11 coffee stats you never knew

11 Coffee Stats You Never Knew

Chances are, you can’t start your day without a cup of joe—then maybe you fuel up again with a latte or iced coffee (and later, a post-dinner espresso, anyone?). But how much do you really know about this beverage that is enjoyed by a billion people worldwide? (Fun fact: It's considered to be the most valuable global commodity after oil!) But from the surprising way coffee cranks your brain and body to fascinating facts about its origins, there's still a lot you could be in the dark about. That's why we rounded up 11 fun facts to celebrate our favorite a.m. friend. Enjoy—preferably while sipping your Starbucks.

1. Two cups a day can extend your life. Researchers aren’t sure why, but people who drank this amount or more daily lived longer and were less likely to die of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as were coffee abstainers, according to a study from the New England Journal of Medicine.

2. It gives your memory a kick. The caffeine in a cup or two of java doesn't just perk you up in the moment—it enhances your memory up to 24 hours after you drink it. This provides an assist when it comes to forming new memories, reports a Nature study.

3. It reduces pain. A Norwegian study found that office workers who took a coffee break felt less neck and shoulder pain during the workday. (That's your excuse to get up and move!)

4. It keeps your brain sharp over time. Make a mental note of this: 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day can help prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging, leading to a 65 percent decrease in developing Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to a recent study.

5. There’s a cold brew boom. Practically unheard of a generation ago, iced coffee and cold coffee drinks now make up almost 25 percent of all coffee store menu items.

6. Billions of cups are sipped a day. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. That’s equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. U-S-A!

7. You can reuse the grounds. Only 20 percent of the coffee you pour into your coffee maker gets used, leaving the rest of the grounds destined for the trash can. But they have tons of reuse potential! A few ideas: Leave a batch in your fridge as a deodorizer, or rub a fistful between your hands as a natural skin exfoliant.

8. Coffee obsession is taking over. How much do we live the stuff? Consider the results of a new survey: 55 percent of coffee drinkers would rather gain 10 pounds than give up coffee for life, while 52 percent would prefer going without a shower in the morning than abstain. And 49 percent of coffee fans would give up their cell phone for a month rather than go without the stuff. 

9. Most coffee is made and consumed at home. But when we do go out for a cup, we’re most likely to head for the nearest Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts. These three chains are tops for national coffee sales.

10. It may have been the first energy food. Legend has it that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia centuries ago; locals at the time supposedly scored an energy boost from a ball of animal fat infused with coffee.

11. It can power your workout. If you hit the gym in the a.m., dosing up on coffee can help you take advantage of the caffeine jolt.

SOURCE: Shape 

Your Coffee Maker Is Full Of Mold. Here's How To Clean It.


We love nothing more than a good cup of coffee. But a good cup of mold? Not so energizing.

A 2011 study from NSF International found that about half of coffee makers (we're talking the classic, basket-and-carafe kind here) had yeast and mold growing in their reservoirs. About one in ten were home to coliform bacteria. On average, home coffee reservoirs also had higher germ counts than both bathroom door handles and toilet seats.

And while the study tested only 22 households, germ specialist Kelly Reynolds said she doesn't doubt the results.

"(Coffee makers) are certainly a moist environment where mold and bacteria are known to grow in high numbers," said Reynolds, who studies household germs at the University of Arizona. "Our bodies can deal with them, but at some point they'll grow to levels high enough to cause sickness."

And contrary to what you may believe, hot water isn't enough to get this gunk out. (The advice about running coffee through to disinfect? Not entirely accurate, either.)

We asked Carolyn Forté, director of the Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, about the most effective way to clean your coffee maker. The magic ingredient turns out to be vinegar, which (in addition to sanitizing) "decalcifies," or removes the mineral buildup from tap water.

If you have a classic coffee maker, Forté says to give it a gentle cleaning every day and to decalcify it depending on how hard the water is where you live.

