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Coffee by Drone?

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Coffee – Coffee delivered by drone? Well, why not.

I saw the article “IBM Files a Patent for Coffee Delivery Drone Which Knows You Want Your Coffee” recently that describes how an IBM patent would work. A wearable device would determine the customer’s ‘need’ for a caffeine fix and make the delivery. The system might learn personal coffee preferences or when each day a delivery should be made.

When I worked at IBM my office was in an open cubicle farm area with a high ceiling. This would have worked great there. I am not so sure about other more closed office areas. Still, I think that this is ‘outside the box’ thinking on the part of IBM engineers. Something like this might well be the first use case for drone delivery.

Better yet, at least for me, would be a completely automated system for the home. My Apple Watch could signal it when I woke of a morning. The automatic device could grind the coffee beans, brew me a cup and deliver it to me by drone. Personally, I would much rather have a flying cup of coffee than a flying car.

I have read where there are some restaurants in China that deliver orders to tables via robots. How far of a jump is it to coffee delivery by drone?

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No Coffee After 3PM? Less Than One Cup per Day? Could You Live With That Now?

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WWIICoffee – On September 7, 1940, the Vichy France government announced that “all cups [of coffee] must now be made with half coffee beans & half filler (roast peas/nuts), and buying coffee after 3PM is banned”. Coffee was often replaced by toasted barley mixed with chicory. [4]

In the US, coffee was rationed for the civilian population beginning November 29, 1942. The rationing rules allotted one pound of coffee every five weeks, or about ten pounds a year, to everyone over 15 years old. The rationing was further restricted on February 3, 1943, allowing each person one pound every six weeks. This produced less than one cup per day!

As with the French restrictions, the use of filler was suggested to help stretch the coffee. Coffee substitutes such as chicory or Postum (wheat bran, wheat, molasses, and maltodextrin) were used or mixed with real coffee. There were also other methods suggested to help stretch out your coffee like double dripping. The rationing ended July 28, 1943, when coffee was the first item removed from the rationing list. [1,3,5]

Coffee was rationed due to two reasons. The first was to guarantee that it was fairly distributed across the civilian population. The second reason was to give priority to the military for the limited supply. German U-boat activity was taking a toll on the shipping. [2,3]

Certainly there were many hardships during WWII. As a drinker of at least two 16-ounce cups of coffee per day, the rationing folks faced would have been hard to adjust to. How would you do with this kind of a restriction today? There would be no ‘Grande’ cups from your local coffee shop.

 

References

  1. U.S. Coffee Rationing in World War II
  2. Coffee rationing begins
  3. Make It Do – Coffee Rationing in World War II
  4. German military administration in occupied France during World War II
  5. Coffee Rationing: Hints on how to make a good brew and stretch the available supply

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Coffee and Caffeine – Of Course There Is An Algorithm​ For Optimum Consumption

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Coffee – Many of us brew coffee first thing in the morning and begin our daily consuption. The U.S. Army researched the consuption of coffee and found that there is an algorithm we can follow to achieve optimum alertness. The results of the study indicates that people’s performance on an attention task can be improved by up to 64 percent. When the algorithm is followed, caffeine consumption can be reduced by up to 65% while still maintaining elevated levels of performance.

As a result of the research a web-based tool 2B‐Alert Web has been developed to help predict a person’s alertness based on their sleep time and caffeine consumption.

The study “Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss” was published in the Journal of Sleep Research on May 28, 2018.

I don’t drink coffee intending to enhance my alertness these days. I drink it because I simply like the taste. However, if you are in a position where alertness is essential to your job, this may be something to look into.

Coffee is Good for You!

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Coffee – As I sit at my desk drinking my second cup of coffee of the day, I remember seeing the article “Is Coffee Good For You? This New Report Says It Is, So Drink Up” a few weeks ago and wanted to share it. What this article refers to is the study “Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings (taken from the published report):

This large prospective cohort study of a half million people found inverse associations for coffee drinking with mortality, including among participants drinking 1 up to 8 or more cups per day. No differences were observed in analyses that were stratified by genetic polymorphisms affecting caffeine metabolism.

So what does that say in plain English? Those that drink coffee may live a little longer than those who do not. This is true whether the consumer has just one or two, or even up to eight, cups of coffee each day. Coffee consumption can be part of a healthy diet. The health improvement seems to come from the ingredients other than the caffeine in the coffee beans.

This study is not so radically new. I posted in August of 2017 “Drink Coffee, Prolong Your Life” and “Evidence that Drinking Coffee May Slow Aging” in January of 2017. The evidence keeps piling up on the benefits of drinking coffee. So buy some freshly roasted beans, then grind away each morning to brew yourself a few cups of healthy goodness.

Coffee – Maybe You Just Need the Smell?

