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    Coffee Cupping Professional – I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    If you ever wondered what is to cup coffee as a job, it’s not the glamorous job envisioned. Sure, the job has its perks, and its aura of coolness, but you have to spit a lot. A professional coffee cupper oversees the coffee quality and signs off the flavour profile for all coffees in a roastery.

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    My Odd Job: I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    I always start the day with two cups of coffee.

    But by the end of work this number skyrockets to around 250 cups. Before you panic, I only taste these in a process called cupping.My Odd Job: I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    It requires you to slurp the coffee and then spit it out into a spittoon, a bit like wine tasting.

    Doing this helps to prevent me from over caffeinating myself and ensures that I sleep at night.

    I work on the coffee buying team of Taylors of Harrogate and have been working here for 15 years. My job involves overseeing coffee quality and signing off the flavour profile for all new products.

    The flavour profile is a combination of the taste and aroma of the coffee. The sign off process involves a panel of people from within the company coming together many times throughout the duration of any new product development to refine and approve the final product.

    Coffee actually contains more aromas than wine. As a qualified Coffee Q grader – professional coffee taster – I’m able to recognise and name hundreds of different aromas that can be detected in coffees from all over the world.

    It takes lots of intense training and practice to become a Q grader. The process involves passing around 20 predominantly sensory exams.My Odd Job: I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    I never get tired of discovering new coffees and it’s certainly one of my favourite parts of the job, but I do have to limit my intake.

    As a Coffee Cupper I Travel A Lot

    My job isn’t just tasting coffee, however. When I’m not in the office, I’m usually travelling abroad.

    My first trips to coffee-growing countries took me to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil and Kenya where I spent a few months training.

    I’ve also visited Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and I’m due to travel to Indonesia later this year.

    A typical origin trip can involve anything from visiting remote farms and processing facilities to tasting lots of coffee to calibrate with our suppliers.

    My trips overseas have led me to appreciate the complexity of growing and processing coffee. I also often discover new words and ways to describe coffee when I’m tasting with people from other countries, which I love.My Odd Job: I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    What Coffees Do I Like?

    When it comes to what coffee takes my fancy, it can really depend what mood I’m in. It’s really subjective.

    Coffee is also a seasonal product so its taste can vary throughout the year.

    I’m particularly drawn to coffee from Colombia, Central America and East Africa because coffees from these countries tend to feature a good level of sweetness, balance and acidity.

    I don’t like to use the word ‘snob’ but I’m definitely very particular about my coffee. Thankfully, I have easy access to some amazing flavours on a daily basis.

    There are two main species of coffee: arabica and robusta. Arabica is a more species, which tends to be grown at higher altitudes and in cooler than climates. It’s sweeter, more aromatic and finer in flavour.

    Robusta is a hardier species, which tends to grow at lower attitudes and warmer weather. Its flavour is stronger, more intense and can be bitter and sometimes harsh.My Odd Job: I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    Personally, I prefer a lighter roast with delicately-nuanced flavour. Lighter roasts showcase the inherent characteristics of the beans and can result in a more unique flavour. I go for coffees with fruity (citrus or berry), floral (jasmine) and sweet, caramel notes.

    If I’m drinking coffee out of the home or work, I like to hunt out the best coffee shops in town.

    I take my coffee black or with milk but never sugar. It’s purely a personal preference, but I just feel that it overwhelms the actual flavour of the coffee.

    One of the most common coffee mistakes people make is drinking stale coffee. They’ll open a bag of coffee but then leave it open for weeks before finishing it – and once the coffee is exposed to oxygen, it starts to go stale.

    My recommendation would be to store your coffee in an air tight container and try to drink it within two to three weeks.

    The national obsession with coffee has developed alongside the rise of high street coffee shops, and has been closely followed by the rise of independent coffee shops.

    When I was growing up, you never went out for a coffee but now you do. It’s a social drink that brings people together.

    Although we’re certainly not turning our backs on tea, we’re definitely becoming a coffee-drinking nation in the UK. It’s a way of life.My Odd Job: I taste 250 cups of coffee a day

    How to Drink Coffee in Space


    We love coffee and we think a day without coffee is the purgatory. Strike that – it’s Hell. How about coffee in space? How do astronauts drink their coffee? Did you know there is an espresso machine designed to work in space? Is called ISSpresso and it powers up our space explorers. That’s pretty amazing.


