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The hands-on craft of growing, processing and roasting coffee in Jamaica

The hands-on craft of growing, processing and roasting coffee in Jamaica | Coffee News | Scoop.it
The quality of coffee has very little to do with high-tech, and a lot to do with hands-on experience and love of one’s craft.

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Eight Reasons Triatheletes Drink Coffee

Eight Reasons Triatheletes Drink Coffee | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Drinking just 350mg of coffee can have a big effect on performance.

The group of Triathletes and runners in just about every test published always are a bit faster than those not getting caffeinated on some coffee. Each morning we run and ride we always pre-load with a cup of single serve coffee and we can feel the difference.

Here’s 8 reasons why you should boost your performance with a little caffeine.

  • Boost Antioxidants
  • Improve Mood 
  • Lower Heart-Disease Risk 
  • Dodge Diabetes
  • Enhance Brain Function
  • Protect Your Liver 
  • Relieve Stress 

Check out all the details of each of the eight reasons above at Runner's World.

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A Guide To Helsinki’s Dreamy Coffee Scene

A Guide To Helsinki’s Dreamy Coffee Scene | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Scandinavia has long been known as the source of some of the most innovative, tasteful coffee projects in the world. Nordic Approach and Tim Wendelboe are the names on everyone’s lips in Norway; Johan and Nyström and Drop Coffee (winner of the 2013 Sprudgie for Notable Roaster) produce some of the best baristas and coffees in Sweden; and down in Denmark, The Coffee Collective contributes to the hyggelige atmosphere of Copenhagen with their charming shops. But what about Finland? Until fairly recently, there was not as much to talk about over in Helsinki, despite the fact that Finland has the second-highest per-capita coffee consumption in the world. However, thanks to the dedicated work of a number of quality-focused shops and a new wave of passionate coffee professionals, Helsinki is rapidly becoming an international coffee destination in its own right.

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Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer with Thermo Carafe

Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer with Thermo Carafe | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Review of Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer with Thermo Carafe Technivorm is Europe’s leading manufacture of quality coffee brewers, sanctioned by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and the European Coffee Brewing...


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Discover Oahu's North Shore ...

Discover Oahu's North Shore ... | Coffee News | Scoop.it
While Kona coffee reigns supreme in coffee shops worldwide, fewer recognize that Oahu was the birthplace of coffee production in Hawai'i. And further, the North Shore of Oahu produces some of the finest premium coffee in ...
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British coffee chain Caffè Nero coming to Boston

British coffee chain Caffè Nero coming to Boston | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Months after Dunkin’ Donuts expanded its business to England, one of Britain’s largest coffee chains is planning its own British invasion of Boston — the heartland of Dunkin’ Country.

Caffè Nero, a London-based chain that operates more than 650 specialty coffee shops in six countries, is slated to open its first US restaurant in Downtown Crossing in late April.

The coffee shop is known for Italian espresso and has added drip coffee to its Boston menu to appeal to local tastes. The new cafe, to be located in the Millennium Place building next to the new Legal Crossing restaurant, will also feature sandwiches, salads, and cakes, cookies, and pastries from local bakeries.

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16 Reasons To Be Excited About Coffee Right Now

16 Reasons To Be Excited About Coffee Right Now | Coffee News | Scoop.it

In honor of Willamette Week’s “26 Reasons To Love Portland Right Now” we present our list of 16 great trends blowing up right now in the world of delicious coffee.


1. High quality coffee is coming to cities across America in a big way...

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The artisan coffee experience at Caffe Luxxe

The artisan coffee experience at Caffe Luxxe | Coffee News | Scoop.it
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Man Versus Machine – Who Will Win Tomorrow’s Coffee Battle?

Man Versus Machine – Who Will Win Tomorrow’s Coffee Battle? | Coffee News | Scoop.it
In 1997, an IBM chess-playing supercomputer known as Deep Blue battled the two-time World Champion Chess Player Garry Kasparov. With human intervention between games, Deep Blue successfully beat Mr. Kasparov, who later accused IBM of cheating.
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This Android coffee table is fantastic and terrible at the same time ...

This Android coffee table is fantastic and terrible at the same time ... | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Some things simply should exist, and at first I thought this table was on that list. Now I’m not so sure…

Gigantic Android devices don’t work, at least they haven’t in the past. Android was never really made to be much more than 10-inches, and the apps that run on Android aren’t optimized for anything bigger.


