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Automation the End of Coffee?

Coffee, Robots – I came across the article “The rise of robots might make coffee obsolete, according to RBC analysts” today and found it to have some interesting points. Among the points brought up by the article:

  • $2 trillion in annual US wages could be affected by automation, RBC says in a new report
  • RBC analysts argue that the loss of “grunt work” means that people will no longer need caffeine in 2025 in the same way they do in 2018
  • a less obvious outcome of the robot takeover: coffee and other caffeinated drinks becoming obsolete
  • RBC analysts predict that every industry will be impacted by the rise of AI and automation. On the positive side of the equation, AI can be used to reduce costs and personalize products. On the negative side, AI might help make privacy obsolete and hasten the loss of middle-class jobs, which can in turn feed into the rise of authoritarianism.

Most of what is in this article is not new. The prediction of middle-class job loss is pretty consistent with articles on the growth of AI and automation. The prediction of coffee becoming outmoded seems extreme to me. But then I drink it because I like it.


14 More Reasons to Drink Coffee


Coffee – So much has appeared about coffee recently. I came across the article “14 Reasons You Should Drink More Coffee Gallery” this morning. So what are their 14 rasons:

  1. It Could Make You Live Longer – drinking coffee could cut your risk of dying by 16 percent
  2. It Helps Your Heart Beat –  coffee can actually help prevent atrial fibrillation
  3. It Can Make Your Workout More Effective – coffee can improve your workout performance
  4. You Might Not Get to for Much Longer – coffee might not be around for much longer
  5. It Reduces Your Risk of Early Death – coffee lowers your risk of early death
  6. It’s Got Antioxidants – coffee is an incredibly rich source of antioxidants
  7. It’s Good for Your Brain – drinking three cups of coffee daily can help prevent Alzheimer’s
  8. Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes – drinking coffee was correlated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  9. It’s Good for Your Liver – increasing your coffee intake by at least two cups dramatically decreases your risk of liver cirrhosis, or chronic liver damage
  10. Lower Risk of Depression – increased coffee consumption results in a decreased incidence of depression among women
  11. It Strengthens Your DNA – drinking dark roast coffee decreased the frequency of DNA strand breaks
  12. It May Lower Risk of Cancer – studies show that coffee could reduce your risk of multiple types of cancer
  13. It Prevents Cavities – strong black coffee actually kills bacteria that lead to tooth decay
  14. It Boosts Productivity and Morale at Work – coffee enhanced productivity in a workplace setting and made people work better together

Of course there is that overwhelming fifteenth reason to drink coffee. IT JUST TASTES GOOD!

Hot Coffee Better for You than Cold Brewed


Coffee – Personally I like hot coffee. Now there is some scientific proof that hot coffee is better for you than the ever more popular cold brewed coffee. I read that today in the article “Hot brew coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold brew“. Specifically:

the researchers [from Philadelphia University & Thomas Jefferson University] found that hot-brewed coffee has higher levels of antioxidants, which are believed to be responsible for some of the health benefits of coffee.

Their report was published Oct. 30 in Scientific Reports (Scientific Reports is an online multidisciplinary, open access journal from the publishers of Nature) “Acidity and Antioxidant Activity of Cold Brew Coffee“.

So buy some freshly roasted coffee beans, grind them yourself, and brew up some healthy coffee!

Some Coffee Hacks


Coffee – As my followers know, I like coffee. I came across the article “7 coffee hacks that can save you time and money” today and wanted to share their suggestions. So how can you same time and money with your cofee:

  1. Invest in some gadgets – buy appliances to improve your coffee brewing experience
  2. Subscribe to a coffee subscription box – order your coffee beans on-line and have them delivered automatically so you will never be out of your favorite blend
  3. Make bulletproof coffee at home – as with many things, it is generally less expensive to prepare food at home rather than going out
  4. Add salt to take away the bitterness – I had never heard of this tip before.
  5. Whip up some cold brew in a few easy steps – again, make it at home instead of buying it out
  6. Make coffee ice cubes the right way – don’t dilute your iced coffee
  7. Add some spice – add to your coffee for taste and health

An interesting list. If I were living back at home in Texas I would consider a subscription service. On the other hand I have a Sprouts five minutes away from home so I can easily replenish my coffee bean supply without too much trouble.

