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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Coffee News: Coffee Warz
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:50 pm

Via USAT: McDonald’s debut of premium coffee stirs up rivals.

While I applaud any effort to improve access to good coffee (and Heaven knows that McD’s coffee could use some work), color me skeptical on the likelihood that McD’s will provide a Starbucks quality product.

Plus, I suspect that many customers of Starbucks/Starbucks-like establishments aren’t impressed by the ambiance of your typical McDonalds…

h/t: Beltway Blitz

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Coffee News (and Those Darn Genes)
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:56 pm

Via the AP: Coffee May Spell Heart Trouble for Some

Here’s a real caffeine jolt — heart attacks might be a risk for coffee drinkers with a common genetic trait that makes caffeine linger in their bodies, a study suggests.

Research on more than 4,000 people in Costa Rica found that about half had the trait and were considered “slow caffeine metabolizers.” The other half had the opposite trait, which caused their bodies to rapidly break down or metabolize caffeine, and coffee-drinking in this group appeared to reduce heart attack risks.

Among slow-metabolizers, those who drank two or more cups of coffee daily were at least 36 percent more likely to have a nonfatal heart attack than those who drank little or no coffee.

Maybe Starbucks can start selling a genetic test with a Grande Latte.

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Monday, February 13, 2006
An Economics Lesson
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:18 pm

If in your little snack store you sell a Twix bar for .21 more than the vending machine just around the corner then you won’t sell many Twix bars…at least not to those who are paying attention.

And while we are on the topic of the little snack store: don’t call your coffee “Starbucks” and charge for it like it is Starbucks if it doesn’t actually taste like Starbucks. (Of course if one has a coffee machine in one’s office, the whole thing is moot anyway.)

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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Question of the Day
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:33 am

Via Reuters (Pricey coffee good to the last dropping) comes the question of the day:

Would you pay $175 for a pound of coffee beans which had passed through the backside of a furry mammal in Indonesia?

That’s easy: no.

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Friday, December 30, 2005
Coffee Dreams
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:52 pm

For those who romanticize about owning a coffeehouse, here’s a cautionary tale from Slate.

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Friday, November 18, 2005
The Evil of Decaf
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:31 am

Via the AP: Study Questions Health Effects of Decaf

Fresh questions are percolating about the health effects of coffee, this time the decaffeinated variety. One of the first substantial studies to test it like a drug instead of just asking people how much of it they consumed found higher blood levels of cholesterol-precursor fats in those drinking decaf vs. regular coffee or none at all.


The result: decaf drinkers had modestly higher levels — 8 to 18 percent — of fatty acids and precursors of LDL or bad cholesterol than the others.

See! Decaf is evil

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Coffee News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:04 am

We here at PoliBlog like coffee news, especially good coffee news.

Via the AP: Coffee Might Help Women’s Blood Pressure

Here’s good news for women who love coffee: Drinking it doesn’t seem to cause long-term high blood pressure, a study suggests.


Caffeine is a well-known ingredient in both beverages, and has been shown to cause short-term increases in blood pressure. But coffee drinkers in the study were no more likely than abstainers to develop high blood pressure during 12 years of follow-up.

Previous data on coffee and hypertension is mixed, but there’s a common perception that its temporary effects on blood pressure mean an increased long-term risk, said Dr. Wolfgang Winkelmayer, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“We found strong evidence to refute” that belief, the researchers wrote.

There was even some evidence that women who drank lots of coffee — four or more daily cups of regular or decaf — faced a slightly lower risk for developing high blood pressure than those who drank little or none.


Several recent studies have shown possible health benefits from coffee, including a report calling it a major food source for antioxidants; results linking heavy coffee consumption in men with a reduced risk of diabetes; and Japanese research suggesting that coffee might help prevent liver cancer.

Hooray coffee.

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Monday, August 29, 2005
Coffee News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:07 pm

Cool: Coffee is number one source of antioxidants.

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Friday, August 26, 2005
Reheated Coffee
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:22 am

Someone found PoliBlog today looking for “reheated coffee and cancer“.

I can’t speak to the cancer part, but will note that reheated coffee is just plain nasty.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Well, I Suppose We all Need a Goal…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:56 am

…of course, not all goals are created equal: Texas Man Aims to Visit Every Starbucks

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Thursday, July 14, 2005
Cool Beans
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:42 pm

Some Troy University-specific news: Troy University and Barnes and Noble College Booksellers team up

On Aug. 1, a five-year contract with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers will commence providing University students a centralized bookstore rather than a textbook warehouse, according to Dr. John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor for student services.

The University will construct a 10,400 square-foot bookstore on the Troy Campus that will be equipped by Barnes & Noble to match the company’s superstores, and will make similar improvements to bookstores on the Montgomery, Dothan and Phenix City campuses.


In addition, the Troy Campus bookstore will include a cafe, a reading area, trade books and wide selection of casual reading. University bookstores in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City will also get updating and offer an expanded line.

We desperately need a real bookstore and a place to to get a real cup of coffee on campus (aside, of course, from my office).


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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
More Good Coffee News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:07 pm

Via Reuters: Caffeine cuts nighttime diabetes problem

Ok, it is really caffeine news, but I felt I should report it just the same.

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Saturday, March 19, 2005
Coffee Will Kill You!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:22 am

No it won’t! Maybe it will! Aw, who knows…

Via Reuters: Caffeine Impairs Sugar Metabolism

Caffeine intake makes insulin more resistant to changes in blood sugar levels, Canadian researchers report. This effect was observed both in patients with and those without diabetes and could not be reversed with regular exercise or weight.

But before you throw away your coffee mug — these results may not apply to the popular caffeinated beverage, the investigators note. In fact, previous research has suggested that drinking coffee may cut the risk of diabetes.


The findings, published in the medical journal Diabetes Care, seem to contradict recent reports that coffee intake may cut the risk of diabetes, Ross noted. However, coffee contains several other substances that may affect sugar metabolism, such as antioxidants, potassium and magnesium. “When you give somebody caffeine without all of the other substances that are in coffee you have a very different situation,” he added.

Ok, I won’t panic yet.

Oh look, cup’s getting a might low. Excuse me while I go get a refill…

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:36 pm

At least I shouldn’t have to worry about liver cancer: Coffee May Help Prevent Liver Cancer

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Today’s Coffee News: Commodity Prices Surge
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:07 am

Via The Economic Times: Coffee has some steam left for another rally

A searing rally that lifted coffee prices to their highest in over four years may have the firepower behind it to hit even loftier levels, analysts said.

The catalyst for the surge has been projections that global coffee production will be outstripped by demand in %u201905-06, with output falling in leading producer Brazil and key grower Vietnam.

The world’s most popular hot beverage galloped past the key mark of 100 cents a pound in the New York Arabica coffee market in the last two weeks, and is at its highest since the middle of ‘00 when it was trading between 110 and 120 cents a pound.

The key March Arabica futures contract on the New York Board of Trade rose to a contract high on Monday of 107.4 cents per pound to mark the commodity’s highest in four and a half years.

It was only three years ago that prices had sunk to their lowest in decades in the face of a world-wide glut as coffee crops far outpaced consumption in the big coffee drinking countries.

One wonders if this will filter down to the growers, the plight of which was noted here.

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