March 22, 2016

Coffee The Worlds First Sustainable Crop?

The coffee industry may change dramatically over the next few years. Peter Seligmann, co-founder of Conservative International is looking to make coffee the first 100% sustainable agricultural commodity. What does that mean? It means that not one tree would be cut down during the production and harvesting of coffee. Presently, Starbucks can make that claim – up to 99%. Mr. Seligmann has been working with Starbucks for about 15 years. Due to their success, he now feels that coffee could become 100% sustainably produced. With that in mind, Mr. Seligmann is quarterbacking a new initiative called the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. He is rounding up a like-minded coalition to develop an action plan. The initial plan will be introduced at the 4th World Coffee Conference next year in Ethiopia. In order to reach their goal, coffee will have to be shade-grown. The process takes longer but the coffee quality is higher […]
February 29, 2016

Astronauts Enjoy Coffee Finally Brewed In Space

Despite all of the equipment on board a space craft, up until this time there has not been a way for an astronaut to enjoy a hot cup of fresh brewed coffee, because there has not been a good way to brew a cup up there until now. For years, astronauts have been drinking freeze dried coffee pre-made and stored in pouches, lacking any real flavor and that great coffee smell. The change came when a specially designed cup became available. Echoing the idea of the popular Keurig coffee machines, the system uses coffee pods that brew, with the addition of hot water that is injected directly into the pod, and then into the specially designed cup. However, the pods are on the bottom of the cup, rather on the top as in the Keurig machines. Because there is no gravity in space, one problem the astronauts had was that […]
January 27, 2016

Coffee As An Antioxidant

Free radicals have a negative effect on the human body and causes damage to vital cells. Antioxidants seems to counteract these effects and removes them from the bloodstream. There are more free radicals in the human body then there are antioxidants. It is essential for the body to taken in foods containing high doses of antioxidants every day. Coffee, always thought to be harmful to the body and researchers find some astonishing positive effects from the caffeine found in coffee products. The caffeine found in coffee aids the body’s metabolism, helping to burn fat stores of up to 10 percent in a person at least 30 pounds over their ideal body weight. This caffeine breaks down body fat and turns it into energy. Coffee is said to have positive effects on the cardiovascular system or the heart and major arteries. Caffeine proves to lower the risks and impacts from diabetes, […]
December 23, 2015

Suspended Coffee is a Simple yet Effective Way to Spread Kindness

John Sweeney, a plumber from Ireland, created a unique idea called “suspended coffees”. He originally had this idea in 2013. It inspired him to create a Facebook page dedicated to this idea which quickly gained a lot of followers. His idea was that we should all buy a cup of coffee for a stranger because you never know what kind of difference a simple act of kindness can make. Originally, suspended coffee started in Naples, Italy in the early twentieth century, where it since has become a tradition. It involves someone simply paying for a coffee in advance for a future customer. This is a very simple but generous concept that can help someone who may be less fortunate. In fact, it has become such a tradition there that they have set aside a special day for the event. They call it the Suspended Coffee Day and it takes place […]
November 25, 2015

Milks Affect on Coffee

For some it’s nonessential, for others it is a main ingredient in a daily cup of joe, but when it comes to cappuccino or latte, milk is the main ingredient, and what milk is used distinguishes a good cup of coffee from a bad one. Different milks bring different flavors and textures to coffees depending on the fat content. A full fat milk brings a rich, creamy, often sweet taste to the coffee. The fat coats the mouth and blocks some of the bitter, acidic taste from the coffee. Less fat in the milk would lead to a thinner coffee that has more bite and acidity. Currently the market offers five different milk brands that produce what is thought to be the best cup of coffee. Northiam always yields a consistent foam that offers a rich and creamy yet not overly sweet coffee. Cravendale, sold in specific bottles to shield […]