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.
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.
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 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, 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 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.
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 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.
Polls are definitely part of the election season and 7/11 has decided to jump on the bandwagon and do their own poll with coffee cups.
Every four years 7/11 changes their coffee cups to blue and red. If you choose a red cup you cast your vote for Romney and if you choose a blue cup you cast your vote for Obama. 7/11 says that the number of cups sold in each color in 2000, 2004 and 2008 accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election.
Currently Obama is in the lead with 59% of the cups of coffee sold being in blue cups. Red cups sold have put Romney following at 41%.
15 states are not participating in the “cup poll”. Those states did not participate in the 3 earlier polls either.
For election results you can check out the results at this link: http://www.7-eleven.com/7-Election/NationalResults.aspx
Coffee is getting greener all the time. Pistol and Burns, a Canadian coffee roaster, has launched a fully compostable coffee package for its fair trade, organic Farmer’s First brand. The compostable packaging is paper bag laminated to transparent NatureFlex™ film from Innovia Films.
“Our enviro–friendly coffee bag can be organically recycled (composted), which means it breaks down in a home compost bin.” said Roy Hardy, the President of Pistol and Burns.
“We recommended NatureFlex to Pistol & Burnes for several reasons. First and foremost, the film performs well technically, having high barrier properties and good seal integrity that enhance shelf life, keeping oxygen out and aroma in—very important for packaging coffee. Secondly, NatureFlex is perfectly aligned with the ethos of their Fair Trade, organic Farmer First brand.” says Bill Reilly, technical manager of Genpak, the company which developed the NatureFlex technology.