
It turns out that the winner of the Starbucks-sponsored Betacup Challenge, a design competition aiming to solve the problem of the billions of disposable coffee cups discarded annually, isn't a cup at all. Rather, it's a chalkboard.
Called "Karma Cup," the jury-selected winning concept envisions a chalkboard at the counter of every Starbucks. Bring a reusable cup for your coffee, and you get to put a check mark on the chalkboard. Every 10 check marks, the next person to come in with a reusable cup gets his or her coffee on the house. "Think of it as one big rewards card for all of us," the design team explained in their entry materials. It's an astonishingly simple and low-tech concept, especially in comparison to some of its Betacup brethren that envisioned inflatable mugs, coffee cups made out of specially-grown coconut hulls, cups with built-in barcodes or LCD screens to show how much they've been used, and elaborate recycling systems built specially for Starbucks cups.
The Karma Cup team will receive $10,000 from Starbucks as a prize; an additional $10,000 will be divided among the five entries that were voted the highest by the community in the online competition. There were also jury-picked runners-up, including the "Champion Cup," which uses a Web tie-in to count how many paper cups (and hence, trees) are being saved through the use of a reusable cup, and the "Band of Honor," a rubber band with a loyalty program barcode built into it that can be transferred from one reusable cup to another.
Starbucks has said that it aims to serve 100 percent of its coffee in recyclable or reusable cups by 2015. As for the Betacup, however, Starbucks is not required to acquire or implement the winning concept.
"We know we can't solve the disposable cup waste issue alone," said Jim Hanna, Starbucks' director of environmental impact, said in a release Thursday that announced the winner. "Consumers can play an important role by sharing creative ideas and spreading the word, as they've done with The Betacup. It's this kind of passion and enthusiasm that will help the reusable cup movement gain real momentum."It turns out that the winner of the Starbucks-sponsored Betacup Challenge, a design... more
Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found.
It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks.
Those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their risk of heart disease by a third, the study of 40,000 people found.
Consuming between two to four coffees a day was also linked to a reduced risk.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/10350373.stmDrinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease,... more
SAVAGE SUN discusses the fact that his music is being played in one of the most relevant cafes in Chicago, IL, Cafe Descartes on Michigan Ave.SAVAGE SUN discusses the fact that his music is being played in one of the most... more
Scientists found the so-called “caffeine high” is just a reaction to the body craving the drug.
The research found that coffee lovers were no more awake than those who did not drink caffeine in the morning.
In fact, the study of 379 people showed, regular coffee drinkers needed a hit of caffeine to bring them up to the same level of alertness as non-coffee drinkers.
Prof Peter Rogers, from the University of Bristol's Department of Experimental Psychology, which led the study, said: "Our study shows that we don't gain an advantage from consuming caffeine.
"Although we feel alerted by it, this is caffeine just bringing us back to normal."
Researchers deprived each person of coffee for 16 hours before giving the participants either caffeine or a placebo.
Each person then underwent a series of tasks to measure their attentiveness, memory and vigilance.
The study, published online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, found there was "little difference" in the results between the coffee users and those who were given placebos.
Prof Rogers added: "On the other hand, while caffeine can increase anxiety, tolerance means that for most caffeine consumers this effect is negligible."
The research was supported by a grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.Scientists found the so-called “caffeine high” is just a reaction to the... more