G Rojo-Martiez et al, 2014. Serum sCD163 Levels are Associated with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Are Influenced by Coffee and Wine Consumption: Results of the Di@bet.es Study, PLOS One, published online.

ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Serum levels of soluble TNF-like weak inducer of apoptosis (sTWEAK) and its scavenger receptor CD163 (sCD163) have been linked to insulin resistance. We analysed the usefulness of these cytokines as biomarkers of type 2 diabetes in a Spanish …

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M S H Akash et al, 2014. Effects of coffee on type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition, published online ahead of print.

This review provides the epidemiologic and research evidences documenting the effects of coffee consumption on type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We summarize the literature concerning the effects of coffee consumption on different mechanistic factors involving in pathogenesis of T2DM, such as glucose tolerance, insulin …

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You’ll Probably Rush to Ebay for Vintage Hot Plates After Seeing this FrankenMoka

Amsterdam-based Frans Goddijn is one of specialty coffee’s mad scientists. Most recently, he’s shared with us his camera work capturing transparent portafilters to monitor puck behavior during extraction. Now Goddijn gives us his latest FrankenCoffee project: A decked out moka pot that he says results in a sweet espresso-like brew, including a touch of crema. “With a moka pot?” you ask. “Yes,” we say, […]

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Pod Giant Nestle Nespresso Turns to College Students for Sustainability Advice

For the second year running, Nestlé Nespresso has looked to the academic business world for ideas to fold into the Swiss mega-roaster and pod-maker’s sustainability plans. Sustainability in the single-serve pod segment is arguably an oxymoronic concept, but if nothing else, the second annual Nespresso MBA Challenge gives the coffee world a fresh perspective on how some of the brightest minds in business […]

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South Korean Coffee Imports from U.S. Roasters Increase in 2013/14

South Koreans are importing more roasted coffee from the United States, reflecting the popularity of U.S. brands, as well as relaxed trade taxes. The amount of roasted coffee imported by South Korea from the United States saw a double-digit annual increase in 2013, according to data released July 4 by the Korea Customs Service and obtained by multiple Korean news outlets. […]

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R S Loomba et al, 2014. The Effect of Coffee and Quantity of Consumption on Specific Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality: Coffee Consumption Does Not Affect Mortality, American Journal of Therapeutics, published online ahead of print.

Previous studies have examined whether or not an association exists between the consumption of caffeinated coffee to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. This study aimed to delineate this association using population representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III. Patients …

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S N Hinkle et al, 2014, First trimester coffee and tea intake and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a study within a national birth cohort. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, published online ahead of print.

OBJECTIVE: Coffee and tea consumption is associated with a decreased type 2 diabetes risk in non-pregnant adults. We examined the relation between first trimester coffee and tea consumption and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) risk. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Denmark …

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What’s Going On in Sensory Evaluation, with Gail Vance Civille

A service to the entire specialty coffee world, SCAA Symposium has been releasing a number videos from the most recent Symposium in April. Latest in the series came July 2, featuring Gail Vance Civille of Sensory Spectrum, Inc., who has been tasting professionally for nearly 50 years. (related: Slurping in Context: A Look at Intelligentsia’s New Cupping Form) Far less an educational seminar than […]

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How Former Competitors Andy Sprenger and Kapo Chiu Became World-Class Collaborators

The concept of relationships in coffee is a huge one, applying to any combination of people including farmers, importers, buyers, roasters and consumers. But the coffee is always the tie that binds. Rarely is the concept of coffee relationships manifested so perfectly as in the case of Kapo Chiu, the owner of Hong Kong’s The Cupping Room, who recently placed second […]

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Get Half Naked, Grab Some Friends and Drink Coffee Wine (It’s a Real Thing)

There are reasons some flavor combinations have never been brought to market. Nonetheless,  Miami-based Friends Fun Wine — the makers of the 6% ABV “Fun Wine in a Can,” with products like Stawberry Moscato and Red Sangria — is introducing the world to coffee wine. The company, which markets its canned wines as lifestyle products for bikini-clad poolside types, says its […]

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