Monthly Archives: February 2010

Researchers: Coffee Lowers Risk of Stroke

We have all heard that coffee might help prevent strokes.  Well, now there is research to back it up.  This news comes from a study that was presented by researchers from Great Britain at the International Stroke Conference in San Antonio Texas.

Researchers out of Great Britain tracked 2,300 people for 11 years to study whether or not coffee had an effect at lowering the odds of having a stroke.  What they found was that, indeed, coffee might be just what the doctor ordered.

The British researchers studied a group using caffinated and decaffinated coffee.  They found that those who drank coffee were 27 percent less likely to experience a stroke than those who did not.  The benefits were just as good for decaf coffee drinkers, ruling out caffiene as the cure-all in coffee.  Researchers suspect antioxidants in coffee lowers inflammation in blood vessels, but more study is needed.

Whole Foods to Sell Coffee For a Cause

Whole Foods is joining Newhall Coffee and Roasting Company to sell Coffee For a Cause.  Newhall announced that it will sell its coffee in eight Whole Foods markets within the northern Los Angeles region.  The coffee will benefit local charities.

“I am very enthusiastic about these new developments, and look forward to utilizing our efforts here within the North Los Angeles region to develop a national program that can link local charities with retailers to generate funds…” added Alan Lewis, Newhall’s Chief Growth Officer (CGO). “Newhall is founded on providing a differentiated product, and the Coffee for a Cause program is a natural progression in our growth. The coffee market is huge, and we are going to leverage it to solve growth challenges for American charitable organizations and small business. We are proud to be partnering with Whole Foods on this.”

In launching their new Coffee For A Cause division, Newhall will allow local charities to offer a custom labeled coffee blend for use as a perpetual fundraiser.  Those blends will be available in the Whole Food stores in the northern Los Angeles region.

The debut will be Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Hope Blend in the Valencia store. “Newhall Coffee and Founder Mitch McMullen have been wonderful supporters of the Foundation for many years. We are thrilled and honored to be chosen as the charity to launch Coffee for a Cause,” Jeffrey Shapiro, Executive Director, Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer.

Seattle’s Best and Burger King Unite!

Burger King is making a statement in the coffee market.  We have seen McDonald’s vamp up their coffee to compete with Starbucks.  Now Burger King is hopping on the band wagon too.  They will be serving on the best coffee, Seattle’s Best that is, is at least 7,250 US stores by September of this year.

“The addition of Seattle’s Best Coffee expands on our ‘Have it Your Way’ brand promise by offering our guests even more beverage options and strengthens our ability to remain competitive in a continuously changing industry,” the restaurant chain’s senior marketing VP, John Schaufelberger, said in a statement.

By replacing their BK Joe coffee, Burger King will allow it to “have it your way” when it comes to your java.  You will be able to have your coffee hot or cold and add flavorings and whipped toppings for between $1 and $2.79 per cup.

Lacas Kenya AA Coffee Review

Lacas Kenya AA Coffee Review

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Like all Kenya AA, and most African coffees this coffee had a nice sharp acidic punch. This Kenya AA was at the same time smooth to the palate and very aromatic. A lot of African coffees are acidic and winey but most roasts have a tough time balancing the finish, which I found this coffee did well.

Overall this was a very pleasant cup of coffee. If you’ve never tried an African coffee, or a sharply acidic and winey coffee then I would definetly suggest starting with a fresh cup of Kenya AA.

Coffee as a Deadly Weapon

Thief robs arcade with cup of coffee

Tue Feb 9, 2010 11:32am EST

BERLIN (Reuters) – A thief in the German town of Hamelin robbed an amusement arcade by threatening the attendant with a cup of coffee, authorities said on Tuesday.

“He wasn’t going to pour coffee over her, he was going to hit her with the cup,” a spokesman for local police said.

Brandishing the steaming cup he had just ordered, the thief forced the 26-year-old to open the till and fled with cash.

Police would not say how much money he had taken from the attendant, who had been alone in the arcade. “We don’t want to encourage others to try this,” the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Steve Addison)