American Coffee Consumption At A Six-Year High

May 11th, 2018

Americans continue to guzzle coffee at record levels. The National Coffee Association reports that U.S. consumers are drinking the dark brew at the highest rate in six years.

Even so, the trend is flat when compared with the previous year. The amount of coffee slurped over 2017 showed only a tiny increase in some categories and zero increase over many others.

It’s obvious that the much-preferred form of coffee is expresso with 24% favoring that form of brew. People drinking traditional coffee, such as that made with the most common drip method, lags behind with 16 percent.

Most of the coffee consumed in America is still that which folks make for themselves at home. In the meantime, coffee purchased outside the home showed a slight dip among the U.S. market base.

One trend is clear: Younger people are driving the surging popularity of gourmet coffee brands. Just 19% of people aged 18-24 drank ordinary or “traditional” coffee – but some 37% in that age range favored a more expensive gourmet brand.

People over the age of 60 still prefer traditional coffee. About 42% of older people opt for traditional brews while 37% prefer gourmet brands.

The most popular time of day for drinking coffee are morning hours by a large margin. Just over 82% drink coffee for breakfast while only 13% drink coffee in the evening. Some 41% of people polled said they drink coffee between the hours of breakfast and lunch.

The National Coffee Association has been following and reporting coffee consumption statistics every year since 1950.

Michael Burwell: The Finance Guru

May 5th, 2018

Willies Tower Watson, a leading international advisory, broking, and solutions firm named Michael Burwell as the company’s new Chief Finance Officer. Michael would replace Roger Millay, the former Chief Finance Officer once he retired voluntarily on 2nd October 2017.


Mike Burwell has approximately 31 years of experience in professional and financial services from Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC). Mike has served in various senior leadership positions for the past decade, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in the United States; Head of Transaction Services in the US and Head of Global Transformation. Besides, he has 12 years of experience in Transaction Services advisory and 11 years of experience in auditing, including assisting corporations with pre-merger and valuations.


Commenting on this announcement, the Chief Executive Officer of Willis Towers Watson, John Haley said that they were excited to have Michael Burwell in their leadership team at such a time when their company is undergoing evolution. Burwell understands leading, managing and driving outcomes in a multifaceted global enterprise with a robust focus on customers.


According to John Haley, Burwell’s expertise in transformation, transactions, and finance is well matched to direct the long-term growth and integration efforts of Willis Towers Watson to enable the company to achieve its full potential.


Before his new position in Willis Towers Watson, Michael Burwell spent 31 years working at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). In his time at PwC, he worked on business advisory services in the assurance practice for 11 years. Before that Mike served as the Leader of Transaction Services for Automotive Industry practice at PwC US. In 1997, Mike was elected as a partner and transferred to the Detroit transaction business of PwC. He was later requested to take the leadership position of the PwC’s central US transaction business due to his achievements in Detroit. Mike was the Central Region Transaction Services Leader for PwC US and before Transaction Services Leader for the PwC US Automotive Industry practice.


Mike Burwell got an appointment as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of PwC’s US business. He also became the Vice Chairman of U.S and Global Transformation in 2012, where he assisted in creating and extending the internal shared services of PwC. Mike also oversaw different teams of internal operations including Finance, Human Capital, Global Strategic Sourcing, Finance, and Knowledge Management. Find Additional Information Here


Mike Burwell is a certified public accountant and holds a business administration degree from the Michigan State University. In 2010, Mike got named as the Alumnus of the year by Michigan State University.


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Adam Milstein Upholding the Israeli Heritage in the US

May 4th, 2018

Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Adam Milstein started working int he industry of real estate a few decades ago and making investments in property. He is also known for his writing on the Jerusalem Post where he discusses relevant topics and issues related to the Jewish religion and the Jewish community in the United States of America where he is used in California.

Philanthropy is also a huge part of Milstein’s career. He started a family foundation together with his wife several years ago. The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation has been sponsoring the education of students with Jewish roots since 2000. The organization helps students and young professionals to discover and re-discover their Jewish heritage and connect with it. The foundation sponsors education and travels to Israel and prompts students with Jewish roots to be proud of their culture.

Adam and Gila Milstein also established the Sifriyat Pijama B’America. The organization provides free books in Hebrew on a monthly bases to nearly a hundred Israeli-Jewish-American families based in the United States of America. A couple of years ago, the couple started the Donor Forum which is an initiative that connects pro-Israel causes with pro-Israel donors.

Several years ago, Adam Milstein co-founded the Israeli-American Council, and in 2015 he started operating as its Chairman of the Board. The Israeli-American Council is operating non-profit. It serves more than 250,000 Israeli-Americans living in the United States. The non-profit has the goal of preserving the Jewish identity and Israeli culture instead of letting them be assimilated and replaced.

Adam Milstein sits on other boards as well. He is on the boards of Israel on Campus Coalition, StandWithUs, the Hasbara fellowship, the Stand By Me, Birthright Israel, the Jewish Funders Network, as well as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council, and more that can be found on the Adam Milstein LinkedIn.