"The carafe, lid and filter basket should be cleaned daily with warm, sudsy water," Forté told The Huffington Post via email. "A coffee maker that's used daily should be decalcified about once per month in hard water areas and every two to three months in soft water areas."

Similar rules apply for "pod-based machines" like Keurigs -- debris can clog their many nooks and crannies, so they also benefit from a vinegar run-through every few months, Forté says.

It really depends on how often you use your coffee maker and for how long it lies dormant. Because mold spores love to grow is nice, moist, quiet environments... or, say, a coffee maker you've left unwashed on your counter over the weekend.

No matter how often you use them, these decalcifying steps (outlined here for classic coffee makers) are the key to better-tasting coffee. And we could all go for some of that.

1. Fill the coffee maker's water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Using a paper filter, allow to brew until half the chamber is empty.

2. Turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for 30 minutes, then finish brewing.

3. Rinse the machine by using a new paper filter to brew a pot of clear water. Do this twice.

4. Fill the carafe with warm, sudsy water and some rice as a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture in the pot, then use a scrubber sponge to remove any gunk. Rinse and dry.

5. Wipe the outside of the machine with a damp cloth (but remember, this and the previous step should really happen every day).

Voila! Delicious, germ-free coffee!

If you're looking for a fresh start with a sparkling clean machine, check out some of Good Housekeeping's favorite new coffee makers, from single-cups to big-time brewers.

7 reasons our coffee habit is costing more these days

dollar sign made out of coffee beans

In a relatively short period of time, the American coffee habit has gotten a lot more expensive.

Monday, September 29, is National Coffee Day, when restaurant and coffee chains around the country are giving out free (or extremely cheap) cups of Joe to the masses. The day is quite the exception, however, given how as a nation we are spending more and more on coffee.

Here are 7 reasons why:

We’re drinking coffee earlier in life. A study published this year by S&D Coffee & Tea shows that on average, younger millennials start drinking coffee at age 15, while older millennials picked up the habit at 17. Typical members of Gen X, meanwhile, started drinking coffee at 19.

More of us drink coffee regularly. U.S. coffee consumption rose 5% in 2013, according to a National Coffee Association survey, meaning that today 83% of the adult population drinks coffee; 75% have coffee at least once a week.

And we’re drinking higher-priced coffee at that. Data from 2014 shows that 34% of Americans drink gourmet coffee daily, an increase of 3% over last year. Young people in particular are willing to pay higher prices for coffee: In a new PayPal poll, 18% of people age 18 to 34 said they are willing to pay more than $3 per cup, compared with just 8% of those age 50 to 64.

We eat breakfast outside the home more often. Our fast-moving, on-the-go culture has been blamed as a reason for declining sales of cereal and milk, as more Americans are skipping the traditional breakfast at home and opting for foods that can be eaten on the run, like Pop Tarts and fast food via the drive-thru. In fact, breakfast has become enormously important to quick-serve restaurants because it’s the one mealtime experiencing strong growth lately. Coffee purchased at a restaurant or on the go at a convenience store or café is always more expensive than coffee brewed and drunk at home.

One word: Keurig. “In 2002, the average price of a coffee maker was about $35,” a recent post at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management blog stated. “By 2013, that number had risen to around $90.” Truth be told, it’s still easy to find a coffee maker for $35 or even less, it’s just that the type of machine—the traditional kind that brews ground coffee by the pot—is no longer typical. It’s been replaced by the pricier single-cup brewer that came into the mainstream over the last decade thanks to the Keurig company. For many consumers, the speed and convenience of such machines outweighs the premium one must pay beyond the plain old-fashioned coffee maker. Some 1.7 million single-cup Keurig brewers were sold in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 200,000 over the same period a year before.

