Ban Costa Coffee in hospitals, says Doctor

Costa Coffee Cup

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

Heavy sun

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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The future of Mondelez’s beverage systems


Mondelez International have come out and stated that offering a large amount of hot and cold beverage will be central to their future growth strategies within Europe, despite merging with and incorporating D.E Master Blenders’ portfolio.

“We already have over 90 drinks and we believe there is a market for more. Watch this space,” Roland Weening, the coffee president of Mondelez Europe, said to Reuters.

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Central Perk – The next big UK franchise?

Central Perk

The theme tune is iconic; the re-runs are never ending and even now, a decade later, we’re glad that Rachel got off the plane. If one television show captured the spirit of the 1990s and the new millenium it was Friends.

Now, some twenty years after the show was first broadcast, one of the programme’s ‘central’ locations is enjoying a new lease of life in the United Kingdom.

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$3.5m fine for ‘botched’ green coffee weight loss study


“Hopelessly flawed” and “botched”, that is how the Federal Trade Commission described a study conducted by Applied Food Sciences (AFS) which purported that their product could help people shed pounds and lose fat.

The Texas, based company initially organised a clinical trial to take place in India four years ago to hopefully find out if green coffee extract was an ingredient that could, potentially, be used in weight loss products.

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Nespresso opens up


People who have been using non-Nespresso branded capsules need worry no more.

After attempting to wrap their machines in a security blanket of patents, regulations and menacingly worded warranties, Nestle, the company behind Europe’s most popular home brewer, has decided to open up their products to third parties.

Under the agreement, which was initially announced last week by French anti-trust regulators, the company will now give competitors at least four months’ notice to any changes that they plan to make. They will also hand over any prototypes for new Nespresso brewers.

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McDonald’s to offer free coffee for a fortnight

McCafe porcelain cup

If you one of the many people who like to start their day off by having a cup of coffee, then McDonald’s might just have a deal for you – but only if you act quickly.

From next Tuesday (September 16th) through America’s National Coffee Day (September 29th), the retailer famed for their golden arches will be offering customers a free (small) coffee during their breakfast trading hours.

Only while stocks last and only at participating restaurants, obviously.

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Costa to debut Old Paradise Street No.3

Costa Coffee

For the first time since their inception in the 1970s Costa Coffee appears to be offering their customers a different type of coffee, the British press report.

When the two brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa opened up a roasting plant in Lambeth, South London, the duo set up an Italian style Mocha blend, which has become their signature taste over the past forty years.

A series of new roasts will be available in some stores from next Friday.

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Coffee’s genome is mapped, could improve the industry

Coffee Genome

What springs to mind when the phrase genetic research is thrown up? Perhaps you think about scientists searching to help find cures for diseases, or maybe the first thing that pops up is the idea of reproducing dinosaurs and creating your very own Jurassic Park.

But if you prefer your genetic research to be a little bit dark, quite bold and piping hot, you’ll be excited to know that scientists have deciphered and mapped out the genome of Robusta coffee.

The results may even help improve your cup in the future.

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