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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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.
The New Coffee Is Made for Your Skin
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
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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Have you ever tried to read the menu at your local coffee emporium? If you are in the habit of always ordering the same thing each and every time you go in, you can just recite its name from memory and go merrily on your way. But what if you want to try something different? How do you know what you’re going to get? And why is a Tall the shortest selection?
Debenhams, a department store in the UK has introduced a super simple menu, using such descriptive terms as “Simple coffee,” “Really really milky coffee, ” and “Frothy coffee.” No longer will you have to read the fine print to figure out what you’re getting, or have to parrot back a string of nonsense to the barista to get your morning cup.
Coffee Article: British Vendor Uses Plain English Coffee Menu
Those of us who love coffee can celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29. With over 400 billion cups of coffee consumed each year throughout the world there is reason to celebrate coffee! A few companies are celebrating National Coffee Day by giving away free coffee. MacDonalds is serving free coffee all week up through September 29 for your free coffee fix. Check out 7-Eleven to get a free coffee on Friday September 28 and Saturday September 29. Participating Krispy Kreme locations are providing lucky visitors a FREE 12 oz coffee at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canada locations. Pair your cup of Joe with one of their tasty donuts for a great start to your day.
You know that you need your cup of Joe to get you up and moving in the morning. But did you know that it can also help you live longer? Even though the researchers can’t figure out exactly why, people who drink a couple cups a day seem to live longer, with those who consume four or five cups a day apparently live the longest. With the average coffee consumer downing 3.2 cups a day, this level may be somewhat above average (or as we call it, Thursday), but who can argue with those statistics? Nobody’s saying that the coffee consumption is the cause of this new-found longevity, but are you willing to take a chance? Now if only you can get your doctor to write you a prescription for Starbucks…
Coffee News: Coffee as Medical Expense?
Back in the day, everybody had an office. It was in a building, with a desk you could put your stuff on, and a chair to sit in. Any more, though, with so many people telecommuting or self-employed, offices are few and far between. Maybe you could pile your stuff on the kitchen table to get your work done, but you’ll need to move the dishes and get rid of the pizza boxes. And then there’s the whole isolation thing: spending all your time by yourself worked for the Unabomber, but for most folks, there is some basic need for at least minimal human contact. For many people, the perfect solution is to go hang out in your local coffee dispensary. They’ve got chairs and tables, people, and most of ‘em have Wi-Fi too, so you’ve got everything you need for your proxy office. Turns out, though, most coffee shops are a lot more interested in selling you coffee than in giving you a free space to conduct business in, and many of them are starting to push back with tricks like covering up electrical outlets (you’re only good ’til your laptop battery poops out) and frequently changing Wi-Fi passwords (you need to buy another latte for this hour’s login). It’s probably a good idea to show your appreciation for the use of the space and go ahead and buy another cup—after all, a Frappuccino is a whole lot cheaper than paying rent on a real office.
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