Coffee May Benefit Those With Chronic Kidney Disease

December 16th, 2017

WebMD discusses the findings from a new medical study which found that coffee and other caffeinated beverages may help increase the lifespan of those with chronic kidney disease.

The study found that, among the more than 2,300 participants with chronic kidney disease in the study, those who drank the largest amount of caffeinated drinks were able to extend their average lifespan by 24%. Despite this shockingly large number, however, the study was unable to find any conclusive reason for why this might be, or even how much or how little caffeine must be ingested before a person can see benefits.

“Our study showed a dose-dependent protective effect of caffeine consumption on all-cause mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease,” lead researcher Dr. Miguel Bigotte Vieira said in the report. “However, our observational study cannot prove that caffeine reduces the risk of death, but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect.”

Additionally, before this method of treatment could ever be recommended to a person affected by chronic kidney disease, more testing would be required. Specifically, the original study did not specifically test those who drank caffeine against those who did not, meaning there was no dedicated control group.

Overall, while these results may be interesting to think about, more research will be necessary before any conclusive results can be presented. Even so, it’s important to remember that, should this turn out to be true, caffeine can have other negative effects on people and should be used in moderation.

Coffee Drinkers Can Rush To Starbucks For Their Latest Holiday Cup

December 15th, 2017

Who can forget the scandal from last year with Star Bucks and their Christmas mug? Well, this year the plain red cup has got a bit of a boost in creativity. In fact, the red seems to be merely a backdrop to all the artsy scenes happening. The cup is mostly white with hints of red and green. It’s very much unlike the ones from yesteryear. With the scandal from last year, Starbucks probably thought a festive design was in order.

What makes this year’s edition so unique? Well, Halloween is barely a memory, and they have already released the Christmas cup. This year’s signature series has their emblem along with gifts, Christmas trees, two-hands holding, and the mantra to give. To increase attention on the aspect of giving, the sleeve is bright red and states to “give good.”

The cup does catch the eye. It’s well thought out and seems to be quite festive. There is no mention of Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Not even a “Happy Holidays” adorns the signature mug. Starbucks always find themselves, and their cups, at the center of controversy. Past designs were said to lack Christmas appeal and therefore upset many. However, so far, this year, there have been no complaints. Keep in mind that it’s still early though.

Starbucks has said time and again that they have not waged a “war on Christmas.” So, with the latest eddition to their series, it seems that they are making a holiday statement without saying a word. Giving is indeed the meaning of the season, regardless of what faith or beliefs one has.

United Nations Coffee Award Highlights Fair Trade Ideals

December 14th, 2017

The second annual Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award has drawn a step closer with the naming of the top entrants for this year’s version of the competition created in conjunction with the United Nations. The debut version of the award saw Ethiopia’s Ahmed Legesse named as the grower of the best coffee in the world by a panel of nine experts who were forced into a single tie-breaking aroma test to name the best coffee on the planet, The Daily Meal reports.

Aroma plays a key role in the development of the award with the integrity, balance, and texture of the aroma of each coffee entered given marks to bring about a single overall winner. A total of 27 coffee bean growers have been entered into the 2017 version of the award with each grower sending a representative to New York to attend a series of events leading up to the naming of the world’s best coffee bean.

There are a number of different coffee growers from across the world entering the Ernesto Illy award who have their coffee beans scientifically examined in a lab before they are entered into the final taste test with a specialist panel consisting of food and beverage experts. The award grew out of the program created by the Ernesto Illy brand in the 1980s to purchase coffee directly from growers to allow the quality of coffee produced to be monitored and a fair salary to be paid to workers employed by coffee growers.

Tips For Beating a Coffee Addiction

December 13th, 2017

Many people drink a cup of coffee because they need it in order to get through the day. Drinking coffee in small amounts is not likely to cause any harm to your health. In fact, it can benefit your health in many ways. However, drinking too much coffee can be harmful because of the caffeine content.

