Enter the Chestnut Praline Latte

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For the first time in five years Starbucks has rolled out a new holiday-themed drink, and there is already such a buzz about their new offering that we are beginning to contemplate buying some ear muffs and blindfolds.

For better or for worse, at this time of year one drink is synonymous with visits to the local coffee shop. That is, of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte – or the PSL if you’re down with the times.

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Coffee could impact fertility, study shows

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Gentlemen, look away now.

According to some new research released by Massachusetts General Hospital indicates that drinking too much coffee could impact a male fertility.

It was found that men who drank men than two strong cups of coffee a day had just a one in five chance of having successful course of IVF. However, for those who had less than one cup that chance rose to over half.

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Brisbane coffee shop allegedly part of Australian drugs ring

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“We’re well aware it’s attractive to criminals to use the cryptocurrencies, and what will happen now is that it will be imaged by our computer experts within the Queensland Police Service and [our] investigations will progress from that.”

That is what Superintendent Mich Niland of Taskforce Maxima said about a digital cash machine that has cast aspersions on a long standing coffee shop in Brisbane, Australia.

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A Robotic barista is on show in Japan

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Have you ever been into a branded coffee shop or retail store and felt that you were getting robotic service from the staff members?

That could quite literally become the norm if the mechanical future on show at the Japan Robot Week becomes a dystopian reality.

Visitors to a pop-up café at the Kawada Industries stand were treated to a cup of coffee, served to them be a robot barista called Nextage.

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Study shows journalists and media staff sink the most coffee

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Which profession is most indebted to coffee?

Millions of us get up every morning and have a cup of coffee before we arrive at work, but the industry that you are in could well determine how much caffeine you take on board during the day.

A recent study shows that if you’re a journalist, or work in the media in some capacity, the chance is that you’ll drink more coffee than anybody else.

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McMousecafe

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It was just like any other day in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

In the local McDonald’s store there was a queue of people patiently waiting to be served in the so called ‘Breakfast rush’. Ron Morais picked up his cup of coffee, paid, and left.

As he made his way through the Canadian town he sipped on his coffee until he reached the dregs.

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Colombia facing a borer outbreak

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“Every day it’s getting worse,” said Pedro Echeverria.

Echeverria is coffee farmer based in the Colombian province of Antioquia and, like so many of his colleagues; he is bracing himself for an influx of insects that could potentially decimate his entire harvest.

A prolonged dry spell combined with consistently high temperatures is threatening to create the perfect environment for the coffee berry borer to prosper.

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Coffee cuts out harmful liver enzymes

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Over the years we have seen, read and reported upon a number of positive health stories pertaining to our favourite drink, coffee. Despite finding numerous different conclusions one thing remains a constant: there’s something wonderful in coffee.

Well we can bring to you the latest piece of research that will further validate your coffee habit.

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Korean coffee chains enjoying life in China

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The economy of China has long made the country a prime target for investors and companies who are looking to expand their portfolios and, importantly, their revenue streams. And when it comes to coffee things are no different.

Western giants have seen massive growth in country, with the large, bustling and increasingly wealthy cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou leading the way.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Starbucks leads the way in this department.

But the Seattle-based monoliths of the coffee chain world is increasingly under pressure from traditional Asian chains from South Korea.

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$300,000 for Rwanda through e-trading

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“The fact that our coffee has [at its peak] attracted $81 per kilogramme online should be a signal to all stakeholders, especially farmers to focus on quality along the [whole] supply chain.”

That is what Tony Sanganira, Rwanda’s State Minister for Agriculture, said when news trickled through that the central-east African country racked up just over $300,000 through their online coffee auctions. For the 2014 internet sales twenty-eight lots of coffee went under the hammer, weighing in at 15,200kg.

It represents a bumper haul for the nation who took in just over $225,000 last year.

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