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Forget about coffee. Tea’s coming back –in a big way

A nation rediscovers its old drinking habits (via The Economist) AS ANY foreigner can tell you, Americans love their coffee. It is a watered-down percolation compared with the eye-twitchingly strong varieties sold in little thimbles in many European cafés, but it is coffee nonetheless. A decent cup of tea, however……

Starbucks launches job creation campaign

WASHINGTON — Coffee chain Starbucks on Monday told US customers their country needs them — to help create jobs. The chain, omnipresent in many US cities, announced the launch of a donation drive, with proceeds being used to back loans for small job-creating businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of…

Multiple campaigns, same goal: Ending Washington’s addiction to money

The “Occupy Wall Street” protest, “Get Money Out” campaign and a planned protest by The Coffee Party all hope to stop the government from pandering to the wealthiest Americans. As corporations enjoy near record profits and Americans face staggering unemployment, protesters have pledged to occupy Wall Street in lower Manhattan…

Kenyan producers hope rise in coffee prices will bring prosperity

NAIROBI (AFP) – Kenyan coffee producers are hoping that soaring global prices will end years of neglect, that saw output drop fourfold, and herald a new golden age for what was once the country’s top export. The arabica that grows in the volcanic soils of Kenya’s highlands is sought worldwide…

Jury finds bikini barista owner guilty of too much skin

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The naked truth is that in one Washington State city, it just got more difficult to serve coffee with a side of bare skin. A jury in Yakima on Friday found the owner of the Dreamgirls Expresso stand guilty of violating the city’s indecent exposure ordinance for…

Dutch government seeks to ban tourists from cannabis cafes

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government said on Wednesday it wanted to ban tourists from buying cannabis in “coffee shops,” where hash is on sale legally, as part of a national crackdown on drug use. The Netherlands has one of Europe’s most liberal soft drug policies and its coffee shops are…

Scientists discover how to ‘turn off’ brain’s morality center

People’s moral judgment can be altered by disrupting part of the brain, a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) disrupted activity in the right temporo-parietal junction, or TPJ, which is above and behind the right…

Coffee producers ‘getting hammered’ by global climate change

Coffee producers say they are getting hammered by global warming, with higher temperatures forcing growers to move to prized higher ground, putting the cash crop at risk. “There is already evidence of important changes” said Nestor Osorio, head of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), which represents 77 countries that export…

This could be the end of blogging as we know it

We’ve hit “peak coffee”. Look: I ride a bike and walk and take the bus. I sold my truck as part of my efforts to reduce my carbon footprint and not add to the oil depletion problem. But I need my coffee. I suspect I’m not the only blogger whose…

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