Coffee – I like coffee and have posted about it before. I saw a recent reference to a study “The impact of coffee-like scent on expectations and performance” published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

The study looked at performance on an analytical reasoning task as well as on actual performance. Their key results were:

  • people in a coffee-scented (versus unscented) environment perform better on an analytical reasoning task due to heightened performance expectations
  • people expect that being in a coffee-scented environment will increase their performance because they expect it will increase their physiological arousal level
  • a coffee-like scent (which actually contains no caffeine) can elicit a placebo effect

While I do like the scent of fresh brewed or even roasting coffee, I’m not sure that the scent alone is enough in the morning, though it no doubt helps. I still plan to have my two cups each morning. Perhaps though this is a good incentive for companies to allow coffee pots in and around workspaces where the scent of brewing coffee can drift over the workers in the morning.

Coffee Flour?

Coffee – I had never heard about Coffee Flour until I read “What Is Coffee Flour? Here’s the Deal With the New “Superfood”” today. Just as the name implies, Coffee Flour is a flour made by either grinding up green coffee beans roasted at a lower temperature than what we drink or from a by-product of the normal coffee production process. You include it mixed with conventional flour in any recipe flour would be used in. The recommendation is to mix about 15-25% Coffee Flour with conventional flour. It will make baked goods a little darker in color and add a bit of flavor of flavor of dried figs per some who have tried it.

So why do you want to use Coffee Flour”? It does retain the caffeine that many of us enjoy a jolt of in the morning. It does not carry the bitter caramel aroma and coffee flavor that we expect with our morning cup. There are significant health benefits of using Coffee Flour (per vendor Coffee Flour):

  • More fiber per gram than whole grain wheat flour
  • More iron  per gram than fresh spinach
  • Less fat and more fiber per gram than coconut flour
  • More antioxidants per gram than a pomegranate
  • More protein per gram than fresh kale
  • More potassium per gram than a banana

 

Coffee Flour can be found at:

  • the ever popular Trader Joes
  • It can also be ordered on-line at Nuts.com ($8.99 per pound)
  • It can be ordered on-line from MarxFoods ($18 per pound)

This is something I will have to try .

Top U.S. Coffee Houses 

Coffee – This is a day late to celebrate National Coffee Day. but knowing about highly recommended coffee houses is always a good thing. I save lists like this for when I am planning a trip.

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To celebrate national coffee day here are some of the best coffee houses across our nation.

Coffee culture is booming and with it more high quality coffee houses are opening.Each have there own style, coffee blends, unique menu items, and techniques.

There are many great coffee houses, however I chose to highlight a few that stand apart. These coffee houses are well known for uniqueness, quality, popularity, and dedication to the art of coffee.

Here are my top picks for Noteworthy Cafes in the U.S.:

Madcap Coffee(Grand Rapids, MI)

17160486-standardMadcap Coffee has won me over by offeringtasting flights, use of latte art, and serving espresso in snifters.Madcap-Coffee-table-of-cups

However, what really set them apart most of all wasimplementinga zero waste policy; trading trash cans for bus bins and sorting all of their trash into compost and recyclables.

Heart Coffee(Portland, OR)

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Happy “National Coffee Day”!!!

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Coffee – It was National Drink Beer Day yesterday and today it is National Coffee Day – what a week! I didn’t hear about any freebies being given out yesterday, but there are plenty today. Check the following to see if there is a establishment near you celebrating National Coffee Day:

  1. National Coffee Day Specials
  2. Here’s how to get free coffee on National Coffee Day
  3. National Coffee Day: Freebies, discounts, specials from Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks
  4. Here’s Where To Score Free Coffee For National Coffee Day

I’ve already had my two 20 oz cups for the day.

Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar

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Coffee – I like coffee, and I occasionally drink a Coca-Cola. I’m not sure about this recently introduced blend of the two “Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar”. This has been introduced in both Japan and Australia.

Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is said to have a distinct coffee after taste and contains about 50% more caffeine (14 mg per 100 ml) than a regular Coca-Cola. There does not appear to be any word yet on if this new flavor will make it to the US.

Personally I think I will stick with plain old brewed coffee.

Drink Coffee, Prolong Your Life

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Coffee – While I just like the taste of coffee in the morning, I came across the article “Study Says 4 Coffees Daily Lowers Your Chance Of Death, So Starbucks Here We Come” that gave me added incentive to have my morning cup (or two or three or . . . ).

The European Society of Cardiology Congress recently published a report that relates increased coffee consumption to a lower risk of death. The study was conducted at Hospital de Navarra and included 20,000 participants over a 10 year period. The results:

Those who drank at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower rate of death than the participants who either never drank coffee or rarely did. Meanwhile, those who were 45 years old and up and drank two additional cups of coffee a day had a 30% lower rate of death.

So sit back and sip a few cups of coffee each morning and enjoy this world of ours a little longer.