The Perfect Coffee Mug?

Is it so??? Have scientists created the perfect coffee mug? Logan Maxwell and Dean Verhoeven claim they have.

“Temperfect”, the name Maxwell and Verhoeven have given the mug, keeps coffee the perfect drinking temperature for hours on end, not too hot, not too cold, just right. It is designed to bring beverages that are scalding hot to a drinkable temperature and keep them there for 3 hours.

So, how does Temperfect do its magic? It has two layers, just like regular insulated coffee mugs, however, between the layers lies a solid material, “material x”, (the scientists have not yet disclosed what “material x” actually is to the public yet, but they do tell us that you could eat it if you wanted to and it is non-toxic), that melts at 140 degrees fahrenheit. By absorbing the excess heat the coffee is brought to a drinkable temperature for 3 hours before your beverage starts cooling down.

This mug is still in the prototype phase, but hopefully they will get it up and running and on the shelves soon:)

We charge extra for rude????

I was completely taken aback, and amused I must say, to learn that one cafe in France is “charging” customers for their rude behavior. I like the concept in theory, but I wonder how it would actually works in practice.

NBC News reported that a cup of coffee at a certain little cafe in the town of Nice costs about $9.50 USD if you order it straight up. If you ask for your coffee politely and say “please” you get a huge discount that lowers the price of your coffee to about $6 USD. That is a darn good “coupon”!

It gets better! If you are extremely nice you can get your coffee for about $2 USD by going the extra step and greeting your barista a “good morning”. Heck, I say “good morning, hope you have a great shift, happy evening and hope you sleep well!” Wonder if I could get my Joe for a buck if I did that? Might as well try, can’t hurt, might help! 🙂

The thing is, the discounts aren’t real, they are only perceived to be real. Fabrice Pepino, the cafe owner, has never actually charged more than approximately $2 USD for a cup of coffee, but the customers find the sign threatening a steep price for their bad behavior entertaining and it lightens their mood. He says some even give it a go and try to get the “deep discount”. Sorry folks, in reality “good morning, hope you have a great shift, happy evening and hope you sleep well!” won’t get you any better deal, but it will sure make your barista’s day better and I believe, in turn will make yours a little better too. Kindness rubs off on others that way.

If you want to see the picture of the menu that went viral on twitter you can see it here: http://nbcnews.to/1byNv0v

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.

Coffee, Your Liver’s New Best Friend

Coffee consumption has been linked to many health benefits in recent years and the good news keeps coming. Researchers, lead by Paul Yen, M.D, at the Duke University School of Medicine, have come out with just one more reason to consume caffeinated coffee and tea!! Apparently it my help those suffering from Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

The research showed that drinking four or more cups of the caffeinated beverages a day may be “preventing and protecting against the progression of NAFLD in humans”, Paul Yen, M.D said. Fatty Liver Disease is prominent in people with diabetes and obesity. It is also seen in alcoholics. It is currently treated through diet and exercise. However, there is now hope for “caffeine-like drugs that do not have the usual side effects related to caffeine, but retain its therapeutic effects on the liver”, Paul Yen, M.D. said.

The School of Medicine has been studying caffeine’s effect on liver disease through the use of mice and cell cultures.

The new study results will be discussed in the September issue of “Hepatology”.

7-Eleven’s new $1 Iced Coffee Wednesdays

7-Eleven’s new $1 Iced Coffee Wednesdays.

From now until September 3, 2013  7-Eleven is doing a $1 iced coffee every Wednesday. With three premium flavors – Hazelnut, Mocha, and French vanilla.

 

·         Hazelnut: For a rich, nutty taste try this superior smooth blend.

·         Mocha: If chocolate is what you desire, indulge in this perfect combination of creamy and cool.

·         French Vanilla: This silky, sweet flavor adds a crisp and simple option to the iced coffee menu.

 

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?

Valentines Special from Caribou Coffee: BOGO

Need a pick me up for Valentines Day? Well, Caribou Coffee is sending love your way. On Valentines day you can buy one coffee and get one of equal or lesser value free at participating locations! The offer does not apply to bottled beverages.

Happy Valentines Day!

Food Network Says to Turn Coffee Grounds Into Coffee Granitas

You read the title right. Food Network has decided to teach us how to turn coffee grounds into coffee granitas. I’m interested!

What is a coffee granita you ask? Its a frozen drink made from used coffee grounds. Jonathan Kallini, pastry chef at Atlanta’s Floataway Cafe, appeared on Food Network and gave the secret to making this drink. In order to make this concoction Kallini says to steep the coffee grounds again adding sugar and salt then freeze them.

Well, this is certainly a creative way to get more out of your beans!

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.

Starbucks Introduces $1 Reusable Cups

As of today (January 3rd) Starbucks is going to start offering reusable cups in their cafe’s for $1. They will look like the paper cups that Starbucks now uses and you will still get the 10 cent discount on your refills. To insure that your cup is sanitary, it will be disinfected before each refill with boiling hot water.

Starbucks Introduces New Steel Card for $450

Well, I’ll admit I’m in shock, especially in this economy, but its true, Starbucks has introduced a new gift card made of stainless steel and you can have one for $450. It will be available in limited quantities from the luxury website, www.gilt.com. 5000 will be available beginning at 9am on Friday, December 7th.

The card itself is made of $50 worth of stainless steel. It comes with a $400 credit loaded onto the card and the card holder will be an official gold level Starbucks member.

So, will you be getting one?