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Is coffee good for your heart?

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Over the years we have seen studies divulge encouraging information. Some academic articles purport that coffee is good at preventing this or that disease, others state that our favourite drink has beneficial effects on our ability to perform certain tasks. If there’s one thing we know about coffee – apart from how great it tastes, obviously – is that it’s a pretty wonderful thing when it’s all said and done.

But when it comes to the heart, we’re open to admit that the reliable evidence in the public domain has been a little bit mixed. One report claims that risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol can be exaggerated thanks to a prolonged coffee habits, another might admit that a cup of coffee actually protects the most vital of organ.

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Fairtrade Fortnight Spotlight: COSURCA

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Continuing our Fairtrade Fortnight Spotlight series, we are, today, taking a look at the COSURCA cooperative. The Colombian based association produces the coffee (along Costa Rica’s Cafe Libertad) with which forms part of our Fairtrade Espresso blend.

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COSURCA’s existence has seen the collective – one of the largest in Colombia – face adversity on numerous occasions. But their strength in numbers and desire to see their members prosper has seen the cooperative succeed even against seemingly insurmountable odds.

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Fairtrade Fortnight Spotlight: COOCAFE

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As part of our Fairtrade Fortnight initiative we are taking a close look at some of the products that form our Fairtrade range, discussing and highlighting the work of the individuals and cooperatives that we work alongside. Under the spotlight today is COOCAFE, who provide the Santos Fine Cup Arabica which forms part of our Crème Supreme blend.

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Founded in the late 1970s in the small city of Lajinha in the state of Minas Gerais, COOCAFE (Cooperative of Coffee Growers in the Lajinha Region) initially aimed to collectively strengthen the local coffee industry and to provide support and encouragement to farmers. But there is more to life than coffee and good harvests and so, no long after their inception, the group began to implement social schemes.

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20% off for Fairtrade Fortnight

We’re not just running a promotion…

…We’re giving you the chance to change lives.


Fairtrade Fortnight
 (23th Feb – 8th March) is just around the corner and to concide with the event, we’re going to give you 20% off.

For over twenty years now, the two-week long event has strived to increase awareness for the Fairtrade movement. Since its inception in 1995, everybody involved in the initiative – from farmers to suppliers, retailers to customers – has made the Fairtrade logo the biggest and most recognisable ethical label in the United Kingdom.

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New coffee rust fungicide shows promising results

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When it comes to coffee rust – also commonly known as ‘roya’ – 2014 was not a good year.

The fungal disease (Hemileia vastatrix) targets the leaves of the coffee plant and can successfully infect hosts within two days, destroying entire plantations in the process.

After being initially discovered in Kenya in the early 1860s, it had spread to Sri Lanka by the 1870s and was common through the main coffee growing regions by the 1920s. As travelling across the world became easier and transport routes opened up, the diseases was, inadvertently, spread. And entire businesses would feel the effects of the roya disease.

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Valentine’s Ideas

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Did you notice that as soon as the Christmas cards had vanished from the shelves that they were, almost overnight, replaced?

Of course, with all the winter festivities now out of the way it means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

In fact, it’s this Saturday!

Now a few people might roll their eyes at this event and grumble about how it’s just something that is a corporate creation. But the truth is that it originated as a liturgical day of celebration in honour of some early Christian martyrs.

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Shade-grown coffee is best for birds, study finds

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Today’s news story has got us here at Caffe Society all a flutter.

Previously, we have discussed reports that have looked into the benefits of shade-grown coffees bring to local ecosystems and the subsequent value of these plantations to conservationists.

Well, recently, a team from the University of Utah has delved deeper into this subject and have suggested that traditional practices of growing coffee under naturally formed canopies, formed by trees and foliage, support better ornithological biodiversity than other types of coffee farms.

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Substance akin to morphine found in coffee

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Scientists based at the University of Brasilia (UnB), in conjunction with researchers from the Brazilian agricultural company Embrapa, have discovered that coffee contains a protein which could be comparable to morphine.

Interestingly though, the effects of this substance last longer than the pain-killing drug.

The study was led Felipe Vinecky of UnB’s Molecular Biology Department and involved delving into coffee’s genetic composition with the aim of combining different strings of DNA to improve quality and other tendencies that would benefit farmers and consumers alike.

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Study suggests coffee can protect against some skin cancers

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Since the Caffe Society Blog was first founded back in April 2009 (time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?) we have reported on numerous stories and articles that link a humble cup of coffee with a variety of health benefits.

Today we bring to you news of an original study which suggests that a regular consumption of coffee could help stave off the development of malignant melanoma, one of the deadliest types of skin cancer.

Scientists affiliated with the United States National Cancer Institute looked at over 400,000 people over a ten year period, analysing their diet and keeping an eye on the amount of coffee that each participant drunk.

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Guatemalan growers hoping for a better 2015

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The past couple of years have been tough for Guatemalan coffee growers, but with a new year they are hoping for something akin to a new start as they continue their struggle against the devastating roya fungus, commonly referred to as leaf rust.

“Roya in Guatemala is here to stay,” notes Julio Ligorria, the Central American nation’s ambassador to the United States.

The statement however should not be interpreted as a forlorn cry for help, far from it. But it does go to show the problems that the country’s farmers have to contend with, and accept that their ills aren’t going to be brushed away overnight.

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