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The Pros and Cons of Caffeine Consumption

Millions of us jumpstart our day with coffee. Should we worry about health risks associated with drinking caffeine?
A plethora of studies have examined possible links between caffeine and health issues like cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis, but no evidence has been found to link moderate caffeine intake to health risks.

The latest research confirms that coffee consumption (in moderation) reduces risk of:

  • Colon cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver damage
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Gallstones

Coffee has been show to improve:

  • Endurance performance in long-duration physical activities
  • Cognitive...

Espresso: An Organoleptic Experience

Specifically in Italy, everyone has a similar mental picture when they hear “espresso.”  It’s a small heavy china cup whose capacity is around 50ml. It is half full with a dark brew and then topped by thick, reddish-brown foam of tiny bubbles. Millions of cups are sold worldwide each day, every consumer finding a place for it in their day; morning eye-opener, capping off a meal later in the day, or perhaps offering a sense of revival at the end of a long day.

Naturally, most people concern themselves with the simple act of consuming the espresso. A closer look at the process demonstrates...

Coffee Operation Pop Quiz

As a coffee retailer, you probably have a solid working knowledge of the coffee world, as so many new products, purchasing decisions, and flavors continue to surround such an antique drink.  While your understanding is important to running a successful business, it is just as vital that your staff understands the product they are serving as well, as they are the link between the customer and that cup of joe. Here are a few basic questions that your staff should be able to answer:

How does the cost of the coffee relate to its quality?

Oftentimes, the cost of specialty coffee pertains to the...

Decaffeinated Coffee: Coffee Minus the Jolt

For many of us, it's the highly-caffeinated cup of joe that gets our mornings underway or rejuvenates our afternoon slump. Still, there are many that prefer it's less jittery cousin, commonly known as decaf. While its existence is commonplace, few stop to think about how we get to the decaffeinated version. 

There are several methods used in reducing or eliminating the caffeine content of the coffee bean, but they are all pretty similar. First, processors use water or steam to swell the green beans, then they extract the caffeine using a solvent. Water, ethyl acetate, methylene...

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