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Sunday, November 4, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the Arizona Republic: Anger brewing over coffee shop’s name

Based in conservative Salt Lake City, Bad Ass Coffee Company of Hawaii Inc. has more than 50 locations throughout the country and in places such as Japan and the Virgin Islands.

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According to the company, the store’s name derives from a legend, posted prominently at www.badasscoffee.com.

“The native people of Kona, Hawaii, remember the days of the ‘Bad Ass Ones.’ The bellows of the donkeys could be heard echoing through the mountains as they hauled the heavy loads of coffee up and down the mountainside.”

Despite the legend, Councilman Gary “Doc” Sullivan said the name shows “poor taste.” The franchise is in his district.

“It’s named after a donkey, but you know, this is still a family community, and I just feel stuff like that is inappropriate,” said Sullivan, who is up for re-election Tuesday.

I simultaneously find it amusing and understand why residents might object.

From a business point-of-view, one has to admit that it certainly is an attention-getter. And given the crowded coffee marketplace, that’s smart.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

…you’ll probably find the following from the LAT of interest: The father of our coffee culture.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor
I am 92% Addicted to Coffee

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Ok, so I don’t roast my own beans, so sue me.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
CoffeeNews: Coffee May Lower the Risk of Liver Cancer
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via ABC News Online (the one Down Under): Coffee ‘lowers liver cancer risk’.

Drinking coffee appears to lower the risk of developing liver cancer, according to findings published in the medical journal Gastroenterology.

“Data on potential beneficial effects of coffee on liver function and liver diseases have accrued over the last two decades,” Dr Susanna Larsson and Dr Alicja Wolk, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, write.

Several studies have found an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and liver enzymes levels that indicate a risk of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

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An inverse association between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk was observed in all of the studies, and this association was statistically significant in six studies.

For every two cups of coffee per day, the investigators observed a 43 per cent reduced risk of liver cancer.

That reminds me: mny cup appears to be empty. So, if you will excuse me…

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Friday, May 25, 2007
Well, I Guess I Don’t Have to Worry about Gout…
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the Science Blog: Plenty of coffee may help prevent gout

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Sunday, April 1, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The question: Would you drink coffee soda?

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: BBC NEWS | Health | Coffee ‘no boost in the morning’

That morning latte or espresso may not be the pick-me-up people think it is, a study has revealed.

University of Bristol researchers say the caffeine eases withdrawal symptoms which build up overnight, but does not make people more alert than normal.

The work, presented to the British Nutrition Foundation conference, showed only people who have avoided coffee for a while will get a buzz from caffeine.

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“If you’re not a regular consumer, you might get something out of one or two drinks. But once you’re a regular consumer, you’re in a cycle of withdrawal reversal.”

I can see how there might be something to this. However, if the non-addict does get a boost, then why would it be the case that once addicted the boost would only be withdrawal-reversal? We know that caffeine is a stimulant, so this doesn’t fully track. That a regular consumer would not get the same jolt as a one-timer makes sense, but I can’t see that one you become a regular consumer that
all the stimulative effect goes away.

I think these people are just anti-coffee!

Regardless, I likes me some coffee (ok, I likes me lots of coffee).

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Sunday, February 4, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Just when you thought you had heard it all, we have the following from the LAT: Coffee, with sugar, in Seattle:

On a quick break from his job as a trash hauler, Rob Chapman was in the mood for some coffee. So he pulled his truck into the Sweet Spot Cafe, a drive-through espresso stand on busy Aurora Avenue here in the Seattle suburbs.

“Do you want a Wet Dream or the Sexual Mix today, honey?” asked barista Edie Smith, dressed in a tight-fitting yellow blouse that did a less than fully effective job of covering her cleavage. She leaned down in the window, perhaps all the closer to hear his order. He chose the first option: a coffee with white chocolate, milk and caramel sauce.

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Some of the “sexpresso” stands, as they are called, have proved so popular that neighbors, including adjacent businesses, have started to complain. Not that it’s done much good.

“Really, there is no ordinance against scantily clad baristas,” said John Urquhart, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department in King County, which includes Seattle and most suburbs.

As long as breasts and buttocks are more or less covered, it’s legal to serve coffee in a baby-doll negligee and chaps, as a barista was doing at a Cowgirls Espresso stand the other day.

“It’s sort of like a Hooters for coffee,” Urquhart explained. “It’s not against the law. And the truth is, a lot of them are doing a land-office business.”

Somehow all that exposed flesh and hot coffee seems like a bad combo.  If McDonald’s ended up paying all that money for the customer who spilled coffee on themselves, can you imagine the pending worker’s comp claim here?

And, really, do we have to sexualize everything?  Although I guess this is capitalism at work:

Most of the baristas say that they are paid at or just above minimum wage — but that they can also make as much as $200 in tips during a seven-hour shift.

At Tully’s, a decidedly more mainstream chain of coffee shops in Seattle, barista Alex Torres, 17, said he was lucky if he got a $10 share on his shift from the plastic tips box.

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Saturday, February 3, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the LAT: McDonald’s beats Starbucks in coffee smackdown

In the ultimate coffee smackdown, it was yuppie Starbucks vs. Ronald McDonald.

And the clown won.

Consumer Reports magazine said today that in a test conducted at two locations of each emporium, its tasters found McDonald’s coffee to be “decent and moderately strong” with “no flaws.” On the other hand, the Starbucks brew “was strong, but burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.”

The March issue of the magazine, due out Monday, thus advises, “Try McDonald’s, which was cheapest and best.”

Ok, I may not know much, but I know good coffee v. mediocre coffee. And while I can’t speak to the specific Starbucks in question, but there is no way in holy heck that it can be said that McDonald’s new “gourmet” coffee (which I have tried) is in the same league as Starbuck’s.

That qualifies as pure absurdity. Of course, there is, as they say, no accounting for taste. Still, the fact that Consumer Reports will recommended McD’s coffee over Stabuck’s makes me wonder about the zine.

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Monday, October 16, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: Study finds caffeine abuse among young Americans

The American College of Emergency Physicians said a review of records at the Illinois Poison Center in Chicago found more than 250 cases of medical complications from ingesting caffeine supplements, 12 percent of them requiring hospitalization, including treatment in intensive-care units.

Feh! Kids these days. If you are going to abuse caffeine do it the old fashioned way: drink it.

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