Plus, K-Cups themselves are pricier. It’s not just the single-cup machines that cost more—the cups themselves do too. The price per single-serve K-Cup pod varies widely depending on the style of roast, whether you’re buying a small pack or stocking up in bulk, and how strategically you shop for deals. But no matter how good you are at snagging deals, you’ll almost always pay more for coffee pods than you will for old-fashioned ground or whole bean coffee. One price-comparison study conducted a couple of years ago indicated that K-Cup coffee cost more than $50 per pound, roughly four times the cost of a bag of Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts beans. What’s more, K-Cups are subject to a 9% across-the-board price hike in early November. (Side note: Mother Jones and others have pointed out that single-use K-Cups cost more and are worse for the environment than recyclable pod filters, though Keurig Green Mountain has plans to make all K-Cup pods fully recyclable by 2020.)

All coffee is simply getting more expensive. A long-lasting drought in Brazil (the world’s biggest producer of coffee beans) has pushed global coffee prices to near-record highs, and the market may be affected for years to come. Already this year, java junkies have faced price hikes from coffee brands such as Starbucks, Folgers, Maxwell House, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Interestingly, even as coffee has gotten more expensive and economic growth hasn’t exactly been sizzling in recent years, Starbucks sales have outpaced lower-priced competitors Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s. What does that show us? For the most part, coffee lovers are passionate about their caffeinated beverages and aren’t going to trade down to what they view as an inferior cup of Joe, even if doing so would save a couple of bucks here and there.

Source: TIME

The Best Coffee Shop In Every State

For National Coffee Day, we're honoring some of the best coffee shops around the US.
Forget Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. Every state has its beloved local haunt where you can grab a cup of joe or a foamy masterpiece of latte art and unwind.
We found the best coffee shop in every state by looking at expert reviews and local recommendations.
ALABAMA: O'Henry's Coffees is there to keep Birmingham hyper-caffeinated with its signature Gibraltar Quad Shot: four shots of espresso and a hint of milk.

ALASKA: Jitters is so good it can give you just that, if you drink too much. In a hurry? Grab a coffee from its coffee truck, right in the shop's Eagle River parking lot.

ARIZONA: Cartel Coffee Lab is a great, six-location local chain. Its single-origin coffee is roasted in-house and served with fresh pastries daily.

ARKANSAS: Mud Street Cafe is synonymous with Eureka Springs and home to award-winning coffee. Mud Street is located in a building that dates back to the 1880s.

Where did your coffee come from?

A lot of good coffee info and history here, enjoy!

Where did your morning joe come from? Gourmet coffee fans using the old bean

For years, we have had “wine snobs” who are interested and knowledgeable about where the grapes are grown and how the wine is made and aged. Now it is coffee’s turn.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks is moving into the “snob” market with plans to open 100 specialty Starbucks stores that will sell small batches of “reserve” coffee.

It seems that a number of independent coffee roasters selling to gourmet coffee stores have attained a cult-like following. Starbucks wants to capture that market and expand on it with specialty coffee stores independent of its 11,000 cafes in this country.
It seems that there is a growing consumer base that is interested in learning more about where the coffee is grown and how it is processed. Thus, single-origin coffee has become the high end of the coffee market.

Some of the Starbucks single-origin coffees come from a specific region in a country where the elevation, soil and temperature have great influence on the coffee. Guatemala, Rwanda’s Rift Valley and the Mount Ramelau region of East Timor are three of these regions.

The new gourmet coffees will retail for $11.99 for a 10-ounce bag of ground coffee, compared with $8.99 for Starbuck’s other blends.

Years ago, my stockbroker urged me to buy shares of Starbucks and I said, “No, it’s too risky,” Little did I imagine that today there would be more than 21,000 Starbucks stores in 65 countries — and that the company is still expanding.

Three young men, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegal and Gordon Bowker, got the idea for Starbucks from Alfred Peet, a famous coffee retailer in Menlo Park, California, where we used to live. At first, the store only sold coffee beans and coffee making equipment.

