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Posted: 06/23/09
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Santa with coffeeDieci –The Drink Made of 10 Espressos!
Some call it crazy. Others are intrigued. The Pulp & The Bean in Brooklyn, NY has recently started offering a 20-ounce drink consisting of 10 pure shots of espresso…and it’s not decaf either. Sold for $8 a cup, this concoction is extracted from a blend consisting of beans from Brazil, Indonesia and Honduras. It is being marketed to young professionals and students. Health warnings have reportedly popped up in the coffeehouse advising customers to exercise caution when consuming the Dieci, but you have to wonder...who really needs 10 shots of espresso in one drink?

American CoffeeNavy Ships Equipped For Coffee
For service men and women aboard select navy carriers, reporting for early morning duty just got a little easier. Gourmet coffee shops and kiosks have started to pop up on the decks of some famous vessels including: the USS Enterprise, George H.W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln and others. The Starboard Joe’s, Lone Star Café and Jittery Abe’s cost $50,000 each to open and with every location serving between 500 and 600 cups a day, these establishments are expected to recoup their costs within 4 months. More importantly, the lattes, espressos and cappuccinos have been embraced by crew members as welcomed alternatives to the mess-hall coffee. The shops, themselves, are becoming social spots for naval personnel looking to catch up over a cup of Joe. Reportedly, the most popular drinks at Honest Abe’s are the caramel macchiato and white mocha.

Woman with coffeeLet Coffee Put You In A Good Mood
A scientific study recently released by Ohio University has found that the pep you get in your step after drinking a good cup of Joe may not be all due to the caffeine. The coffee itself actually triggers the release of dopamine, which activates the brain’s pleasure receptors. So, if you need a pick-me-up go ahead and power up that espresso machine! Other good-mood foods include chocolate (surprise, surprise), milk and sugar.

 

Couple with coffeeCoffee Could Help You Land A Date
It will wake you up in the morning and keep you focused throughout the day. It could curve your chance of getting certain diseases and heighten a workout. Now, coffee, in all its aromatic glory, could help you land a date...at least in New York City. In a study commissioned by men’s grooming company, AXE, Manhattan women are more attracted to the scent of coffee than any other smells. Since the olfactory senses play a key role in human attraction, smelling like fresh java could actually increase your chances of getting a date with a New Yorker. Could l’eau d’espresso be on our horizon?

 

Coffee and handwritingCoffee And Your Handwriting
German scientists from the University of Regenburgh's Department of Experimental Psychology found evidence to suggest that the caffeine content in coffee could improve handwriting. Researchers gave subjects 3.0mg and 4.5mg of caffeine as well as placebo pills. They found that the group that was given the highest dose, the equivalence of 2-3 shots of espresso, showed marked improvement in handwriting speed and fluidity. The findings suggest that psychomotor skills may benefit from a bit of caffeine. If you're scribbling chicken scratch, as opposed to readable notes, maybe you should take time out for a coffee break.

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Coffee Bikes
We told you about the decline of the coffee cart in one of our blogs; it seems one door may be opening as another closes. Putting new spin on the tradition of coffee on wheels, three Brooklyn residents have taken to the street with custom bicycle coffee stands. The cafés on bikes, named Kickstand Coffee, consist of rolling carts hitched to the back of bicycles, which can be unfolded and linked together to create a 9-foot bar. Hot and iced coffee retails for $2.50 a cup. Residents and tourists alike can catch Kickstand Coffee at McCarren Park and the Artists & Fleas market in Brooklyn, NY.

 

coffeeBreaking News: Coffee Trumps Nap
Have a job that requires you to be efficient and accurate? Believe it or not, you’ll benefit more from a cup of Joe than you would catching a few Z’s. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers found that caffeine increased alertness in shift workers better than powernaps. After a bit of coffee, the shift workers who participated in the study performed better on memory, perception, reasoning, and attention-related tests. Better acuity means reduced workplace accidents and injuries. All the more reason for workplaces to offer free coffee as an employee perk!

 

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Coffee Cup Island for the Green Java Lover
A few years ago, Amsterdam's Studio Noach set out to build floating homes made of recycled polystyrene—commonly found in hamburger clamshells, packing materials, and coffee cups. Today, the green dream has grown...into a full-fledged island! Proving that one person's trash is another's treasure, Studio Noach co-founder Michel Kreuger envisions a future that includes water-based dwellings made of recycled waste.

The concept reshapes polycarbonate materials into productive space featuring rolling hills and, astonishingly, live greenery! Dubbed "Floating Gardens/SpaWellness Amsterdam," the island is capable of sustaining plants without soil, due to its close proximity to nutrient-rich water. This sustainable island is being developed for a lake location and has the potential to change the way we look at disposable coffee cups.

 

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Heart Health
Contrary to conventional wisdom, consuming coffee may be good for your heart. According to findings, presented at the American Heart Association's 50th Annual Conference, people who consumed one to three cups a day reduced their risk of being hospitalized for cardiac dysrhythmia by 7%; drinking four or more cups a day lowers risks by nearly 18%.

The study followed more than 130,000 people and found similar risk reduction associated with drinking coffee among a number of groups including: men, women, Caucasians, and African Americans. Time to warm up the espresso machine and drink to good health!

 

Artist's renderingArtists' Rendering — Untitled Espresso Machine
Remember those Hypercolor shirts from the late 80s, early 90s? You know the ones that changed colors when they came into contact with heat? Now, re-imagine them in the form of an espresso machine. Untitled, a winning concept from Nespresso’s Design Contest, is nothing short of utterly inventive. Baring a striking resemblance to a whiteboard or blank canvas, the machine has a thermo-sensitive exterior, which reveals color changes as a result of heat generated by the brewing process. Untitled looks as though it could be wall mounted—blurring the line between home appliance and decoration.

Woman with coffeeCoffee Could Lower Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Women who drink two, or more, cups of regular (caffeinated) coffee may be decreasing their risk for endometrial cancer, according to a study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Endometrial cancer affects cells lining the uterus. In a study of over 60,000 Swedish women, the coffee-drinking ladies decreased their risk of developing endometrial cancer by an average of 10% with each cup they consumed, beyond two cups a day. Overweight women seemed to benefit the most from coffee consumption, with a reported 12% decrease. While additional research is needed, the findings may give women incentive to raise a cup of coffee or two.

 

Busting the Myths: Coffee & Health
We've all heard the quiet whispers and those rumors regarding coffee through the grapevine. Well, we're putting our foot down at Whole Latte Love; sometimes, enough is enough. It's time to examine two popular health-related coffee myths and determine, once and for all, what's fact and what's fiction....

Red BullRed Bull has more caffeine than coffee
Sound the buzzer, this one's completely false! While Red Bull relies on clever marketing to brand itself as the top energy drink, it only delivers about 80 milligrams of caffeine per eight-ounce can, that's about 20 milligrams short of an average cup of coffee. If you need a morning pick-me-up you may be better off turning to your espresso machine rather than the fridge.

Coffee Causes Heart Disease
Most people assume that since coffee is a stimulant, it could lead to coronary disease. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Regular coffee consumption could actually lower your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 25 percent, according to a study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

If you've heard of a health-related coffee myth you'd like us to get to the bottom of, leave a comment and we'll do our best to sort fact from fiction!

 

 

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