Vegan Kopi Luwak? Biotech’s Cruelty Free Coffee Fermentation

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DIY fermentation projects ranging from homemade kimchi to cheese and beer are all the rage. A new food biotechnology company named Afineur is experimenting with coffee fermentation...inspired by Kopi Luwak. The birth of Afineur was originally inspired by the infamous Indonesian civet cat coffee. Not by the dubious exotic appeal of coffee … [Read more...]

Coffee Is Good For Your Liver Health, Says Science

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Science! It’s not just the thing “you fucking love” for all those Neil DeGrasse Tyson memes showing up in your Facebook feed; it also helps prove why awesome things like coffee are awesome for you. In a recent article for LiveScience.com, Laura Geggel reports that drinking coffee, decaf included, is beneficial to liver health, sending shockwaves of … [Read more...]

6 Striking Facts on The Science Of Coffee & Climate Change

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About a year ago, we unveiled the shocking coffee leaf rust facts every coffee lover should know. This week, agreements and commitments resulting from the UN Climate Change Summit garnered applause from some fronts and criticism from others. While coverage of large milestones in addressing climate change is important, the media orgies spawned by … [Read more...]

Everything You Know About Coffee Dehydration Is Wrong!

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It's a commonly held belief coffee causes dehydration, but is there any truth to that? That is the question Sophie C. Killer, a UK grad student, posed in pursuit of her doctorate in sports, exercise and health sciences. She presented her research at the ASIC 2014 scientific conference in Colombia. There have been studies that look at caffeine and … [Read more...]

Coffee Genomes Sequenced. What Does It All Mean?

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported that the draft sequence for Coffea Arabica had been released according to the Inter-American Development Bank. This announcement was incorrect--the Coffea Robusta sequence has been released, and a number of groups are working on draft Arabica sequences for release. The story has been updated … [Read more...]

Dr. Oz Taken To Task Over Green Coffee Weight Loss Claims

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The famed and oft-scrutinized American television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz appeared before a consumer protection panel where he was given a stern but fair scolding by Chairman Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. over his penchant for calling things like green coffee extract "miracle weight loss cures". During the hearing, Dr. Oz denied endorsing … [Read more...]

Olfaction Satisfaction And The Science of Scents

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Our fabulous science column returns! LA based writer Juliet Han has been working in coffee for over a decade, and now she has a brand new column on Sprudge.com in which she’ll be exploring science, taste, and why both are fun. We hope you enjoy this edition of Talk To The Han! It’s Han again. Summer is here and living just got a little longer, … [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...]

Scientists: Caffeine Works Better Than Sunscreen, Or Something, We Didn’t Actually Read This Thing

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Everyday there's some new study that comes out of some old university that claims, approximately, that "Coffee is _____ for your _____!" (Feel free to fill in these blanks as Mad Libs in the comments field below. Get nasty.) Well, we're sick of it; we've been writing this website for 2 years, and the steady stream of pseudo-groundbreaking bullshit … [Read more...]

Flashback: Rats in the Grounds of the Western World

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Did you know that the volatile aromatics in the coffee have positive psychological effects? Neither did we! Our June 2008 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry must've been sent to our ex's apartment or something. Here's the gist: scientists deprived rats of sleep and then after several days  made them smell some ground coffee. … [Read more...]

This Coffee Will Self-Destruct In 5…4…3…

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Jim Seven calls in the rhetorical bomb squad to investigate seasonality, shelf life, and "baggy" flavor. Green coffee is trickier because green coffees don’t age the same way.  Each lot is an individual little time bomb.  As much as we can look after it as well as we can in storage/in roasteries – we are still working with an individual fuse whose … [Read more...]