You get a clumsy, ugly, and hard-to-use device that exists because the people who thought it should exist and the people who built it weren’t the same people. The same can be said for Microsoft’s Surface computer (before they stole their own brand and released handheld tablet computers with the same name).


This $6950 Multitouch Coffee Table powered by Android is no better than what Microsoft was doing in concept, but it does open the door to more interesting conversations.

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Parisian Roaster Coutume Café Is Headed To Tokyo

Parisian Roaster Coutume Café Is Headed To Tokyo | Coffee News | Scoop.it
As if opening up a craft roastery in Paris wasn’t enough, Coutume Café is branching out and heading to Tokyo, with a new café slated to open the first week of April in the popular Aoyama neighborhood at 5-8-10 Minamiaoyama.
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The Very Best From Day 3 At The Big Western Barista Competition

The Very Best From Day 3 At The Big Western Barista Competition | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Welcome to our Day Three recap coverage from the 2014 Big Western Regional Barista Competition. This event happened over the weekend of February 21st-23rd, and was a preliminary regional competition to determine entrants for the 2014 United States Barista Championship in Seattle.

Our coverage is made possible by direct support from Wilbur Curtis and Portola Coffee Lab. The entirety of our 2014 competition coverage–regionals, nationals, and the 2014 World Barista Championship in Rimini, Italy–is anchored by the direct support of Nuova Simonelli, whose Aurelia T3 serves as the official espresso machine of the USBC and WBC.

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Go to The London Coffee Festival 2014 (03-06 April)

Go to The London Coffee Festival 2014 (03-06 April) | Coffee News | Scoop.it

The London Coffee Festival celebrates London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene.   With over 20,000 visitors expected, The London Coffee Festival promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. 

The festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and much more.
 
Visitors will also gain access to Milk & Sugar, The London Coffee Festival new feature showcasing some of London’s most inspirational brands spanning from fashion to design and food.
 
The London Coffee Festival is also proud to be the official launch event of UK Coffee Week™...

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Coffee, Academically — and announcing the Stanford University Coffee Symposium

Coffee, Academically — and announcing the Stanford University Coffee Symposium | Coffee News | Scoop.it

I’ve had a long, strange history with academics. Before succumbing to the dark side of money-plundering dot-com entrepreneurs, I worked in scientific research labs at The Johns Hopkins University and at Stanford University. It was also a joint graduate PhD program in bioengineering at UC Berkeley/UCSF, with a focus on neuroscience, that first brought me out to the SF Bay Area some 25 years ago.

Thus the idea of academia is something I know well, albeit with ambivalent feelings. For me, there’s always been an inherent conflict between the practicality of “real world” grounding and the legitimate need to follow intellectual pursuits to advance any field of interest — whether that be neuroscience or coffee — even at the risk of building ivory towers.

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Why This Man Gave Up His $40M Company To 'Fix' Coffee

Why This Man Gave Up His $40M Company To 'Fix' Coffee | Coffee News | Scoop.it

“When I was a teenager I thought that money, fame and success would be the solution to everything,” says Michael Jones.

A serial entrepreneur in his mid-40s, Jones founded Implantable Provider Group in 2004, a healthcare company that buys medical implants like pacemakers, gives them to hospitals and collects reimbursements from insurance carriers.

The company grew rapidly and in 2010, IPG raised $35 million from Sequoia Capital, the Menlo Park-based venture firm whose portfolio reads like a greatest hits of Silicon Valley’s best known companies ...

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Bio-Bean Coffee Conversion: Whole Bean Genius

Bio-Bean Coffee Conversion: Whole Bean Genius | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Coffee is on the minds of many these days–coffee grounds, that is. And no wonder. Pondering the meaning of life over that cup of java naturally leads to pondering the values of sustainability and eco-claims for businesses (it does for me at least), and what’s a more sustainable, multipurpose ingredient than the dregs from our favorite brew?

After all, gardeners have been using coffee grounds to benefit their plants for eons. Housekeepers use them to clean their pots and tone up furniture scratches, and cooks use them to scour off the stain and smell of their favorite foods (and you thought that was all there was in the pot after you finished your morning brew).

