Have you heard of Coffee in a cone? How about using used coffee grounds to clean polluted water? Do you know the city deemed best for coffee lovers?
We have all that for you, and more, plus our weekly discount. So much has happened in the news lately involving coffee, so let’s put the coffee on and pour ourselves a cup.
A personal-finance web site just announced its 2016 Best Cities For Coffee Lovers and the top of the list, king of the hill, a-number one, is Portland, OR. Seattle comes in second, followed by Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Orlando.
Don’t have time to grab a cup of coffee but still want the caffeine boost? You can try a Perk, the world’s first caffeinated bracelet that gives the wearer a boost of energy through their skin over a four-hour period. We wrote about this when the company was first looking to fund their idea. Well, the bracelets are available (similar to an activity band to which a caffeine patch is applied). When asked by news media about the effectiveness of the product, a co-founder stated that since the device is not a medical drug, they are not planning any clinical trials for it.
And speaking of effectiveness, what might make people put down their phones in the car and not use them? In Japan, Toyota is hoping free coffee will do it. As an experiment, the car maker teamed with a telecom company and a coffee shop chain to develop an app that would use the phone’s gyroscope, tilt and distance traveled to determine when the phone is in a car and moving. As long as the phone isn’t tilted as it would while being used, the mileage starts adding up. Every 100km of non-use earns the user a coupon that can be used for a free coffee at the aforementioned chain.
In other news, National Coffee Day was September 29th, but we are still celebrating coffee here! Get 10% off your order of $30 or more at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*
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*Discount valid through 10/4/2016 11:59 p.m. EDT at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with $30 minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.
Read On For More Coffee In The News…
Grounds for optimism…
Italian researchers have discovered a new use for spent espresso grounds: Filtering heavy metals from polluted water. The author of the study works on a team that develops new compounds from agricultural waste (think cacao husks transformed into a material that preserves and packages food). She points out that Italians drink a lot of coffee, so they naturally wondered about what they could do with coffee. The chemical components in coffee are very good at trapping mercury and lead, which are common water pollutants, and poisonous over time and in large quantities. The team infused the grounds into a porous foam, using silicon and sugar. After solidifying, they dipped the material into water to dissolve the sugar, and were left with holes that create the absorbency. A piece of foam the size of a postage stamp removed 99 percent of the metals from contaminated water. More work is needed to make the process usable on a large scale.
From going green to going cold….
The Bulletproof Coffee craze is now a smoothie craze! First, prepare the coffee by blending hot black coffee with one tablespoon coconut oil plopped in. Cover with the blender lid slightly askew (the steam will build up otherwise). Carefully blend on high until the oil is emulsified into the coffee and it’s creamy brown, about 30 seconds. Add 1 cup ice cubes, one tablespoon of peanut butter, ½ frozen banana, and a tablespoon of protein powder, and blend until smooth, about 30 more seconds. Add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla and pulse once more. Pour into a large glass and enjoy.
And how about going even colder….
Earlier this year, a café in South Africa had the idea to serve coffee inside of a chocolate ice cream cone. Unfortunately, you should not try this at home! Due to the heat of the coffee, a special wafer is needed. You have about four minutes to drink the liquid before the treat melts. Check it out at #coffeeinacone.
Earlier this month, someone on Reddit posted their coffee drink after the barista misheard the order. What did they order? A coffee with Bailey’s. What did they get? A coffee with three bay leaves artfully placed next to the black coffee in a cup.