Tag Archive 'caffeine'

Personal History: My Two-Year Journey Into the Caffeine Desert

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

John Walker, a freelance gaming journalist in the UK, wrote in his blog today about his experiences giving up coffee — on doctor’s orders to relieve anxiety symptoms: bothererblog » Diary Of A Coffee Addict. I commented in his blog about my own experiences of giving up all caffeine for a couple of years back […]

Decaf Coffee Is Not Caffeine-Free (And Particularly If You’re At Starbucks)

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Ignore the stating-the-obvious article title for a moment. Even ignore my latest tirade against unimaginative writers who use the caffeine riff as a synomym for coffee. Today WCCO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, published a story on how they tested the caffeine levels of random decaffeinated coffee samples at five different retailers: wcco.com – Decaf […]

Coffee is the brew of a new crew of youngsters

Posted by TheShot on 21 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

As the number of specialty coffee shops tripled over the past decade, cafés and coffeehouses have become a magnet for today’s youth in a way we haven’t seen since the invention of PacMan. Starbucks’ day care must be just around the corner. OK, the Philadelphia Inquirer did not print that part, but they did print […]

Demand is growing for rich decaf coffee

Posted by TheShot on 09 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Robusta

Decaffeinated coffee was once treated a lot like robusta: as some kind of crude, faux coffee that caters to consumers with the misfortune of a biological defect. But just as high-quality, expertly prepared robusta beans started appearing on the market from places such as India (for blending into quality roasts for espresso, etc.), decaf coffee […]

The caffeine hit – listen to your body to find your coffee limits

Posted by TheShot on 04 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Roasting

I’ve built up a pretty good tolerance for caffeine over the years. This after the (shocking?) truth that I once gave up coffee, and virtually all forms of caffeine, for a couple of years after a personal “purification” experiment following sinus surgery in 2000. It only took a return trip to Rome for me to […]

Starbucks Announces Media Marketing Initiatives; Australian Researchers Announce Persuasiveness of Caffeine

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Some days you come across two stories that, when combined together, are far more interesting than they are separately. Case and point, two curiously complimentary (conspiratorial!?) stories that came across the wire today: Starbucks Announces Relationship With William Morris Agency; As the Coffee Retailer Transforms Traditional Music Distribution and Motion Picture Marketing, Talent Agency Enlisted […]

Meet Coke Blak: Soda with a coffee kick

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

From the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Coca-Cola has revealed a little more of their latest beverage play in the hopes of cashing in on consumer interest in specialty coffee. Coke Blāk (no, I am not making this up) is scheduled to hit U.S. store shelves April 3: Meet Coke Blak: Soda with a coffee kick. According […]

Coffee Sugar Sex Magik

Posted by TheShot on 24 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

It’s no wonder why health care is in shambles in this country. Every two-bit researcher with a corporate-sponsored grant proposal collects their check, publishes their paper, and some low-wage PR grunt in their administrative office issues a press release. Major media, given their rip-and-read reporting laziness and blissful ignorance of science, publishes every piece of […]

Despite Continental Influences Brits still Reaching for Instant Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

Oh those crazy Brits. You can’t tell them they’re Europeans, and their coffee habits prove it. In a press release from Lavazza, apparently 36 percent of Londoners prefer instant coffee — with as few as four precent preferring espresso: Despite Continental Influences Brits still Reaching for Instant Coffee Lavazza sees this as both criminal and […]

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