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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Raleigh-Based Stockton Graham & Co. Acquires Eurocafe Imports’ Southeast Business

  20-year-old Raleigh, N.C.-based macro roaster and equipment distributor Stockton Graham & Co. has acquired the distribution business of one of its former regional wholesale competitors, Charlotte-based Eurocafé Imports. The deal was finalized June 6, and will not affect the Rochester, N.Y.-based Northeast operations of Eurocafé Imports. (related: Raleigh’s Café de los Muertos Taking Inclusive Approach with First Retail Bar) Stockton Graham says existing […]

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P M Nikic et al, 2014. Habitual Coffee Consumption Enhances Attention and Vigilance in Hemodialysis Patients, Biomed Research International, published online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT Objective: Coffee drinking is the main source of caffeine intake among adult population in the western world. It has been reported that low to moderate caffeine intake has beneficial effect on alertness and cognitive functions in healthy subjects. The aim …

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H Yamada et al, 2014, Coffee Consumption and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: The Japan Collaborative Cohort Study, Journal of Epidemiology, published online ahead of print

ABSTRACT Background: Epidemiologic studies have reported coffee consumption to be associated with various health conditions. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of coffee consumption with colorectal cancer incidence in a large-scale prospective cohort study in Japan. Methods: We used data …

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L M Ferrucci et al, 2014, Tea, coffee, and caffeine and early-onset basal cell carcinoma in a case-control study, European Journal of Cancer Prevention, published online ahead of print.

Abstract Tea and coffee are hypothesized to play a protective role in skin carcinogenesis through bioactive components, such as caffeine, yet the epidemiologic evidence is mixed. Existing data support an inverse association with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), more so than for melanoma …

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