If you are addicted to caffeine, then you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop consuming the caffeine. This includes things such as fatigue and headaches. Many people ignore these symptoms. They think that they have come down with the flu or another illness.

There are a number of things that you can do in order to beat a caffeine addiction. You will need to limit your consumption of caffeine to less than 400 mg per day. If you are pregnant or have a medical problem, then check with your doctor before consuming caffeine. Keep in mind that one cup of coffee has 100 to 400 mg of caffeine per day.

If you are still struggling with your caffeine consumption, then you can cut it in half. This will make the withdrawal symptoms more tolerable. It is also important to note that coffee can cause anxiety and sleeping problems. If you suffer from anxiety or sleeping problems, then you may want to cut out the caffeine completely.

Coffee Company May Be Interested in Acquiring Dunkin’ Donuts

December 12th, 2017

Shares of Dunkin’ Donuts rose 8% on Monday based on industry rumors that JAB Holding Company was expressing interest in buying the fast-food chain’s parent company, Dunkin Brands. JAB has recently gained attention in the restaurant industry by snapping up coffee and bakery chains across the country. In only the past two years, the company has purchased Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Stumptown Coffee, Keurig Green Mountain and Bruegger’s.

This focus on coffee shops and bakeries marks a switch for the company, which had previously focused on high fashion brands like Jimmy Choo, Bally Shoe and Belstaff. JAB began divesting itself of its luxury properties in July when it sold Jimmy Choo to Michael Kors for $1.2 billion. Earlier this week, British chemical company Ineos announced they were purchasing Belstaff from the business group. JAB is reportedly also seeking a buyer for their Bally holdings. Helmed by the intensely private and wealthy German Reimann family, JAB is well-known for quietly purchasing subsidiaries. Through its recent acquisitions, the company has cornered a large sector of the home and retail coffee market.

Influenced by lagging sales at its Baskin-Robbins locations, Dunkin’ Brands reported below average earnings for the third quarter. Analysts estimate that Dunkin’ Brands would cost JAB at least $7 billion. With Dunkin’ Donuts under its belt, JAB would be poised to take on the might of the Starbucks corporation. As rumors of JAB Holding Company’s plans circled through the industry, Dunkin’s stock continued to rise on Tuesday, increasing by 1.6%.

Tips For Brewing Your Own Coffee At Home

December 11th, 2017

Many of us cannot start our day without our morning cup of coffee. However, coffee can be quite expensive. If you purchase a $2 coffee per day, then you will spend $60 per month. The good news is that you can save a lot of money by brewing your own coffee at home. You will also have more options if you brew your own coffee at home.

One of the keys to making great coffee at home is to buy freshly-roasted coffee beans. You will have to use the beans fast once you open the package. The beans have a tendency to degrade quickly.

Coffee is made up of 98 to 99 percent water. That is why good-quality water is essential for making good coffee. You will need to use filtered water in order to make coffee. You will also need to measure in order to ensure that you get the proper ratio of beans to water. Generally speaking, you need 16 parts water to one part ground beans.

You will need to use the right hand grinder. A good grinder will allow you to grind several coffee beans in less than one minute. Additionally, you will need to use the right brewing device. You can prepare coffee at home in just 15 minutes. However, the amount of time it takes to brew coffee can vary.

You can save $180 by brewing your own coffee at home. You may also be able to make better coffee.

Why Drinking Coffee is Good for You

December 10th, 2017

If you enjoy a steaming cup of joe in the mornings, you’re in luck. Studies show that there are several benefits to consuming coffee on a regular basis. Aside from making you feel more awake and alert, here are some of the other reasons that coffee should be a part of your diet.

Coffee could lower your risk of developing skin cancer. A 2012 study published in Cancer Research suggests that regular caffeine consumption lowers the risk of basal cell carcinoma. Two 2015 studies from multiple sources also revealed that consuming caffeine can risk of the risk of melanoma.

Caffeine also has the ability to make exercising easier, since it provides the body with the necessary burst of energy for completing cardio and muscle training workouts. The substance also has the ability to ease pain and muscle tension. Caffeine is sometimes paired with pain relievers to help those who suffer from migraines, muscle pain or menstrual cramps.

