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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019.

Why Does Coffee Make Us Poop? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

Why Does Coffee Make Us Poop? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

A good chunk of regular coffee drinkers know that coffee isn’t just great at getting them awake in the morning—it also makes them get up and go poop. But while coffee’s laxative powers are well-known , it’s not clear why exactly this happens. To get to the bottom of this mystery, some scientists decided to do exactly what you’d expect scientists to: They gave lab rats some coffee.

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jul 14, 2019.

More Than Half of Wild Coffee Species Could Go Extinct, and It’s Our Fault

More Than Half of Wild Coffee Species Could Go Extinct, and It’s Our Fault

If you’re a coffee aficionado, brace yourself because I’ve got some bad news for you.

About 60 percent of the 124 wild coffee species worldwide are threatened with extinction, according to a new study published in Science Advances Wednesday. While the list only includes one of the roughly five coffee species used commercially around the globe—Arabica—the finding nevertheless bodes poorly for...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 04, 2019. 8 comments

Your Caffeine or Nicotine Addiction Could Make Your Hospital Stay a Whole Lot Worse

Your Caffeine or Nicotine Addiction Could Make Your Hospital Stay a Whole Lot Worse

A coffee or smoking habit can cause a person some serious trouble if they end up in the hospital, preliminary research suggests. Patients in the intensive care unit often suffer withdrawal symptoms from caffeine and nicotine, it found. Worse still, doctors might mistake the cause of those symptoms for something else, leading to unneeded testing or treatments.

The authors of the research,...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 31, 2018. 15 comments

Don't Tell People Coffee Causes Cancer, FDA Warns California

Don't Tell People Coffee Causes Cancer, FDA Warns California

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop the state of California from going ahead and abiding with a controversial court decision, one that would mandate coffee sold in the state come with a label warning people it could cause cancer.

Since 1986, California has had a law that demands companies selling any products deemed to be carcinogenic by the state to include a warning label....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 06, 2018. 5 comments

Starbucks: Sorry, Your Bitcoin Is Still No Good Here

Starbucks: Sorry, Your Bitcoin Is Still No Good Here

Starbucks wants to be crystal clear: Despite recent stories about their involvement in some sort of blockchain project, they are not going to be accepting bitcoin as a form of payment for coffee.

On Friday, Starbucks and a number of other companies including the Intercontinental Stock Exchange, Microsoft, and BCG announced they were forming Bakkt, a company that intends to create a “seamless...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 20, 2018. 12 comments

Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All

Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All

Officials with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have intervened to nullify a recent court ruling saying coffee sold in the state—say, like at a local Starbucks—must be accompanied by warning labels saying brewed coffee contains the carcinogen acrylamide.

The Los Angeles Superior Court ruling ordered producers to put warning labels on the packaging of all...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Mar 31, 2018. 22 comments

Starbucks Must Tell Customers Its Coffee Contains a Cancer-Causing Ingredient, But Don't Panic

Starbucks Must Tell Customers Its Coffee Contains a Cancer-Causing Ingredient, But Don't Panic

Earlier Wednesday, a California Superior Court judge issued a proposed ruling that’s bound to stress out lots of java drinkers—even if it probably shouldn’t. Companies like Starbucks will have to tell customers that their coffee can potentially cause cancer.

The case was first brought before the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010 by the nonprofit Council for Education and Research on...

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Omar Kardoudi Omar Kardoudi Mar 07, 2018. 7 comments

This video made me crave coffee this morning (even more)

This video made me crave coffee this morning (even more)

If you like coffee as much as I do, New York City is the place you want to be. Filmmaker James Casey shares New Yorker's obsession with coffee and shows them talking about it in this neat video that made me crave a cup of deep black joe.

While I was enjoying my good hot black coffee this video popped into my mind:

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Jamie Condliffe Jamie Condliffe Mar 06, 2018. 11 comments

Scientists Have Worked Out What the Mysterious White Mist On Coffee Is

Scientists Have Worked Out What the Mysterious White Mist On Coffee Is

If you've noticed a thin white mist clinging to the surface of your coffee—not the crema, northe steam, but a ghostly white layer just on the surface—you're not alone. Now, Japanese scientists are beginning to understand where it comes from.

It's long been a mystery. First identified in the 1920s, it's also been shown to be present on top of tea and plain old hot water—it's just that coffee...

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Michael Hession Michael Hession Mar 01, 2018. 11 comments

Breville Grind Control Review: Can Full Auto Satisfy a Coffee Geek?

Breville Grind Control Review: Can Full Auto Satisfy a Coffee Geek?

As much as I love the ritual of my daily manual pour-over, even a coffee geek like me sometimes wishes for an easier method. There are a few great automatic coffee machines out there, but the Breville Grind Control features a built-in burr grinder—an essential device for great coffee. It promises high quality with as little effort as possible.

What Is It?

It’s a $300 automatic coffee maker with...

