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Coffee Lovers Choose Baby’s Name For Undecisive Parents

Many people struggle over choosing the perfect baby name for their new bundle of joy, but one Connecticut couple simply could not choose. After narrowing their name choices down to two names, they decided to let the patrons of their local Starbucks vote on the name. They put up a sign at Starbucks’ New Haven Green location asking for others to help them choose between the names Jackson and Logan. A whopping 18000 customers cast their votes in a coffee cup and chose Logan as the baby’s name. The parent’s must still be torn because they say they will name the infant Logan Jackson Dixon. I think they got the best of both worlds. Its a cute name. Maybe they were really trying to decide between Logan Jackson and Jackson Logan? What do you think?

Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract: How much should you have for weight loss?

We have heard so many times the good that can come from drinking coffee. It seems that getting pure green coffee bean extract can be great for you too, especially to help you loose weight.

Dr. Oz has discussed the benefits of pure green coffee bean extract and has given a recommended dosage to receive the maximum benefit from taking it for weight loss.

With a team helping him, including Dr. Caroline Apovian and registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick,the Dr. Oz Green Coffee Bean Extract Project was intended to allow Dr. Oz to informally test the effects of the extract on 100 women between the ages of 35 and 49. 50 women were given a placebo three times a day before each meal, while the other 50 were given a 400 mg dose of green coffee bean extract three times a day before each meal. The findings showed that the women who took Green Coffee Bean extract tablets three times a day lost 2 pounds per week on average as compared to one pound of fat lost per week by the women who only took a placebo three times a day.

Dr. Oz has recommends getting supplements that contain at least 45% chlorogenic acid extract (sometimes listed as GCA) or Svetol. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take the supplements.

Elephant Poo in Your Coffee Anyone?

I have previously written about Kopi Luwak coffee, an expensive bean that comes from the remains of a berry eaten by the Asian Palm Civet, a cat like creature. Well now I have another expensive animal poo coffee to tell you about, only this one if from Thai Elephants.

Black Ivory, the coffee beans predigested for you by an elephant, sell for $1,100 per kilogram. There are only 50 kilograms, about 110 pounds, currently for sale.

You can get this brew, which is harvested from elephant dung, at Anantara Resorts’ Maldives properties. Its also offered at Anantara’s Golden Triangle property in Thailand.

According to the resort, during digestion, the enzymes of the elephant break down coffee protein, which is one of the factors responsible for bitterness in coffee. The less protein you have, the less bitterness in the coffee. When you order the coffee, they will grind it at your table and brew it in four minutes. The notes are floral and chocolate and the taste “milk chocolate, nutty, earthy with hints of spice and red berries.”

Happy National Coffee Day! Get These Deals

Caribou Coffee is debuting Amy’s Blend coffee in their stores nation wide on National Coffee Day by offering a free small cup of Amy’s Blend to customers. They will be selling larger sizes at a discounted price if a small doesn’t tickle your fancy. You will pay .50 cents for a medium and $1 for a large cup. They will be officially releasing Amy’s Blend sometime in October.

McDonalds and Einstein Bros. Bagels are is not satisfied with giving coffee just one day so they are having a National Coffee Week!

At McDonalds you can get a free small coffee everyday starting on September 23rd on the East Coast. If you don’t live on the east coast, you should still check your local McDonanlds because word has it that some franchise owners who are not on the east coast are opting in on the celebration and offering freebies too, some throughout the week and some just on National Coffee Day.

Einstein Bros. Bagels are celebrating coffee all week long with discounted coffee drinks. They are offering 50% off specialty coffee drinks of the day throughout the week. Each day brings a new discounted drink. Hold on, they are not done! On National Coffee Day, pumpkin-flavored lattes will be the drink and its buy one get on free! There are 2 things I love in life, a true BOGO (buy one get one free) sale and anything pumpkin in the fall. I’m a happy camper!