But all of those uses won’t absorb the left over grounds found in say, London, England, where its plethora of coffeehouses produce more than 200,000 tons of filtered coffee grounds per year.

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Support Clipper Coffee Merchants - Shoreditch's bulk brew coffee bar

Join us in creating Shoreditch, London's first bulk brew coffee bar, showcasing stunning coffees and supporting farmers at origin.


Our vision is to create London’s first bulk brew bar, Clipper Coffee Merchants showcasing stunning single origins, including those carefully selected by James Gurr from coffee farms in Brazil.


You’ll have the opportunity to taste a range of brew methods, talk to our coffee specialists and learn about how we source our coffees and of course, enjoy a great brew.


According to Karla, a key difference at Clipper Coffee Merchants is the direct return and support for farmers at origin. “25p from every cup of coffee will be donated to help support key projects and make a difference in the lives of the farmers and workers, and ensure they can remain focused on growing stunning, rich and complex coffee”.

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It’s Epicurious’ turn for “America’s Best Coffee Shops”

It’s Epicurious’ turn for “America’s Best Coffee Shops” | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Surprisingly, Epicurious had yet to make a notable entry in the obligatory culinary-magazine-rates-national-coffee-shops department. But that all changed this week with the rather ambitious title of “America’s 25 Best Coffee Shops — The ultimate guide to the best coffee shops across the United States”: America’s Best Coffee Shops | Epicurious.com.


We do have to give them an iota of credit. Unlike most of their ilk, they cover coffee without a brand name that suggests an exclusive concern for food, eating, meals, or anything else at the expense of beverages as some kind of frivolous, second-class diversion. But then they did have to ruin it a little by filing the article under their “Where to Eat Around the Globe” category. Facepalm indeed.

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Satan's Coffee Corner: The best coffee in Barcelona

Satan's Coffee Corner: The best coffee in Barcelona | Coffee News | Scoop.it

I first heard about Satan’s Coffee Corner, a hidden gem in the small streets of the charismatic city of Barcelona, from another coffee lover.

Formerly located on Carrer Peu de la Creu in the El Raval nieghbourhood of Barcelona, I was deeply disappointed to find the former little shop of old records and vintage clothing boarded-up. As the sun dipped behind the roofs of old buildings and streetlights began to flicker-on around me, I knew that perhaps my journey to Satan’s Coffee Corner had come to an end.

A shopkeeper busy closing his store for the evening pointed towards a bicycle store just a few meters ahead on Carrer de la Lluna...

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Coffee in Berlin: Bonanza Coffee Heroes

Coffee in Berlin: Bonanza Coffee Heroes | Coffee News | Scoop.it

A few years ago I stumbled on the quote “Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with” on one of those dorky inspiration pages on the internet. As cheesy as it sounds, it has stuck with me, since, as a caffeine devotee, there really is no feeling that compares to that first sip of coffee to pass through my lips first thing in the morning. Without it, I simply cannot function. Thankfully, my fix is within arm’s reach as I pass Bonanza Coffee Heroes on my way to work every day.

With a shopfront that looks like a designer’s daydream, the baby blue façade is offset by a striking neon sign in a retro cursive font. Inside, Bonanza is warm and inviting in an old-world factory kind of way. As you walk in, you see a beautiful brass-coloured roasting machine and coffee syphon and you immediately know that this is a masters’ laboratory (and not in the Berghain‘s basement kind of sense) where coffee means serious business...

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Cerebral Effects of Noncaffeine Constituents in Roasted Coffee

Cerebral Effects of Noncaffeine Constituents in Roasted Coffee | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Caffeine exerts the dominant effects in the central nervous system after ingestion of coffee, so little attention has been paid to the actions of noncaffeine constituents in coffee. Similar to all plants, coffee contains numerous constituents. Because some of the effects of these compounds may modify or even oppose those of caffeine, the results of their presence in consumed coffee would be difficult to observe, except in decaffeinated coffee. Recently, it has been suggested that roasted coffee contains agents with anticraving properties, which may affect the ability of individuals who consume coffee to better cope with addiction. Another piece of evidence from epidemiological studies of suicide rates suggests that coffee constituents may have an antidepressant effect. Coffee also contains compounds with weak estrogenic activity, which may cause an increase in muscarinic cholinergic receptors involved in cognition. The antioxidant activity of caffeic acid and its metab­olites may play a role in protecting brain cells from free radical oxidation. Further, because the brain, like other organs in the body, depends on blood flow to ensure access to oxygenated hemoglobin, the cardiovascular effects of roasted coffee may play a significant role in preventing stroke and other degenerative diseases of the brain.