I have always wanted to try Bulletproof coffee. This recipe might be my way. Hmm, adding salt to take away the bitter taste. I will have to try that! Unfortunately there are too many times when I am out and order coffee that it turns out to be bitter.

I have not tried cold brew coffee. Nor do I drink iced coffee. Perhaps adding tumeric to my coffee is something to try, though honestly I just like my coffee black most of the time.

Do you think that these ideas will improve your coffee consumption?

More Proof That Coffee is a Good Habit

Coffee – I like coffee and because of that I am always on the lookout for serious, science-based articles promoting coffee as being beneficial to your health. Today I came upon “Another giant study confirms that your coffee habit is probably good for you” an article that fills that criteria.

The study that article refers to is “Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism” just published in the August JAMA Intern Medicine. This study included 502,641 participants of both genders ranging in age from 38 to 73 years old. The gist of the study showed that the more coffee consumed the less likely the participant was to die (The difference wasn’t a lot, but was statistically significant).

Don’t let this “more coffee” is better for you get out of hand. Remember that the Mayo Clinic recommends limiting yourself to about 400 milligrams of caffeine a day.  Consuming too much caffeine can certainly affect your sleep, not to mention causing headaches, irritability, restlessness, a fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. To put that in some perspective, a Starbuck’s Venti (20oz) Pike Place brewed coffee contains 410 milligrams of caffeine. For those who brew their own coffee at home, an 8oz cup contains an average of 95 milligrams of caffeine so you can drink up to four cups while staying under the suggested limit.


Do You Need Or Even Want Protein in Your Coffee?


Coffee – I drink my coffee for . . . well, the coffee. Others though seem to want to combine their coffee drinking with packing in the protein. At least that is what the article “10 easy ways to add protein to your coffee” leads you to believe.

So what might you choose to add to your coffee? Here is their list:

  1. butter
  2. raw egg
  3. whey protein
  4. collagen powder
  5. high-protein creamers
  6. soy milk
  7. peanut butter
  8. nut butter and non-dairy milk
  9. dried mushrooms
  10. spirulina algae

Hmmm . . . I am not sure about this list myself. I have heard of “bulletproof” coffee made with butter, but never tried it. The rest of that list, other than the peanut butter, I think I will pass on.

Would you want these additives in your coffee? Personally I like mine black with no additives.

Coffee at War


WWIICoffee – I saw this advertisement from 1943 sent out on Twitter by @ArchivistWWII today. I thought that it tied in with the post on coffee rationing I made a short time ago. I guess the 20:1 ratio was important during those times of conservation and shortage, but I don’t see anything in that ad that talks about how great the flavor was. I guess that something hot and tasting close to coffee was better than nothing in that time of hardship.

This is only one of the many advertisements that @ArchivistWWII has posted on Twitter from the War years.

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.

Optimizing Your Coffee Consumption


Coffee – I came across the article “How to optimize caffeine (and improve your productivity)” today which I thought had many good suggestions about how to drink our coffee for optimum effectiveness. Since coffee and the caffeine it contains gives us a boost by blocking adenosine molecules which make us feel sleepy, it is important to drink coffee before we start to feel groggy. By then the adenosine molecules have already bonded and the caffeine will have far less effect.

In general, the article has these suggestions we should follow for optimum caffeine stimulation:

  1. WAKE UP BEFORE YOU CAFFEINATE – delay coffee until 0930
  2. CAFFEINATE BEFORE YOU CRASH – drink coffee before the adenosine molecules bind
  3. TAKE A CAFFEINE NAP – drink coffee then take a 15-minute nap when feeling tired
  4. MAINTAIN ALTITUDE WITH GREEN TEA – swap high dosage coffee for lower dosage tea over a longer period
  5. BE STRATEGIC – drink coffee just before a boost of energy is needed for an important task
  6. LEARN YOUR LAST CALL FOR CAFFEINE – the half-life of caffeine is 5-6 hours, don’t drink it too late in the day

I think these are all very good suggestions, though I am not generally waiting until 0930 for my first cup. I am up between 0630 and 0730. I like my coffee earlier. While the caffeine nap sounds like a good idea, I doubt that many can actually do that while working.

Overall I do think that most would be better off if they think about their coffee and caffeine consumption instead of just sipping away blindly.

Coffee by Drone?


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?