Tiny sure, but the world’s smallest coffee will still lift your spirits

Monday, 24 April, 2017

Being a Monday morning, you might be desirous of a little more caffeine than is on offer here, but watching what is possibly the world’s smallest cup of coffee being prepared, should nonetheless lift your spirits.

Nice work by Helsinki based designer and animator Lucas Zanotto.

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Coffee futures speculators cannot have their cuppa and drink it to

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

Worth repeating. An on-going drought in Brazil, one of the world’s largest producers of coffee, is likely to see the price of our favourite caffeinated brew rise soon. That’s not good news. Unless of course you are a commodity speculator, in which case an increase in costs will suit you.

Prices for robusta, used in instant coffee, are near a four-year high in London on concern supplies will drop. That’s also boosting the aroma-rich arabica beans, with futures posting the biggest advance of 2017 among components of the Bloomberg Commodity Index. Last week, hedge funds lifted their bets on a rally for the first time in two months.

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The best thing to do after drinking coffee? Sleep, it would seem…

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

Some recent research puts to bed the notion that coffee and sleep don’t mix… on the contrary, a cup of coffee, followed by a short nap, can be a recipe for boosting mental agility:

Yes, nap. Coffee clears the body of chemical called adenosine. Levels of this compound rise while you’re awake; when enough accumulates, it helps tell your brain to go to sleep. The chemical is then broken down while you sleep. Coffee reduces adenosine in the brain, a process that takes about 20 minutes, so coffee followed by a 15-minute nap may maximize alertness.

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Perfecting coffee is a matter of getting your ratios right

Friday, 30 August, 2013

There’s plenty of advice about how to brew the perfect cup of coffee… so who to listen to? It seems to me though, you couldn’t go too far wrong by starting out with the right, or would that be the best, ratio of coffee to water.

Instead, the key is to start with the Golden Ratio of 17.42 units of water to 1 unit of coffee. The ratio will get you into that optimal zone, plus it is unit-less, which means you can use grams, ounces, pounds, stones, even tons if that’s your thing. So if you’re hoping for a 20 percent extraction against 1.28 percent Total Dissolved Solids, you can start with 30 grams of dry coffee grounds, 523 grams of water, and then adjust from there.

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Filter coffee, no matter how strong, is still mostly water

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013

Filter coffee, which has seemingly been making a comeback for some years, consists of 98 percent water, or so we are told. Even if the coffee content of a filter cuppa is just two percent, it is doubtless still enough to induce caffeine shakes if consumed in excess quantity.

And if you’re looking for that something to give your coffee a little extra… zing, try adding some butter. Yes, it seems adding butter to coffee will give you an energy boost. For this to be possible though you need the “right” coffee, and the butter must be of the grass fed variety.

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Drink each cup of coffee as if it were your last

Friday, 29 March, 2013

If you feel that morning cup of coffee isn’t quite hitting the spot, it could be time to consider upping your caffeine dosage… enter then “Death Wish” coffee, that claims to contain 200% more caffeine than regular coffee:

“This is not your regular morning coffee. This is not your store bought coffee. You will not find this coffee at your local diner or at your sissy Starbucks,” its disclaimer reads. “Death Wish Coffee is the most highly caffeinated premium dark roast organic coffee in the world. This is Extreme Coffee, not for the weak. Consider yourself warned.”

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It looks like most scientific research is powered by coffee

Thursday, 16 August, 2012

Analysing coffee consumption by profession. Who are the big drinkers? Would you have thought that honour would fall upon scientists?

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That’s the great thing about the Pacific, it’s one giant coffee cup

Friday, 10 August, 2012

Traces of caffeine have been found parts of Pacific Ocean… do you have any thoughts as to how that state of affairs came to be?

In a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, scientists found elevated concentrations of caffeine in the Pacific Ocean in areas off the coast of Oregon. With all those coffee drinkers in the Pacific Northwest, it should be no surprise that human waste containing caffeine would ultimately make its way through municipal water systems and out to sea – but how will the presence of caffeine in our oceans affect human health and natural ecosystems?

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Takeaway coffee cups that let you have your cake and eat it also

Monday, 30 July, 2012

Edible coffee cup by Enrique Luis Sardi

I’m all for reusable takeaway coffee cups, or keep cups, in principle, after all we should be trying to conserve resources whenever possible. Thing is I’m not always carrying mine – if I can even find it some days – so the question remains, how not to be too wasteful while still ordering take out coffee, or your beverage of choice?

Edible coffee cups however, as designed by Enrique Luis Sardi, and made from biscuit, or cookie mix, with a sugar icing lining that stops the coffee steeping away, may be the solution.

If these cups could also be made with other food stuffs, such as say banana or raison bread, then we might be able to significantly cut back on single-use disposable cups.

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Could a caffeine hit also help reduce instances of skin cancer?

Friday, 6 July, 2012

The health benefits of coffee consumption continue to flow in… drinking caffeinated coffee may help reduce instances of skin cancer as it is thought caffeine plays a part in destroying damaged skin cells.

Drinking decaffeinated coffee did not have the same benefit, pointing to caffeine as the protective agent. Indeed, caffeine from sources other than coffee like cola and chocolate was also linked to a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma, according to the study. “Caffeine may help the body kill off damaged skin cells,” said Dr. Josh Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, explaining how exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun can damage skin cells’ DNA. “If you get rid of these cells that are damaged, then they don’t have the opportunity to grow and form cancers.”

Drinking coffee does not however mean you can forego taking the usual protective precautions if you are going to be exposed to sunlight for any length of time.

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