Tag Archive 'coffee_health'

Coffee, Academically — and announcing the Stanford University Coffee Symposium

Posted by TheShot on 08 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

I’ve had a long, strange history with academics. Before succumbing to the dark side of money-plundering dot-com entrepreneurs, I worked in scientific research labs at The Johns Hopkins University and at Stanford University. It was also a joint graduate PhD program in bioengineering at UC Berkeley/UCSF, with a focus on neuroscience, that first brought me […]

Turning death threats into a marketing campaign

Posted by TheShot on 17 May 2012 | Filed under: Coffee Health

We’ve ranted against the Medical Infotainment industrial complex more than enough times here on this blog. You know the weekly stream of pop medical news headlines: alternating manic depressive cycles of “coffee kills”, then “coffee gives you immortality”, then lather, rinse, repeat. Billions of dollars wasted on decades of coffee medical research, and all we […]

Survey says…

Posted by TheShot on 12 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

When I was a biomedical engineering PhD student at Berkeley, a wise veteran lab partner once told me, “Statistics allow you to suggest anything you want. Just start with a conclusion and find a pattern in the data that fits to confirm it.” I’m reminded of that every time I read about research studies published […]

Trip Report: Bean Island, or: What’s sick and wrong with health-related coffee marketing today

Posted by TheShot on 02 Sep 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

You can make coffee hot or cold, weak or strong, and even good or bad. But one thing you shouldn’t make coffee is scary. And what’s making coffee scary today — in a way that mysterious substances such as Jamba Juice‘s “immunity boost” only used to scare us — are con artists who now target […]

Caffeine dominates the coffee conversation this past week

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

This past week, most of the coffee discussion around the Internet involved the subject of caffeine. Talk about caffeine seems to bring out the worst in people. Too many act as if coffee and caffeine are synonymous and interchangeable — whether it’s scientific research on the effects of caffeine or some lame riff on coffee […]

As if you needed another reason to avoid pre-ground coffee

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Quality Issues

Earlier this week, we caught a radio broadcast of NPR’s “Fresh Air” where the program’s host, Terri Gross, was interviewing an entomologist named Douglas Emlen: The Fascinating World Of The Dung Beetle : NPR. About 34-35 minutes into the audio program, Mr. Emlen introduces an anecdote about cockroaches and coffee that even manages to gross […]

Bad Science » Drink coffee, see dead people.

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health

We’ve been harping on the ethically and intellectually bankrupt medical infotainment industry for years now. Publicity stunts masked as science are bad enough (see: Tuesday’s example). But bad science transformed into a publicity stunt is far more irresponsible. A textbook example came to us all this week in the form of a flawed study linking […]

The Rise of Medical Infotainment: Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

Two days ago, the New York Times ran another pop piece of medical journalism about coffee. However, this time they disguised it as a critique of medical journalism: Personal Health – Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions – NYTimes.com. Now we’ve managed to survive a six-month moratorium on pointless medical research articles about coffee — which is […]

When clueless medical journalists attack

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

We should all feel thankful that, once in a rare while, the confusing morass of pop medical journalism is broken by the occasional intelligent voice of informed reason. Last month, the media had a feeding frenzy over a lone medical study linking caffeine to increased risk of miscarriage: Pregnancy Problems Tied to Caffeine. Today’s New […]

‘Healthy coffee’ found to be toxic

Posted by TheShot on 01 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

Many of you are probably more than already aware of this, but the latest trend in consumable marketing is something of an unholy marriage between food staples and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. It’s not just juice smoothies that promote mysterious “immunity boosts” anymore. It’s also things like fortified coffee. And what’s with all this “energy boost” crap […]

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