Keurig Coffee and Dr Pepper Snapple Set to Combine

February 19th, 2018

On Monday this week, Dr Pepper Snapple group made a major merger deal with Keurig coffee. The two popular caffeinated beverage companies are making a combined company that will be worth $11 billion. The deal will put the Dr Pepper Snapple beverage company -which includes 7-Up, Snapple, Dr Pepper, A&W, and Sunkist- into the same building as Keurig k-cups. The soft drinks will join the Keurig Green Mountain, Tully’s, and various other coffee and teas. The merger will result in the two companies being renamed Keurig Dr Pepper or KDP for short.

Shareholders with Dr Pepper Snapple will have $103.75 per share dividend and will have 13% with the combined company. Keurig company shareholders will get the other 87%. JAB holding this led to the investor group that took over Keurig in 2015. JAB will be making an investment of $9 billion to help with financing this merger deal between Keurig coffee company and Dr Pepper Snapple company.

The former Keurig coffee company CEO Bob Gamgort will serve as CEO of the newly formed KDP coffee and soft drink company. Ozan Dokmecioglu will be the chief financial officer of KDP, retaining his title when he was working for Keurig. To make the transition easier for the two companies while they combine, the CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple -Young- will be placed on the KDP board of directors.

Is Coffee a Health Food?

February 18th, 2018

With eighty-three percent of Americans clinging to their cup of joe every morning, it would be good news to many to hear that coffee is actually good for you. However, with four-hundred plus calorie Starbucks concoctions and coffee drinks that are ninety percent cream and sugar, it seems to good to be true. Here are the facts about everyone’s favorite hot (or cold) beverage:
1. Coffee can reduce your risk of many diseases.
Coffee lovers rejoice! While sugar-laden coffee drinks may be fattening, it has the potential to reduce the drinker’s risk of skin cancer, stroke, coronary disease, and colon and oral cancer. In addition, drinking coffee can improve memory skills and help control pain.
2. Coffee intake should be monitered
Despite the positive health benefits listed above, there should be certain cautions taken when drinking a lot of coffee. Drinking too much caffeine can cause drinkers to become jittery,have a fast, pounding heart rate, and could cause an upset stomach. Additionally, pregnant women in particular should heavily monitor their caffeine intake. Thankfully, if you love the taste of coffee and don’t quite want to give it up, there’s always decaf!
3. Final Thoughts
Overall, we can’t exactly call coffee a health food, but it’s certainly perfectly fine to drink a couple cups a day; just be careful if you feel any negative side effects.

Coffee Drinkers: Seven types of Coffee Lovers

February 17th, 2018

Coffee is the first thing many people reach for in the morning. For many others it is a leisurely coffee experience, something they do to relax, unwind or while socializing with friends. Not everyone drinks coffee for the same reason, with tastes and preferences varying widely between serious coffee lovers. There are typically classic kinds of coffee attitudes, and drinkers, as indicated below.

Morning Coffee Drinker
There is the morning coffee drinker, who struggles to wake up without the morning fix of hot coffee. They often have trouble waking up, or being in a good mood without morning coffee.

Black Coffee Drinker
Along with morning coffee drinkers there is the black coffee drinker, who sees coffee as a no thrill experience.

Coffee Connoisseur
Not only do they drink coffee, but coffee for them is the ultimate experience. They opt for fine coffees, made of special beans. No roasted coffee for them.

Coffee Addicts
These coffee drinkers not only need coffee in the morning, but also throughout the day. They drink coffee at specific times. They simply love coffee and can’t get enough.

Cold/Iced Coffee
Unlike morning hot coffee drinkers, or connoisseurs, iced coffee drinkers have a very different attitude toward their coffee experience. For them, coffee should be a cool, refreshing drink.

Decaffeinated Coffee
Decaffeinated drinkers care about their health, and sleeping habits. They love coffee, but not the caffeine.

Healthy Coffee Lovers
Healthy coffee drinkers opt for natural varieties, buy beans or freshly ground coffee. They might opt for flavored coffees, soy and almond milk, and full flavored coffees.

Drinking Coffee Could Protect Colon Cancer Patients

February 16th, 2018

Charles Fuchs, the lead researcher for a coffee-related study at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Frber, recently stated that individuals who drank coffee had a significantly lower risk of recurring cancer and a higher survival rate.

