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Finding it hard to get up and go in the morning? Want a great way to wake up? Try the unique Barisieur, it is an alarm clock/coffee brewer by London-based industrial designer Josh Renouf. There is nothing quite like that first cup of hot coffee in the morning, let the aroma wake you to face the day.

Coffee Alarm Clock

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Coffee News: Global Warming

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Coffee is a tricky thing to grow. Coffee plants can be very particular about soil, altitude, rainfall, temperature, and more. One of the observable effects of global climate change is that coffee farmers in Costa Rica are reaping a smaller crop than in years past, as the coffee trees increasingly fail to thrive at lower altitudes. Coffee farmers are having to adapt, employing measures like planting higher up on hillsides, adding more shade trees, and even planting in rows that more closely conform to the topography of where they’re planted, to help hold more water in place rather than letting it run off. The Costa Rican government has set 2021 as a target date for the country’s becoming carbon neutral. Unfortunately, Costa Rica generates only a tiny percentage of global carbon pollution, so time will tell whether actions taken by other countries to deal with climate change will percolate through to the folks who grow our coffee.

Coffee Farmers Battle Climate Change

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Coffee News: Single Serve Coffee

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Single serve coffee is everywhere. Whether it’s the ubiquitous Keurig K-cup, Nespresso’s capsules, or some other configuration, folks everywhere are content to trade control over the brewing method and the coffee selection itself the the convenience of a plug-and-play cup of Joe. When compared with the cost of home-brewed coffee, that single cup can be quite expensive on a cup-by-cup basis, but when compared to what it costs you to grab a cup at the local espresso drive-through, you probably are saving money, to say nothing about the time you don’t have to spend in your car with the engine at idle while waiting for the barista to finish her handiwork.

Sales of single-serve coffee have tripled since 2011

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New Yorkers rejoice! The new CUPS app allows subscribers to drink an unlimited amount of high-quality coffee from independent coffee shops for $45 a month. This is a great deal if you drink more than one cup a day, but you have to wait 30 minutes between cups, not bad if you’ve got free WI-FI or a friend to distract you while waiting.

For $45 Per Month, All the Coffee You Can Drink

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Everybody processes the caffeine in their coffee differently. Some folks can have a cup at bedtime and still not miss their appointment with the Sand Man, while others know that anything after breakfast will render them insomniac for the coming evening. A recent study at a Michigan university found that caffeine intake does indeed affect how you sleep at night, with the effects lasting upward of six hours after consumption. The double-blind study gave some participants three caffeine pills daily for four days, cach pill containing 400 mg of caffeine, roughly the equivalent of two of three cups of coffee, and others were given a placebo. The results showed that grabbing a cup on the way home from work may have as much impact on your sleep, or lack thereof, as a cup after dinner or that espresso shot right before you head off to bed.

Drinking coffee in the afternoon can reduce your sleep by one hour

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A study in Finland has shown a correlation between levels of a particular liver enzyme that may be implicated in liver disease and coffee consumption. While heavy use of alcohol can increase the level of the liver enzyme gamma-glutamyl transferase in the blood, people who are heavy coffee drinkers–particulary men–showed a 50% decrease in the level of this enzyme in their blood. It’s not known whether it’s the caffeine or some other substance in the coffee that leads to the lower enzyme level, and they’re quick to point out that drinking a ton of coffee isn’t going to undo the effects of equally heavy drinking.

Coffee May Protect Alcoholics’ Livers

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There’s a story circulating in the UK about an new accessory for your bicycle: a coffee grinder that’s run by pedal power. The device is affixed to the frame near the rear sprocket and uses the movement of the bicycle chain to grind upwards of 20 grams of coffee per ride–I mean session. It seems to us that unless you aren’t planning on riding more than about ten feet that your coffee may be ground so finely that it would be come unuseable. Add to that the fact that this baby lists for £350 (around $575 US), and you’ll want to complete your investigation before you take the plunge.

Pedal-powered coffee grinder–ultimate hipster accessory or spoof?