    Charcoal Coffee Craze – Charcoal Latte Is Healthy


    Charcoal Latte. To be honest, I didn’t know existed until recently, well because it’s a recent thing. To me, the visual aspect of a drink is half of the taste. I am a bit thrown off by the tar-like blackness and the glitter. Not sure I can stomach one of those. But people swear that charcoal is good for your stomach. I am a bit skeptical on that too. Search on the Internet “activated charcoal and constipation” and you’ll see why.  Limitless Coffee & Tea makes these on a regular basis, and you can also check their Instagram for pics.

    A dash of glitter and an abyss of smoky black froth swirls around in a glossy white mug accompanied by a delicate golden teaspoon. The fresh vanilla scent and the laughter of other customers creates a homey feeling.

    That dash of glitter and abyss of smoky black froth aren’t the first things that come to mind when drinking coffee. For customers at Limitless Coffee & Tea, it’s the cup of Joe that can’t stop customers from coming in every day.

    Limitless Coffee & Tea has four locations all in the heart of downtown Chicago. If it’s not obvious, they’re a café that sells artistic coffee, tea and pastries. The latte that would be considered their starchild is the charcoal latte. This piece of art isn’t complete without the added glitter, which is an additional 50 cents that most will shell out to get their Instagram- worthy photo or 10.


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    Charcoal-based products are starting to make their way to shelves for everything, from charcoal toothpaste to facemasks, and now decorative latte art. Most people like to take pictures of them and put them on social media. Many cafes around the country have jumped on the bandwagon and started making them. Instead of being warded off by the unusually pretty color and design, they keep drawing customers and coffee fanatics in. Rather than just making the latte look aesthetically pleasing, there are also some benefits to that dark, deep charcoal abyss.

    According to WebMd, activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas, can prevent hangovers and lower cholesterol levels. It’s also used for healing wounds.

    Amanda Kaplan is the marketing manager at Limitless Tea & Coffee. She said there are many benefits to adding charcoal to lattes.

    “Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut, preventing their absorption,” Kaplan said.

    Kaplan also said the texture is porous, so it’s good for cleaning and whitening teeth, which explains why charcoal toothpaste has become a thing.


    “It is our No. 1 Instagrammed drink, and people show the barista our Instagram when ordering,” Kaplan said.

    When it comes to food allergies, there’s no concerns here because charcoal is beneficial for health and it’s a natural product. For those interested in grabbing a smoky black latte, the type of milk you use could alter the design of the latte.

    “ Any milk tastes amazing with it,” Kaplan said. “But the easiest drink to do latte art with is whole milk.”Whole milk is denser than nonfat, almond or soy milk. The denser the milk, the better the latte art will turn out.

    Inside the charcoal coffee craze

    Kaplan couldn’t answer some questions, such as how it’s made, due to the company’s privacy policies, but the mystery behind it stirs up more excitement for customers.

    For the lactose-intolerant and vegans of the Chicago area, don’t fret; they also have oat milk and almond milk at every location. Ana Diaz was one the many customers who stopped in for a charcoal latte. Diaz didn’t know what to expect because this was her first time ordering one.

    “I’m almost scared to drink it,” Diaz said. “I know it’s not bad for me or anything, but I’ve never had one before and didn’t even know you could ingest charcoal like this.”

    “Of course I took a hundred pictures

    of it already, my cousin and I came here because we’ve been seeing a lot of pictures of these pretty lattes on the Instagram explore page and noticed that a lot of cafes sell them, so we found this one and wanted to give it a try,” Diaz said.

    Diaz took a few sips of her latte. “I keep checking my teeth,” she said. “I feel like my lips and teeth are going to be glittery and black after this so next time I’ll bring a little toothbrush.”

    Jenn Nowak has been to several cafes that serve charcoal and glitter lattes.

    “I can see why the color and even the glitter is off-putting for some people, it’s like a visual thing and it makes them hesitant to drink it,” Nowak said.

