A Hot Coffee Culture in Salt Lake City
Nov12

A Hot Coffee Culture in Salt Lake City

By Lucy Cunningham  Nov. 11/14  NYT Travel In a place known more for proximity to powdery ski slopes than perfect espresso pulls, it’s easy to assume Salt Lake City couldn’t breed advanced coffee geek culture. Yet the high-desert city has become the kind of town where some cafes sell 12 ounces of roasted coffee beans for $50 and teach customers about the benefits of drinking coffee without cream or sugar. The current coffee pioneers,...

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I Am Not a Coffee Drinker
Oct21

I Am Not a Coffee Drinker

By ETHAN HAUSER  OCT. 18, 2014  Sunday Review NYT I DON’T know what an Americano is. I don’t know what Chemex is, though I thought the point was to get chemicals out of our foods, not into. Maybe that is what the “ex” is for. I don’t know what cold drip is. (I do know what iced coffee is. Iced tea, too — Mayor Bloomberg tried to ban it and that’s what got him voted out of office, right?) I know what a latte is. I know what Starbucks...

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Coffee May Protect the Liver
Oct21

Coffee May Protect the Liver

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  OCTOBER 20, 2014  NYT Wellness Drinking coffee — even decaffeinated coffee — may protect your liver, a large new study has found. Researchers examined the coffee-drinking habits of 27,793 people who filled out diet questionnaires in a large national health study from 1999 to 2010. The scientists also tracked blood levels of four enzymes that indicate liver function. The study is online in Hepatology. More than...

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How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up
Sep22

How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up

Sept 4, 2014 Carl Zimmer for the New Your Times, Science Every second, people around the world drink more than 26,000 cups of coffee. And while some of them may care only about the taste, most use it as a way to deliver caffeine into their bloodstream. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Many of us get our caffeine fix in tea, and still others drink mate, brewed from the South American yerba mate...

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Caffeine May Reduce Tinnitus Risk
Aug18

Caffeine May Reduce Tinnitus Risk

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  AUGUST 13, 2014 August 14, 2014 A new study reports that caffeine intake is associated with a reduced risk for tinnitus — ringing or buzzing in the ears. Researchers tracked caffeine use and incidents of tinnitus in 65,085 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II. They were 30 to 34 and without tinnitus at the start of the study. Over the next 18 years, 5,289 developed the disorder. The women recorded their use of...

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If You Read This, You Might Never Drink a Latte Again
Jul19

If You Read This, You Might Never Drink a Latte Again

NYT OP-TALK by Anna North, July 10, 2014 Lattes have a lot to answer for. To some, drinking one makes you a snob. To others, it makes you a spendthrift. But neither of these perceptions may be particularly accurate — and in fact, the latte can tell us a lot about how America thinks about food, work and money. Perhaps the latte’s most popular association, at least currently, is with a certain level of affluence. Conservatives complain...

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