Should you brew coffee while traveling?

June 18th, 2018

Coffee drinkers take their brews seriously. Some people just cannot get out of bed without that first cup of joe in the morning. Anyone who feels this way knows that they need to do something to get their fix when traveling. Finding a way to get the fix takes some time. Some people think they need to go out and find the best coffee shops in the area. While this is not a bad idea, it is not necessary. Market forces have made portable coffee grinders exist.

 

Travelers may think bringing their own brewing equipment seems pretentious, but serious coffee drinkers do not worry about perceived pretentiousness. They know they need their caffeine to properly interact with other human beings. Serious java enthusiasts do anything they can to get the perfect cup in the morning.

 

Some people insist on grinding their own beans before they drink their coffee, but the best way to go about this is to never go traveling. Seasoned travelers find that it is easier to grind their beans before they go on vacation. Portable grinders exist, but they are difficult to use and hard to assemble. Seasoned travelers who are also fanatical about their morning brew do not recommend using them.

 

A simple coffee maker that makes a single cup can be bought from Best Buy. Prices go up from there. More expensive models can sell for over $200.

Folgers is Attempting to Boost Sales with a New Product

June 17th, 2018

For the longest time, Folgers boasted in their advertisements that they were the best part of waking up. It seems that times have changed, however. When people wake up, they want something quick and delicious. Unfortunately, many didn’t think Folgers fit the bill of either of those two things.

 

When people wake up, they want something easy. More chances than not, they don’t want to sit around and wait for a pot of coffee to brew. Instead, they want to grab something simple like a K-Cup. With more and more millennials drinking coffee every day, Folgers saw that their sales were in trouble and that they needed to do something in order to keep up with the times.

 

According to GrubStreet, Folgers is doing something to appeal to a wider range of customers, especially millennials. They have created a new product called 1850. It comes in bags and single serve pods. The product promises to “tell a story” which is something that appeals to a younger generation because it’s trendy. The new product is also arabica coffee that is steel-cut. To some, it’s just a fancy rebranding with the same old toast. To others, it’s something trendy and brand new. Folgers promises that this new product is delicious. It may end up being just the little reboot that the company needs to generate sales. At the end of the day, people do love things that are new. If all else fails, people will be trying this product just to say that they’ve tried the first new products that Folgers has launched in quite some time.

Starbucks New Uplifting News

June 16th, 2018

Starbucks is a very popular coffee franchise that came under a bit of scrutiny recently. This scrutiny is due to their policy concerning non-customers requesting to use their rest-rooms. A manager of a Starbucks called the police and requested that two black men be removed from the Starbucks because they were not making an order. This led to an uproar by consumers across the country, and Starbucks taking a second look at their training program. Starbucks decided to improve their training program with an updated look at identifying racial injustice.

 

New Uplifting Policies

A lot of people have wandered into stores and restaurants like Starbucks and asked to use the restrooms, without first making a purchase. It seems incomprehensible that a store manager would make the decision to call in the police to arrest two people that were just waiting around for a friend to show up before making an order. The only mistake that they made was asking to use the rest room. Now, Starbucks has drafted a Third Policy that allows anyone to use their restrooms, even if they do not make a purchase. Some are worried. They assume that this new policy will invite people in to take shelter or just loiter around the paying customers.

 

Uplifting Program

Sources at Starbucks stated that the new training program and the new policy is designed to uplift people, and to inspire people. It all begins on a one to one basis and learning to respect each other as human beings.

Meet Nick Vertucci the Founder of the NV Real Estate

June 16th, 2018

Nick Vertucci has recently released his latest book where he is sharing with the readers about his personal challenges. In the book, Vertucci talks about the most significant aspects contributing to his success. He talks about the challenges and the lessons he learnt from them, and also how he embraced change to avoid recurrence of his past mistakes. The book has been endorsed by Kevin Harrington, the founder of the AS Seen Tv and an American entrepreneur and business executive.

Nick Vertucci founded the NV Real Estate. As a real estate investment officer, nick says that he trains on how to save financial lives. Prior to him venturing into real estate, Vertucci was a law enforcement officer where he also says that he trained on how to save physical lives for eighteen good years. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy. The academy is one of the most developing in the provision of real estate education. The kind of education and advice given at the academy aids the interested people on how to acquire personal financial freedom by following Nick’s footsteps.

