2014 Year in Review: Retail and Barista News

If anything, 2014 has proven that the North American retail market has opportunities for growth in all directions. As big chains plowed forward with obsessive retail expansions, North America was introduced to hundreds of small, independent shops with a genuine focus on service and craft. (We can count at least 20 exciting new coffee bars opened in Los Angeles alone in […]

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It’s a Post-Xmas Supersonic Gathering in Berkeley with Tim Wendelboe

In 2011, Colombian coffee farmer and organizer Elias Roa met Oslo, Norway-based roaster and former World Barista Champion Tim Wendelboe with news that he’s just purchased 63 hectares of prime coffee land in the Huila Department. From that meeting sprung one of coffee’s most innovative and interesting collaborations on the farm now called Finca Tamana. Says Wendelboe: “I asked to rent […]

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S Budhathoki et al, 2014. Coffee intake and risk of colorectal adenoma: the colorectal adenoma study in Tokyo, International Journal of Cancer, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT: Coffee is a commonly consumed beverage which contains several potential anti carcinogenic and chemopreventive compounds, and has been hypothesized to have protective effects in colorectal neoplasia. However, the limited available data on coffee consumption in relation to colorectal adenoma (CRA), a precursor lesion to most colorectal cancers, remain largely inconsistent. In this study, we […]

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C J Derry et al, 2014. Caffeine as an analgesic adjuvant for acute pain in adults, Cochrane Database Systematic Review, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 3, 2012. Caffeine has been added to common analgesics such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, in the belief that it enhances analgesic efficacy. Evidence to support this belief is limited and often based on invalid comparisons. OBJECTIVES: To assess the […]

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Mystery Solved: See Who Is Supplying Coffee to the White House

Earlier this year, Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser asserted that the coffee supplier for the White House had become something of a state secret. With little cooperation from the White House staff, Viser continued to pry, finding some evidence of supply relationships with a Hawaiian Kona coffee company, Starbucks and local roaster/retailer Swing’s Coffee. At a recent White House black-tie holiday dinner […]

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R J Park & J D Moon, 2014. Coffee and depression in Korea: the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT: Background/Objectives: There is substantial interest in the health effects of coffee because it is the leading worldwide beverage after water. Existing literature on the connection between depression and coffee is scarce, and studies have yielded inconsistent results. The aim of this study was to examine the association between coffee consumption and depression in the Korean population. Subjects/Methods: We conducted a […]

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What Color Are Your Mugs? It Matters in Flavor Perception, Researchers Say

The color of coffee mugs has a substantial impact on the perception of flavor, according to a new study led by Australian researchers. Lead author of the study, published last week in the journal Flavour, George Vandoorn said he was inspired to pursue the research after a conversation at a coffee shop with a barista who told him that “when coffee is […]

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M M Werler et al, 2014. Maternal cigarette, alcohol, and coffee consumption in relation to club foot. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Clubfoot is associated with maternal cigarette smoking in several studies, but it is not clear if this association is confined to women who smoke throughout the at-risk period. Maternal alcohol and coffee drinking have not been well studied in relation to clubfoot. METHODS: The present study used data from a population-based case-control study […]

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Poursteady Uses Robotics Technology for a Commercial Pourover Bar

A group of New York-based engineers and product designers have turned a pet project for a commercial pourover machine and turned it into a full-blown business venture. The product is the Poursteady, a five-stand pourover bar that uses remote and robotics technology for what the inventors call precise and highly controllable single-cup pourovers. To our eyes, it’s the it seems like one […]

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Planning for an Emergency Long-Term Survival Event? Don’t Forget Coffee!

Whichever hostile government takeover, zombie raid or other armageddon-type event you may be planning for, there’s a coffee for that. Salt Lake City, Utah-based My Patriot Supply — which specializes in short- and long-term survival items like water filtration systems, heirloom seeds, “Granny’s Homemade” dehydrated soup and “stove in a can” — has introduced Franklin’s Finest coffee. The company says the coffee, available […]

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