Wake up and smell the coffee – from your Ukrainian sunglasses!

Jeck Deocampo   •   August 30, 2019   •   1346

Ukraine’s innovative OCHIS COFFEE eyewear brand is getting customers to literally smell the coffee – by making sunglasses out of coffee waste.

Driven by an ambition to create eco-friendly yet fashionable sunglasses, OCHIS COFFEE’s CEO Maksym Havrylenko experimented with various herbs like mint, parsley, and cardamom, before he found the right natural material in coffee waste.

Green industries already use coffee waste to produce furniture, cups, printing ink, and biofuel, but Havrylenko is a pioneer in using it to make sunglasses, which smell of the freshly brewed beverage.

“First, coffee is black which is a classic colour of sunglasses which suits everything. Secondly, there are lots of coffee grounds in the world. There are millions of tonnes of coffee grounds in the world,” Havrylenko told Reuters.

Havrylenko, who comes from a family of opticians and had 15 years of experience in the eyewear industry, had to dump some 300 samples before creating what he said were perfect OCHIS COFFEE sunglasses that are now available for $78-89.

The main advantage of sunglasses made of coffee grounds and flax glued by vegetable oil is that if disposed, they turn into a fertilizer after 10 years, he said.

OCHIS COFFEE’s first fund raising effort on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter raised a bit more than $13,000, surpassing an initial $10,000 target and attracted customers from the United States, western Europe, Japan and Australia. Havrylenko said only 10% of clients were from Ukraine.

“Our super goal is to promote at least in Ukraine and in the entire world, first, the idea of production of clean products and, second, proper waste disposal,” he said. (REUTERS)

Nestle to sell first Starbucks coffee under $7.15 bln deal

admin   •   February 14, 2019

Starbucks labelled coffee products in Vevey, Switzerland | Reuters

 Nestle will sell Starbucks-branded coffee at grocery stores and online in Europe, Asia and Latin America from this month as it seeks to increase its lead over rivals such as JAB.

After last year’s $7.15 billion cash deal for exclusive rights to sell the U.S. chain’s coffees and teas, Nestle will start selling Starbucks labelled coffee beans, roast and ground coffee and single-serve capsules for its Nespresso and Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee makers.

These will be available at grocery stores and online in 14 markets, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain and Britain, with more markets following later this year, the world’s biggest food group said on Wednesday.

Nestle is due to publish its full-year results on Thursday. — Reuters

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New technology seen to help coffee farmers boost production

admin   •   November 8, 2017

Coffee bean from Butuan City

MANILA, Philippines — Representatives from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has introduced a new technology that will help increase the yield of coffee farmers in Caraga Region.

The technology, known as multi-commodity solar tunnel dryer will help in the quick drying of coffee beans without sacrificing the quality.

“It’s value adding. Instead na green bean lang ang aming ibinibenta, ipa process pa namin para maging kape na siya na maiinom. So, madagdagan ang income ng isang farmer at makakapagbigay ng trabaho,” said Km7 Farmers Producer Cooperative Manager Nilo Rama Calipayan.

(It’s value adding. Instead of selling just green beans, we will also process it to turn it into a coffee that can be consumed. This will increase a farmer’s income and provide jobs.)

Together with PhilMech, the Department of Agriculture Caraga has organized a coffee expo in Butuan City aimed at educating the region’s coffee farmers on how to improve their yield.

DA said the Mindanao region, being the country’s top coffee producer, is still behind other countries in the world market.

According to DA-Caraga office there was a decline in the production of dried coffee beans in the country from 22,590 metric tons last year to only 20,210 metric tons this year.

DA-Caraga hopes to boost the production of coffee farmers in the region while encouraging more farmers to venture into coffee production. — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

Coffee drinking linked to lower risk of death

UNTV News   •   July 12, 2017

A coffee machine pours coffee into a paper cup in Kiev March 1, 2012. Gleb Garanich / Reuters

(Reuters Health) – People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none, according to two new studies that followed nearly three quarters of a million people for about 16 years.

The results don’t necessarily mean coffee directly prevents people from dying, but researchers suggest they should at least reassure people who can’t get by without their daily cup of joe.

“It’s premature that people start consuming coffee to improve health outcomes,” said Alice Lichtenstein, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. “However, if they do so, they should probably do it without a lot of concern.”

“I think for some people, it’s going to put their minds at ease,” said Lichtenstein, who wasn’t involved with either of the new studies.

Previous research from the United States and Japan found a reduced risk of death among coffee drinkers, but little was known about whether such a link also existed in Europe, where coffee-drinking habits vary between countries.

People in Denmark drink larger quantities of coffee than Italians who drink smaller and stronger drinks like espresso, for example.

For one of the new studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the authors examined data collected over about 16 years from 521,330 people living in 10 European countries. There were 41,693 deaths over the study period.

Men who reported drinking the most coffee were about 12 percent less likely to die during the follow-up period, compared to men who didn’t drink coffee. Similarly, women who drank the most coffee were about 7 percent less likely to die during that time than women who didn’t drink any.

Despite the people being so different from country to country, the researchers saw a consistent relationship, said co-lead author Neil Murphy, of the Inter Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.

They found coffee tied to a reduced risk of death from digestive diseases among both men and women, along with a decreased risk of death from circulatory and cerebrovascular diseases among women. Women with the biggest coffee habit, however, had an increased risk of death from ovarian cancer.

“A lot more research is needed to tease apart what it is in coffee that might be having these effects,” Murphy told Reuters Health.

Until more is known, he, too, said the findings at least suggest coffee isn’t detrimental to people’s health.

A second study also looked at coffee consumption among diverse populations in the U.S.

“Finding in one population doesn’t necessarily apply to others,” said V. Wendy Setiawan, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

For their study, the researchers analyzed data on 185,855 people aged 45 to 75 years who were African American, Native Hawaiian, Japanese American, Latino or white.

Over roughly 16 years of follow up, 58,397 people died.

Compared to people who drank no coffee, those who drank one cup per day were 12 percent less likely to die during follow up. People who drank two or more cups per day were 18 percent less likely to die.

Setiawan also said their study can’t say what is behind the link between coffee and lower risk of death.

“Caffeine is the most studied compound, but we see similar patterns among people who drink decaffeinated,” she said.

Lichtenstein also said it could be that people who drink coffee aren’t drinking other beverages with a lot of calories like apple juice.

“I always felt its one of the few things that I enjoy that doesn’t have calories,” she said.

Of course, she said that doesn’t apply if people add a lot of cream and sugar.

SOURCE: bit.ly/2ubjjxL, bit.ly/2v5ejam and bit.ly/2sIty8A Annals of Internal Medicine, online July 10, 2017.

 

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