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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.

Kids, Coffee and ADHD, A Cure in A Cup?

Christie Haskell, blogger for Cafe Mom’s “The Stir” gives her seven year old son coffee first thing in the morning and follows it up with an extra dose later in the day. She revealed her “treatment” for her son’s ADHD on ABC News.

Mrs. Haskell claims that coffee keeps her son focused in the classroom and helps keep his behavioral issues in check. In short, she is using caffeine to treat his ADHD. She claims it works like a charm.

“He doesn’t overreact if we ask him to pick up Legos, rather than screaming and throwing himself on the floor,” Haskell told ABC. “And if we ask him to sit down and do homework, he can actually do it.”

Common symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. A recent study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly one in 10 American children are diagnosed with ADHD. Traditionally this disorder is treated with Ritalin and behavior therapy. However as many as two-thirds of kids diagnosed with ADHD have used some form of alternative treatment, according to the NY Times.

New Yorkers Crazy for POO

Kopi Luwak, also known as cat poo coffee, is taking New York by storm!  It is made from the fecal droppings of a cat like creature, the civet.  New Yorkers are shelling out $30 a cup for this unusual treat, according to the NY Daily News. 

The civet, which is from Indonesia, creates a brew that is very “earthy” in flavor.  Kopi Luwak was featured in the movie “The Bucket List”, being the only coffee that Jack Nicholson’s character would drink.  The character is later horrified to learn exactly where is liquid delight origionated.

Coffee as a Deadly Weapon

Thief robs arcade with cup of coffee

Tue Feb 9, 2010 11:32am EST

BERLIN (Reuters) – A thief in the German town of Hamelin robbed an amusement arcade by threatening the attendant with a cup of coffee, authorities said on Tuesday.

“He wasn’t going to pour coffee over her, he was going to hit her with the cup,” a spokesman for local police said.

Brandishing the steaming cup he had just ordered, the thief forced the 26-year-old to open the till and fled with cash.

Police would not say how much money he had taken from the attendant, who had been alone in the arcade. “We don’t want to encourage others to try this,” the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Steve Addison)


Coffee May Lower the Risk of Endometrial Cancer

According to Reuters Health News , the Swedish researchers who are releasing the results of their study in the November International Journal of Cancer, drinking coffee may significantly lower the risk of endometrial cancer.  The benefits of coffee  are strongest for obese women.

Below is the article with a link at the end for you to go straight to the page:

What is endometrial cancer?

Forming in the tissue that lines the uterus, endometrial cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women in America.  Also known as uterine cancer, this form of cancer can be very deadly.  According to the National Cancer Institute, there are 42,160 predicted new cases this year, and 7,780 expected deaths.  If discovered early on, a complete removal of the uterus can take care of endometrial cancer altogether. 

How does coffee help prevent endometrial cancer?

How exactly coffee helps is unknown, although, in 2008, and possibly earlier, it was proposed that coffee’s impact on insulin and estrogen levels, decreasing the circulation of both, may reduce the risk of uterine cancer.  The Swedish researchers believe that the three factors of blood sugar levels, estrogen, and fat cells have something to do with the benefits of coffee, with all three being impacted by coffee consumption and as well being factors in contracting endometrial cancer. 
In the Swedish study, 60,634 women were monitored for 17 years.  Their coffee habits were recorded, as well as their health.  One percent of the women ended up with uterine cancer.  The study concluded that for women of an average weight, two cups of coffee a day reduced the chances of getting cancer by 10%, for overweight women, 12%, and obese women, 20%. 


Starbuck’s Via Instant Coffee Flops in NY

Starbucks failed  to impress New Yorkers with their new instant coffee during its launch this week.  Starbucks launched their Via Ready Brew, which is instant coffee in single packets, across the United States and Canada.  It was price pointed at $1 per pack.

According to CEO Howard Schultz , “It took a lot of courage to say that even though instant coffee is the worst cup of coffee you can have, we are going to reinvent it.”  One New Yorker told the Daily News that, “It’s bad,” while another observed, “You can get a cup of coffee for $1 on every corner of New York City that tastes better than this. Maybe it’s a product for people in other cities. I don’t see it selling here.”

So how will Via Ready Brew do in the rest of the United States and Canada?  Time will tell.