Tim Hortons has a BOGO coffee deal too. “Like” Tim Hortons on Facebook and you’ll be able to print out a coupon to get a free cup of coffee when you buy a cup on National Coffee Day.

7-Eleven is creating their own brand of fun by designating the day before National Coffee Day, Friday, September 28th, as CofFREE Day. On CofFree day participating stores will give you a free large cup of hot coffee, tea, latte or cappuccino between 6am and 10am while supplies last!

Krispy Kreme is giving away free 12 oz cups of coffee on National Coffee Day and you will also get a chance to enter to win a free coffee for a year!

Kangaroo Express, a convenience store chain located in 13 Southern states, will be selling its Bean Street brand of coffee for a penny on National Coffee Day.

CancerCare and Caribou Coffee Team Up Through Amy’s Blend To Provide Support for Those Affected by Breast Cancer

Caribou Coffee and CancerCare have come together to support those whose lives have been affected by Breast Cancer. Caribou Coffee will be debuting Amy’s Blend, an annual tradition, on National Coffee Day (September 29th) and then fully lunching its annual debut in October. This blend has been part of the brand for 17 years. It is roasted in honor of Caribou’s original Roastmaster, Amy Erickson, who sadly lost her battle to breast cancer in 1995.

For this year’s Amy’s Blend launch, CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization committed to providing free support services for anyone affected by cancer diagnosis, has partnered with Caribou Coffee to support breast cancer sufferers, survivors and family who are heartbroken, but hopeful in finding a cure for this horrible disease.

“Giving back to the community is at the core of our company, and we were moved by CancerCare’s approach to providing support services, including financial assistance, on a very local and individual level,” said Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee. “We are very excited to work with an organization that will help those impacted by breast cancer in Caribou’s communities to provide support for co-payments, home care, transportation to and from treatment, and other miscellaneous costs and needs, all while paying tribute to our dear friend, Amy Erickson.”

Caribou Coffee will begin offering Amy’s Blend on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, National Coffee Day, and will sell the Amy’s Blend Collection, which includes coffee, tea and merchandise, through Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. You will be able to purchase them both in store and online. In addition to honoring Amy through this collection, Caribou has a Facebook page honoring Amy and providing information to CancerCare resources. They encourage everyone to “like” the page on September 29th, National Coffee Day. Why “like” it on that specific day? For every new “Like” on Caribou’s Facebook page on September 29th, the company will donate an additional $1 to CancerCare.

“Caribou Coffee’s generous commitment will help support CancerCare’s free nationwide services for people affected by breast cancer, which include counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance,” said Helen H. Miller, LCSW, the CEO of CancerCare. “The partnership between Caribou and CancerCare is a natural fit, as both organizations care passionately about what they deliver.”

This is a blend and cause we can all get behind. May you rest in peace Amy.

Here are some sites you might want to visit:
www.cariboucoffee.com/amy
www.facebook.com/cariboucoffee

For full terms and conditions of the Amy’s Blend donations to CancerCare, please visit: www.cariboucoffee.com/liketodonate.

Survey Says: Professionals Need More Coffee

For National Coffee Day Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder have gotten together to survey professionals regarding their coffee consumption. The survey was conducted from August 13 to September 6, 2012 and included more than 4,100 workers nationwide.

The survey found that food preparers and service workers are the people who need coffee the most. Second in need are scientists and sales representatives followed by Marketing/Public Relations Professionals Nurses (Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant), Editors/Writers/Media Workers, Business Executives,Teachers/Instructors (K-12), Engineering Technicians/Support and finally IT Managers/Network Administrators.

“There’s a reason why coffee is a staple in the workplace. Workers report that coffee fuels higher energy and productivity, and serves as a means to socialize with colleagues.” said Cynthia McIntyre, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at CareerBuilder

The survey also reviled that 43% of coffee drinkers claim they are less productive when they do not drink coffee.

