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A Terrible Year for Coffee Just Got Worse

COVID-related restrictions in 2nd-biggest grower, Vietnam, add to supply problems

(Newser) - This has been a worrisome year for those in the coffee business because of a double whammy—first drought, then frost—in Brazil, the world's biggest grower. That has put more pressure on the world's second-biggest grower, Vietnam, to pick up the slack, but now Bloomberg reports on...

Your Cup of Coffee May Have an Unpleasant Origin Story

'NYT Magazine' explains how small, illegal farms are shrinking a jungle in Indonesia

(Newser) - When you're pouring a cup of coffee, whether humble drip or some more exotic concoction, it's a safe bet you don't spend much time wondering exactly where those beans come from. As Wyatt Williams writes for the New York Times Magazine , coffee behemoths like it that way....

We're in a Perpetual 'Altered State,' Thanks to Caffeine
We're in a Perpetual 'Altered
State,' Thanks to Caffeine
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We're in a Perpetual 'Altered State,' Thanks to Caffeine

Author Michael Pollan explores our history and relationship with this 'invisible addiction'

(Newser) - When author Michael Pollan decided to tackle the subject of psychoactive drugs—specifically, opium, mescaline, and caffeine—for his new book, This Is Your Mind On Plants , he consumed the first two in the name of experimental journalism. But he actually stopped using caffeine, just to see what would happen,...

Scientists 'Reanimate' Killer Fungus to Save Our Coffee
This Fungus Kills Off Coffee.
Scientists Just Woke It Up
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This Fungus Kills Off Coffee. Scientists Just Woke It Up

Researchers wanted to see how Fusarium xylarioides functions to prevent future outbreaks

(Newser) - Enjoy a steaming mug of Arabica or robusta in the morning? Give a high-five, then, to the scientists that have "reanimated" a fungus that kills off those varieties of coffee trees. It may sound counterintuitive, but researchers from Imperial College London have done just that, resurrecting cryogenically frozen samples...

Next Entry in Unconventional Food: Coffee-Less Coffee

Atomo startup in Seattle uses seeds and nuts and a chemical process

(Newser) - You can eat "meat" made from plants and drink "milk" made from nuts, but are you ready for coffee made without coffee? That's the question posed by a story in Bloomberg about a Seattle startup producing just such a brew. The concoction by Atomo Coffee is made...

In Italy, an 'Act of War' Over Espresso

A bid for UN acknowledgement is foiled by a feud between north and south

(Newser) - Coffee is serious business in Italy, and espresso in particular. Drinking it "is a way of life," per a post at euronews . No big surprise, then, that the nation is seeking to have its espresso tradition enshrined as a unique cultural treasure by a UN agency. But as...

Starbucks Makes Big Move Toward a New 'Vision'

Company to close 400 stores to focus on takeout-only locations

(Newser) - Starbucks is shifting away from its famous cafe experience in a change only partly inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. The coffee company tells CNN that it was reevaluating its coffee-selling model before the pandemic, as about 80% of transactions at its 15,000 US stores are "on-the-go" purchases. As...

Love Your French Press? Your Heart Might Not
Don't Make Coffee This Way
if You Have High Cholesterol
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Don't Make Coffee This Way if You Have High Cholesterol

Researchers say filtered coffee fares better for longevity than boiled or press-style varieties

(Newser) - A Swedish study billing itself as the first to look at the tie between the way we brew our coffee and the risk of heart attacks and premature death says one type of brewing method appears healthier than the rest. The research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology ...

Starbucks Just Made a Change It Hopes You Don't Notice

Company is testing greener coffee cup with biodegradable liner

(Newser) - Starbucks' paper coffee cups aren't as easy to recycle as you may think. That's because it's challenging to separate the outer paper part from the thin plastic liner used on the inside to keep any hot beverage from seeping through. The chain hopes to change all of...