Nick was born and raised in a humble background as his family was not wealthy. When he was about 10 years of age, Vertucci lost his father which resulted to the family facing a financial blow and the mother had to struggle and bring up her children. Despite the many ups and downs of life, Vertucci grew, got married and gave birth to his 3 daughters. However, another storm struck back in the year 2000 when the dot com industry crashed. This led to Nick incurring losses and the only valuable thing left for him was his house. Following the loss, he struggled to identify financial opportunities so as to help his family, which only led him in to heavy debts. One of his friends suggested that it was wise for him to attend a real estate seminar for duration of 3 days. Nick currently terms this move as the best decision he ever made in life.

In an exclusive interview with ideamensch, Nick Vertucci was asked to explain about one of his habits that make him productive in his field of entrepreneurship. He said that he has a discipline of self- belief that is unbreakable. This enables him to keep on moving no matter what the life offers whether good or bad. Still during the interview, he gave advice to the young who are willing to be like him by saying that for a change, one must plan.

Coffee Farming Declining in the Congo

June 15th, 2018

Many farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are finding that growing coffee beans is not all that it is cracked out to be, and are increasingly switching over to other crops, such as bananas, that are easier to grow and which the local farmers have more experience growing. This change comes on the heels of the Democratic Republic of Congo becoming more widely accepted as a producer of quality coffee beans for export.

 

Many Congolese farmers are paid by cooperatives that help to ensure free trade and better prices for farmers. Congolese farmers are indicating that they are being paid about 67 cents per pound for coffee beans, while the coffee cooperative is earning anywhere from $2.20 to $8.80 per pound.

 

Further, many of these farmers indicate that they are paid on credit and that they often do not receive the payments for the amounts owed. Bananas are a more productive and profitable crop for them that yields greater returns.

 

These cooperatives are generally accepted to provide better distribution networks for farmers and provide improved access to markets and are well-respected in the Western World for this. Many of these cooperatives are labelled as being fair trade and command higher prices for this title.

 

Coffee is widely grown in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in the Eastern part of the country. Almost 183 million pounds of coffee are grown in the Congo in 1991, but this number has dropped by about ten percent to 2018. However, much of this statistical decrease can be due to pricing anomalies. Many Congolese farmers smuggle their coffee beans into Rwanda and Uganda to earn higher prices, which may reduce the number listed in the statistics.

 

Many Congolese view coffee as a way of achieving significant riches, even though the average amount that these coffee farmers earn are significantly lower than other parts of the world. For example, the average amount of 67 cents per pound for a grower in the Congo is much less than the $1.88 earned per grower in Cuba.

 

For their part, many of the coffee cooperatives indicate that there is little they can do to help the coffee growers in the Congo due to the challenging agricultural conditions in the country for the crop. Any cost of living improvements appear to be far in the future for Congolese coffee growers.

 

Coffee Overload

June 14th, 2018

Across the country, there are millions of people that consume several cups of coffee a day. How much coffee is too much coffee? This is a question that arises all the time in health circles. However, there is much more to this question than you might first imagine. For example, it is not the amount of coffee consumed, but the additional products that are added to the cup of coffee that you should be more concerned about. Generally, people drink coffee with donuts, slice of cake, or a bagel. In addition, many add sugar, cream, heavy whipped cream, and a combination of other ingredients that are not exactly healthy.

 

A Closer Look At The Ingredients

Most coffee lovers are not able to start their day without a cup of coffee. A cup or several cups of black coffee is not the issue. The fact is that people add unhealthy ingredients to their coffee. Instead, consider substituting a healthier product. For example, instead of heavy cream in your coffee, add low fat milk. Instead of adding a calorie laden designer flavor to the coffee, add a teaspoon of sugar. This one simple step saves calories and you are able to receive the health benefits that are associated with drinking coffee. For example, it’s thought coffee is good for the heart and diabetes. Here is an idea. The next time that you pour yourself a cup of coffee, keep it simple. Drink a cup ob black coffee with just a teaspoon of sugar.

Teens Consuming More Coffee

June 13th, 2018

Take a walk around your local supermarket and you will quickly discover that many of the cereals, candy, and drinks that are marketed to kids are filled with caffeine. Clearly, kids are getting hooked on caffeine at a very early age. Is it any surprise that kids and teens eventually turn to coffee to get their caffeine high? At one time, a young teen might start their day with a glass of juice. However, today kids and teens are more likely to start their day with a hot cup of coffee.