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The scoop is your coffee in 2014 might just be a little cheaper, seems that coffee producers produced more coffee this past year. Your cup of java may cost less whether buying it from the store or at your local coffee joint. This is great news for those of us who can’t say no to our cup of joe.

Coffee Prices Lower for 2014

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Coffee Article: Spray-On Caffeine

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For many of us, the principal reason for indulging in the nectar of the Coffea shrub is the taste. After all, there’s nothing like a yummy, yummy cup of coffee. There is, however, that other popular reason for indulging: caffeine. While it may not be as romantic as traveling to far-off destinations in search of the perfect cup, sometimes that buzz is what we’re really all about. Turns out there may be a new way to get that caffeine rush without having to dirty-up the old French press.

Sprayable Energy is a new product under development by a Harvard undergrad and a venture capitalist. The product is sprayed on the skin and is absorbed into the system transdermally. The developers claim that using the product will give you the focus and alertness that you would expect, with four sprays being about the equivalent of a cup of Java. You can try to find the product locally, or buy it through their website.

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Coffee Article: Crazy for Coffee

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You always knew you were “crazy for coffee,” but understood that was a metaphor for your enthusiasm for our favorite beverage. Turns out you may actually be nuts.

The newest iteration of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) actually includes a diagnosis for both caffeine intoxication and for caffeine withdrawal. This doesn’t mean that every time you’re jonesing for a cup that you’re off to the funny farm, but does recognize that the addictive nature of caffeine can, in extreme cases, seriously affect your life. I wonder if we’ll now be able to write off that trip to Starbucks as a medical expense?

A Coffee Withdrawal Diagnosis

Coffee News: Rusted Coffee?

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Scandals! Disasters! What’s next? How about a nasty disease affecting Central American coffee growers.

An outbreak of a fungal disease called “coffee rust” has put the coffee crop at risk. Although the disease was first identified in the ’70s, it’s not until now that it has increased to the point that it is starting to worry coffee producers. It looks like changing farming practices, in conjunction with climate change, are stressing coffee plants and reducing their ability to fight off infections. This means that coffee production will decrease, leading to increased prices and a corresponding loss of jobs.

Nobody’s quite sure where this will all end up, but it certainly looks like some combination of lower quality and higher prices for your cup of Java.

Disease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee

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A new study shows that there is a 63 percent lower crash risk linked with long-distance truckers who drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Truckers who used caffeine drove longer distances and slept less than non-caffeine drinkers yet still had fewer crashes according to the study. Its safe to say you should stock up on your coffee fix when you head out on your next road trip.

Coffee Lowers Crash Risks for Long-Distance Truckers

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Green coffee bean extract is now being used for weight loss. The coffee bean extract has been shown to work for losing weight as well as body fat. Cholorgenic acid in green coffee beans is what creates the weight loss in people and is extracted from the green coffee beans prior to roasting. Chlorogenic acid apparently slows down glucose entering the bloodstream and reduces the absorption of fat which results in weight loss. It is believed that chlorogenic acid also causes the liver to metabolize fat faster. Once coffee beans are roasted they lose the cholorgenic acid that generates weight loss. Green coffee bean extract may just be the next weight loss solution.

Green Coffee Beans and Weight Loss

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A company has created the world’s strongest coffee promising it holds 200 per cent more caffeine than your standard cup of java. For those who dare to cross the caffeine threshold, Death Wish coffee is emblazoned with skull and crossbones. This highly caffeinated premium dark roast organic coffee is not for caffeine sissies, be prepared to be jolted awake upon intake.

Death Wish Coffee

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The American Heart Association conducted a 13 year study of 82,369 men and women in Japan and found that both coffee and green tea help prevent strokes. People who drank a minimum of one cup of coffee daily had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared to people who rarely drank coffee. Green tea drinkers showed that the more green tea a person drank, the lesser the chance for stroke. A previous study showed that women who drank two or more cups of coffee a day may stimulate the central nervous system which is linked to boosting creativity and impulsiveness. Drinking coffee and green tea seems to be a health booster after all.

Coffee and Green Tea Prevent Strokes

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