“On National Coffee Day we celebrate the important and unique role coffee plays as a vital part of our daily lives. As these survey results show, coffee continues to become more and more essential in the workplace in particular, helping workers across all professions stay productive throughout the workday,” John Costello, Chief Global Marketing and Innovation Officer at Dunkin’ Brands, said.

National Coffee Day Deals!

Its almost here, National Coffee Day 2012!! National Coffee Day will be on Saturday, September 29. Many companies are offering deals and freebies on that day, some are even honoring National Coffee Day a little earlier!! Yea!!!

Caribou Coffee is debuting Amy’s Blend coffee in their stores nation wide on National Coffee Day by offering a free small cup of Amy’s Blend to customers. They will be selling larger sizes at a discounted price if a small doesn’t tickle your fancy. You will pay .50 cents for a medium and $1 for a large cup. They will be officially releasing Amy’s Blend sometime in October.

McDonalds and Einstein Bros. Bagels are is not satisfied with giving coffee just one day so they are having a National Coffee Week!

At McDonalds you can get a free small coffee everyday starting on September 23rd on the East Coast. If you don’t live on the east coast, you should still check your local McDonanlds because word has it that some franchise owners who are not on the east coast are opting in on the celebration and offering freebies too, some throughout the week and some just on National Coffee Day.

Einstein Bros. Bagels are celebrating coffee all week long with discounted coffee drinks. They are offering 50% off specialty coffee drinks of the day throughout the week. Each day brings a new discounted drink. Hold on, they are not done! On National Coffee Day, pumpkin-flavored lattes will be the drink and its buy one get on free! There are 2 things I love in life, a true BOGO (buy one get one free) sale and anything pumpkin in the fall. I’m a happy camper!

Tim Hortons has a BOGO coffee deal too. “Like” Tim Hortons on Facebook and you’ll be able to print out a coupon to get a free cup of coffee when you buy a cup on National Coffee Day.

7-Eleven is creating their own brand of fun by designating the day before National Coffee Day, Friday, September 28th, as CofFREE Day. On CofFree day participating stores will give you a free large cup of hot coffee, tea, latte or cappuccino between 6am and 10am while supplies last!

Krispy Kreme is giving away free 12 oz cups of coffee on National Coffee Day and you will also get a chance to enter to win a free coffee for a year!

Kangaroo Express, a convenience store chain located in 13 Southern states, will be selling its Bean Street brand of coffee for a penny on National Coffee Day.

If I find more deals I’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you know of one I haven’t mentioned, please let me know in the comments!

Starbuck’s Diet Works For Virginia Woman

For the last two years Christine Hall, a 66 year old law librarian from Virginia, has dropped 76 pounds by eating most of her meals at Starbucks.

Hall decided to drop the weight after she was turned down to donate a kidney because of her size At 200 pounds and five foot, four inches tall, the surgeons considered the donation procedure to be too much of a risk to take. f she was serious about donating a kidney, she had to get serious about loosing the weight.

Using Starbucks calorie posts she restricted her diet to as little as 876 calories per day. Since loosing the weight she has been allowed by doctors to participate in a 32-person altruistic kidney swap. She currently weighs 114 pounds.

Of course, we must question whether or not this diet meets the ideal food requirements needed by a person each day. Loosing weight should always be done while not sacrificing nutritional value.

Free Seattles Best Coffee on Tax Day!!!

Seattle’s Best Coffee and Jackson Hewitt have come together to give us hard working folks some tax relief!! Its called the Great American Coffee Refund!! Sounds good to me:)

“Any way you crunch the numbers, Tax Day deadlines are stressful for millions of Americans,” said Chris Bruzzo, chief marketing officer for Seattle’s Best Coffee. “We hope that the Great American Coffee Refund will help make Tax Day a little brighter for the hardworking Americans filling out forms for Uncle Sam.”

Thank you Mr. Bruzzo! We feel better already!

