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?

Hugh Jackman’s “Laughing Man Worldwide” Coffee Gives 100% of Profits to Charity

Hugh Jackman is a 50% owner in a business that sales coffee, tea and chocolate, for which he receives absolutely no profit. It all goes to charity. How cool is that?

The company is called Laughing Man Worldwide. All of the income goes to charity. Jackman was inspired to start the company while he was doing charity work in Ethiopia for World Vision.

“I met a man who changed the way I looked at the world. As Dukale and I planted coffee trees together, I began to see the potential for one man’s hard work to transform an entire community … While working with Dukale that day, I was so inspired by what I learned from him and his community. I made Dukale a promise to do my bit to help. Laughing Man Worldwide is the fulfillment of that promise.” Jackman said.

Jackman is very into giving to charity. Earlier this year he raised 1.8 million at the Broadway Run himself for the Broadway Cares charity.

Starbucks Introduces Geisha Coffee for $7 a Cup!

Starbucks has launched a new coffee. Its called Costa Rica Tarrazú Geisha and its part of their luxury reserve line. One cup of this java will cost a hefty $7 for a 16oz cup and $6 for a 12oz cup.

Geisha is so rare that there are only 450 individually numbered 1/2lb bags of the beans. Its only available in 46 of the chain’s U.S. Northwest locations that have the Clover brewing machines.

Kopi Luwat Makers Accused of Animal Abuse

Kopi Luwat, which sells for approximately $230 per pound, is known as the worlds most expensive coffee. It is made from the droppings of a Asian palm civet, a cat like creature which eats coffee berries, digests the fruit, and passes the bean after digestion. Workers collect the digested beans which are then made into the famous brew, Kopi Luwat.

Animal rights organizations have accused the makers of Kopi Luwat, which is produced mostly in Indionesia, of animal abuse. They claim the civets are confined to small cages and fed a diet exclusively of coffee berries.

Reporters from the Guardian, a newspaper, released their findings after visiting a cafe in Sumatra and finding the animals confined to the cages. The paper says that animal rights groups believe that there may be tens of thousands of civets living in this type of environment and that it is a moral and ethical issue.

“The conditions are awful, much like battery chickens,” Chris Shepherd, deputy regional director of the conservation group Traffic South-East Asia, told the Guardian. “The civets are taken from the wild and have to endure horrific conditions. They fight to stay together but they are separated and have to bear a very poor diet in very small cages.”

Seattle’s Best Coffee Building Thousands of Drive-Thru Only Cafes

Seattle’s Best Coffee is planning on building thousands of “drive-thru only” cafes. The first will open on November 21st in front of the SoDo Gateway Shopping Center in Seattle.

Not only will they serve coffee, they will also serve breakfast sandwiches and mini-pies.

Study Finds Coffee May Cause Happiness

Lars Kuchinke, a German researcher at Ruhr University, and his team have discovered that coffee is a likely source of happiness. They really didn’t have to spend the money on this research project, I could have told them for free that coffee makes people happy.

The researchers asked 66 people, half of which were given 200 mg of caffeine 30 minutes prior, to quickly look at a computer and determine whether or not they saw any words in the string of letters presented on the screen. The half that were given caffeine, as opposed to those that received a placebo, were 7% more accurate in picking out positive words.

Lars Kuchinke believes that this is because caffeine stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for positive thoughts. “Although caffeine improves some mental functions, our study shows this may be specific for certain types of stimuli, like only positive words,’ he said.

Caffeine consumption leads to more accuracy and faster response times in simple tasks. It is believed that caffeine increases a brain chemical known as dopamine, which is linked with rewards, creativity, impulsive and addiction.

Hurricane Sandy Hammers Cuban Coffee Crops

Hurricane Sandy is hitting hard causing horrible, devastating damage here in the United States. Its hitting other countries as well. Cuba has been devastated as well. Their coffee crops have more or less been destroyed.

Between 20 to 30 percent of the Cuban coffee crop ended up on the ground by the time Sandy was finished with it. Many plantation processors were damaged by falling trees in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, where most, 92 percent, of Cuban coffee is grown. In the Guantanamo province, the country’s second producer after Santiago de Cuba, “lost 174,475 cans of beans” and “47 processing centers were damaged”.

Although harvest season is from September to January, the peak harvest occurs in October and November.