    “For first-timers, they might think, ‘Why am I eating art supplies?’ when they see the glitter,” Nowak said.

    Nowak remembers she was hesitant the first time she had one.

    “The first time I tried one I kept making my friends reassure me that they were safe to drink, not that they would know, it’s not like they’re baristas or anything but I won’t lie, I was thrown off at first,” Nowak said.

    The latte itself doesn’t have an unusual taste like most would expect.

    “I think the thing people don’t get is that it just tastes like vanilla,” Nowak said. “It doesn’t taste funny and I’m willing to spend like $7 for a latte every now and then just because it’s fun and much prettier than an average old latte at Starbucks or Peets.”

    Someone left a coffee cup in a ‘Game of Thrones’ shot


    A coffee cup on a table in the great hall of Winterfell. People think it’s a Starbucks. Who cares? Maybe Starbucks do, it’s great publicity. Sharp-eyed viewers noticed the anachronism during Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” was this on purpose? If so the level of sneakiness in advertising is peaking.

    What’s this? Oh, just a coffee cup. A coffee cup on a table in the great hall of Winterfell in the fictional, very coffee-less realm of Westeros.Someone left a coffee cup in a 'Game of Thrones' shot

    Sharp-eyed viewers noticed the anachronism during Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” and, well, it’s going to be a long time before anyone lets this mistake go.

    Each Season 8 episode reportedly cost $15 million to make , so the fact that a grande mocha from Starbucks or whatever passed so many eyes and so many levels of experts and edits is very hilarious. That coffee cup is Arya Stark levels of sneaky.

    Twitter is convinced it’s a Starbucks cup, but it really could be from anywhere.

    It’s hard to tell. Either way, it’s a good day to be Starbucks, right? Imagine scoring some free product placement in the biggest show on television.

    Maybe that’s why the Battle of Winterfell episode was so dark — no time to get rid of all of the coffee cups! Without the low lighting, everyone would be able to tell the ramparts of Winterfell looked like the aftermath of an 8 a.m. college lecture.

    Maybe that’s why the Battle of Winterfell episode was so dark — no time to get rid of all of the coffee cups! Without the low lighting, everyone would be able to tell the ramparts of Winterfell looked like the aftermath of an 8 a.m. college lecture.



    This Hoodie Is Made From Coffee Grounds And Recycled Plastic Bottles

    You’d be surprised how versatile coffee is. No I am not talking about brewing versatility, because that’s amazing too, you can ask Coffee Brewing Methods about that. I meant versatility as an industrial material. A Utah apparel company called Coalatree is making hoodies using recycled coffee grounds. Sure, the hoodies contain some plastic, but you know what? Tha plastic is also recycled from plastic bottles, so the feeling of sustainability is comforting. […]

    This Hoodie Is Made From Coffee Grounds And Recycled Plastic Bottles

    This Hoodie Is Made From Coffee Grounds And Recycled Plastic Bottles

    A Utah apparel company called Coalatree is making hoodies using recycled coffee grounds. No, the hoodie won’t let you absorb caffeine through the skin (unfortunately, for drowsy coffee drinkers). But they’re also made with plastic bottles, so the feeling of sustainability is comforting.

    The Evolution Hoodie is said to be snuggly. Coalatree notes that it takes thousands of liters of water to make one cotton shirt. Each hoodie is made of fiber derived from three cups of recycled coffee grounds and 10 plastic bottles. They’re selling for $69 via an Indiegogo campaign, and expected to ship to backers in September.

    Spent coffee grounds are mixed and melted with recycled plastic bottles, then extruded into the fibers to create the hoodie. The process requires minimal resources and uses sustainable technologies such as solar power and gray water recycling, says J.M. Fabrizi, Coalatree’s marketing manager.

    It turns out that coffee is good for more than just mugs in the morning.

    “Coffee is a naturally odor-absorbing material and by weaving the grounds into the fibers, odors are trapped as you sweat,” Fabrizi says. “Because the grounds are embedded into the fabric, this feature is permanent and will never wash out.”

