Did You Know?

Kopi Luwak Coffee Can Now Be Authenticated!

Kopi Luwak is the worlds most expensive coffee, averaging at about $200 per pound. Why you might ask? Because civets, cat like creatures, eats coffee berries and poop them out. The freshly expelled beans from the center of the berry are then collected and become the famous Kopi Luwak coffee bean.

Because of its high price tag, there are bound to be imitators. How is one to prove or disprove that their coffee was previously digested by a civet? We now have the answer to that question! Imposters beware!!!

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry’s summer issue explores the unique fingerprint that civets leave on coffee beans. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan analyzed 21 different types of coffee beans and found distinct fingerprints of citric and malic acid on Kopi Luwak beans that distinguished them from other beans. They were even able to tell if a roast had been mixed with 50% Kopi Luwak.

Interesting Way to Clean Your Coffee Grinder

So, I was reading the Huffington Post this morning and lo and behold I came upon some interesting information about cleaning coffee grinders…..with Cherrios! Who would have thought?

If you ever use your grinder for spices, all you need to do to get rid of the spice odor is to put a handful of Cherrios in the grinder. It will evidently remove the spice scent and your grinder is ready for coffee.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Coffee Cups and Thermoses Have Been Added to Terror Weapons List

If you are carrying a thermos or coffee cup in the airport you can expect to be looked at a little more closely than those who don’t because such items could be used to conceal explosive materials, according to an official advisory

Passengers travelling with insulated beverage containers can expect to see additional screening of these items using procedures currently in place, including X-ray screening, physical inspection and the use of explosives trace detection technology,” states an advisory issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Its best to leave a little extra time when you are traveling, especially during the holiday season, due to increased security measures.

Coffee: Good or Bad for Weight Loss?

Coffee is typically only 5 calories a cup.  Add the caffeine and its a great  boost for your weight loss regimen.  But, without thinking about it, you can sabotage coffee’s benefits to your bottom line. 

According to Men’s Health, most people can add on 400 or more calories by ordering specialty coffee drinks.  Whipped cream and specialty syrups can really pile on the calories.  even with watching what you eat, you must count in the calories you drink as well.

http://health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/49512/unhealthiest-coffee-drinks-in-america/

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.

Coffee May Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Bloomburg reports that according to a recent study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research conference, coffee may lower the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.  The more coffee you drink, the better the effect according to Harvard researchers. 

A new study followed 50,000 men over 20 years; those who drank six cups or more a day reduced their risk of developing aggressive cancerby 60 percent, according to Bloomberg. Men who drank one to three cups a day had a 20 percent lower risk than men who did not drink coffee. The research is the first to find a link between coffee and prostate cancer prevention, though the relationship was not seen in cases where the cancer was less aggressive, Bloomberg reports.   More studies are needed to confirm the research.

World’s Most Expensive and Caffinated Coffee

Kopi Luwak.  Something you have to see to understand. Is it tasty? Can you get past where it comes from to find out?