Turkey: On the Mythical Origins of Coffee

The mythical origins of coffee, are steeped in legend and topped with a creamy dollop of speculation. By Dr. Trish Nicholson Social Anthropologist and Historian Introduction What is certain is that the lush-leaved trees and their precious berries– bright red or green while fresh – originate in East Africa, most likely Ethiopia, where the Kaffa[…]

A History of the Coffeehouse

Caffinets as the one pictured by Thomas Allom and described by the Rev. Robert Walsh, (1772-1852) in Constantinople / Public Domain Coffeehouses have always served as centers of social interaction. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 12.03.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Café de Flore – Quartier Saint Germain, Paris / Photo by Armaud 25, Wikimedia[…]

The History of Coffeehouses as Public Spaces

William Lloyd’s Coffee House in London specialized in being the first in getting marine news, such as arrivals and shipwrecks. Merchants and traders profited from the transatlantic slave trade before abolition, not only in the buying and selling of slaves, but also in the whole marine business of ship insurance and mortgages to sea captains.[…]

Latte Art Influences How Much We Pay for Coffee

Look tasty? Dan Lacher/Flickr, CC BY Do you like your coffee to have artistic flair? Recent research shows we’re likely to pay more for a coffee with latte art than a mere ‘flat’ white. By Dr. George Van Doorn / 11.25.2014 Lecturer in Psychology Federation University Australia It will come as no surprise that coffee culture is thriving in many western countries. Yet, although the amount of coffee we[…]

‘Coffee Naps’ and How They Help You Power through the Day

Just five more minutes … can a coffee before a nap really help you pay back your sleep debt? from www.shutterstock.com Can drinking a cup of coffee before taking a short nap really give you the energy you need to see you through the day? By Dr. Chin Moi Chow / 04.02.2017 Associate Professor of Sleep and Wellbeing University of Sydney Caffeine and napping have something[…]

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee – It’s Why Your Cuppa Tastes So Good

The smell of freshly brewed coffee is hard to beat. Michael Yan/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND By Don Brushett / 10.20.2014 Research Associate Southern Cross University Most of what we taste we actually smell. The only sensations that we pick up in our mouth are sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Without its smell, coffee would have only a sour or[…]

How the Third Wave of Coffee Shops is Transforming High Streets

An exact science. counterculturecopy/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Forget your cappuccinos – it’s all about chemex and cold drip now. By Dr. Jennifer Ferreira / 07.27.2015 Senior Research Assistant Coventry University While most people these days can tell their cappuccinos from their americanos, they may not be quite as familiar with the differences between aeropress, chemex, V-60 and cold-drip[…]

Brewing a Great Cup of Coffee Depends on Chemistry and Physics

What can you do to ensure a more perfect brew? Chris Hendon, CC BY-ND The science behind why what your barista sometimes achieves at the cafe tastes better than what you can come up with at home. By Dr. Christopher H. Hendon / 09.27.2017 Assistant Professor of  Computational Materials and Chemistry University of Oregon Coffee is unique among artisanal beverages in[…]

Can Coffee Drinking Reduce Your Dementia Risk?

Many reasons that weren’t explored may account for the findings that women who drank coffee decreased their risk of dementia. Tim Wright/Unsplash, CC BY A study was reported to show caffeine protects older women from dementia. But looking closer at the research, we can’t truly claim coffee was the reason some of the women had a lower risk of dementia.    By Dr.[…]

Three or Four Cups of Coffee a Day Does You More Good than Harm

Nobuhiro Asada/Shutterstock.com A new analysis shows that coffee is associated with a host of positive health effects. By Dr. Robin Poole / 11.22.2017 Specialist Registrar in Public Health University of Southampton Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. This is important to know[…]

Going to Ground: How Used Coffee Beans Can Help Your Garden and Your Health

Coffee’s usefulness doesn’t have to end here. Yanadhorn/Shutterstock.com Plenty of cafes these days will let you take home some used coffee grounds, to put on your garden. It’s a versatile material with loads of potential uses – as long as you treat it properly first. By Dr. Tien Huynh / 01.31.2018 Senior Lecturer in the School of Sciences RMIT University Did you[…]