    Coffee also is naturally moisture-wicking, the company says, so the hoodie dries quickly on a hike, for instance. And tiny pores in the fabric block nearly six times more ultraviolet rays than a traditional hoodie.

    The hoodie is intended for travel, adventure and everyday use, and packed with features like pockets for a phone and passport.

    The hoodie isn’t the end of coffee-infused clothing, either.

    Hiking socks also are being produced; odor-absorbing properties can be especially helpful for feet.

    Coalatree has been around since 2010, according to Fabrizi. Besides finding green alternatives to cotton, they use surplus fabric to create blankets for the homeless in Salt Lake City, Utah; donate portions of sales on specific products to indigenous communities in need; and partner with local environmental organizations to care for trails and wild spaces.This Hoodie Is Made From Coffee Grounds And Recycled Plastic Bottles

    Angel City Brewery Releases Cold Brewski Hard Coffee

    This might be one of my favorite products ever. I need to try it. I love coffee, I love cold brew, I love fermenting things. Cold Brewski from Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles just brewed something amazing that spans all my three favorite things. What is Cold Brewski, is it a beer? Or is it a coffee? You decide what it is.

    Angel City Brewery Releases Cold Brewski Hard Coffee

    LOS ANGELES — Some good news for LA coffee lovers who are looking for a little kick in their cup: Angel City Brewery has developed Cold Brewski, a new gluten-free hard coffee. As of April 1

    Angel City Brewery Releases Cold Brewski Hard Coffee

    0th,4-packs of cans will be available at the brewery, with plans to be available in select stores by next month.

    Cold Brewski clocks in at 5% ABV, at 110 calories per can, best enjoyed over ice, doctored up with favorite coffee accoutrements. The new innovation from Angel City Brewery is a nitrogenated, cold-brewed hard coffee made from fermented cane sugar and coffee beans. The brewery used an industrial grinder for optimal flavor and aroma. The combination is then cold-aged, followed by a Nitrogen infusion to give it a creamy mouthfeel.

    “This was a really challenging innovation to work on,” said Head Brewer Layton Cutler. “The sheer mass of coffee used to make Cold Brewski was huge and is like nothing we’ve made before. It turns out to be a super versatile liquid – on its own for brunch, or as a mixer for a fun evening cocktail!”

    Angel City Brewery brews beer for the greater LA area and beyond at their Downtown based brewery in the heart of the Arts District. The Brewery’s Public House features a 19-tap bar that serves an ever-changing roster of classic and newly inspired beers and is open seven days a week with a full calendar of events ranging from trivia nights to art shows, live music and festivals. The Public House is open Monday-Thursday, 4:00pm – 1:00am, Friday 4:00pm – 2:00am, Saturday 12:00pm – 2:00am and Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00am.

    About Angel City Brewery

    LA is often viewed through a lens of Hollywood, glitz and glamour, but at Angel City we see things differently. Our mission is simple: to shine a light on the eclectic underbelly of what has been referred to as the other LA. Our home in the Downtown Arts District is the center of a cultural revival for the city’s most talented artists, musicians, hustlers, and craftspeople. It’s an LA that’s as creative as it is diverse, and our beer is no exception. Through our beers and hand-chosen partnerships we seek to bring the allure of the Arts District experience to greater LA and beyond. Find Angel City on draft or in 6-packs at bars, restaurants and retail locations throughout California. Visit the Brewery and Public House downtown for a brewery tour, tasting or weekly event, located at 216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Angel City Brewery is an A&S Brewing Collaborative brand, a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company. Angel City Brewery is online at, on Facebook and on Twitter.


    Korea’s Jooyeon Jeon Wins 2019 World Barista Championship

    The World Barista Championship has concluded. We have a winner, the winner is Jooyeon Jeon from South Korea.  The 2019 World Coffee Championship events concluded in Boston today, with Jooyeon Jeon of Momos Coffee in South Korea crowned the 2019 World Barista Champion, and China’s Jia Ning Du winning the World Brewers Cup. The […]

    Korea’s Jooyeon Jeon Wins 2019 World Barista Championship

    Korea’s Jooyeon Jeon Wins 2019 World Barista Championship

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    The 2019 World Coffee Championship events concluded in Boston today, with Jooyeon Jeon of Momos Coffee in South Korea crowned the 2019 World Barista Champion, and China’s Jia Ning Du winning the World Brewers Cup.

