Coffee in Philly

It’s hard to have a blog about coffee and not notice the problems that arose in Philadelphia, PA this past week. For those who may not know, two black men went into a Starbucks Coffee shop for a real estate business meeting. They walked in and sat at a table. One of them asked to use the rest room and was told they were for paying customers only. They were waiting for a third person to show up so they hadn’t bought anything yet.

The store manager called 911 and police came and handcuffed them and escorted them out. The third person they were waiting for came in as they were being led out.

As a result of this, all (over 8,000) Starbucks Coffee shops will close on May 29 for racial bias training. The CEO met with officials in Philadelphia and Starbucks along with these 2 men will be working together for solutions.

Of course, on top of this is fake news that Starbucks is offering coupons for free coffee for those of color. This can be ignored.

Coffee and Cancer Warnings

So in California, your coffee must now come with a warning. A cancer warning. Why? Because of a substance called acrylamide. It is a chemical that is formed during the roasting of the beans. Acrylamide is also formed when making toast. It is found in potato chips. And French fries. It can be found in cookies. It is found in just about any starchy food that is heated to higher temps.

Acrylamides are thought to be a carcinogen. So a judge in California has ruled that coffee needs to come with a cancer warning. Major chains will need to start carrying the warning. Even though there is no proof that coffee itself is harmful, if you visit California, you will see these warnings.

The Coffee Maker You Didn’t Know You Needed

You may have heard of Makita. They make power tools. You may have seen them in your local hardware store. Makita has ventured into making a coffee maker. They have a cordless model, the DCM500Z, already out but this is is an 18V lithium ion model.

This new one is not your typical coffee maker. The CM501DZ runs on the same lithium ion battery packs that many of Makita’s power tools run on. The largest battery pack, the 18V BL1860 is good for brewing about 5.3 cups.

That may not be much, but if you are a construction worker on the job and crave your brew, you can make coffee on the spot. They already are selling in Japan. They expect this model to popular with construction workers. But you can take it camping, on a hike, or even use it during a power outage.

Source: TheVerge.com

Gadget Geek

If you like gadgets and coffee, reviewgeek has some coffee gadgets for you! Here are a few of them.

First off is Tech Tools Heated Smart Travel Mug. It is a stainless steel 16 oz. mug that will keep your coffee between 85 and 160 degrees. It plugs into your car’s 12V port.

Next is United States Kitchen Stainless Steel Milk Frother. You would have to heat your milk and froth it then pour onto your coffee.

The MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker is affordable at under $50 and said to make a decent espresso. You put in the coffee and water and pump it. The biggest disappointment may be the amount it makes – just 50 ml (about 1.69 oz.) It is a shot of espresso not a cup.

Are You Drinking Your Tea (or Coffee) Too Hot?

There recently was a study done that linked drinking tea while too hot may lead to esophageal cancer if you also smoke or drink alcohol. Also acid reflux can play a part in this. This study was printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, this cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide. There is low survival rate for this cancer. Approximately 400,000 do not survive this cancer annually.

So to conclude, let your tea (or coffee) cool down before drinking it. Or switch to iced tea or cold brew!