After about 10 years, Howard Schultz was hired as retail operations director for Starbucks, and eventually the store was turned into a replica of a coffeehouse, as envisioned by Schultz. He then bought out the other three partners and began to expand Starbucks in this country and Japan, with Europe to follow. The name “Starbucks” is the name of the first mate in the novel “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville.

From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. It not only celebrated coffee and its rich tradition, but also brought a feeling of camaraderie. As Schultz said, “Our mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit — one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time”

There are many legends about the origin of coffee. The most famous of these is about how coffee was discovered by Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd. One day while tending his goats, he noticed that his normally docile goats suddenly had become exceptionally lively. He noticed that they had been nibbling the berries of a nearby plant.

More than a little skeptical, Kaldi tasted the berries and, after some time, found to his amazement that he felt extraordinarily uplifted and invigorated. Convinced that these berries had a magic power, he rushed to the local monastery and excitedly told his tale to the abbot. Kaldi brought some of the berries along in his leather pouch.

The abbot, fearing that this was the devil’s work, flung the berries onto the fire. Almost instantly, a wonderful and exotic aroma filled the air. That convinced him that this was God’s work, and the abbot ordered that the beans be raked swiftly from the fire. Several monks immediately rescued the beans. The beans were mixed with water so that all the monks of the monastery could partake of this miracle.

Coffee beans grew wild in Abyssinia and Arabia and, before the 10th century, were eaten by wandering tribesmen. They had discovered the alluring properties of coffee as a stimulant. These tribesmen squashed the ripe fruit of the coffee plant, mixed it with animal fat and shaped the mixture into round balls. These were carried with them and eaten at intervals on their long journeys. The practice of enjoying coffee as a drink came later.

By the 13th century coffee drinking was an everyday occurrence in Arabia, where coffeehouses became very popular. These establishments had a very relaxed atmosphere, usually with music and gambling. Philosophers, politicians and tradesmen gathered in coffeehouses to discuss the events of the day and exchange ideas.

However, the coffeehouses of that day caused the rulers great concern, as they feared plots and intrigue against their rule might be hatched there. The rulers tried several times to close down the coffeehouses. With the increased popularity of coffee drinking, it eventually spread to people’s homes, where it evolved into an elaborate ceremony.

Coffee was introduced into Europe in Venice in 1615, and from there the drink spread throughout Europe. Shortly thereafter coffee reached Rome, where it was condemned by the clergy as the drink of the devil. Feelings about it ran so high that Pope Clement VIII asked for a sample of the brew, hoping to resolve the matter once and for all.

One sip, however, revealed how delightful coffee was. The pope realized how foolish it would be to banish it from the Christian world forever. Thus, the pope immediately blessed the coffee. With papal approval, the growth of coffee drinking in Italy was assured, and soon thereafter the first European coffeehouses opened.

In 1637, a Turkish immigrant established the first English coffeehouse in Oxford. Soon afterwards, another coffeehouse opened in London, and gradually many towns in Great Britain had coffeehouses. They were identifiable by the aroma of roasting coffee and a painted sign, which hung outside the establishment. The signs usually featured a picture of a Turkish coffeepot or a sultan’s head. One of the most famous London coffeehouses was Lloyds, which was the forerunner of Lloyds of London, the famous insurance company.

The first record of coffee drinking in North America was in 1660, in the colony of New Amsterdam. In Holland, coffee had become a popular home drink, as several Dutch colonies were growing coffee. Four years later, when the British took over New Amsterdam and renamed it New York, coffee drinking had caught on with not only the Dutch settlers but also the British. Coffee had replaced beer at breakfast time.

The first coffeehouses in New York were modeled after their London counterparts. However, they were more like taverns, as they had rooms for rent, served meals and sold ale, wine, hot chocolate and teas, as well as coffee. The more important coffeehouses had meeting rooms — some being large enough to conduct auctions. Gradually it became custom for men to carry on their business at the coffeehouse and then adjourn to a nearby tavern for entertainment.

