Monthly Archives: November 2009

Topless Coffee Shop Re-Opens

The most controversial coffee shop in the US, the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Main, has reopened in a 12 by 60 foot trailer.  The coffee shop’s original structure, owned by Don Crabtree, was a victim of arsenein June of this year.  It is suspected that the fire was set as a protest to the toples alternative to the traditional coffee shop model in the US. 

Crabtree intends to build a new building, moving the coffee shop from the trailer, as soon as he can raise the money to do so.  Unfortunately, the debris from the original fire is still on the property and the towns people did not want Crabtree to reopen the shop until the debris was removed from the property.  “Some people just don’t like it they think it should be cleaned before it opens. I can’t clean that up without the doors being open,” Crabtree said. He feels that he and his employees are victims of harassment.


Honey Bean Coffee Launches Fundraiser Program

Honey Bean Coffee has launched a fundraiser program for both profit and non-profit organizations. The thing that I like the most about this fundraiser is ,the obvious, its coffee, everyone loves it and that makes it easy to sell. Its much better than some of the other fundraisers my kids have done where I felt that my friends and family were paying a lot of money out of a sense of obligation to my kids for something they probably didn’t really want in the first place and wouldn’t use. I actually found the fundraiser this morning while placing my order with them. I’ve been ordering Honey Bean Coffee for years. I love it. The selection is awesome and when I saw this new program I thought the readers should know! The price for a 12oz bag of coffee is $7 to the organization and the sell price is suggested at $10 (but the organization can change that to make more profit if they like). There are no upfront costs either. You take the brochure, the people select the items they want, you collect the money and place the order and get the profit right then and there! They don’t even charge shipping on fundraising orders of $250 or more and we all know how easy it is to reach that much money in a fundraiser. Check it out at . The direct link to the fundraising page is .

Krups Power Brew Coffeemaker Review

Coffee is getting expensive and everyone is looking for a comprable solution to going to Starbucks or another coffee shop.  I found a review on Krumps Power Brew Coffeemaker that  I thought the readers might find interesting.:


The corner coffee shop may deliver a consistent brew, but for those who cannot wait, a home brewing machine is the only answer. The Krups Power Brew Coffee Maker is a solid alternative to the corner cafe. Featuring 1,400 watts of power, the coffeemaker belts out a pot of coffee fast and hot, delivering it between 195 degrees F and 205 degrees F. A showerhead-type nozzle gives full coverage of the grounds, assuring a brew that is well-rounded with full coffee flavor.

The stylish coffeemaker is decked out in a piano-black finish and features an easy-to-read angled LCD control panel. Programming options exist for weekday and weekend cycles, along with a small-batch setting. The glass carafe holds up to 60 ounces and is easily accessible at any time during the cycle, due to a brew-pause feature that lets you sneak out a cup before brewing is complete. Save yourself a trip to the coffee shop; even though getting there may be half the fun, it is more fun to have a well-brewed cup of coffee waiting for you in the morning.

Coffee May Lower the Risk of Endometrial Cancer

According to Reuters Health News , the Swedish researchers who are releasing the results of their study in the November International Journal of Cancer, drinking coffee may significantly lower the risk of endometrial cancer.  The benefits of coffee  are strongest for obese women.

Below is the article with a link at the end for you to go straight to the page:

What is endometrial cancer?

Forming in the tissue that lines the uterus, endometrial cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women in America.  Also known as uterine cancer, this form of cancer can be very deadly.  According to the National Cancer Institute, there are 42,160 predicted new cases this year, and 7,780 expected deaths.  If discovered early on, a complete removal of the uterus can take care of endometrial cancer altogether. 

How does coffee help prevent endometrial cancer?

How exactly coffee helps is unknown, although, in 2008, and possibly earlier, it was proposed that coffee’s impact on insulin and estrogen levels, decreasing the circulation of both, may reduce the risk of uterine cancer.  The Swedish researchers believe that the three factors of blood sugar levels, estrogen, and fat cells have something to do with the benefits of coffee, with all three being impacted by coffee consumption and as well being factors in contracting endometrial cancer. 
In the Swedish study, 60,634 women were monitored for 17 years.  Their coffee habits were recorded, as well as their health.  One percent of the women ended up with uterine cancer.  The study concluded that for women of an average weight, two cups of coffee a day reduced the chances of getting cancer by 10%, for overweight women, 12%, and obese women, 20%.–Tea-Examiner~y2009m10d31-Another-potential-health-benefit-of-coffee-lowering-the-risk-of-endometrial-cancer

Coffee fights liver disease

Drink coffee for your liver. It seems to reduce inflammation and even fights cancer. So, until they find a way to gt it into a pill I’m going to use this as an excuse to keep drinking my coffee.

Researchers have found another good reason to go to the local espresso bar: several cups of coffee a day could halt the progression of liver disease, a study showed.

Sufferers of chronic hepatitis C and advanced liver disease who drank three or more cups of coffee per day slashed their risk of the disease progressing by 53% compared to patients who drank no coffee, the study led by Neal Freedman of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) showed.

For the study, 766 participants enrolled in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment against Cirrhosis (HALT-C) trial – all of whom had hepatitis C which had not responded to treatment with anti-viral drugs – were asked to report how many cups of coffee they drank every day.

The patients were seen every three months during the 3.8-year study and liver biopsies were taken at 1.5 and 3.5 five years to determine the progression of liver disease.

“We observed an inverse association between coffee intake and liver disease progression,” meaning patients who drank three or more cups of java were less likely to see their liver disease worsen than non-drinkers, wrote the authors of the study, which will be published in the journal Hepatology.

The researchers put forward several ways in which coffee intake might protect against liver disease, including by reducing the risk of type two diabetes, which has been associated with liver illness; or by reducing inflammation, which is thought to cause fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

Even caffeine, the chemical that gives a cup of coffee its oomph, came under the spotlight, having been found in previous studies to inhibit liver cancer in rats.

But drinking black or green tea, which also contain caffeine, had little impact on the progression of liver disease, although there were few tea drinkers in the study.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) three to four million people contract hepatitis C each year. Seventy percent of cases become chronic and can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer. – (Sapa, October 2009),53056.asp