6 Coffee “Science” Articles That Came Out In The Last Week

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Coffee is bad! Coffee is good! Oh, brother! With so many coffee science articles that come out - who can keep track? We've decided to compile six that have come out in just the last week and paired them with our educated reactions. 6. Four or More Cups of Coffee a Day May Keep Prostate Cancer Recurrence and Progression Away [Science … [Read more...]

The Atlantic Sez, “Drink All The Coffee You Want, You Guys”

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Today we're catching up with stuff we missed from last week (whilst buried with barista competition coverage), and on the top of that list is a major article titled "The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like". Writing in The Atlantic, feature journo Lindsay Abrams offers up the world a kind of optimistic coagulation from a myriad of coffee … [Read more...]

Is Green Coffee Extract Safe? Answers That Might Shock You

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Throughout the course of 2012, the supplements market has become flooded with a brand new weight-loss supplement: green coffee extract (or GCE). Green coffee extract is derived from unroasted coffee. But is it safe? The answer is a resounding we just don't know. According to scientists, unroasted coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid - a compound … [Read more...]

…Says Science: Can Caffeine Improve Verbal Positivity?

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A study on how caffeine affects the brain's left hemisphere has just been published by PLOS ONE, an open, interactive online science journal. Finally! Both analyses, the signal detection approach and the mixed-effect logistic regression agreed in the fact that caffeine affects performance in the affective lexical decision task. It is evident … [Read more...]

…Says Science! Specialty Coffee Association Audits The Eggheads

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Is flavored coffee a danger to your health? Can coffee cure ADHD? Is Grammy the reason you're addicted to coffee? Does coffee lower your risk for cardiovascular disease? Does it put you at higher risk of incontinence and diabetes? There's a lot of studies out there and it's almost impossible to figure out which ones are right and which ones are … [Read more...]

…Says Science: Laboratory Kopi Luwak In Florida

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Kopi Luwak is just plain nasty. Scientists in Florida have studied the effects of the civet cat's digestive enzymes and have discovered a method to replicate the fermentation/degradation process that goes down. What does this all mean? Well, this could put an end to the cruel and unregulated caging and force feeding of civets. It could also mean … [Read more...]

Terror Diacetyl: The Coffee Flavoring Agent of Death

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There could be a potentially dangerous additive in your flavored coffee. It opens up a pandora's box of questions about the FDA, their motives, and who controls them. The chemical in question doesn't even need to be listed on the ingredients list, as it falls under the baffling catch-all of "Natural Flavorings". And it's found in products up and … [Read more...]

Shrub’s Schooley Schools Skill-Seeking Schlubs

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Christopher Schooley of Coffee Shrub drops some fatty boom batty nugs of wisdom on roasting coffee over on his blog at Coffee Shrub: There's a phrase that I've been guilty of saying once or twice in the past, but which now really bugs me. The gist of it is: "I'm just trying to roast the coffee so that all of its best qualities are realized … [Read more...]

David Walsh Announces Phase Two

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David Walsh has announced the second phase in a study conducted over "making and rating" coffee. Phase One concerned data sourced by those with access to a coffee refractometer, i.e., the hugest of the huge coffee dorks. Phase Two is a bit more plebeian, and should be super fascinating! Read on: For a little over 2 months participants in this … [Read more...]

Text-Spresso May Signal Judgment Day

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If Cyberdine Systems from Terminator 2 had a post-apocalyptic future coffee maker, it'd probably look like Seattle start-up Zipwhip's Text-Spresso device. Equal parts erector set and harbinger of doom, you simply text this machine your order, then watch on in horror as a creepy robot arm takes your mug, starts up a modded Jura Impressa XS90 … [Read more...]

NYT Page One: Coffee Masks Smell Of Poop

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A new, highly technical study finds that caffeine inhibits the toxic smell of nasty sewage: Today, activated carbons or porous coals are used in treatment facilities to draw hydrogen sulfide from sewage. But when coffee grounds are transformed into activated carbon, the researchers found that they sop up sulfur particularly well. That’s because of … [Read more...]

Lifehacker Hacks: Grind Your Coffee With A Blender

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Lifehacker.com is a pretty fantastic website. From career advice to Macgyver tricks, it's a one-stop shop for helpful how-to's and baffling whodathunkits - like a situational Wikipedia with a love-on for Jezebel. So of course they occasionally address coffee. In fact, there's over 903 mentions in their search results, ranging from the … [Read more...]

SCAA’s New Chemist Cooks Up A Quiz

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Peruse yonder to the SCAA Chronicle, where Emma Bladyka, their resident Coffee Science Manager, has some surprising results from a recent Chemistry Questionnaire. The idea behind this questionnaire about chemistry and coffee was to assess the level of understanding and interest within the SCAA community. In the future, we have the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Slow News Day: In Caffeine We Trust

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Meet "In Caffeine We Trust", the mother of all coffee infographics from the designers at Column Five. They've conjured up a somewhat handy-dandy way to track your personal caffeine consumption, complete with country of origin passport stamps, methods, coffee "strength," and time of consumption info banks. Best of all, you can indicate your … [Read more...]