For this study, the research team worked with about 1,000 patients who all had a Stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis. The study participants had also been treated for colon cancer with both chemotherapy and surgery. The patients were asked to fill out a questionnaire at the start of the study, during chemo, and a year after the study. Throughout the entire research study, the medical team tracked the consumption of coffee in particular.

Patients who drank about four cups of coffee daily were 42% less likely to experience a return of colon cancer after going into remission. These individuals also reduced their risk of death from cancer by 33%. Patients who drank two or three cups of coffee saw an improvement in their health, but those who only drank a cup of coffee or less per day didn’t experience the health benefits of coffee in relation to cancer. Fuchs also shares that most people with colon cancer experience a relapse within five years of being treated for the disease, and that people with stage 3 cancer in the lymph nodes have a 35% chance of cancer relapse.

For more information on the ways that coffee can benefit cancer patients, check out www.huffingtonpost.com.

Opening A Line Of Credit…With Starbucks?

February 15th, 2018

We all have that friend who acts like they would die without their morning coffee. They all seem to have their favorite coffee shop and for thousands of Americans every day this involves a trip to Starbucks. Despite its popularity, the popular coffee shop has seen sales slow year over year versus the growth they are seeing from their competitors. This is leading Starbucks to think of new ways to increase the number of return customers to their stores. This led to the beginning of the Starbucks Visa credit card which will provide rewards for those who use it to purchase coffee at their stores and a variety of other products elsewhere at other stores. Sources say that this Visa credit car will be backed by banking giant JP Morgan Chase. The card will come with an associated $49 annual fee or just over $4 per month but the company insists that the value of the rewards throughout the year is far greater than this nominal fee. The card takes only one to two weeks to arrive once you apply and have been approved. The rewards accumulated can then be used at one of the more than 8,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone. Starbucks is willing to think outside of the box in an effort to increase their sales as well as their return customers. Could they be starting a trend that other coffee shops and restaurants alike will soon follow? Only time and further analysis will tell.

Lime Crime-The Renowned Makeup Company

February 15th, 2018

Lime Crime is a makeup company that was founded by Doe Deere in 2008 at Los Angeles. Doe Deere established the company because she felt different and wanted the bright and unusual colors but were hard to find by during that time. This was because the beauty industry at the time only concentrated on the more natural colors such as beige lip balm. Doe Deere resorted to creating her makeup line and this is how Lime Crime Company was born. What’s more, the outlandish colors were embraced by girls all over, and the products became every girl’s must-have.

Today, the Lime Crime products have pulled followers all over the world especially on the online and social media platforms. Again, the Lime Crime Company grew to be one of the most profitable in the beauty industry due to the high demand of its make up products. Further, the company debuted on the online selling of its cosmetic products which added to its prominence as a market leader in the beauty industry. Doe Deere, the CEO of the company, always says that makeup is what gives the freedom to be you without any apology to anyone.

Lime Crime’s Products

Lime Crime is an all-inclusive makeup company which has all the products needed. Above all other beauty products that are loved by its fans, the company is best loved for its lips products. Lime Crime lips products incorporate all shades and varieties to its clients. The lip products range from the muted matte velvetine and the diamond crusher which attracts attention among other unicorn colors. Better still, there is even a more desirable lip tint that the brand is launching where for the first time the beauty industry will experience a ‘Soft Focus Lip Veil’ that will be known as the ‘Plushies’.

Equally important, the Lime Crime products also includes the adored hair dye products with foolproof rainbow colors that one can always order as desired. Other products from the Lime Crime Company include the eyeshadows where the company is set to release a new version of Diamond Crushers Lip Topper Eyeshadow. Additionally, Lime Crime’s Instagram page and website contain more information and more varieties of products.

Scientists Suggests that Four Cups of Coffee Daily Could Be Good for Your Health

February 14th, 2018

If you’re among the 93,000 people who were diagnosed with colon cancer in the past year, it’s a good idea to add more coffee to your diet.

A study conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently revealed that consuming four or more cups of coffee on a regular basis can prevent the recurrence of colon cancer. Drinking four cups of coffee or more regularly can also reduce the chances of death from colon cancer. The study is the first large evaluation to explain the significant link between colon cancer recovery and coffee consumption.

Charles Fuchs, the lead researcher for the study and director of the Dana-Farber Gastrointestinal Cancer Center, shares that coffee drinkers reduced their risk of cancer returning and had a higher colon cancer survival rate.

