Trader Joe’s releases ready-to-drink cold brew in time for the dog days of summer

Trader Joe’s is known for producing and selling ready-to-consume products. Their frozen aisle is a popular place to browse easy dinner options, boasting everything from cauliflower “rice” and pre-made vegan stuffing to Eastern European Borek and bakery-quality macarons. However, the supermarket retailer has also made strides to improve its ready-made coffee selection. Trader Joe’s has long sold several different cold brew options, including cold brew coffee bags, nitro cold brew, flavored cold brews, a variety of cold brew concentrates, and single-serve cans of the stuff.


Trader Joe’s recent product announcement, however, eliminates all the prep work included in cold brew purchasing. All of their cold brew products require the customer to take some action—whether that means steeping the grounds overnight or adding water to dilute the concentrate. Their new product, Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee, requires no prep.


The product is made by steeping air-roasted Arabica beans in cold water for at least 12 hours. According to Trader Joe’s the coffee features hints of molasses, walnut, and cocoa. One bottle of this product contains multiple servings—just like Trader Joe’s cold brew concentrates. However, it contains significantly fewer servings. Most concentrate bottle hold 12 servings, while the Ready to Drink Cold Brew Coffee offers only three.


While this coffee drink offers fewer servings, the price point is significantly lower than most concentrates currently offered by Trader Joe’s. This addition to the supermarket’s coffee lineup is indicative of a larger cold brew trend. We are, however, quite interested in the release time of this drink. Cold brew is typically marketed as a summer drink, and while there are still several weeks left in the season, we can’t help but wonder if the retailer plans to market this product for autumn.

Read the original article at Refinery29.


A Cuban coffee with a boozy kick has arrived on U.S. shores

If you’re reading this, you’re likely a fan of coffee. If you’re old enough, you’ve also likely tried a boozy coffee drink. Most of us think of Kahlua cocktails and spiked coffee after dinners—the Mexican liqueur has long-dominated the alcoholic coffee market. However, there appears to be a new drink in town; a Dutch company, De Kuyper Royal Distillers, is looking to shake up the market by rolling out its Bebo liqueur.


This new liqueur uses Cuban coffee to produce the product, utilizing a combination of both hot and cold brewing methods to extract maximum flavor from the beans. To us, this indicates that they utilize a method similar to American cold brewing, which includes steeping coffee grounds for several (up to 48) hours to enhance the flavor. For this drink, the end result is a product that does not rely on artificial coloring or flavoring to look and taste delicious.


Bebo also has less sugar content than other coffee liqueurs on the market. The company behind this invention claims that Cuban coffee has a natural sweetness, and the extended brewing methods allow that characteristic to shine through.


American coffee drinkers are already a fan of the addition. It is said to taste just like coffee, highly sweet, but hardly syrupy. It has mildly fruity notes, which serve to elevate the option within the coffee liqueur category. Surprisingly, Bebo can be enjoyed neat—unlike other coffee liqueurs, which are added to the hot drink. It is also delicious when added to cocktails.


Read the original article at MarketWatch.

Four cups of coffee is the perfect amount

A new study, which appeared recently in PLOS Biology, shows that a physiologically-relevant dose of caffeine protects cardiovascular cells from damage. That dosage amount? Approximately four cups.


Caffeine has long been associated with a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. However, the link to these diseases was yet to be discovered. According to researchers Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied, a mitochondrial protein, p27, may be the culprit. The protein is known to protect heart muscles from cell death, helping to repair the muscles after a heart attack. This research overturns the assumption that the elderly should avoid caffeine. This and over 100 studies have shown the beneficial aspects of coffee consumption in decreasing the risk of breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancers.


Another recent study, this time conducted by NIH, showed that coffee consumption is related to a lower risk of all-cause mortality. The sample group included over 400,000 Americans aged 50 to 71. Another multinational study of over 500,000 Europeans confirmed the finding.


Coffee, however, should not be seen as a cure-all. Drinking four cups of coffee every day—the magical number—is not enough to give an individual’s sedentary lifestyle a pass. Regular exercise and a good diet still matter and may indeed be intervening variables in some of these studies. However, the shown statistical significance proves coffee’s ability to improve overall health. If you find yourself needing that fourth cup of coffee to make it to the end of your work day, go ahead and reach for it.


Read the original article at BigThink.

According to former Starbucks CEO, climate change threatens your cup of coffee

In an interview with Time magazine, form Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz warned that climate change ranks among the company’s biggest challenges. Rising temperatures and lengthy droughts have made it tougher and more expensive to grow the coffee beans the chain needs to remain active. He said that climate change is going to play a bigger role in affecting the quality and integrity of coffee worldwide—not just at Starbucks locations.


At the time of the interview, Schultz was visiting a Starbucks farm in Costa Rica. This particular farm grows and roasts Arabica coffee, but it also serves as an essential research center for the company. It allows Starbucks to study the impact of climate change on growing coffee. Though the research center was built specifically for Starbucks, Schultz wants to share the implications of their data with the world. He says that if the information is not widely spread, there will be “tremendous adverse pressure on the coffee industry.”


The risks climate change poses to coffee are not new. In 2016, a report from Australia-based Climate Institute said the total growing area for coffee worldwide would be cut in half by 2050. A 2017 study published by “Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences” said the decline in areas could drop even further. It found that certain regions in Latin America could decline by as much as 88 percent by 2050.


Schultz himself, though no longer the CEO of Starbucks, holds the honorary title of chairman emeritus. This designation adds more weight to his statements; no longer the chairman or CEO, he has no responsibility to the company. His words should not be taken lightly by coffee companies and consumers.


Read the original article at USA Today.

Smart coffee maker allows users to control every aspect of brewing

A new brewing system is taking the “Smart Coffee Maker” market by storm. The Behmor Connected Brewing System, which retails for around $170, allows users to pre-program and control multiple aspects of the brewing process. The controls are accessible via smartphone and, yes, your Amazon Echo.


This new brewing system can be preprogrammed to start brewing at any time. You can set the machine to pre-saturate your grounds for as long as you prefer, allowing for optimal flavor and caffeine extraction. You can control the temperature (anywhere between 190 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit), and you can share control with various users—family, coworkers, or housemates. That is, if you want to.


The Behmore Connected Brewing System is also durable and made to withstand pretty much anything. The double-walled steel carafe can keep your coffee hot for several hours, and the machine itself looks pretty great on a kitchen counter. The smart functions are optional, which means users can also brew their coffee by manually inputting relevant information on the machine itself.


Additionally, this device can’t complete a few operations. It can’t, for example, grind your coffee beans. It can’t fill its own reservoir with water, and it can’t clean itself after you brew a pot. However, when it comes to convenience, unmatched control, and automatic timing, we don’t really mind grinding our own beans.


Read the original article at Business Insider.