Design Details: From Clunky Case to Pour-Over Bar at Quills Coffee

After building out multiple retail locations over seven years, the team at Louisville’s Quills Coffee has learned a thing or two about functional design. That collective knowledge is currently being employed as Quills prepares its first shop outside greater Louisville, in a shiny new development in Indianapolis’ Canal District. But that hasn’t stopped Quills from occasionally refining some of its existing stores. […]

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How a Young UK Company Is Changing the Value of Coffee Grounds

The past decade has seen countless attempts on the part of the researchers and environmental stewards to find a legitimate use for used coffee grounds that would otherwise be sent to landfills. Here are just a few: biodiesel, livestock feed, liquor, compost, odor neutralizer. Promising ideas, all, but oftentimes lacking the kind of financial backing from the private sector that might […]

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Catracha Coffee Launching Quality Improvement Program in Santa Elena, Honduras

Catracha Coffee, the 3-year-old green coffee buying and profit-sharing company founded by Honduran-American Mayra Orellana-Powell, is launching the Catracha Quality Project. The quality-focused initiative is designed to build on Catracha’s existing smallholder relationships in Santa Elena, Honduras, collecting data and sharing insight among farmers to increase quality through processing. “There are more than 400 small coffee producers in Santa Elena and […]

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A Personal Apology to the Good People of JP’s Java in Austin, Texas

There was a point in my early’s 2os when I would describe myself as a “locabond” — a vagabond that never quite managed to get out of the same city. That city was Austin, Texas, where after college I moved on a whim, hoping to play music and, as Pulp Fiction’s Jules Winnfield might, “walk the earth, meet people… get […]

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C Nordenvall et al, 2014, Inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of cholecystectomy in women but not men, Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT: Background & Aims: There is conflicting epidemiologic evidence on whether coffee consumption reduces the risk of gallstone disease. We examined the association between coffee consumption and risk of cholecystectomy (as a proxy for symptomatic gallstone disease) in a prospective cohort study. Methods: We …

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L-W Chen et al, 2014, Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy is associated with risk of low birth weight: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT Background: Considerable controversy exists regarding the relation between maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy and risk of low birth weight (birth weight <2,500 g). We aim to assess this association using a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies. Methods: Potential articles …

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Martha Stewart Puts Name Stamp on New RTD and Pre-Ground Coffee Products

Martha Stewart is getting into the coffee game, putting her one-and-the-same name/brand on a product called Ulivjava. The Ulivjava line includes two ready-to-drink cold coffee drinks and a selection of ground coffees, each infused with green tea and other vitamins and herbs purported to promote health. Pre-ground, Martha? What happened to your ideals? Stewart’s personal trainer for the past 10 years, Mary Tedesco, and “celebrity […]

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Blue Bottle Unveils New Subscription Model As Tonx Brand Dissolves

The Tonx to Blue Bottle migration was completed this morning, including a brand refresh for Blue Bottle home coffees and an expansion of subscription services to build on Tonx’s previously existing model. Blue Bottle announced in April that it had acquired Tonx — a roastery and subscription service founded by former Victrola Coffee and Intelligentsia roaster Tony Konecny and business partner […]

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C Bamia et al, 2014, Coffee, tea and decaffeinated coffee in relation to hepatocellular carcinoma in a European population: Multi-centre, prospective cohort study, International Journal of Cancer, published online ahead of print.

 ABSTRACT Inverse associations of coffee and/or tea in relation to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk have been consistently identified in studies conducted mostly in Asia where consumption patterns of such beverages differ from Europe. In the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition …

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Hidden Influencers: How Root Capital Is Expanding the Lens on Women In Agriculture

by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog Back in February, Root Capital released a white paper on social and environmental performance management, the inaugural publication in a series of issue briefs on strategic insights the organization has gleaned from its work. Last week, Root published the second brief in the series — this one focused on gender lens investing — that is […]

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