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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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Fairtrade announce Growing Women in Coffee project

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The Fairtrade Foundation has launched a new three-year initiative that will aid women coffee farmers in Kenya, and help improve the market in East Africa for ethically sourced coffees.

Entitled ‘Growing Women in Coffee’, the project will encourage plantation owners, cooperatives and other similar bodies to transfer ownership to some 150 female farmers who form the Kapkiyai Cooperative in a bid to enable the group to earn an independent and sustainable living for the first time.

Research has indicated that as much as 70% of labourers in some parts of the coffee industry are women, yet many of them receive little or no recompense for their work.

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Perk up your menu and profits with pour-over brewing

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Are you looking to stand out from the crowded high street that has begun to fill up with competing coffee shops?

Do you want to adopt a new, cost-effective approach that produces a great-tasting coffee that will set you apart?

If so, think about adding pour-overs to your menu.

Over the past ten years or so, as the coffee industry has become the gargantuan industry that it is today, the pour-over method has risen in popularity. This craze has spread like wildfire in the United States and is a primary factor in the rise of the ‘third wave’ of coffee shops. But, somehow, it hasn’t quite punctured the market on our shores…yet

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Reinvention of the library should be based on the coffee shop

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The Independent Library Report for England will suggest that our public libraries should move away from the idea that books is their sole product and that they should morph into a communal area that features free Wi-Fi and comfortable sofas.

It is also expected that the report will recommended that libraries move away from a reliance on loaning books and that in order to safeguard and secure their futures they must morph into ‘vibrant and attractive community hubs’.

In essence, the findings – commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – suggest that libraries should become more akin to a coffee shop.

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The taste of coffee can be influenced by the colour of the cup

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If you find that your cup of coffee is a little bitter for your taste buds then don’t go rushing for the sugar to sweeten it up. Science suggests that you should consider changing the colour of your mug.

A group of Australian scientists set out to see if our perception of coffee could be influenced by the cup or mug it was drunk from. Their results, which were recently published in the journal Flavour, suggest that this could well be the case.

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New website

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It’s here!

We’re pleased to say that we launched our brand new website earlier this morning. 

After a few years it was time to get out the proverbial can of paint and give our website a makeover. With its new user-friendly and responsive design, we hope that you enjoy browsing and using it over the come weeks, months and years.

All our products are now just a click or two away and we also have a load of great, new and informative content that will help out both prospective and long-time coffee shop proprietors.

If you have any comments, queries or suggestions – or indeed any feedback – about our new site, then please send us an email or drop us a line on social media.

Could coffee cut the risk of diabetes by 25%?

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Are you aware that your coffee habit could be doing your health the world of good?

According to some research which was released last week to coincide with World Diabetes Day, drinking up to four cups of coffee a day could potentially cut your risk of developing the disease by a quarter.

The report was collated and published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a non-for-profit organisation founded in 1990 and is devoted to study the potential health benefits of coffee.

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