A G Franke et al, 2014. The Use of Caffeinated Substances by Surgeons for Cognitive Enhancement, Annals of Surgery, published online ahead of print.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the use of coffee, caffeinated drinks, and caffeine tablets for pharmacological cognitive enhancement (CE) among surgeons. BACKGROUND: Surgeons have demanding workloads, and the resulting fatigue and concentration deficits can lead to medical errors. Some surgeons use substances that …

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Made in the USA: The State of the Hawaiian Coffee Industry

by Roast Magazine Editor Emily Puro When you think Kona, you probably think coffee. In many ways, it’s that rich reputation and long-standing tradition that make Hawaii’s coffee professionals so passionate, though you’ll find passion for exceptional coffee not just in Kona but throughout the state — on Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Molokai and other islands, and in the other growing […]

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Mike Hill of Metal Shredders Tombs Launches Savage Gold Coffee

Mike Hill likes his coffee the same way he likes his metal: black. With a new album release and a North American fall tour on the immediate horizon for his Brooklyn metal band Tombs, Hill has just announced the launch of his coffee company. Savage Gold Coffee — named in line with the band’s new album, Savage Gold — has released its first […]

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Drama Unfolds with the Opening of Williamsburg’s First Starbucks

As might be expected, there has been some pushback related to the opening of Williamsburg’s first Starbucks, which debuted at 6 a.m. today at the new 65 Ainsle building at the intersection of Ainsle and Union. If Williamsburg didn’t “officially end” in November with the opening of a Dunkin’ Donuts, Eater says the Starbucks opening makes “the gentrification of hipsterville” complete. […]

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D.C. Roastery Vigilante Coffee Opens First Public Outpost in Hyatsville

After two years of building wholesale accounts and putting in time at farmers markets, flea markets and pop ups, Washington D.C.’s Vigilante Coffee is opening a brick-and-mortar roastery and small bar in Hyatsville, Md. The grand opening is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, at the Vigilante Coffee Co. Roastery and Cafe, located in a former Ford Model-T dealership at […]

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Win Prizes, Do Good at this Portland-Area Barista Showdown

At heart, despite the flashy latte art and the tattoos and bow-ties, most baristas just want to make the world a better place. With that intention, Caravan Coffee and The American Barista & Coffee School of Portland, Ore. are teaming up for the second year in a row to host the Barista Show-Down, a competition to benefit the Newberg Area […]

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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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