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Caffeine-Free Coffee Plant

Arizona State Univeristy’s International Institute for Species Exploration released their 2009 top 10 new species, including a new strain of the coffee plant that is naturally caffeine-free. Dubbed Coffea charrieriana, this wild species was found in the diverse growing region…

Zombie-Proof Film Developing

It’s important for all of us to take a step back, assess our particular activities in life and try to plan around how to handle them in the midst of a zombie attack. You might think we’re joking, but we’re…

Health Watch: Coffee & Liver Disease

Good news for all you coffee lovers out there:multiple studies indicate coffee has liver protective benefits. Dr. Sanjiv Chopra regularly quizzes his patients about their coffee intake and, if it’s not contraindicated due to other conditions, he recommends they incorporate…

For the Birds

A couple of interesting articles that caught our eye recently are in regard to how coffee agriculture and birds interact. The first, written about a biologist’s plea for people to purchase shade-grown coffee, talks about the effects that growing coffee…

Health Watch: Coffee & Strokes

A recent analysis of the much-lauded Nurses Health Study (which followed over 80,000 US women for nearly 25 years to document their lifestyles and health conditions) found a preliminary correlation between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of stroke. Performed…

Amp Up Your Ink

Just in from the ‘Green for Green Sake’ department, a new printer that uses coffee or tea dregs in the printer cartridge. The dreamchild of Korean designer Jeon Hwan Ju, this sepia-toned gadget utilizes a mixture of old coffee grounds…

Health Watch: Caffeine & Memory

We love the taste, we love the perk — now we can love caffeine for one more reason: A memory boost. A few years ago, researchers in Austria found that caffeine improved the short-term recall in participants. Subjects were given…

Caffeine: The Dirty Truth

Will that ink black cup of coffee really get you on the straight and narrow after you’ve seen the bottom of a few too many shots of Patron? Or is your daily cup of joe really dehydrating you while perking…