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Feb 05, 2018. 11 comments

Why One Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup Lid Dominates All The Rest

Why One Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup Lid Dominates All The Rest

The Solo Traveler lid takes in to account human anatomy, ergonomics and functionality in a simple and elegant way. It is very hard to improve upon this form-follows-function design.

The Solo Lid broadcasts, by its very design, how to use the product; many other lid systems do not. The iconic design has been featured in a number of Modern Art exhibits and has won notable design awards.

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Ria Misra Ria Misra Dec 15, 2017. 8 comments

This Beetle's Caffeine Addiction Is Threatening Your Own

This Beetle's Caffeine Addiction Is Threatening Your Own

For its size, the coffee berry borer makes your caffeine consumption look almost laughably manageable, downing an amount that relative to its body mass would be like a person taking 500 shots of espresso in one day—and its habit is becoming a real threat to coffee supplies.

A new study in Nature Communications looks at the great mystery of the coffee berry borer: Just how does it manage to...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Dec 15, 2017. 7 comments

Making an Espresso Maker Out of Scrap Metal Is Just Gorgeous to Watch

Making an Espresso Maker Out of Scrap Metal Is Just Gorgeous to Watch

This Old Tony is good on a lathe. Really good. If it feels self-explanatory as a tool (thing spins fast, other thing stays still) just listening to him talk about it makes it clear that most of us don’t know jack shit about machining.

In his most recent project he made one of those fancy moka pots out of some scrap aluminum. And in his own words, the finished brew only had a hint of WD40 in...

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Dec 15, 2017. 18 comments

Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time

Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time

So many of us wake up in the morning and immediately seek out coffee like the brown water addicted fools we are. ASAP Science, however, explains that that is completely the wrong way to do it. We’re not maximizing the caffeine or our body’s natural energy, instead, the right way to drink coffee is to wait.

It sounds blasphemous but science ain’t always what we want to hear.

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Sean Hollister Sean Hollister Dec 15, 2017. 6 comments

Starbucks Computers Are Down Nationwide, And You Might Get Free Coffee

Starbucks Computers Are Down Nationwide, And You Might Get Free Coffee

Think you’re going to pay for Starbucks with your shiny new Apple Watch this evening? Think again. Starbucks computers are down across North America, and some stores are giving out free coffee in the meanwhile. I certainly enjoyed mine!

“Yes it is true,” Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson told CNNMoney. “The point of sale cash registers are down in the U.S. and Canada. It is not a hack. It happened...

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Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Dec 14, 2017. 22 comments

"Mocha" Was a Place, Is a Flavor, and May Be a Scientific Innovation

"Mocha" Was a Place, Is a Flavor, and May Be a Scientific Innovation

Have you ordered a mocha lately? Do you realize that “mocha” shouldn’t actually mean “chocolate-flavored-coffee,” and instead should mean really, really expensive coffee? And that someday, it could mean the best decaffeinated coffee in the world?

For me, mocha always meant a combination of chocolate and coffee. That’s what most of the world thinks of when they order a mocha at a coffee house....

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Nov 28, 2017. 17 comments

The Only Good Use For a Keurig Machine

The Only Good Use For a Keurig Machine

Time and time again we’ve cautioned you against buying coffee pod machines like the Keurig , but what if one is gifted to you? Instead of just settling for bad coffee every morning, you can do what Evan Booth did and rebuild it into something else, like a functional robotic bionic hand.

This isn’t some weekend build project for the everyman, unfortunately. Using just the parts from...

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Kiona Smith-Strickland Kiona Smith-Strickland Nov 19, 2017. 10 comments

Bats in India Have Found a New Home on Coffee Plantations

Bats in India Have Found a New Home on Coffee Plantations

If you’ve had a cup of coffee recently, the plants it grew on may once have been home to bats and other threatened wildlife. It turns out that when coffee plantations encroach on natural forest habitat, bats are happy to live in the coffee.

A Biodiversity Hotspot

The Western Ghats mountain range runs along the western edge of the Indian subcontinent. The area around the Western Ghats is home to...

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Mika McKinnon (mika.mckinnon@gmail.com) Mika McKinnon (mika.mckinnon@gmail.com) Oct 13, 2017. 12 comments

Life On The Space Station Just Got Infinitely More Civilized

Life On The Space Station Just Got Infinitely More Civilized

A new espresso maker and unique zero-gravity cups are bringing new luxury to the International Space Station. Today at 12:44 GMT, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti enjoyed the first space-brewed espresso, and she had an awe-inspiring view while doing it.

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti takes in the view while sipping espresso from a zero-gravity glass. Image credit:

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Ria Misra Ria Misra Oct 10, 2017. 21 comments

Counterfeit Coffee Is Now Something You Need to Worry About

Counterfeit Coffee Is Now Something You Need to Worry About

Sip your morning coffee suspiciously, friend—it may not be what you think.

The Washington Post chatted with the creators of a new testing method for coffee beans, which double checks that the name on the label of your beans matches what you’re actually getting. Although existing tests can already identify the types of coffee beans, the new method is more precise, as well as quicker and easier...

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