Today, Starbucks is still a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and sit and work on your computer or enjoy a chat with friends.

Source: Daily Progress 


McDonald’s To Give Away Free ‘McCafe’ Coffee For Two Weeks

McDonald's McCafe coffee (Scott Olson/Getty Images News)

Sept. 15th, 2014- McDonald’s announced it is giving away a small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants across the country beginning Sept. 16, and ending on National Coffee Day, Sept. 29.

“We know our guests are busy, especially during the morning, and a free cup of coffee goes a long way in helping get their days started,” said Greg Watson, senior vice president, McDonald’s US Menu Innovation. “That’s why we want to treat customers once again so they can taste for themselves just how great their mornings can be with a cup of McCafé coffee and freshly made breakfast.”
This is the second time the fast-food chain has launched a free coffee giveaway.
McDonald’s is also asking people to “sip and tell” their embarrassing pre-coffee moments on social media with @McCafe using the hashtag #SipandTell.
Source: CBS New York

You Want Weird? Have at this... The world’s weirdest coffee experiences

SHORT black, long black, flat white, cappuccino, decaf, iced coffee ... you probably thought that covered your coffee options ... but it’s just the beginning when it comes to sipping caffeine around the globe.

Click the link below and take a look at these weird and wonderful ways to order a cuppa.

Source: Herald Sun Australi

Patrons sip coffee from waffle cups at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen in Los Angeles.

Egg coffee at Cafe Giang. Picture: Gavin White/Flickr

These worms want your coffee


“Over 40 tons of coffee grounds are thrown out every week from downtown Chicago alone” says Ed Hubbard, professional worm farmer at Nature’s Little Recyclers. All that waste is too bad, because his worms would love to feast on the spent coffee grounds, as well as the coffee filters, coffee chaff and paper coffee cups. In return they make a rich fertile compost that Hubbard calls “caviar compost” for gardens and farms.

Hubbard's flock includes over a million worms (that’s over 1,000 pounds!) and he works with several local coffee companies such as Dark Matter and Intelligentsia to turn coffee waste into compost for growers like Pleasant House’s network of urban farms. “Coffee companies talk about green everything—everyone tries to make their coffee, organic, free trade… but how green can it be if roasters send stuff to landfills?” says Hubbard.

Nature’s Little Recyclers originally started at The Plant, Chicago’s vertical farm incubator, but as the worm families grew, they had to move to the larger pastures of the Back Of The Yards neighborhood. And by pastures we mean an indoor facility that allows the worms to do their compost-creating work year-round, something outdoor worms can’t do very easily in Chicago’s frigid winters.

Hubbard has created a Kickstarter to raise money for equipment, such as a cardboard shredder, which will help the worms more efficiently devour mountains of cardboard, a treat they like about as much as coffee grounds. If you want to visit and make some wormy friends, you can go to their open house this weekend Sept. 12 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nature’s Little Recyclers also sells compost and worms, as well as worm farming supplies, for home composters and gardeners.

Use coffee grounds instead of chewing tobacco

The negative effects of nicotine are always a major concern in the health world, but it has come to the forefront as of late with the rise of e-cigarettes and public figures suffering the devastating effects of chewing tobacco.

A company called Grinds created a coffee alternative to chewing tobacco that consists of a small pouch of ground coffee that is put right into your mouth. The product is perfect for caffeine addicts who want a direct hit and for people who are addicted to nicotine and want a better alternative.

Similarly to how nicotine gets absorbed into the blood when using dip, caffeine is absorbed through the blood vessels on the surface of the gums where the coffee grounds are placed. Each pouch of grounds has the same amount of caffeine as a quarter cup of coffee, which give users a slight buzz.

