Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Mark Twain

Single-Cup Coffee Giveaway

Dust off your keyboards, single-cup fans… Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is giving away a Keurig B-50 brewer every day for 30 days. All you’z got to do is get your writing game on… it’s an essay contest. (Yeah… that part was my idea....

First cup, Second Cup, Third Cup…

A well-woven, slightly wistful tale of trying to hold on to one’s cultural identity (in this case, it just happens to include an Ethiopian coffee ceremony) while being far from home. A longish snippet (it’s a longish article and there’s much more):...

Ciao, Torrefazione

I guess the honeymoon is over… After buying the once-very-Italian Torrefazione Italia stores only a few years ago, Starbucks is shutting them down. Maybe Torrefazione (since you’re wondering, it means the place where coffee is roasted) isn’t quite...

Tasting: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe MAO

Rating: [rating:4.5/5] Over the course of the last week I’ve roasted several batches of new coffees from my favorite purveyor of green coffees, Sweet Marias. The first on my tasting list is a brilliant Ethiopian Yirgacheffe under the MAO mark (lot 538). I...

Summer Coolers: Iced Coffee

I’ve long been ambivalent of flavored coffees. I tend toward the naturally nuanced flavors of a single-origin cup, or the many-layered flavors of a well-balanced blend. So it feels like something of a dirty little secret to reveal that I’ve been drinking a...

Lightsaber Tips & Tricks

What’s wrong with this picture? “Many new owners are pleasantly surprised by the many domestic uses of a lightsaber around the home or office. Let’s examine a few of the more common applications here, and then you can use your imagination to come up...

History: The Women’s Petition Against Coffee

Just for fun… witness, the Women’s Petition Against Coffee. Choice bits… For the continual sipping of this pittiful drink is enough to bewitch Men of two and twenty, and tie up the Codpice-point without a Charm. It renders them that use it as Lean as...

Does WiFi Hamper Community?

Lots of coffee houses have gotten aboard the WiFi bandwagon: when it’s offered freely it’s a proven draw, and a valuable benefit for coffee-shop customers. But does it have a negative impact on the community aspect of the coffee house? Seattle’s...

George on George

George Howell is without question one of the most influential figures in the specialty coffee trade: founder of The Coffee Connection (swallowed by Starbucks in ’94), co-founder of the Cup of Excellence auction system, and once again a purveyor of fine coffees...

New Crop Centrals!

It’s the most wonderful time of year for Central American coffees… The harvest was finishing up back in late January and February, the coffees have “rested” in their parchment for 60 to 90 days, and now (finally!) new crop beans are landing on...

Health-Enhanced Coffees?

I’m trying to keep an open mind… really, I am. I’ve been pondering Kenneth Davids’ most recent coffee reviews, Health-Enhanced Coffees. And while I’m on-board with the idea that coffee is actually much more healthful than we might have...

Geisha the Belle of the Ball Again

Hacienda La Esmeralda works its magic for the second year in a row. In today’s “Best of Panama” Specialty Coffee online auction hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama, green...

Geisha: A Coffee’s Cinderella Story

If you’re a coffee hound you’ve no doubt heard the Geisha story by now… A coffee grower in Panama finds a little-known and slightly mysterious coffee cultivar growing on his farm, takes it to auction and scores the highest price ever paid for green...

Cupping Coffee with the Pros

Let’s get one thing perfectly clear… I am not a coffee pro. I’m an enthusiast, certainly. An aficionado, even. But a coffee professional? Nope. Not me. I am not a globe-trotting buyer of green coffee. I’ve made exactly one trip to origin, to...

The Facts: Coffee, Caffeine, Nutrition and Health

Even before its introduction to the West (and its subsequent baptism by then-pontiff Pope Clement VIII) coffee has been the subject of every kind of vitriol and indignity on grounds religious, social, political and medical. It’s unfair, really… but to be expected; coffee has proved time and again to be an effective, if unlikely and altogether unwitting agent of change.

Still today there remain those with an axe to grind with coffee — more frequently with its chief agent provocateur, caffeine — and who take no small delight in sewing seeds of fear, uncertainty and doubt where the health aspects of coffee are concerned. These reports typically offer no sources at all, or perhaps small-scale studies that have been dated for 40 years.

Let’s see if we can’t shed some light on the subject… using multiple, credible and authoritative sources, and send coffee’s naysayers scuttling back under their rocks.

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