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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Today’s Coffee News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:51 am

Via the Seattle Times: Coffee shops perking up Oregon town

Just how coffee-crazy is the Northwest?

Consider this southwestern Oregon city of 24,790, which has 23 places where you can drive by, walk up or sit down for espresso drinks %u2014 one for every 1,078 people.

That far exceeds the national average of one gourmet coffee outlet for every 18,380 people, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America in Long Beach, Calif.

With so many to choose from, there is a real range, The Oregonian reports. You can grab a mocha and an oil change at Lube N Latte, unload your recycling while ordering a cappuccino at Xtreme Bean or sample hemp lattes at JoeBuzz.

Hmm, I think I’ll skip the hemp latte-I am not really a latte guy anyway. Just give me the straight stuff.

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Monday, December 20, 2004
Speaking of Coffee
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:41 pm

Via USAT: Single-serving coffee can heats itself

Beginning Jan. 2, consumers can buy a 10-ounce container of Wolfgang Puck gourmet latte at the store and heat it by pressing a button. No electricity. No batteries. No appliances.


How does the can do it? A single step mixes calcium oxide (quicklime) and water. It heats the coffee to 145 degrees in six minutes-and stays hot for 30 minutes.


“This will change the way people drink coffee,” says Jonathan Weisz, CEO of OnTech. He insists that the technology is child-safe and eco-friendly. The technology also could be used to heat tea, cocoa and soup products. By mid-2005, it will be tested on foods from rice to fish.

Interesting on several levels. However, on balance I can’t imagine that reheated coffee (even if reheated in a techno-cool, push-button fashion) can top fresh brewed coffee.

Still, I can see applications for the concept. Most interesting.

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The Scourge of Coffee
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:37 pm

Via New Coffee becoming ‘drug’ of choice worldwide:

Compared to hardcore narcotics and cigarettes, coffee is relatively harmless, but it can have its side effects and lead to addiction, say scientists.

Stop the presses! Who knew? Oh, that’s right, we all knew that. I have little doubt that I am addicted to the stuff. When Ivan blew threw here and I had no power for a couple of days, I did get a headache one morning until I went to get some coffee. The horror!

Indeed, I concur:

A person who regularly drinks three cups of coffee, for instance, will require at least one cup in order for the brain to work in “normal” mode. Many people attest to the fact that they can’t fully wake up in the morning without a fresh brew.

However, it is rather unlikely that I, or any of my ilk, will find it necessary to knock over a 7-11 to get the dough needed to get a “fix.”

And Beware the Cartel!

Of course the coffee empire of Starbucks has gone a long way to boosting caffeine consumption and making coffee drinking cool among the younger crowd, shied away from traditional cafes with their stale interiors and gilded porcelain cups.

Every day the Seattle-based company opens up four new shops around the world and hires 200 new employees.

Who writes this stuff?

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Sunday, December 19, 2004
Coffee Farmers in Dire Straits
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:26 pm

In Designer Coffee Age, Growers Go Hungry

Jose Alerio grows some of the finest coffee beans in the world, which sell for premium prices in the United States and Europe.

But in Colombia, farmers like Alerio aren’t seeing any of the profits.

“I think we’re going to starve to death,” he says. “I can’t afford to keep this farm going.”

Alerio’s five children got just one meal the day ABC News visited — beans and bananas.

It really is remarkable, given world demand and what people pay for coffee that this is the case. Nevertheless:

In 1997, Colombian growers were paid $3.80 for a pound of coffee. This year, they’ve been getting 70 cents.

And the implications go beyond that steamin’ cup o’ joe (mmmm, coffee…):

In Colombia, the crisis is about much more than coffee. It threatens to undermine U.S. efforts in the South American country to combat guerrillas and the drug trade — as guerrillas find willing recruits amongst unemployed farm hands and as desperately poor coffee growers switch to growing heroin and cocaine to keep their families fed.

Yup, the fun never stops.

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Thursday, December 9, 2004
People Drink Folgers?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:50 pm

Folgers Brews 14 Pct. Coffee Price Hike

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The Horror!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:08 am

My thoughts go out to Jay. Buddy, I feel your pain.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:28 pm

That is just plain wrong.

However, it does underscore the evils of instant coffee.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004
Voice of Juan Valdez Dies
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:06 pm

Actor Norman Rose, voice of Juan Valdez, dies at 87

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
What!?! Does the President Know About This?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:17 am

Coffee Rises to 3-Month High After Inventories Drop

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Saturday, October 16, 2004
Caffeinated Language
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:34 pm

Writes Dave Barry:

Recently, at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Death March, Mister Language Person noticed that a Starbuck’s competitor, Seattle’s Best Coffee (which also uses ‘’Tall'’ for small and ‘’Grande'’ for medium) is calling ITS large cup size — get ready — ‘’Grande Supremo.'’ Yes. And as Mister Language Person watched in horror, many customers — seemingly intelligent, briefcase-toting adults — actually used this term, as in, ‘’I'll take a Grande Supremo.'’

Listen, people: You should never, ever have to utter the words ‘’Grande Supremo'’ unless you are addressing a tribal warlord who is holding you captive and threatening to burn you at the stake. JUST SAY YOU WANT A LARGE COFFEE, PEOPLE. Because if we let the coffee people get away with this, they’re not going to stop, and some day, just to get a lousy cup of coffee, you’ll hear yourself saying, ‘’I'll have a Mega Grandissimaximo Giganto de Humongo-Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong decaf.'’ And then you will ask for the key to the AquaSwooshie. And when THAT happens, people, the terrorists will have won.


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Thursday, September 30, 2004
Like They Needed a Study to Figure This Out?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:44 am

Yes, You Really Do Need That Coffee

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