Many people knock back a cup of coffee every morning with the goal of doing better on a test or jumping into a backlog of work … or just to feel remotely human. Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in North America—some 90 percent of the adult population consumes it for its mentally arousing effects. But a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology has found that the time of day and your age may influence coffee’s influence on your memory.
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Coffee prices fell, under pressure from a weak Brazilian currency and evidence of rising exports at the end of last year. Global coffee exports rose 8.3% in the first three months of the 2016-17 crop year, the International Coffee Organization said.
The ICO reported global coffee exports at 29.77m 60-kg bags from the start of the global coffee season in October until the end of December, compared to 27.49m bags over the same period a year ago.
Forget golden lattes and enhanced waters. Mushroom coffee could be the next superfood drink, according to Four Sigmatic, the Finnish company that produces mushroom-infused products like coffee, elixirs, blends, and hot cocoa mixes.
The fungi-focused brand’s goal is simple: Make it even easier for people to consume foods that deliver powerful health benefits. Their superfood of choice? Wild-harvested ‘shrooms (the legal kind). And no, there won’t be stray shitakes floating in your mug. Four Sigmatic makes it a point to transform the fungi. To create its coffee mixes, the company produces mushroom extract powders by isolating and spray drying different mushrooms’ key constituents. The resulting powder is said to contain the wild fungi’s health-promoting compounds in a highly concentrated form.
Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak label became tarnished by accusations that some producers were force-feeding caged civets and others were selling counterfeit blends, an entrepreneur in Thailand supersized the operation. Blake Dinkin doesn’t use civets to process his beans. He uses elephants.