Texas doctor jailed for poisoning ex-lover’s coffee

A cancer specialist in Houston, Texas, has been jailed for ten years after being found guilty of purposefully poisoning the coffee of her colleague, with whom she was having an affair, with a chemical commonly found in anti-freeze.

You may have heard of this story as it has gains some considerable traction in the mainstream press, specifically in the United States.

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Targets may not be met, NUCAFE member says

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With a couple of weeks left until the coffee season in Uganda shuts down, some new predictions have estimated that the country will see a slight increase in production levels this year.

The report, drawn up by the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) expects that coffee harvests will rise by 1.44% and that there will also be a marginal growth in profits by 0.75%. Both are year-on-year figures.

“Coffee exports for the period September 2013 to August 2014 totalled 3.52 million bags worth $394 million,” the documented noted before going on to state that: “[T]his indicates a slight increase from the [what was] earned in the same period last year.”

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Coffee drinkers are ‘more fun’ and earn more

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Over the years we have heard many parallels drawn between coffee and tea and the people that drink them. People who like coffee are purists (whether that is natural or manufactured purism we shall let you decide) while people who prefer tea have certain standards and can be quite fussy.  But a new study has settled the debate, albeit it financially, about what your drink of choice says about you.

And if you pick a latte over loose leaf tea you’ll certainly like the results.

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Legal threat in California over ‘coffee causing cancer’

Coffee Beans

One American non-profit organisation is attempting to change the way that some of the biggest coffee companies in the world label their products.

Based in California, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) wants people who sell coffee products to state that because their goods contain a carcinogen, customers need to be informed about the potential health risks.

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Adding butter to coffee isn’t a recent invention, it appears

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I’m sure that you have heard about Bulletproof® Coffee, the drink that really isn’t a drink but is one part of a wider ‘lifestyle’ brand that promotes weight loss and increased cognitive functions.

As the story goes, Dave Asprey, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, learned about the “power of butter” in hot drinks when climbing Mount Kailash in Tibet and was given a cup of yak butter tea.

We imagine at this moment that the discovery was played out in a comical cartoon fashion that featured lots of cogs whirring before he ran out into the snow shouting ‘Eureka!’

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Starbucks to take control of their Japanese operations

Starbucks in Sydney

Earlier on this year the American coffee giant Starbucks reported a staggering 18th consecutive quarter of a 5% plus increase in same-store sales as well as a near quarter (23% to be exact) rise in earnings.

Now after those incredible figures, the Seattle-based chain is growing once against.

Starbucks is planning on taking full ownership of their Japanese operations in a $900 million deal that will see the company fully oversee their own future in their second largest market.

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Public servant pins absences on soy milk coffee breaks

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Our attention has been brought to the story of a coffee lover who claimed she had to have extensive sojourns during the working day in order to find a certain type of drink.

It transpires that Pardeep Sidhu, a public servant working in the Australian capital of Canberra, fell into trouble over her erratic time keeping and tried saying that some of the elongated breaks were because she had to find a coffee shop or café that served organic coffee with soy milk.

We do like our coffee, but that’s a step too far – isn’t it?

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Ban Costa Coffee in hospitals, says Doctor

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In the unfortunate event that you are visiting a friend or relative in hospital, many people like to take the opportunity to grab a cup a coffee at some point during their stay. But a Bristolian consultant who specialises in weight loss has called for a complete ban of coffee shops which offers ‘sugar-laden’ drinks, cakes and confections from hospitals.

Dr Sally Norton, who splits her time between the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southend Hospital, said: “We read every week, in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) and other leading medical journals, of research detailing the perils of sugar and fizzy drinks.”

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Climate change set to cause coffee problems

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Climate change was through to affect coffee very gradually, but some shocking situations are being reported as a result of really drastic, chaotic changes, such as very little or too much rain.”

That is what Peter Baker, of the Centre of Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI), said last weekend whilst delivering a speech to the 25th annual International Conference of Coffee Science.

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