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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.”

Kona Coffee Faces Quarantine Due to Pests

Hawaii had decided to go ahead with an “emergency administrative rule” to quarantine Kona coffee. They hope to keep a coffee berry borer, which is a tiny beetle that is smaller than a sesame seed, from spreading to the other islands.

The beetle bores into the coffee cherry, which contains that coffee bean, to lay its eggs. The larvae feed on the coffee bean and reduce the bean’s size and quality, agriculture officials said. Agriculture officials have found 21 areas in south Kona that are infested with the pest.

The quarantine would require green, non-roasted coffee beans to be treated with heat or insecticide before they’re shipped off the island. “Depending on how it comes out, the effects of the quarantine could be disastrous for those of us who grow Kona coffee,” said Bruce Corker, president of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.

Those who would be most severely impacted is the organic Kona coffee farmers. The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is calling for a ban on the import of all foreign green coffee beans into Hawaii, because they believe that’s how the bug got here.

Tea Set Recalled by International Coffee & Tea and US Consumer Product Safety Commission

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 1600 Tea Sets sold by  International Coffee & Tea, LLC, dba The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, of Los Angeles, Calif.  They were also sold in their stores in  California, Arizona and Nevada.  They were sold online at www.coffeebean.com.  The sales took place from from March 2010 through August 2010.

This recall involves the Tea for One “Flourish” design tea pot set, which includes a stackable teapot and cup. The teapot and cup are white ceramic with matching metallic foil decorations on each. The tea cup is marked “Dishwasher and microwave safe” and “Made in China” on the bottom, in English and French.

The tea sets pose a risk of fire when placed in the microwave because of sparks from the metallic decorations. Only one incident has been reported of the product sparking in the microwave and no injuries have been reported.

Miley Cyrus Grabs a Cup of Joe

Miley Grabs A Cup of Joe

Miley Grabs A Cup of Joe

Everyone loves coffee.  Its our “go juice”.  Celebrities are no different.  They use it to get through their busy schedules just like everyone else. 

Miley Cyrus was spotted in Tolucka Lake,Cali getting a cup of steaming hot coffee from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Monday afternoon. 

Cyrus recently released a new song, “Can’t Be Tamed”.

Folgers Closing Kansas City Plant

J.M. Smucker Co, who owns Folgers, as announced that it will close its plant in Kansas City as of mid-2012.  The phase out of the plant will begin early next year, when Folgers will begin laying off approximately 50 of the plant’s 180 workers.

Heartburn and Coffee Issues?

Coffee is loved nationwide.  However, some people have problems enjoying it because of it gives them heartburn.  I too have had this problem.   was able to find a stomach friendly coffee at www.honeybean.comthat helped me.  Its called Cophee and is a reduced acid coffee.  A lot of people suffer from this, enough that a study has been done.

European scientists have discovered a chemical in coffee that actually inhibits acid production in the stomach.  They found this while doing research on the stomach-irritating chemicals in coffee.

“The major import of our work is that it provides scientific evidence that you can produce a more stomach-friendly coffee by varying the processing technology,” said study author Veronika Somoza, professor and chair of the Research Platform of Molecular Food Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.

The results of this study were presented yesterday at the American Chemical’s Society annual meeting in San Francisco. 

The scientists looked at coffee’s effect on human stomach cells using a variety of preparations, including dark-roast, regular roast, decaffeinated and stomach-friendly. Instead of one single element, they identified a mixture of compounds — caffeine, catechols and N-alkanoly-5-hydroxytriptamides — as the chemicals in coffee that promote the production of stomach acid.

But a fourth chemical, N-methylpyridinium, which is more common in dark roasts, such as espresso and French roast blends, was found to inhibit acid.

N-methylpyridinium is a product of the roasting process itself, resulting in dark roasts that are less likely than lighter ones to cause stomach irritation, according to the research.

In furthering this research, the scientist plan on experimenting on human coffee drinkers to see if these findings translatete into real life coffee drnkers. 

Dr. Joseph Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania who has studied the antioxidant properties of coffee, said the study suggests the possibility of a less troublesome brew.

“Cell studies can be legitimate. They can lead to human studies that will say the same thing,” said Vinson. “She [Somoza] has figured out a research approach that is one way to do it, and it’s a question of whether it is relevant to the human realm.”

Vinson predicted it will be.

“There’s more than enough data [in the study] to make it interesting,” said Vinson. “There can be this special coffee that doesn’t bother you.”

Honey Bean Coffee Launches Fundraiser Program

Honey Bean Coffee has launched a fundraiser program for both profit and non-profit organizations. The thing that I like the most about this fundraiser is ,the obvious, its coffee, everyone loves it and that makes it easy to sell. Its much better than some of the other fundraisers my kids have done where I felt that my friends and family were paying a lot of money out of a sense of obligation to my kids for something they probably didn’t really want in the first place and wouldn’t use. I actually found the fundraiser this morning while placing my order with them. I’ve been ordering Honey Bean Coffee for years. I love it. The selection is awesome and when I saw this new program I thought the readers should know! The price for a 12oz bag of coffee is $7 to the organization and the sell price is suggested at $10 (but the organization can change that to make more profit if they like). There are no upfront costs either. You take the brochure, the people select the items they want, you collect the money and place the order and get the profit right then and there! They don’t even charge shipping on fundraising orders of $250 or more and we all know how easy it is to reach that much money in a fundraiser. Check it out at www.honeybean.com . The direct link to the fundraising page is http://www.honeybean.com/fundraising/ .

Coffee Addict: Honey Bean Coffee

I love this cartoon. Its so true to life. Enjoy!

Roast Your Own Coffee At Home: Roaster Review

For those who are a fan of coffee, its always interesting to look into the roasting process.  From the green bean right to your cup, its all very interesting.   I have now found a new hobby, roasting my own beans at home.

There are a number of coffee roasters available for home use.  Some are affordable and some are on the very expensive side.  I tried out the more affordable FreshRoast + eight home coffee roaster which runs a little over $100.  I found it to be a good product and I got 5 pounds of green beans  for free to boot! 

This particular roaster is perfect for a small household of one or two people.  It looks very nice sitting on my kitchen counter as well.  Always a plus!  It only takes 7 minutes to roast 3.5lbs of green coffee beans.  It has timer and a chaff collector.  It is fairly quiet and does not smoke up the house.  The smell of the roasting beans is amazing.

Save Money: Make Coffee at Home

You can save around $100 per month simply by making coffee at home.  Many of us hit the road in the morning and go straight to the local coffee shop drive-through.  Spending between $2.50 and $5 each morning can really add up over the course of a week.  All of this adds up to one expensive habit.

Yahoo.com reported that “making your coffee at home will run about $0.12-0.28 per cu — small beans compared to store-bought. Assuming the higher end of that estimate calculates to just $1.40 per week or $5.60 each month. For that sweet price, you can afford to take a refill to the office in a reusable travel mug ($11.20 per month) for a later pick-me-up”.

As for me, I enjoy the variety and quality of coffee  that I find from www.honeybean.com ,  however, there are many of shops where you can get great gourmet coffee whether you want to order it online and have it delivered to your door like me, or go to the store itself and pick it out.  You get great coffee and a great value.  Even in these tough economic times, you don’t have to sacrifice your coffee to balance your budget, just modify your routine.