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Because caffeine exerts such a dominant effect on the brain, the potentially beneficial effect of noncaffeine constituents in roasted coffee is poorly understood. 

Read more: http://health.tipsdiscover.com/cerebral-effects-noncaffeine-constituents-roasted-coffee/#ixzz2rXU4ROgO

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Malaysia's oldest coffee mill continues wood-roasting method

Malaysia's oldest coffee mill continues wood-roasting method | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Taiping is a special town, owing its uniqueness to the fact that it was an important tin mining town in Perak and the state capital, before being replaced by Ipoh in 1937.

However, Taiping is also home to what is believed to be the oldest coffee mill in the country, the An Tong.

The coffee mill in Assam Kumbang was started in 1933 by Tiah Ee Mooi and still operates to this day using the same wood roasting method.

An Tong was formerly a horse carriage workshop before Tiah, a migrant from Fuzhou in China’s Fujian province, bought the place.

It is presently run by Thian Boon Chung, 37, the grandson of Tiah.

Thian, a civil engineer by training, gave up his profession to take over from his father in 2005.

“We take pride in the fact that our coffee is still produced the same way, using local beans,” he told The Malay Mail.


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To Stop the Coffee Apocalypse, Starbucks Buys a Farm

To Stop the Coffee Apocalypse, Starbucks Buys a Farm | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Carlos Mario crouches next to a knee-high seedling growing in a plug of volcanic soil wrapped in black plastic. The young plant will one day be a coffee tree. A yellow sign identifies it as “Par 1 Plan 1,” the code name for a new coffee hybrid. The mermaid logo on Mario’s black cap identifies his employer.

Par 1 Plan 1 is one of 165,000 seedlings growing on a Costa Rican ridge 4,500 feet above sea level. The plants are arranged in long, neat rows within a 7.5-acre trapezoid crisscrossed with white irrigation pipe; there are scores of varieties, with names like Obata, Bourbon 2, and Et 47-P1. The patch is an open-air laboratory where Mario, a slight, 52-year-old agronomist with a salt-and-pepper mustache, tends to what he calls his “little babies.”

Caressing the leaves of Par 1 Plan 1, Mario says it’s a cross between a Costa Rican variety known for the bright flavor favored by U.S. coffee drinkers, and an African breed with a bitter taste but the resilience to battle a fungus ravaging Latin America’s coffee crop. After a year in the nursery, a few hundred of these seedlings will be replanted nearby. Seeds from the trees that can fend off disease and yield the most abundant, high-quality beans will be replanted again in a cycle that could take five years before Par 1 Plan 1 is ready for Costa Rican farmers. The plant Mario is holding might never be responsible for a Starbucks venti latte, but its grandchild or great-grandchild might. “We have hopes,” he says...

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Papua New Guinea: Boosting Production of Some of the World's Best Coffee

Papua New Guinea: Boosting Production of Some of the World's Best Coffee | Coffee News | Scoop.it

Papua New Guinea’s coffee is achieving growing recognition internationally – with one of its growers last year bagging third place in a global taste competition.

Yet, PNG is not widely known as a coffee-producing nation, mainly because it is responsible for only around 1 percent of the world’s coffee. This means it has little influence over global prices which have plummeted in the past three years - the result of a glut in major producing countries like Brazil and Vietnam.

However, many exporters and buyers see great potential for Papua New Guinean coffee, particularly if growers – around 90 percent of whom are smallholders – can capture niche markets. This, they say, will enable farmers to capture a higher price for their produce, and ultimately, increase consumer recognition of a PNG “brand”.

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Shirtless Male Baristas Will Serve You at this Coffee Shop

Shirtless Male Baristas Will Serve You at this Coffee Shop | Coffee News | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a cup of hot coffee served to you by shredded shirtless male baristas, then you might want to check out Hot Cup of Joe. The coffee shop in Spokane, Washington, features an all-male staff of baristas who ...
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