Tag Archive 'caffeine'

Unscientific PR stunt says SF #1 among least caffeinated cities

Posted by TheShot on 07 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

When PR flacks try to get their clients noticed above the crowd noise, a common and effective tactic is the city rivalry vanity/voyeurism survey. Hey, it worked for us. Which is why we’re reporting on the “news” that San Francisco/Oakland ranked #1 among least caffeinated cities in the country: Caffeine Survey Reveals Most, Least Caffeinated […]

Fake Addiction Nation

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

We are a nation of fabricated addictions. Not real addictions — to things like heroin, crack, or alcohol that require treatment programs, follow Addiction Severity Indexes, break families apart, and are highly correlated with crime and prison time. I’m talking about our inability to moderate personal consumption of relatively benign things. Things like caffeine, meat, […]

Girl overdoses on espresso coffee

Posted by TheShot on 13 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

In case you need more evidence that the legal profession has an endless supply of ready-made idiot consumer lawsuits, recently a 17-year-old “unwittingly” gave herself a caffeine overdose by drinking seven double espressos at her family’s sandwich shop: BBC NEWS | UK | England | Wear | Girl overdoses on espresso coffee. While a caffeine […]

The Inconvenient Truth About Fair Trade

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

Although Fair Trade coffee has been around since the 1980s, it wasn’t until the past couple of years that it received heavy airplay. And unless you’ve been reading a rare opinion, such as this one (or the rare reader of The Economist), you’d think that to question the value and effectiveness of Fair Trade certification […]

Crack coffee: when coffee has nothing to do with it

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

It’s one thing for the likes of Starbucks to purvey their popular coffee-flavored milkshakes (double-tall, four-pump vanilla caramel macchiato, anyone?) — suitably designed for people who don’t like coffee, but want to play along anyway. But it’s another thing entirely when some coffee purveyors treat the beverage purely as a narcotic with no other redeeming […]

Fusion Energy Coffee will keep you up 7-Eleven

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

I’m not sure what’s worse: 7-Eleven’s coffee product marketers, or the coffee customers who patronize them. In any case, 7-Eleven recently introduced something called Fusion Energy Coffee: Fusion Energy Coffee will keep you up 7-Eleven | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA. In case you haven’t been keeping up on your ephemeral, forgettable product fads (remember Pepsi […]

Food Labels Need Caffeine Count, Some Say

Posted by TheShot on 20 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

The bizarrely misplaced food freak-out continues, as we have people overlooking the environmental, energy consumption, and dietary/health horrors of the processed foods that make up 80% of today’s American diet — focusing instead on caffeine as the root of all evil. Today, TV station KERO in Bakersfield, CA reported that a coffee-drinking New York city […]

Cup size is crucial

Posted by TheShot on 03 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

The headline sounds like yet another addition to the popular “sexpresso” story that refuses to just go away. But today’s London Times noted a Rush University (Chicago) study that showed a regular stream of coffee in espresso-sized doses does more for alertness than the “supersized American-style beverage bucket” of morning coffee: Cup size is crucial […]

Mysterious ‘Meth Coffee’ launches in San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends

I came across a coffee-related press release yesterday (as I often do), and I truly resisted writing about it — hoping it would just go away unnoticed. But then the company behind it is based out of San Francisco, and the press release hit the Associated Press today: AP Wire | 01/11/2007 | Mysterious `Meth […]

Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution nails it with this article headline: Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor | ajc.com. Somewhat surprisingly, what follows the headline isn’t half bad either. The author, John Kessler, goes on to note how rare a decent espresso is in this country — and in fancy restaurants […]

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