Clooney Reacts to Nespresso-Linked Child Labor Exposé

'Clearly this board and this company still have work to do. And that work will be done'

(Newser) - George Clooney has been Nespresso's brand ambassador since 2006, but after an investigation claimed to find six of the company's Guatemalan coffee suppliers use child labor, the actor is expressing regret. Per Deadline and CNN , he says he joined Nespresso's sustainability advisory board seven years ago (along...

Starbucks Barista Prints Nasty Word on Cop's Coffee

Oklahoma Police Chief Johnny O'Mara did not hold back

(Newser) - An Oklahoma police officer was picking up Starbucks coffees on Thanksgiving and noticed a word on the label: "PIG." And it didn't end there. "This is what he gets for being nice," Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara wrote on Facebook , saying the coffees were...

The 'Willy Wonka's of Coffee' Is Now Open

Starbucks opens its biggest store ever in Chicago on Friday

(Newser) - An "immersive, theatrical experience" is opening in Chicago on Friday, but it's not a Broadway show or some performance-art piece, unless you consider swirling milk foam on a venti latte particularly artistic. The world's largest Starbucks—or what USA Today calls something "between a shrine to...

Uber Employees Are Now Served Lowly Starbucks

They used to get craft coffee

(Newser) - Uber's struggles have now hit its employees' coffee mugs. That's according to the Washington Post , which takes a look at how Uber's floundering since its May IPO—its stock price is down more than 25%, and Business Insider notes its market value sank Friday below GM's...

Founder of India's 'Starbucks' Found Dead in River

VG Siddhartha disappeared near bridge

(Newser) - Fishermen found the body of an Indian coffee shop chain owner in a river on Wednesday, two days after he disappeared , police said. The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha has been identified, police Commissioner Sandeep Patel said. He didn't give other details. An autopsy was being...

Man Who Founded India's Top Coffee Chain Is Missing

VG Siddhartha was last seen on a bridge Monday night

(Newser) - Café Coffee Day is to India what Starbucks is to America, making the disappearance of the company's founder major news. The Wall Street Journal reports the last known sighting of VG Siddhartha was Monday night after he reportedly parted ways with his driver near a bridge over the Netravati...

You Won't Want to Put Cream, Sugar in This Cup of Coffee

It would dilute the flavor of this $75-per-cup joe, offered by just one US company

(Newser) - One hundred pounds of a hard-to-find Panamanian coffee was recently auctioned off to buyers worldwide, and just one company in the US got its hands on 10 pounds of it. Now, per KGO , Klatch Coffee, with one shop in San Francisco and several more scattered throughout Southern California, will be...

Officials: There Won't Be Coffee in a National Crisis

Switzerland is having it removed from the national stockpile

(Newser) - Pity the Swiss: If there's a national emergency, they won't be having coffee. Swiss officials decided last week that coffee will no longer be held in stockpiles in case of an epidemic, natural disaster, war, or other major crisis, USA Today reports. The government report concluded that while...

His Goal Is to Live to 180. His Path Is a Pricey One
He's 45, Plans to Live
Another 135 Years. Here's How
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He's 45, Plans to Live Another 135 Years. Here's How

Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey has spent $1M in pursuit of his goal

(Newser) - Dave Asprey is 45, which in his view "officially" makes him a young adult. That's because his well-known goal is to live to 180; he's now a quarter of the way there. In a lengthy piece for Men's Health , Rachel Monroe digs into the Bulletproof Coffee...

Best Bang for Your Coffee Dollar May Be a Surprise

7-Eleven is No. 1 in Quartzy ranking, which factors in caffeine amount

(Newser) - Where to go to get the best value in a cup of coffee? Quartzy has an interesting breakdown that goes beyond mere price. For example, it might seem that paying $1.19 at McDonald's instead of $2.65 at Starbucks is a no-brainer—but not when you take into...

Latest Study in the Coffee Wars Will Please Java Drinkers

Research suggests a link to longevity, even for those who drink a lot of the stuff

(Newser) - In the never-ending debate of whether coffee is good or bad for you, the latest study lands squarely in the pro-coffee camp. The new research suggests it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily, reports the AP . In a study...

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