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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Seattle’s Pier Coffee Owner Sells Minority Share, Plans Operational Expansion

Citing increased demand and product growth, Erin Williamson has sold a minority share interest of her cold brew coffee company, Pier Coffee, which now becomes Pier Coffee LLC. Williamson, who formerly owned the Burien Press (Wash.) coffee shop, launched Pier Coffee as a nano cold brewery in 2012, developing a flagship cold concentrate. With the deal, the new principal owners […]

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La Colombe Secures $28.5 Million Investment, Plans Coastal Expansion

Philadelphia-based roaster and retailer La Colombe has signed a deal for approximately $28.5 million worth of private investments, with plans to open upwards of 100 new cafes in major U.S. cities over the next five years. Todd Carmichael, who founded La Colombe in 1993 with his friend and business partner JP Iberti, said the deal was signed Aug. 31, on his 51st […]

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D C Greenwood et al, 2014, Caffeine intake during pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis. European Journal of Epidemiology, published online ahead of print.

Caffeine is commonly consumed during pregnancy, crosses the placenta, with fetal serum concentrations similar to the mother’s, but studies of birth outcome show conflicting findings. We systematically searched Medline and Embase for relevant publications. We conducted meta-analysis of dose-response curves for …

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X Li et al, 2014, Coffee consumption and hip fracture risk: a meta-analsyis, Journal of Nutritional Science, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT To investigate the effect of coffee consumption on hip fracture risk, a meta-analysis was conducted. The PubMed database was screened for all published studies about coffee consumption and hip fracture through to November 2011. Reviews, PubMed option ‘related articles’ and references of retrieved …

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Starbucks Unveils ‘Don’t-Call-it-Third-Wave’ Concept, Plans Seattle Roastery Opening

Using a barrage of adjectives like super-premium, unique, reserve and small-lot, Starbucks has just announced details regarding its new “premium coffee experience” store concept, as well as its flagship “small-batch” Roastery and Tasting Room, coming to Seattle’s Capitol Hill this winter. The company says the new roastery will be a kind of interactive coffee museum and tasting room designed to showcase […]

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Espresso Voyeurism: Naked Extraction in a Bottomless Portafilter

Gábor Laczkó is an obsessive tinkerer of existing coffee coffee equipment. We first encountered Laczkó, who runs the Hungarian roastery Kávékalmár, when he sent us this video of a moka pot rigged with all manner of cables, sensors, a scale and a a YCT 474UD Thermometer/datalogger. That project represented months of experimentation, all of which Laczkó says led to proof […]

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