The study involved around 1,000 patients, all of whom had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. The patients had all been treated with both chemotherapy and surgery, and were asked to complete a questionnaire dietary habits. The patients also had to fill out a questionnaire a year after the study. Throughout the study, the research team observed the patients’ consumption of caffeinated coffee.

Patients who drank about 460 mg of caffeine every day, which is about four cups of coffee, had a 42% reduction in colon cancer recurrence after going through remission. These individuals were also 33% less likely to pass away from cancer. Benefits were present but reduces for patients who drank two or three cups of coffee daily. For more details, visit www.huffingtonpost.com.

The Chocolate, Espresso and Whipped Cream Drink At NYC’s King Restaurant Is Quite Delightful

February 13th, 2018

The tasty combination of coffee and chocolate produces the delightful flavor known as mocha. Being a big fan of all things mocha, I was glad to read a recent Grub Street article that tells about a new chocolate-espresso beverage that is available at King restaurant in New York City.

The appealing mocha beverage at King is named the bicerin and it is widely acknowledged as being invented in the 18th century in Turin, Italy. The authors of the Grub Street article state that this hot beverage is a great cure for winter boredom, and it seems to be selling quite well.

Bicerin is pronounced ‘bee-che-Reen’ and the traditional drink contains no alcohol. The drink is constructed of different layers of ingredients, and looks almost as good as it tastes.

As served in a clear glass, the bottom layer of the beverage consists of bittersweet Valrhona chocolate combined with steamed milk and a touch of sea salt. The second layer in the drink is a medium-roast espresso, and the top layer of freshly whipped cream qualifies this beverage as a deliciously decadent item.

As an added treat, the bicerin served at King restaurant comes with an almond biscotto for dipping that proudly stands in the whipped cream. Situated at 18 King Street, at Sixth Avenue, King is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner seven nights per week.

A More Friendly Coffee Run

February 12th, 2018

The British government is cracking down on its’ coffee culture. The caffeine boost has proven ethical, but the unrecyclable cup is not as environmentally friendly. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament suggests a tax on coffee cups, claiming that the money will aid in paying for waste management and recycling facilities.

An estimated 2.5 billion cups get thrown in the trash instead of recycled in England. The government and the coffee industry has no plans for a solution. Therefore the committee wants to push harsher measures, by 2023, if coffee cups are not recyclable they will impose a ban. The government is aware that charging a fee works, considering the charge on plastic bags has drastically reduced usage and helped improve the environment.

The Paper Cup Alliance opposes the tax claiming paper cups were made to be the safest solution for to go drinks. Mike Turner thinks the tax will not help the issue of littering, but it will harm consumers. He claims the cups are recyclable and recycled in many facilities. In response, the committee says the plastic lining inside the cups makes them more expensive to recover, and businesses do not pay as much to supply and produce them as it costs the city to dispose of them.

Starbucks has taken on the responsibility of eco-friendliness. Locations in London will experiment with a seven-cent fee for drinks served in disposable cups while simultaneously marketing reusable cups. Other coffee serving chains have taken similar measures.

Research Suggests Coffee Is Beneficial

February 11th, 2018

At some point many individuals have woken up in the morning yearning for a nice cup of coffee. When coffee is made the wonderful aroma of coffee lingers in the area. To some individuals coffee has become an essential beverage in one’s life on a daily basis. On the go or enjoyed in the comfort of one’s home coffee has become a worldwide enjoyment. Coffee can provide numerous types of taste depending on how it is made and what flavors are added to the coffee.

Researchers have looked further into the consumption of coffee. Researchers have identified that there is an ideal quantity of coffee to consume each and every day. Researchers have also identified that drinking the ideal quantity of coffee each and every day can provide healthy advantages. The ideal quantity of coffee to be consumed each and every day is between 3-4 cups.

The DGA suggests that reasonable coffee intake ranges from 3-5 cups per day. In the United Kingdom research has been done associated with coffee. Research in the United Kingdom was done by BMJ. BMJ research suggested that the benefits associated with consuming coffee overshadow any downsides. BMJ research also suggested that consuming 3-4 cups of coffee per day can be linked with lower chance of bereavement, heart ailment, and stroke. Consuming coffee has also been linked to a lower chance of several types of cancer occurring.

In conclusion, consuming a certain amount of coffee can actually be beneficial towards one’s health.