Coffee news from the web n. 150

TechnoBuffalo – April 27, 2013 
Coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook Surpasses Half Million Dollar Bid
Just two days ago we covered a charity that’s offering coffee with Tim Cook. You’ll need to win an auction to meet with Cook, of course, but at […] – 27 April, 2013
‘Apple Mac’ coffee creator competes at UK Barista Championships
When next waking bleary-eyed and the only thing to kick-start your day is a caffeine hit made within minutes of boiling the kettle – imagine taking six months to brew your morning cuppa. This is how long it took for 30-year-old Alex Sargeant, a self-taught barista from Norwich who did not even like coffee until recently, to develop his “signature macchiato” – the ‘Apple Mac’ […]

 idahostatesman – April 27, 2013 

Moxie Java’s coffee drama
Drive anywhere in the Treasure Valley, and you’ll probably pass a coffee shop or a drive-thru espresso joint. The highly caffeinated Boise area already had seven coffee-shop companies with at least two locations when a string of Moxie Java owners started splintering off a year and a half ago, creating new chains or joining existing ones […]

 Daily Mail – April 26, 2013
Two cups of coffee a day HALVES the risk of breast cancer returning …
‘How coffee interacts with the treatment, however, isn’t immediately known. ‘One theory we are working with is that coffee “activates” tamoxifen […]

bandiera_guatemala_27x18 LE MONDE/Worldcrunch – April 26, 2013
Guatemala’s poorest cross border for hard labor in Mexican State of Chapas
“I’ve come here to earn money, and then I’ll go back home…” Josefina Perez talks as she cuts coffee trees with a machete on the 617-acre Irlanda farm perched on the Tacana volcano in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Like this 40-year-old seasonal worker, more than 100,000 Guatemalans cross the border each year to work in the fields of this rugged stretch of southern Mexico, the 12th coffee producer in the world. Hailed back home as an eldorado for these poor peasants? Not so sure once they get here […]

bandiera_canada_27x18 marketwire – April 26, 2013
Good Earth’s Top Barista Announced
Thomas K., from Alberta’s Children’s Hospital Good Earth has been chosen as Good Earth’s top Barista out of hundreds of Baristas in the Good Earth network of coffeehouses. The winner was chosen based on customer feedback. Thomas was selected based on both quantity of nominations and customer rationale, which highlighted his extraordinary customer service, thorough knowledge of drink preparation and ability to connect with the customer […] – 26 Apr, 2013
London’s best cafés
As the London Coffee Festival gets underway this weekend, our writers suggest the best cafés and coffee shops in the capital […]

 wiltshiretimes – April 26 2013
Wiltshire barista’s creating a bit of a stir
A creative barista from Hartley Farm Shop and Cafe, in Winsley, is competing in the UK Latte Art Championship in London today. Matt Woolley, 23, from Winsley, has worked at the cafe since it opened in 2008 and will […]

 bloomberg – Apr 26, 2013 –
Starbucks Profit Matches Estimates as U.S. Traffic Gains
Starbucks Corp. (SBUX), the world’s biggest coffee-shop operator, reported fiscal second-quarter profit that met analysts’ estimates as U.S. customer traffic improved while sales stagnated in Europe. Net income advanced 26 percent to $390.4 million, or 51 cents a share, from $309.9 million, or 40 cents, a year earlier, the Seattle-based company said yesterday in a statement. Excluding certain items, profit was 48 cents, matching the average of 29 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Starbucks’s profit had topped estimates in 14 of the past 16 quarters, according to data compiled by […] – April 24 2013
How Coffee Influenced The Course Of History
Coffee is a powerful beverage. On a personal level, it helps keep us awake and active. On a much broader level, it has helped shape our history and continues to shape our culture. Coffee plants grow wild in Ethiopia and were probably used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 1400s that people figured out they could roast its seeds. “Then it really took off,” historian Mark Pendergrast […]

bandiera_francia_27x18 LE MONDE/Worldcrunch – April 24, 2013
Parisian coffee is like “Sock juice” and other diktats from French Cafe snobs
In the last years of his life, French novelist Marcel Proust mostly fed himself with café au lait.Made by the two best roasters in Paris, Proust’s coffee came from freshly ground beans that were extracted drop by drop according to an unchangeable ritual. Sometimes the verdict would be without mercy: “Celeste, how did you manage? This coffee is absolutely disgusting. Is it not too old?” Proust would  […]

bandiera_irlanda IrishCentral – April 23, 2013
“Suspended Coffee” is spreading across Ireland – but what is it?
“Suspended Coffee” – random acts of kindness, crowd funding and paying it forward – a small and cheap way of making a difference in the lives […]

 The Press, York – April 23, 2013
York baristas are buzzing in UK coffee competition

A TRIO of York experts is joining the cream of the country’s café society in a competition to be crowned Britain’s best coffee maker. It is fingers crossed for York coffee because the eventual winner will get the chance to be an ambassador for their home town or city and the country, by taking part in the world championships in Australia over the summer […] – April 24 2013
UK coffee week in aid of a good cause
COFFEE shops across Nottingham are celebrating all things coffee-related this week. They’re getting involved in this year’s UK Coffee Week and it’s all in a good cause. The annual event is a nationwide initiative, running from April 22 – 28. Bringing together national coffee chains, and independent venues, they’re raising funds for Project Waterfall, organised by the Allegra Foundation […]

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