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.”
You have heard it for years. Personal trainers practice it diligently and so do bodybuilders. It helps your workout making you more effective. What is this miracle substance? Coffee. Plain and simple, coffee has remained a sort of “supplement” of choice among fitness buffs to become fit and maintain fitness.
Coffee is very effective when consumed just before a workout according to research by Dr. Robert Motl of the University of Illinois. It helps to block muscle fatigue symptoms, alowing you to do more and push yourself that extra mile. Its important to remember to also consume enough water during your workout and the rest of your day to counter the fact that coffee is a diuretic.
Go ahead, drink up, workout hard and become fitter with less pain.
Starbucks is testing out alcoholic beverages, just not at its coffee shops. The company is testing out beer and wine along with live music in some stores in Seattle, that are not under the Starbucks brand. They are also hosting book and poetry readings. They are trying to get back to their roots.
Although the company that owns Starbucks will also own these stores, they will not bear the Starbucks name or logo. Just a neighborhood-inspired name that will appear also on bags of Starbucks coffee sold at the stores, though the bags will reportedly contain the same coffee as traditional Starbucks, according to the Seattle Times.
McDonald’s is giving another push in their quest to become number one in the coffee world. Starbucks started giving away ice cream. How will McDonald’s counter this freebie? Two words, “Mocha Monday”.
July 13 through August 3rd, participating McDonald’s will be giving away 7oz iced and hot Mochas on Mondays. Admittedly, the free Mochas are smaller than the regular 12oz size that the Mocha’s usually come in.
McDonald’s is estimating that they will give away around 10 million Mochas during this campaign. Neil Golden, chief marketing officer of McDonald’s USA said, “This is one of the largest sampling initiatives we’ve taken on as a company.”
Starbucks came out with the Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Stick packets and then, as always, some one else comes along to create competition. Who is that competition? Nescafe Taster’s Choice, who vow that their instant sticks are more flavorful than Starbucks, but perhaps most importantly in this economy, they claim to be four times cheaper. You read that right 4 times cheaper that Starbucks Sticks!
The Chicago Tribune found that, on average, one packet of Nescafe costs 19cents per packet as opposed to Starbucks which costs approximately 83 cents per packet. The price is obviously much better, but what about the taste? The Tribune also conducted a blind taste test with six testers to find out if the money you are saving is equal to the flavor you may or may not be loosing by getting the cheaper product.
The test included not only the the Colombian of both brands of sticks, but also a brewed Colombian. No surprise, the brewed coffee won hands down, but that is not what we are concerned with. Back to the sticks!
Starbucks Sticks came in a close second followed by Nescafe. One person thought that Starbucks were too bitter and sharp. Most tasters described Nescafe as being thin, weak or like cardboard.
When mixed with cold water for iced coffee, Starbucks dissolved easily. Nescafe also mixed well, but do to the larger granules required more stirring. So now its time for you to decide, is the flavor worth the cost??? That is the million dollar question.
The owner of the Grand View Coffee shop, which was destroyed by an arsonist last week, plans to have his waitresses, clothed, in the parking lot of the once hot establishment, taking up donations in an effort to raise money to rebuild. They will give out free coffee and donuts. The coffee shop, which is located in Vassalboro, Ma., had no insurance on the building or equipment. Reportedly, the fire was set just hours after the owner discussed making the coffee shop more like a strip club with local officials.
Fortune Magazine has reported that Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s stock is holding strong despite a tough economy. Their stock has gained 120% this year after holdiay sales of its Keurig single cup coffee brewers.
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A man in Flagler Co., Florida was shocked when he was arrested during a “harmless” coffee date with his mother on Sunday. Its seems that mama’s baby boy tired to rob the local Starbucks while he was having coffee with her. This is what I call “multi-tasking”.
Craig Warner, 34, tried to yank the cash register away from the counter at Starbucks. When his plan failed, he ran across the street to Walgreens hoping to find “greener” pastures. While inside Walgreens, he injured a lady while trying to steal her purse from her. He has been charged with Robbery and Strong Arm Robbery by Sudden Snatching.
Warner’s mother told police he was on his way to the Doctor for a checkup and that they decided to get coffee on the way. Its unclear as to what the “checkup” was regarding.