    The World Barista Championship is celebrating its remarkable 20th anniversary year. Even more remarkably, it wasn’t until last year that the barista skills competition was won by a woman, Polish barista champion Agnieszka Rojewska. This year, a crowd of hundreds gathered around the WBC stage inside the Boston Convention center burst into a celebratory roar when it became clear that Jeon would become the second woman to win the coveted title.

    Here are the standings from the WBC and Brewers Cup final day:

    2019 World Barista Championship Final Standings

    1) Jooyeon Jeon, Momos Coffee, South Korea

    2) Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, The UnderDog, Greece

    3) Cole Torode, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Canada

    4) Mikael Jasin, Common Grounds Coffee Roaster, Indonesia

    5) Wojtek Bialczak, Five Elephant Coffee, Germany

    6) Mathieu Theis, Mame, Switzerland

    2019 World Brewers Finals Standings

    1) Jia Ning Du, M2M Coffee, China

    2) Patrik Rolf, April Coffee Roasters, Sweden

    3) Alessandro Galtieri, Aroma, Italy

    3) Chikako Nakai, UCC Holding Co., LTD, Japan

    5) Hsu Shih Yuan, UCC Coffee Taiwan Co., LTD, Taiwan

    6) Daniel Hofstetter, Switzerland

    Your coffee can speak volumes about you

    I have found the most comprehensive article about the personality of coffee lovers. The article shows how your coffee preference can tell what kind of person you are. The only problem, the source of the science is a nutritionist. LOL

    The article claims that it is a must-read for all the coffee lovers, and “the way you like your coffee can disclose a lot about your personality”. “Your ‘cup of joe’ is much more than just a beverage, it can tell a lot about your personality and who you are.”

    Your coffee can speak volumes about you

    Your coffee can speak volumes about you

    They say ‘you are what you eat’, right? Well that extends to drinking too. Especially, if your favourite brew is coffee. Ask a seasoned barista for a coffee and he’ll tell what kind of personality you are. There’s even been a study conducted by various clinical psychologists on the subject. Read on to discover what your coffee preference says about you.

    It’s how you ‘‘espresso’’ yourself

    An espresso drinker is a natural born leader. A super-efficient, Type A personality, who works hard and plays hard. If your drink of choice is espresso, you are straight talking, hard-hitting and know how to get things done. In fact, your hardworking nature is an inspiration to others – both at work and in your social life. What’s more, you take no nonsense from anyone. You are also one of those rare individuals who actually enjoy the taste of coffee.

    The bold black coffee drinker

    Whether you choose Americano or plain black coffee, drinking it without any milk and sugar makes you one of the healthiest coffee drinkers out there. You’re sort of an old-school purist, who prefers to keep things simple. You lead a fairly minimalist lifestyle, are always neatly turned out and tend to be a bit on the quiet, sometimes moody side. On the flip side perhaps you are a wee bit too set in your ways and resistant to change. You do love your funny coffee mug though.

    Classy cappuccinos

    A well-made cappuccino’s rich complex flavours draws in the ‘sophisticates’, who enjoy the finer things in life. You are stylish and well put together. Rarely will you be caught out in sweat pants and an old t-shirt. You enjoy being in control, you are health-conscious and can be quite the perfectionist. You are also creative, sociable and can multi-task like a pro. But you need to stop worrying and being overly sensitive.

    The latte lover

    Instead of embracing the bitterness of coffee, latte lovers prefer to add a soothing element to it. This shows off your laid back, relaxed nature. You like your creature comforts and usually make an effort to look good. All in all, you are a kindly soul. One who is normally quite generous with your time and resources and willing to go out of your way to help loved ones. Unfortunately, you sometime overextend yourself and always can’t keep up your commitments. So take a leisurely sip of your coffee, do slow down and readjust your priorities.