Adam Milstein is one of the most active Jewish people working towards upholding the Israeli and Jewish community in the United States of America. He strives to help end discrimination and to help people with Israeli heritage to connect with their culture. The businessman and philanthropist details his work n his Adam Milstein LinkedIn as well.

Coffee Linked With Alzheimer’s Symptoms

May 4th, 2018

Americans drink a lot of coffee. Some people can’t seem to get going in the mornings until they’ve had a least a cup or two. Others drink coffee throughout the day. However, a recent study may get people thinking about the long-term effects that coffee might have on the brain.

This week, a study was released by the group Frontiers in Pharmacology. This study focused on how the large amounts of caffeine found in coffee affected those who had the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

The test was conducted on rodents. The rodents had a type of Alzheimer’s found within the species. The rodents where given the equivalent of five cups of coffee per day over a six month period.

The researchers then performed a test to see if the rodents with a form of Alzheimer’s who were given the caffeine behaved differently than another group that was not given the caffeine. The researchers found a difference in the two groups.

The rodents who were given the equivalent of five cups of coffee per day showed signs of increased anxiety. Anxiety is a symptom of those who have Alzheimer’s disease. Another symptom of Alzheimer’s is a fear of strange objects. The rodents also showed exacerbation of this symptom. The rodents did not show any exacerbation of memory loss which is most often associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

While this is just a preliminary test, some neurologist already urge their Alzheimer’s patients not to drink coffee. Others believe that more extensive testing needs to be conducted on human populations.

Local Coffee Shop in Chicago Generates Buzz

May 3rd, 2018

For those who are regulars of Everybody’s Coffee in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago the fact that the coffee shop is slowly becoming more and more famous hardly comes as a surprise. Their superior coffee grounds, provided only by companies that abide by Fair and Direct Trade standards, delicious baked goods, and fair prices make it one of the most popular coffee places in the Uptown area, and the city as a whole.

Even major news outlets like the New York Times have taken notice. Recently, the famed newspaper mentioned Everybody’s Coffee in an article detailing five places to see in Chicago. However what separates Everybody’s Coffee from your average coffee shop is the homey feel and incredible amount of space in the store allowing patrons to stretch out and get comfortable. Everybody’s Coffee’s meteoric rise is perhaps emblematic of the Uptown neighborhood as a whole which has vastly expanded and grown in recent months. Uptown has long been known for both its grittiness and good food, and Everybody’s Coffee fits the mold of the neighborhood perfectly giving it an authentic feel.

Moving forward it is certain that Everybody’s Coffee will continue to generate good press due to their unique culture and delicious tasting coffee. Luckily, the character of the shop is one that is so engrained in every aspect of their business that it is a safe bet that the fame will not be going to the owners heads, and regulars can safely assume that the quality of the shop will remain high — even with the oncoming fame.

More Than 300 Types Of High Quality Coffee Are Now Available At A Website Named Trade

May 2nd, 2018

More Than 300 Types Of High Quality Coffee Are Now Available At A Website Named Trade Many people, including myself, really enjoy drinking a good cup of coffee. According to a recent Grub Street article, the European business conglomerate JAB Holding has launched a new website that offers online sales of more than 300 coffees from dozens of the top craft coffee roasters in America.

JAB Holding is already the owner of coffee companies such as Stumptown, Einstein Brothers, Intelligentsia, Krispy Kreme, Au Bon Pain and Panera. Their new website is named Trade and it stocks and sells these brands, plus all sorts of domestic coffee roasters, including third-wave brands.

A big selling-point with Trade is freshness and they guarantee the freshness of the coffees that they sell and ship. In addition to the huge selection of coffees that are available on their site, Trade offers lots of coffee brewing equipment.

Visitors to the Trade website will discover brewing items like burr grinders, scales, pour-overs, electric kettles and other products.

An easy-to-use coffee-recommendation service is a popular feature on the Trade website. With this service, users can describe exactly the type of coffee taste or brew method that they are seeking and the page will provide suitable coffee recommendations.

The Trade site also provides visitors with several brewing guides that show users how to do pour-over methods, French Press, Chemex and coffee maker brewing.

Reasons Coffee Belongs In Your Skincare Routine

May 1st, 2018

Coffee is a significant part of many people’s days. It’s long been used as a way to perk up in the mornings, and is even used as a dessert drink in the evenings. Studies have also shown that coffee can relax the nervous system and improve the function of the brain.

Coffee is also filled with antioxidants, which can slow down the aging process, and can reduce the chances of skin cancer development. In addition to drinking coffee regularly, here are some of the ways you can add coffee to your skin care routine.

Dr. Amy Wechsler says that coffee can get rid of puffiness under the eyes, since it helps to reduce inflammation. To get the best results, it’s best to use an eye cream that contains caffeine, since topical application is more effective.

Coffee grounds can also exfoliate the skin for a smoother complexion. Creating a facial and body scrub from finely ground coffee beans and a skin-soothing oil like almond or olive oil can give you glowing skin.