Where’s that Bean Been? Coffee’s Journey from Crop to Cafe

Beans have travelled a long way to make your cup of coffee. Jack Fussell/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND By Don Brushett / 11.02.2014 Research Associate Southern Cross University The vast majority of the brewed coffee we drink in Australia comes from the arabica species (Coffea arabica), despite 30% of world coffee production being the “robusta” variety (Coffea canephora). Coffee is[…]

How to Up Your Home Coffee Game

By Sylvian Thibodeau / 09.25.2017 For the past few decades now, some of the best espresso and coffee brewed on the planet has taken place not in the world’s top cafes or in barista competitions, but in people’s homes. I say this not with hubris or as a champion for consumer coffee, but as a plain[…]

A History of ‘Single Origin’ Coffee

By Dal Anderson / 08.18.2010 Single Origin History A person could argue that Single Origin coffee has always existed or at least existed in the minds of coffee buyers going back centuries. Perhaps many in the past felt that Single Origin meant the country of origin and instead of selling coffee as “coffee” a company[…]

Smoking Your Iced Coffees

By Mark Prince / 08.17.2017 Coffee Specialist, Lecturer, and Educator I know the title is confusing, so let’s end that right way: this article is going to take a brief look at applying smoke to an iced coffee beverage. For years now, many of the world’s top bartenders have been playing around with a device[…]

Coffee, Alcohol, and the History of Human Civilization

Making Irish coffee / Photo by Frettie, Wikimedia Commons The cavemen were drunk and revolutionaries were caffeinated. By Chelsea Follett / 03.01.2017 CATO Institute No two drugs have defined human civilization the way alcohol and caffeine have. Nature created both to kill creatures much smaller than us — plants evolved caffeine to poison insect predators, and yeasts[…]

A Brief History of Coffee

By Tori Avery / 04.08.2013 Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. We love it, we rely on it, and we drink it in massive quantities. It is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide. New Yorkers are said to drink 7[…]

Coffee Shops as 18th-Century Hangouts

Creating a buzz. / Photo by davidabrahamovitch/Flickr By Dr. Adam J. Smith / 06.29.2015 Honorary Research Fellow University of Sheffield In any trendy coffee shop on the urban high street, you’re likely to see intimate groups of well-dressed (or fashionably scruffy) sophisticates. Perched on narrow wooden benches, they’ll be locked in conversation or poring over[…]

How to Use a Moka Pot

This video features a quick how-to guide with instructions on how to easily make Moka Pot coffee at home. Moka pot coffee is known for its dark, complex flavor, which works great as a substitute for espresso when making lattes and other coffee drinks at home. With as common as moka pots are in Europe,[…]

Six Things You Can Do with Coffee – After You’ve Finished Drinking It

Photo by Thomas Ricker, Creative Commons By Dr. Rhodri Jenkins / 10.29.2015 Postdoctoral Researcher in Biofuels University of Bath Many of us depend on coffee to fuel our early morning meetings, mid-afternoon slumps or all-night study sessions. These days, the words “coffee” and “fuel” are half-jokingly synonymous. More than 9m tonnes of the bean are[…]

Coffee with a Kick: ‘Black Insomnia’

04.05.2017 The International Food Information Council recommends a daily caffeine intake of 300 mg, while the FDA recommends 400 mg, but just one 12-ounce cup of Black Insomnia brew contains 702 mg of caffeine, which will definitely keep you up at night and may even cause some health problems. Black Insomnia Coffee was founded in 2016[…]

Coffee Shop Society in 17th Century London

Interior of a London Coffee-house; maid in white lace frontage behind canopied bar and manservant taking clay pipes from a chest, at centre, another servant pouring coffee, to right, group of men seated on benches with newspapers and cups, in background, fire with cauldron, various paintings and notices on wall, c.1690-1700 / British Museum, London[…]