Whether Decaf Or Regular, Coffee Seems To Be Good For Your Liver | HuffPost Healthy Living

See, coffee is health food!

Drinking decaffeinated coffee is just as helpful as drinking regular coffee is for maintaining a healthy liver, a new study finds.

Regardless of whether they drank decaf or regular, people in the study who drank large quantities of coffee on a daily basis had lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes, the researchers found. This suggests that a chemical in coffee other than caffeine may help the liver, the researchers said.

Other studies have found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risks of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

“Prior research found that drinking coffee may have a possible protective effect on the liver,” lead researcher Dr. Qian Xiao, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a statement. “However, the evidence is not clear if that benefit may extend to decaffeinated coffee.”

Read more of this story by Laura Geggel on HuffPost Healthy Living.


Don’t throw out those grounds!

This is what happened when I Googled “used coffee grounds” last night:

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds: Stash the leftovers from your morning pot of joe for these clever household uses

12 New Ways To Use Coffee Grounds

15 Surprising Things You Can Do With Coffee Grounds

15 Creative Uses for Coffee Grounds

14 Genius Ways To Recycle Used Coffee Grounds

The Starbucks coffee compost test: Those free grounds really are good for your soil

There were more than 2 million results. You can find the one that works for you.

Trouble is brewing for the coffee industry | treehugger.com

Oh nooooo!

Leaf rust is devastating Central American farmers, affecting 50 percent of crops, and ruining millions of bags of coffee.

If you made yourself a nice cup of coffee this morning, you likely didn’t stop to wonder about how secure the coffee supply chain is. It’s easy to take coffee for granted, as it’s so readily available. The reality, however, is that the coffee industry in Central America is in turmoil. Coffee growers are experiencing the worst epidemic of coffee leaf rust, or ‘roya,’ that they’ve seen since this disease was first discovered in 1976.

Leaf rust is a fungal pathogen that infects coffee plants and causes them to shed their leaves. This inhibits photosynthesis and the plants die. It also prevents the current season’s berries from ripening and lowers carbohydrate accumulation in roots and shoots, which is where the next season’s berries are supposed to grow. Eventually, rust can kill the entire tree, setting a farmer back by 2 to 6 years, which is how long it takes for a replacement tree to grow harvestable fruit.

Read more here.


Coffee IV – STAT!


Spotted this in the local Trader Joe’s. I immediately wonder: 1) can a person run a line, invert the bottle and have an IV coffee drip?; and 2) what would it be like to crack open one of these bad boys and tip one back? Either way, might be worth a try!




Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like | The Atlantic

Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

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Coffeehouse observation No. 356 – Sunday coffee …

Sunday coffee. … And lots of it! At Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. … AC is off, though. Not so fun.

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Food Network star host coffee showdown at five state fairs | The Milford Daily News

Food Network star host coffee showdown at five state fairs | The Milford Daily News

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Empresso wins again!

Meant to post this the other day. The coffeehouse I frequent won a local prize as the best coffeehouse in the area. I believe they have won this at least one other time. Cool!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 353 – I see Jesus in my coffee

The baristas at Empresso, the coffeehouse inside The Empire Theater on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, know how to make coffee a religion.

Or, at least, they know how to put Jesus in the coffee.

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Blood type — Coffee positive

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Coffeehouse observation No. 352 – Resolving to drink more coffee (No kidding!)

The new job has kept me away from blogging and has drastically cut into my very valuable coffeehouse time. It’s sad, really, to have to turn our backs on something as vital to our existence as coffee and the coffeehouse experience simply to make a living wage. Something is wrong in that. Especially since coffeehouses – most specifically Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton – have provided a sanctuary during the two and a half years that I was unemployed.

So here are some coffeehouse resolutions for the new year.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 1: Drink more coffee. I know what you are thinking – is there really a need for this resolution? I mean, after all, “more coffee” makes complete sense. Resolving to drink less coffee would just be, well, silly.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 2: Drink more coffee. Yeah, it’s so important to the very fiber of 2012 that “Drink more coffee” is listed here twice.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 3: Learn more about coffee. You would think that I know a lot about coffee – and I do. But I consider it vital that I be a “lifelong learner” when it comes to coffee. I consider this an investment in continuing education.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 4: Be bolder when it comes to my caffeinated beverages. I tend to be in a rut when it comes to my beverage choices. I tend to go with straight coffee – mild rather than bold because I heard once that there was more caffeine in mild coffee. Usually Sumatra. No sugar or cream. I think it is time to branch out just a bit more.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 5: Visit more coffeehouses. I love Empresso – well, except for the occasionally four-legged creatures that that run across the old theater’s lobby floor. But other than that, it’s been a great place to look for work, get a caffeine high, and network just a bit. But I cannot help but think that I might find comparable features in other coffeehouses. We’ll see. Some changes might be “just too much.”

OK, that’s it for now. Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 346 – Part of a balanced diet!

Coffee is essential for a well-balanced – yet caffeinated – diet!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 345 – On road to recovery

My BCC – blood coffee content – was low, but now I’m on my way to recovery with the third cup of the day.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 338 – It’s true love – coffee

If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for coffee.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 337 – A second cup is better, but nothing else

There is NOTHING better than a cup of coffee. Except perhaps a second cup.

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Aha! Jokes Fun Pages Addicted to Coffee

Aha! Jokes Fun Pages Addicted to Coffee.

[I actually do or have done a couple of these. … No, seriously! — KM]

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Coffeehouse observation No. 320 – Putting coffee in perspective

Coffee — you are one of the top-five things in my life. … OK, maybe one of the top three.

And, yeah, I know what that says about the rest of my life, so zip it!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 318 – Intravenous coffee, please

I arrived at the coffeehouse earlier than normal and I’m feeling as if I need a coffee IV.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 317 – Coffee slackers leave coffeehouse nearly empty

Quiet coffee at the coffeehouse. The joint is nearly empty … in the middle of a holiday weekend. Some of you are simply not keeping up on your end of the bargain.

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Coffee farmers eliminate the middle man | GreenBiz.com

Purveyors of food that’s said to be better for us or for the planet deploy a growing number of adjectives – organic, Fair Trade, sustainable, local, natural, vegetarian, humane, low-carbon, small-scale or slow – to sell their wares.

Here’s another: Farmer-owned.

Being farmer-owned is the unique selling proposition of the Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, a company owned by more than 100,000 coffee farmers who have formed co-ops in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua and Mexico. They have been selling their organic, Fair Trade beans to customers in the U.S. through select retail outlets since 2006. Now, in a twist, and with hopes of expanding their business, they are selling directly to consumers through a website called CoffeeCSA.org.

CSAs – the initials stand for community-supported agriculture – have been spreading like wildflowers in recent years. Typically, consumers contract directly with a nearby farmer to buy a weekly assortment of fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat or other farm goods, usually for a fixed fee, in return for which they get a share of the harvest, depending on what’s in season at any given time.

Chick for the rest of this blog item by GreenBiz.com Senior Writer Marc Gunther.