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.

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!

Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d find out who has good ideas for the coffee or tea drinker in your life. Here are some links the Victor crew found:

From Rodale’s Organic Life we found there are 23 gifts on this site. They offer ideas like pour-over coffee makers, espresso makers, coffee cups, coffee, coffee go-withs, items made with coffee, coffee wearables, and decor.

European Coffee Trip has some different coffee makers, accessories, and subscription ideas.

PopSugar has some different gifts from cups to coffee makers.

The Victor crew discovered Chocolove has a candy bar called Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate. It is fantastic and has ground coffee right in the chocolate. YUM!

Now for Tea:
My Modern Met has some quirky gifts for the tea lover, some of which are absolutely lovely.

World Market has some nice items from tea kettles to tea to cups.

Plum Deluxe has some nice offerings for the tea lover as well.

Coffee is safe after all

According to a new study by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal), three to five cups of coffee intake was found to be beneficial, except for pregnant women. They do not suggest that doctors should recommend coffee consumption, however.

The amount is maxxed out at five cups. Any more than that are of no benefit and may even reduce or reverse the benefit. In terms of caffeine that is less than 400mg of caffeine/day. Pregnant women should keep their intake to less than 200mg/day of caffeine.

Some of the health benefits believed to be from coffee include incidence of an mortality from cardiovascular disease, incidence of cancer, fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic), diabetes, and cirrhosis.