Archive for the ‘Nectar Of The Gods’ Category

Yet Another Reason

November 5, 2007

Some stories require no commentary. This is one of them.

Can caffeine protect against Alzheimer’s?
By Kathleen Fackelmann, USA TODAY

Connie Lesko’s not looking for the jolt that a cup of hot java offers.

Instead, she’s hoping new research that shows caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s pans out: The 56-year-old from Wimauma, Fla., has two parents with this incurable disease.

“I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker,” she says. “But now I’m thinking — what the heck — I’ll have a cup.”

Lesko and others are betting on research suggesting that caffeine will offer protection not just against Alzheimer’s, but also against Parkinson’s. Together these degenerative brain diseases affect about 6 million people in the USA. Cases of both diseases are expected to explode in the next few decades.

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Bad Ass Coffee

October 14, 2007

The local store is now open. Go there. Immediately. Caffeinate yourself.

Unlike other coffee shops we could mention… their drinks come in easily-understood small, medium and large sizes, with one, two and (gasp) four espresso shots respectively.

Only trouble with a quadruple shot is, a month later you get sleepy again.

And I was the very first customer at the new store to load up a Bad Ass card. For that they gave me a free mug. 10 percent off all future drinks if I bring my own mug.

Again I say… go there. CrankyBeach hath spoken.

Very Strange Espresso Machine

November 9, 2006

This morning did not start well. My coffeemaker got zorched in yesterday’s power failure, and I didn’t find out until the moment of truth this morning when I stumbled into the kitchen, eyes at half mast, and discovered that pushing the button had done bupkus. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

So after making a cup of coffee with the emergency system (cup-top filter) I went online to see what’s out there in coffeemakers these days. Imagine my amazement when I found the following at the Target website:

At that price, the shipping had bloody well better be free!

But for the life of me I just can’t figure out where you pour in the water, or where the espresso comes out. Maybe I haven’t had enough coffee yet this morning, or maybe I’m just dense today. Time for another cup.

Must See TV

September 14, 2005

Tonight, on The History Channel:

Modern Marvels: Coffee. Tune In: Wednesday, September 14 @ 8pm ET/PT

Traces the origins of this tasty drink from Ethiopia over 1,000 years ago to the espresso-fueled explosion of specialty coffee stores like Starbucks today. Along the way, we’ll see how American companies like Hills Brothers, Maxwell House, Folgers and MJB grew to be giants. Discover how billions of coffee beans make their journey from coffee farms and plantations, and are processed in gigantic roasting and packaging plants before showing up in coffee cups all over the world. Details the invention and production of instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee and freeze-dried coffee, and the espresso machine. Also, we explain how coffee made shift work in factories possible, while coffeehouses provided a creative cauldron that brewed political and artistic progress in the 18th and 19th centuries. And, we also provide tips on how to make a better cup at home!

Need I say more?

Score Another One For The Caffeine-Addicted

August 30, 2005

From the Associated Press, via Wired News (appropriate source, no?), a newly-released study indicates that “coffee . . . provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet.”

The story also mentions studies showing decreased risks of liver cancer and diabetes in coffee drinkers.

Of course, the food experts naysayers are urging caution and moderation in all things.

Party poopers.

Time to go pour another cup of liquid antioxidants, methinks.

My Kind Of Coffee Drinker!

August 25, 2005

A couple of days ago I met up with “Little Sis” for coffee at Starbuck’s. We had a marvelous long conversation, and adjourned to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen when we got hungry.

At one point she said something about needing coffee to even be able to make the coffee in the morning.

Hoo-rah!

Not Just Another Beverage

July 2, 2005

Coffee-lovers, take note. Your beverage of choice has multiple uses I’ll bet you hadn’t thought of. The latest? As a weapon.

Now I wonder if I’ll have to get a permit to carry a concealed cup of joe.

There They Go… Again!

March 21, 2005

Today’s above-the-fold headline story on the front page of the paper (next to the one about the Schiavo case going to the federal judge):

Caffeine might be bad for you. Furthermore…

… wait for it…

… it is believed to be not just habit-forming, but actually addictive!

I am shocked. Shocked.

NOT!

How many stories have I passed along, since I began this blog a mere 5 months or so ago, on this very topic?

I knew caffeine was addictive almost 30 years ago, when I got a headache every single Saturday morning. Why? Because I wasn’t going into the office and drinking coffee those days. Duh.

Exactly which cave has anyone who does not know caffeine is addictive been living in all these years?

And when is someone going to make a case that a caffeine addiction is a bad thing?

Time for another cup, methinks.

There They Go Again!

December 20, 2004

The caffeine police have issued yet more warnings:

Caffeine, the active ingredient in a cup of coffee is a dependency-inducing psychoactive drug, which is being consumed at increasing rates, say scientists in the latest addition [sic] of National Geographic Deutschland.

Again, I say, well, duh.

As a stimulant, caffeine influences various mental and physical functions. It also can be addictive. A person who regularly drinks three cups of coffee, for instance, will require at least one cup in order for the brain to work in normal mode. Many people attest to the fact that they cant fully wake up in the morning without a fresh brew.

And it makes a great excuse, as well all know. “Sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet.”

The story ends, however, with something right out of the Twilight Zone:

The textile industry is the latest to discover the benefits of caffeine for the production of nylons. The stimulant is woven into the fibers to create an uplifting, sliming [sic] effect on the upper thighs a pick-me-up the majority of women certainly can appreciate as much as a good cup of joe.

I dunno. I don’t think I want my pantyhose sliming my thighs. How about you?

Well, Duh (Again!)

November 22, 2004

Those magnificent researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered, once again, that caffeine addiction is real.

They even offer a helpful web site where you can find out how to kick your habit.

They even talk about the mood-altering effects of caffeine.

Well, duh. You think I’m cranky now? Just take away my caffeine. Then you will REALLY see cranky!

“Studies have shown that caffeine disrupts sleep.” Again, I say, well, DUH! That’s like saying soap disrupts dirt, or toilet paper disrupts –well, you can finish the sentence!

A CrankyBeach Clue-BatTM upside the head to those earnestly concerned researchers. Some of us LIKE our addiction, and it is, after all, a legal substance! So chill out. Here, have a nice latte.