The user gets a burst of energy from the coffee ground without the harmful outcomes that come from chewing tobacco. Chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products can cause cancer of the mouth, tongue, cheek, gum, esophagus, stomach and pancreatic cancer. Those who use smokeless tobacco also have an increased risk of heart disease, stoke and heart attacks.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 9 million people over the age of 12 use smokeless tobacco in the U.S.

Grinds' coffee grounds comes in peppermint, mocha and cinnamon roll flavors. It is packaged in similar pouches as chewing tobacco. The product is aimed at that those who are looking to quit chew.

Many people in baseball players are fans of the product. Baseball is a sport that is stereotypically linked to high rates of smokeless tobacco users. While many players have used chew or dip famously throughout their baseball careers, in recent times, many have substituted the bad habit with chewing gum.

MLB pitcher Curt Schilling blamed chewing tobacco for his mouth cancer  during a radio interview.

"The pain that I was in going through this treatment, the second or third day it was the only thing in my life that had that I wish I could go back and never have dipped," he adds. "Not once. It was so painful," Schilling says.

Hall of Fame great Tony Gwyn lost his battle with salivary gland cancer this year at the young age of 54. Gwyn also cited his smokeless tobacco habit as the cause of his cancer.

The coffee grinds are a safer alternative to smokeless tobacco for baseball players, but could also be used by those who don't chew. Coffee lovers could skip the sipping and chew their daily caffeine fix straight out of the tin.

Grinds sells the tins in a pack of three for $11.99. Consumers can order up to a 20-pack of tins of one specific flavor for under $70.

K-Cups they just keep getting better...

The comments below are from a  page at coffeedetective.com. It’s a page here people can comment on their experiences with K-Cups. We follow this page and post the comments here for you to see…  you decide. We will NEVER EVER drink or advise AMYONE TO DRINK COFFEE COMING FROM THIS POSION VESSEL.

Aug 24, 2014
Awful melted plastic taste    by: Anonymous

I ingested much plastic-chemical tasting liquid today. Trying to "fix" new k45 elite! NO MORE.
Am sick to my stomach and pray will have no long term harm!
Get this product off the market!---or FIX it!

Aug 20, 2014
It all makes sense now, Keurig to blame!    by: Anonymous

For 6 months I've been battling nausea, fatigue and general malaise. On bad days I vomit and get very dizzy. Ran tests with my doctor and everything came back normal. It's been very hard and scary.

After a bad day today where I had to leave work because I got so sick, it finally dawned on me. This all started when my work got a Keurig machine and I started drinking their tea regularly! The days I get really sick are the days I have multiple cups.
Wow, thankful that I finally figured out the cause. Will never drink this again and warn others: stay away!!!

Aug 20, 2014
Hey FDA   by: Anonymous

Give them enough money and your products are safe. Land of the all mighty dollar

Jul 31, 2014
K-cups    by: Anonymous

I struggled for difficulty breathing and swallowing caused by some allergen and acid reflux for one year and My MD did not know what underlying cause was till one night I got very sick after drinking a cup of coffee made of K-Cups. Since I am a registered nurse, I started critical thinking and stopped drinking k-cups. Guess what? I am totally fine and don't even need any allergy medicine nor acid reflux medicine. Then I started getting sick after I bought the machine and the sickness became worse every month.

Like coffee? Your plants may like it too!

There's a way to recycle and literally make your environment green: gardening with your coffee grounds! No doubt you've heard of putting your grounds in the soil or compost pile.
But why is it a good thing? Experts at Oregon State University'S Cooperative Extension found coffee grounds are about 2 percent nitrogen by volume. Nitrogen is one of the 13 mineral nutrients plants need to grow, and it's a primary nutrient.
Acid loving plants, like blueberries or evergreens, will appreciate a jolt from coffee grounds.
But don't use too much. Start with a teaspoon around the base of the plant, not next to the stem. Wait a week and try it again to see if your plant likes it.
Not a coffee drinker? No problem. Check with your local coffee shop! Many coffee shops will give you their grounds for free!
Source: wfmynews2.com