Monthly Archives: August 2012

Are Energy Drinks Just Sweetened Coffee?

Eric T. Schneiderman, New York’s Attorney General, is investigating whether or not the energy drink industry is misleading consumers about the ingredients in their products along with the health values that they are alleged to contain.

PepsiCo and Monster Beverage Corp claim that their products will boost energy with ingredients like B vitamins, taurine and ginseng. Schneideran is concerned that the boost comes more from caffeine than the other ingredients. The problem is that the amounts of none of these ingredients are listed on the energy drink packaging.

The investigation that Schneideran is heading is looking at whether or not energy drink companies are deliberately trying to mislead their consumers about their ingredients and what is giving them the energy boost. Are you paying a premium for little more than a cup of coffee? I guess we will find out!

Coffee May Protect People From Bowel and RectalCancer

Researchers at the US National Cancer Research Institute in Rockville, Maryland conducted a study on 490,000 people which concluded that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day may cut the chances of developing bowel cancer by 15%.

The study monitored the group over a span of 10 years. They began in the mid 1990′s by questioning the group about their exercise and dietary habits. For the group that reported drinking four or more cups of coffee each day, the risk of being diagnosed with bowel or rectal cancer over the decade was 15 percent lower than non-drinkers of coffee.

The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Starbucks Making Laundry Detergent From Coffee Grinds and Muffins

Starbucks is getting greener all the time. They are flirting with a new recycling process that will turn coffee grinds and muffins into laundry detergent and bio plastics.

This mission is being lead by scientists at the City University of Hong Kong and is being tested at a new food ‘biorefinery,’ that diverts food waste and transforms it into viable, usable products.

The biorefinery process involves combining the baked goods with a mixture of fungi that help break down the carbohydrates into simple sugars. Its fermented in a vat where bacteria turns the sugars into succinic acid which is a material used to produce everything from laundry detergent, plastic, to medicine. The baked goods can be used to create livestock feed.

The Starbucks in Hong Kong itself currently produces around 5000 tons of coffee and pastry waste each year, which currently ends up in either incinerated, composted or disposed of in landfills.

Bacon Flavored Coffee Wins Big at Iowa State Fair

I like my coffee in a lot of flavors. Bacon is a flavor I haven’t tried, but it must be pretty tasty because it won $10,000 at the Iowa State Fair!!!

Seattle’s Best Coffee held a recipe contest at the Iowa State Fair. Eileen Gannon, who is a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Des Moines won it to the tune of $10,000 plus a years supply of coffee! Now that is impressive!

Gannon named it “How to Win a Guy With One Sip”. It has notes of caramelized bacon and pumpkin pie spice. Apparently it won the judge’s hearts, but I bet they took several sips instead of just one, because it sounds tasty tasty tasty!!

“How to win a Guy With One Sip” was judged by judges and also Facebook votes. The Facebook vote was worth 30 percent of the judging, and 70 percent was based on judges’ evaluation of the taste and presentation.

Do not distress, this flavor will be available at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee locations across North America.

Europeans Drinking Less Coffee

European’s are feeling the pressure of the bad economy. Due to unemployment, wage cuts and an increase in taxes, many Europeans are cutting expenses, including coffee. They are cutting down their trips to the local coffee shop and also buying cheaper beans to make coffee at home.

“Since the beginning of the year most of our regulars cut their coffees from around four to two a day,” said Luigi Cinquini, owner of a café in the center of Milan. “Sometimes, instead of getting a cappuccino or other types of more expensive coffees, they just have an espresso. This is the effect of the crisis.”

Europeans still consume the most coffee per capita in the world. However, due the the down economy, they are seeking out cheaper roasts. The once coveted arabica coffee is being traded in for robusta, which is a cheaper option.