 

Coffee And Caffeine

Some parents actually let their kids drink a cup of coffee at breakfast and other meals. Kids quickly become addicted to the coffee, developing caffeine addiction symptoms along the way that interfere with school and their social life. For example, kids and teens that consume too much coffee are restless or they simply are too buzzed to get an adequate amount of sleep. Caffeine is a stimulate and should not be included in a young person’s meals. Long term use might lead to anxiety, nervous disorders, restlessness, and motor development problems.

 

National Coffee Association Is Rejoicing

The National Coffee Association is aware of the recent increase in kids and teens drinking coffee, and they are rejoicing. In fact, almost 50 percent of young teens and kids consume coffee on a regular basis. Why such a high consumption number? Many schools supply coffee products with their lunches and local coffee shops sell coffee to kids and teens.

Starbucks Causes Cancer?

June 12th, 2018

Millions of coffee lovers start their day with a hot cup of coffee. This is the routine that really gets their motor running and ready for the day. However, news reports surfaced recently stating that coffee causes cancer. Imagine the shock on the face of your average coffee lover. Their favorite morning brew is bad for their health. Does this mean that Starbucks causes cancer? Well, don’t give up your cup of coffee just yet. There is much more to this news breaking story.

 

Say It Isn’t So

Certainly, coffee lovers across the country would like to strongly disagree with the news about coffee causing cancer. Starting the day with a cup of coffee is something that they really enjoy on a daily basis. Here is the deal. Researchers did not release information about coffee causing cancer. It was a judge. This judge ruled that Starbucks should place a cancer warning label on their products, after a non-profit group sued a number of coffee distributors. This has to do with California’s Proposition 65 about chemicals in products that might cause cancer.

 

More Research Is Required

The name of the chemical that is thought to cause cancer is Acrylamide. This chemical is found in a wide variety of foods and beverages and it is formed because of high temperatures during the manufacturing process. Still, more research should take a look at the connection between this chemical and cancer before making a final determination on the cancer causing properties associated with the product.

Falling Coffee Prices Hurt Producers World Wide

June 11th, 2018

After Brazil, Colombia is the world largest coffee producer. Half of all of its products go to the United States, meaning the U.S. market is key to the sustainability of the industry. However, lower coffee prices coupled with rising production costs has damaged the Colombian market despite a sudden upswing in coffee production. The result is the current export market has declined due to lower commodity prices squeezing the industry. A boon for U.S based coffee drinkers but worrisome for Colombian coffee producers.

 

While the U.S. consumer market remains an important aspect when assessing Colombia’s coffee sector, increasing local demand has begun to hit producers. A recent GAIN report states that domestic prices in Colombia have declined thanks to the recovery of the Colombian peso and declining world-prices for green coffee.

 

This has cut into local producers profit margins has they struggle to balance a rising demand- lower cost conundrum. Farmers, finding these trends worrisome have reached out the for help from FNC and other government organizations. FNC estimates that 35 to 40 percent of Colombian coffee is annually linked to the specialty market. To thwart a continuing trend of downwards coffee prices and their damage to local producer’s profits, the FNC has discussed opening direct trade negotiations between the local sellers and international buyers, cutting out the middleman and giving Colombian coffee producers a boost with higher prices for lower-volume shipments.

Coffee for Parents

June 10th, 2018

Coffee is that thing that helps a lot of parents make it through the day. If you have ever struggled to get out of bed that sweet coffee aroma may be the thing that lets you build up a higher tolerance to getting through the day. Some people just have to get that sugar rush in order to make it through the day.

 

Parents are especially happy to get a nice roasted brew when they wake up. Dealing with their children can be something that requires something of a sugar rush. This is the main reason that so many people get perked up by coffee. It is much easier to function during the course of the day when you have had time to sip your favorite beverage. Some coffee drinkers will start their day with a freshly brewed cup. Others may go throughout the course of the day with their coffee mugs in hand because they need it from morning to the evening hours.

 

Coffee appeals to a large crowd because there are so many variations that are out there. Some people love the taste of French Vanilla. Others are fans of the Hazelnut coffee. There are so many variations out there for people to indulge in. People may assume that they do not have a favorite, but everyone tends to have a favorite of some sorts. Sometimes people just want a particular brand. Some people are fans of Green Mountain coffee while others like Starbucks or Maxwell House coffee brands.