Claim your Coffee Refund on the Seattle’s Best Coffee Facebook Page . You will get a free sample of the Level System coffee that brews a 10-cup pot of coffee. You must claim your Coffee Refund by midnight on April 17. There are a limited amount of “refunds” so I suggest you file early, just to be safe!

Seattle’s Best Coffee’s Facebook page has a coupon good for $25 off tax preparation at Jackson Hewitt. If you are not currently a fan, make sure to “like” their page!

Customers of participating Jackson Hewitt kiosks inside Walmart stores across the nation will receive a coupon good for $3 off Seattle’s Best Coffee.

AreoShot Coffee Inhalers

AreoShot, a new coffee inhaler, is now on the market in New York and Massachussets.  Its also available in France and online.

The inhaler comes in a cannister about the size of a lipstick tube.  It contains 100 mg of caffeine powder and costs $2.99.  The airborne energy particles coat the inside of your mouth and back of the throat, then are swallowed, Massachusetts General Hospital reports. The particles dissolve quickly and are reportedly too large to reach the lungs.

It was created by David Edwards who is a biomedical engineering professor.  Mr. Edwards claims the product is safe, but US Senator Charles Schumer of New York is calling for a FDA review of the now-unregulated energy product. Edwards, however, dismisses fears that inhaling caffeine might be harmful as “a bit of hysteria” and “the knee-jerk reaction” to anything new, according to USA Today.

Critics fear that it will be used as a drug by partiers.  “You want those 10 cups of coffee, it will probably take you a couple hours to get through all that coffee with all that volume that you are drinking,” Lisa Ganijhu, MD, an internist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, told ABC News. “With these inhaled caffeine canisters you can get that in 10 of those little canisters — so you just puff away and you could be getting all of that within the hour.”

The packaging warns people not to consume more than three AreoShots a day, well within the safe range for caffeine consumption. According to Massachusetts General Hospital, you’d have to consume about 80 inhalers (8,000 mg. of caffeine) to risk death by caffeine, since such a massive amount could cause a dangerous heartbeat abnormality called ventricular fibrillation.  Three cups of coffee or three AeroShots deliver about 300 mg. of caffeine, considered a moderate, safe intake. Amounts above 750 to 1,000 mg. a day can be risky, due to the potential for “caffeine intoxication,” marked by such symptoms as anxiety, facial flushing, rapid or irregular heartbeat, impaired judgment, GI upset and insomnia.

I’ll Have a Latte and a Hack: No Thank You!

We all do it, find our favorite cafe with a “hot spot”, sit down with our computer and work, or play, the afternoon away.  But is our daily indulgence becoming a little risque?  Maybe so!

Enter the HACKER!  While we are sitting there cup deep in blissful liquid gold, some of us are being violated by a good for nothing hacker.  Well, that is a date I would rather not have, thank you very much!  I’ll drink alone, maybe I’ll have a scone while I’m at it, me and my computer, by myself or with friends, but no uninvited guests. 

A New York Times articlefrom February 16th  drew attention to the new vulnerabilities faced by Wi-Fi users. In particular, a free program called Firesheep. Firesheep makes hacking your fellow cafe-goer a simple, user-friendly, DIY affair. It  takes advantage of a lack of end-to-end encryption, allowing hackers to grab your cookies which are the bits of code that identify your private information. This enables hackers to act as you on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or eBay.  Sites that use HTTPS, rather than HTTP, are safe from this sort of hacking.  Banking sites generally use HTTPS, but Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and EBay do not. 

New York is advising people of this Internet cafe issue.  Senator Charles Schumer spoke at Birch Coffee in Madison Square  Park in Manhattan.  He described  the HTTP protocol as “a welcome mat for would-be hackers” and a “one-stop-shop for identity theft.”  Its important to note that when you are using Internet hot spots, you are taking a risk if you are using HTTP. 

Until the larger companies that store our data stop using   HTTP, and start using HTTPS I suggest that you be aware of any unusual activity that might show up on your account.  Be your own watchdog!