If you want to temporarily get rid of cellulite, coffee could be the solution. When you scrub with coffee, this brings more water into the skin and this causes the skin to plump. So, a coffee scrub could be a safe way to make the skin smoother for a few hours. However, it’s best not to scrub the skin too hard or too often so that you won’t cause permanent irritation.

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Canadian Girls Offer Starbucks An Environmental Challenge

April 30th, 2018

Odds are you, like everyone else, has heard of Starbucks. The company is wildly popular in both the United States and Canada where they recently found themselves the subject of two girls with a project to change the world.

Mya Chau and Eve Helman, both in grade 6, are two Canadian students who are looking to make an environmental change and hoping Starbucks will get behind them. Just a few years ago, one of the young girls overheard her mother talking about disposable cups and she began to wonder how many ended up in landfills each year. Her friend saw a news story discussing the fate of disposable cups in landfills and oceans and began to worry about the future of the planet. On the whole planet, it is estimated that about 430 billion disposable cups go in the trash each year. This waste often gets burned which adds to climate change. Sometimes trash makes its way to the ocean and at the current rate, it is estimated that over the next three decades there will be more trash in the ocean than fish. This upset both girls and spurred them into action.

They aimed at Starbucks, a brand that is one of the most popular around the world, and challenged the company to lead the way to a more sustainable means of serving customers and a brighter future. The request, at its base, is for the company to simply develop a cup that can be completely recycled. Currently, Starbucks uses a paper cup that is lined with a thin layer of oil based plastic, this plastic makes the cups impossible to recycle because the plastic clogs the machinery. In addition to that, the company is responsible for cutting down approximately one miller trees each year to create these cups. The company had once stated that they hoped to move to a more Earth friendly cup by the year 2015, but that idea was never fully completed. Starbucks responded to the girls comments and noted that the cups they currently use can be recycled at properly equipped facilities. Starbucks even claims to have some of the industries most recyclable cups.

The girls still have their petition up and can be found linked to the original article here. So far, it has gained a lot of attention and signatures online and only seems to be picking up steam. Hopefully Starbucks will take the challenge soon!

Reasons Adam Milstein Is Always a Name to Sing In the Jewish Community

April 30th, 2018

When some people relocate to a different country, they don’t take time to think about the people they left in their homeland. In fact, some people just go and adapt to the new culture they find and forget the customs of their homeland. Others have even denounced their home countries and sought permanent citizenship in a new country. However, there are others who will always have their homeland in mind and heart even when in a different country. They would still look for ways to advertise the cultures, lifestyles, and people of their motherland at all cost. If you haven’t found this with someone else, you won’t miss it with Adam Milstein.

Adam Milstein was born in Israel and spent his childhood years there. However, a time came for him to leave for the US where he spent the larger part of his adult life. Adam knows what having two homes feels like. While it is true that Adam Milstein went to the United States and found another home there, he still had a strong attachment to his motherland, Israel. In fact, the ties to his roots are very strong. Together with his lovely wife Gila, Adam found it wise to start a foundation called Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. He uses this foundation to remind the Jewish people where they came from, who they are, and what their roots are. He finds this charitable organization effective in helping the US and Israel governments establish a relationship that is not only stronger but also lasting.

Most people know a lot about him because of his philanthropic nature. Adam Milstein is known to help other charity organizations with whatever he could afford. Adam gives these charitable organizations the expert counsel and funds they need. Adam together with his staff members ensures they create ample time to interact with different people especially those of the Jewish culture. He does this to ensure he offers the best support and comfort he could afford. Adam is among those who co-founded the Israel-American Council. He happens to be the chairman of this council, and also the one in charge of all its expansion plans.

California Coffee Shops Must Post Cancer Warnings On Their Product

April 29th, 2018

Coffee shops located in California are now required to post warnings that cancer can be caused by coffee. There is no scientific evidence for this but California law feels a specific chemical found in coffee beans justifies the warning. This ruling came from Judge Elihu Berle due to the chemical produced during the process of roasting. This law was passed in California thirty years ago and is called Proposition 65.

Coffee beans emit a chemical when roasted called pernicious acrylamide in miniscule amounts. An extremely large dosage can be toxic. The amount of this chemical in coffee is so small scientific studies have revealed it is not dangerous. This chemical is also found in black olives, potato chips and toast. The minimal amounts of this chemical found in coffee instigated lawsuits against numerous coffee shops including Starbucks. The plaintiffs were unable to prove coffee had caused any harm. Despite this California law states the defendants must prove there were no health risks posed by their coffee. The inconclusive evidence was the reason the judge decided a warning must be posted. For more details please visit

Proposition 65 is considered controversial because of the cancer warnings. Businesses have to spend a lot of money on warnings yet they do not appear to be accomplishing anything. The companies must pay for signs and labels due to the number of companies sued. Many of the individuals instigating lawsuits are looking for small to medium sized targets. A lot of defendants were required to pay a large settlement to the plaintiffs. This means coffee shops have been added to the list of products requiring the posting of warning signs. The list includes vinyl, brass, leather, pottery, cosmetics, paint and toolsets. The problem is businesses are not protected from lawsuits from any issues occurring in the past.