How Much Caffeine Is Actually in Your Coffee, From Dunkin’ to Starbucks

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After investigating the constitution of the nation’s most-consumed coffees, we found this truth to be self-evident: all cups of Joe are not created equal. Especially ones that have booze in them.

According to our super-scientific source, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (supplemented by stats from the much-less-official-sounding EnergyFiend.com), the milligrams of caffeine per ounce vary from chain to chain as wildly as the mood of someone hopped up on six cups from Mickey D’s. Read more

Should Coffee be a Part of a The Paleo Diet?

Many people who switch to The Paleo Diet often find themselves questioning their ritual morning cup of coffee. With roughly 90% of the North American population consuming coffee on a daily basis you’re left wondering if coffee is an acceptable drink to include in your Paleo menu.

The Paleo Diet focuses on eating nutrient dense, naturally occurring, anti-inflammatory foods that promote overall wellness and sustained levels of energy.

http://thepaleodiet.com/paleo-basics-2/coffee-is-it-paleo/

 

The truth about Melbourne’s baristas

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Not so long ago, you could spot a Melbourne barista by the piercings, tattoos and skinny jeans, but there’s something fresher brewing. As specialty coffee digs its heels into the city centre and inner suburbs, Melbourne’s coffee drinkers are witnessing the rise of a much wider variety of barista beyond the ubiquitous ”hipster”. As St Ali’s Matt Perger says: ”Three years ago you could almost guarantee what a barista would be wearing, but it’s attracting quite a large group now.” So what kind of barista is out there now?

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Brewing up a storm in a tea cup

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Melburnians are regularly paying up to $18 for a cup of tea at some city cafes, with the most expensive variety selling for $1000 a cup.

But these leafy drops are not of the kind derived from a Twinings tea bag or even from a teapot poured at your own leisure. Rather, Melbourne’s most serious brewers are investing in high-tech boilers worth thousands of dollars and spending up to $100 for 100 grams of imported tea leaves, in pursuit of the perfect cup.

When Hannah Dupree opened Storm in a Teacup in Collingwood 18 months ago, she spent $4500 on an ecoboiler that enables her to boil water and keep it at a range of exact temperatures, according to the variety of tea.

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On Monday a new cafe opened in Oliver Lane, the cobblestoned laneway off Flinders Lane that also houses Coda. Brought to you by Will and Di (the couple who brought you The Hardware Societe), the cafe is called Bowery to Williamsburg and as the subway-inspired name suggests, it’s going to put Melbourne in a New York state of mind.

BAGELS!

Hot smoked salmon

Cakes

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http://www.melbournegastronome.com/2013/06/from-new-york-to-melbourne-with-love.html

Sustainability, ethics, helps organic coffee demand

Certified organic coffee suppliers have reported increased demand and sales, helped by wider distribution in retail, cafes and corporate markets and increased concerns over sustainability and ethics in food production.

Sacred Grounds, a Sydney-based organic and fairtrade supplier, has experienced the most significant growth of interest for organic coffee in the corporate office sector. “Many businesses are looking to source not only organic but socially responsible products. We have also noticed a significant increase in the number of retailers specialising in organic products,” Sacred Grounds says.

Owner and roaster of Byron Bay’s Bun Coffee, David Kennedy, suggests organic, and particularly fairtrade organic, is a growing sector of the coffee market. “At Bun, we find many of our cafes desire to use a sustainable, organic coffee as a point of difference for their businesses,” he says.

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