A 2015 study published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia also suggests that consuming caffeine can help improve the memory. This means that your regular cup of coffee could make you better and planning and organizing, as well as time management. The benefits are more noticeable when you consume coffee on a regular basis.

If you drink coffee regularly, it’s best to stick to your morning (or afternoon) cup instead of turning to energy drinks. These beverages can sometimes have 5 times the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Regular coffee consumption in moderate amounts, however, can lead to improved overall health and well-being.

Can Coffee Alleviate Your Pain?

December 9th, 2017

Many people have a cup of coffee before they start their day. Coffee has been praised for its health benefits for a long time. A recent study has stated that coffee can alleviate pain.

Studies have shown that coffee can reduce the size of the blood vessels in the brain. These blood vessels typically get bigger before a migraine develops. If you combine coffee with Aspirin, then you can reduce your headache. Drinking coffee along with taking Aspirin is more effective than using Aspirin by itself.

Researchers believe that the caffeine in the coffee is what helps get rid of the pain. Caffeine helps reduce pain by reducing inflammation. It is important to note that caffeine affects people differently. That is why you have to be mindful of how much caffeine you consume.

Furthermore, living an overall healthy lifestyle is one of the best things that you can do in order to reduce or eliminate pain. You will need to make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep and drinking enough water. You will also need to follow a nutritious diet and exercise on a regular basis. Additionally, keeping your stress down can help get rid of pain. You can get a massage or meditate in order to eliminate stress.

There are many things that can trigger a headache including certain foods and smells. You can use a diary in order to keep track of things that trigger a headache.

Denver Coffee Shop Reopens Despite Protests

December 8th, 2017

It is a little unusual for a coffee shop to be the subject of protests, but that was the case for one coffee shop in Denver. The issue at hand was a sign that the shop had put out when it was still in business the first time. The sign read: “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014”. It appears to have been a little bit of a tongue-in-check type joke that was definitely taken the wrong way by some people.

The ink! coffee shop as it is known had a handful of protesters gathered outside its doors when they reopened the building. Those protesters were calling on the resignation of the Denver Mayor and a Denver City Council member due to their reactions to the controversy. The leader of the protests said that the city did not elect leaders who just show up when the cameras are turned on. He wanted leaders who showed up when there were no cameras.

He went on to say that the city is pushing out minorities due to some of the policies and ways that business is taking place in the city. He did not appreciate that the coffee shop seemed to be enjoying the gentrification process that he so despises.

The founder of the coffee company has since called the sign that they put out callous and uncalled for. He says that it was a “blind spot” in the company’s history, and he said that the same mistake would not be made again in the future.

Nespresso to Expand Sustainable Coffee Production in Columbia

December 7th, 2017

Nespresso announced on November 28, 2017, that it would be greatly expanding its coffee bean buying program in Columbia. The program that is officially called the AAA Sustainable Quality Program will work with over 500 small producers in the San Vicente del Caguán región. Producers will have the benefit of learning from 150 experts that the government is positioning in the area and the Colombian government and private companies like Nespresso have pledged $17 million to help growers. The program has already been successful in other parts of the country where 33,000 residents are employed growing coffee under a similar program that began in 2004.

Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality Program hopes that by 2020 all of its coffee can be sustainably sourced. In order to achieve this goal the company is already working with growers in 12 different countries, and they have plans to start working in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan along with the expansion in Columbia. Producers are taught through the program to treat workers fairly, management water responsibly and develop biodiversity.

In Columbia, Nespresso and the government have worked together to create a unique program allowing growers to pass their land down to their children. In exchange for being part of the Future Farmers program, each producer makes a contribution to his or her retirement fund. Nespresso then matches those funds up to 20 percent of the individual’s investment. While the average age of a coffee grower in the country is 53, the government and Nespresso hope that this program ensures that people will be around to grow coffee beans for a long time.