    The ‘‘kaapi culture cats’’

    Any aficionado will tell you that the ground coffee must be pure, the brewing should be fast and it should ideally be served unmixed with anything, not even milk or sugar. South Indian filter coffee flagrantly flies in the face of this conventional wisdom –

    chicory is added, the brewing is excruciatingly slow and it is served with a liberal dose of milk and sugar. Kaapi drinkers too, are a class apart. Strong minded and independent, you take pride in your identity and lineage. You are often well-read, health-conscious and value tradition and culture. Of course, all this sometimes makes you feel be a wee bit superior. How far you would go for that perfect tumbler of filter coffee tells you of how much of a perfectionist you are.

    Instant coffee, instant comfort

    Sometimes when you just need a hot drink or a pick-me-up, what could be a more convenient choice than this?! Quite a smart choice too for those with health issues like hypertension, because instant coffee usually has a lot less caffeine than brewed coffee. Instant coffee drinkers don’t get too lost in the details. Though you might be traditional in some ways, you are normally quite happy to take life as it comes. Laid-back, sometimes too much, to the point of procrastination, you tend to put off everything, like even attending to basic health issues. A cheerful optimist like you though, can be quite a pick-me-up by yourself!

    *Disclaimer: This article has been contributed by Shruti Kumbla, Senior Nutritionist, Pristine Organics. The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Deccan Chronicle and Deccan Chronicle does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

    Coffee Compounds Linked to Reduced Prostate Cancer

    Starting now, I will double my coffee intake. My two double espresso per day will be four double espresso per day. Who cares I will not be able to sleep, and I will be dizzy and I’ll shake?

    Studies revealing the benefits of coffee are endless, as coffee has been linked to several health improvements including liver function, heart function, and brain function. The latest research findings suggest that compounds found in coffee may help curb prostate cancer risk. Coffee contains over 1,000 non-volatile chemical compounds and […]

    Coffee Compounds Linked to Reduced Prostate Cancer

    Coffee Compounds Linked to Reduced Prostate Cancer

    Studies revealing the benefits of coffee are endless, as coffee has been linked to several health improvements including liver function, heart function, and brain function. The latest research findings suggest that compounds found in coffee may help curb prostate cancer risk.

    Coffee contains over 1,000 non-volatile chemical compounds and over 1,500 volatile ones. These can vary based on how the coffee beans are prepared.

    Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death among men, and so far, there have been several studies that have looked at coffee’s role as a possible risk reducer of prostate cancer.

    For the study, the researchers looked at a range of coffee components and their effects on prostate cancer. The researchers specifically used cells that were resistant to drug treatment.

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    The researchers first looked at six coffee compounds but focused on two which naturally occur in Arabica coffee.

    When these two compounds were added to Petri dishes of prostate cancer cells, the cells grew less rapidly.

    The researchers then tested these compounds on mice who had the cells transferred to them. Lead researcher Dr. Hiroaki Iwamoto explained, “We found that kahweol acetate and cafestol inhibited the growth of the cancer cells in mice, but the combination seemed to work synergistically, leading to a significantly slower tumor growth than in untreated mice. After 11 days, the untreated tumors had grown by around [3.5] times the original volume (342 percent), whereas the tumors in the mice treated with both compounds had grown by around just over [1.5] (167 percent) times the original size.”

    Additional research on human cells is required to replicate the results and better understand the benefits of coffee compounds on prostate cancer cells. In the meantime, although researchers are hopeful, they suggest we should not change our coffee consumption as it can still affect us in several positive and negative ways. Furthermore, the healthiest way to consume coffee is black. The more milk, cream, or sugar you add, the more you negate some of the positive effects coffee has to offer.

    Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.

    Switzerland Wants to Declare Coffee Non-Essential for Human Survival

    Switzerland wants to declare coffee non-essential for human survival. I would like to see how they manage the withdrawal symptoms on the first day with no coffee. They will certainly start a mini-war in their atomic shelters, if they don’t pack some coffee. At least for a few days so they can wean off.

    Here’s what the Swiss government said about their decision: “Coffee has almost no calories and subsequently does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition”.

    Few nations in the world consume more coffee per capita than the Swiss, which may be why authorities emphasized it was a purely “physiological” conclusion, rather than an assessment of the psychological toll.

