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Coffee isn’t just getting more expensive. It’s likely to start tasting worse, too

Brazil is on the verge of a coffee shortage, and that could be bad news for the quality of your morning caffeine fix.<p>An extended drought in Brazil has significantly curbed expectations for this year’s coffee harvest. The crop could fall below 50 million bags, which would be about eight million …

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Misunderstanding Orange Juice as a Health Drink

Juice is, nutritionally, not much better than soda. How did U.S. consumers come to believe that oranges, in any form, were an important part of a healthy diet?<p>A tall glass of orange juice is the very image of refreshment, packed with vitamins and radiating with sunshine freshness. It’s part of a …

Winston Churchill’s dinner table: Clear soup, cigars and above all, conversation

<i>What went on at Winston Churchill’s dinner table? After 4 years digging through archives to research</i> Dinner with Churchill<i>, Cita Stelzer has answers.</i> …

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The Value of Four-Dollar Toast

If there’s one thing the general public knows about the modern Bay Area, it’s that it has rapidly – perhaps even alarmingly – gentrified over the …

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Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods.<p>If you want to write …

The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …

Inside the World of Coffee Warehouses

Unless you live in a country that grows it, one can only be so local when it comes to coffee. (And, even then, your country may only sell Nescafé.) It's an unavoidable factor in the coffee world that your unroasted green coffee beans must travel a long distance, sometimes under difficult …

Coffee Makers: Macchine da Caffè

Rather than a simple reference guide, "Coffee Makers: Macchine da Caffè" is the first encyclopedia of coffee machines and extensive exploration of the history of making coffee. The result of two years of travel and research, this project was born from the passion and knowledge of Enrico Maltoni and …

THRIVE Coffee: A Farm to Cup Model that is Putting Coffee Back in...

By Sarah Zinn<p>If you happen across a café that serves THRIVE Farmers Coffee, your cup may as well be served straight from the worn hands of the Costa …

4 More iPhone Coffee Apps

We've visited the world of coffee apps before, but as technology will have it, those brew tools feel SO two years ago by now. Here's another roundup of the latest (and strangest?) iPhone apps to help you brew the most leading-edge cup of coffee.<p>Bloom Coffee Timer ($2.99)<p>Because Apple's built-in …

5 Coffee Splurges that Aren't Worth the Money

Every once in a while, it's good to splurge on yourself, and you know I'm a huge advocate of those self-gifts coming in the area of coffee brewing and drinking. However, while the word <i>splurge</i> itself even sounds a little espresso onomatopoeic, there are a few big-ticket buys out there I must …

5 Coffee Splurges that are Totally Worth the Money

If Monday's post about coffee gear that's just not worth the dough left you holding a roll of cash you're just dying to spend on something coffee-related, never fear. Here's a list of splurges that are worth their weight in beans (or Benjamins).<p>A Great Grinder<p>A good grinder is probably the most …

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5 Coffee Myths Debunked

Coffee misconceptions are as ubiquitous as Starbucks locations: Every time you turn around it seems like someone's spouting off about this or that "fact," the latest (probably not-peer-reviewed) health study, or cockeyed interpretation of "tradition." Today we dispel five common old wives' (or …