    Switzerland wants to declare coffee non-essential for human survival

    Switzerland wants to declare coffee non-essential for human survival

    BERLIN – Peacefully tucked away in the European Alps, Switzerland isn’t the kind of country you would associate with the end of the world.

    But deep beneath the about 700,000 bell-clanging milk cows chewing soft grass, drinking from clean glacier rivers and staring at snowy mountains, lies a hidden, far more disturbing reality: 300,000 shelters, designed to withstand nuclear attacks or other threats to humankind.

    Unlike the world they’re supposed to protect against, the Swiss and their nuclear shelters have peacefully coexisted for decades.

    But to some, it may have taken until this week to realize what a war those shelters were built for would really mean, when Swiss authorities said they were planning to categorize coffee as nonessential for human survival. Once implemented, coffee would not be treated as a priority in times of war or crisis and stockpiled.

    “Coffee has almost no calories and subsequently does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition,” the Swiss government’s unsparing assessment concluded.

    Few nations in the world consume more coffee per capita than the Swiss, which may be why authorities emphasized it was a purely “physiological” conclusion, rather than an assessment of the psychological toll.

    Almost certain to trigger resistance among heavy consumers of the multifaceted hot or cold beverage, the decision has very practical implications for Swiss authorities: after 2022, they may no longer have to force coffee companies around the country to stockpile thousands of tons of coffee beans to be prepared for the apocalypse, or some other less terminal scenario.

    Put very simply, this means that Switzerland would run out of coffee earlier than previously planned, should war or a natural catastrophe ever cut off its supply routes. With current stockpiles, the Swiss can continue sipping the revered beverage for three to six more months, regardless of the dire state of the world around them.

    Since World War I, the country has stockpiled various goods such as animal food, rice or sugar with such doomsday scenarios in mind. Those reserves will continue to exist, which brings us to the “the real story is even more dire” part of the headline.

    Western Europe hasn’t seen a major war on its soil since the end of World War II and until recently there was no sign that this would change anytime soon. But Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 has put Europe on high alert, just as concerns have been on the rise over an escalation of tensions between North Korea and the United States.

    Both conflicts do not appear to pose imminent threats to western Europe at this point, but they’ve still had an impact on European governments, which is most obvious when it comes to the stockpiling of goods across the continent.

    Being outside of the military alliance NATO – just like Switzerland – the government of Sweden recently distributed a 20-page leaflet that urges citizens to stockpile food and drinks themselves. The recommendations, which also feature motivational slogans (“If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up”), are a continuation of a Cold War-era strategy that relies on all citizens resisting an invasion even once their military may already have been defeated.

    Two years before the Swedish government released its war leaflet last year, the German government spearheaded Europe’s stockpiling movement, when it urged citizens to store piles of water bottles and food, too. It was the first time such advice had been issued since the end of the Cold War, reflecting growing concerns over a geopolitically volatile situation in many parts of the world, including in Eastern Europe. Germans mostly ridiculed the recommendations, accusing the government of scaremongering.

    On Twitter, the hashtag “panic buying” (in German: “Hamsterkäufe”) trended soon thereafter.

    But Britain’s subsequent efforts to leave the European Union appeared to prove the German concerns correct that no nation is fully safe from supply shortages – even in the absence of war. Amid concerns of a no-deal Brexit that would have resulted in the reintroduction of tariffs and tougher customs checks, the British government drew up emergency plans and even ran out of storage space to stockpile medicines and food. Some Brits took matters into their own hands and headed to supermarkets in droves, even though their worst fears did not (yet) materialize: Brexit is now delayed until Halloween, unless a deal is signed earlier.

    In Britain, more so than in other countries, stockpiling has become a new societal fault line between those in panic and those who have maintained some optimism.

    After one man went on a drunk and panicked pre-Brexit shopping spree in March – spending more than $800 on 144 rolls of toilet paper and other purchases – one British woman took her frustration to social media, tweeting out photos of her husband’s “mad” and unilateral stockpiling mission.

    Switzerland still has until November to prevent similar scenes: that’s the deadline for the country’s final decision on the meaning of coffee for human (well, actually mainly Swiss) survival.

    This article was written by Rick Noack, a reporter for The Washington Post.