Best time of day to drink coffee?

besttime4coffee2-i3coffee-jpIn the mornings, your body is already doing its thing to wake you up…and because of that, the caffeine in coffee isn’t really needed then. It’s best to wait until your body hits its natural lows, which are in the late morning and early afternoon, as this infographic shows. You can read more about the logic behind this idea over at Forbes.com.

Drought in Vietnam creating coffee price concerns

Vietnam is experiencing a really bad drought right now, and if they don’t get rain in the next few weeks, the impact on coffee crops could be huge – maybe as much as a 30% decrease in production this year. They’re primarily growing Robusta beans, not the higher-quality Arabica beans used by all specialty coffee shops, but this would still impact everyone. Producers who typically package these Robusta beans may have to blend in some more expensive Arabica ones…raising the price on the product being sold as well as increasing demand for Arabica.

Of greater concern is that variability in supply like this is likely to become the new norm as climate change impacts these small coffee-producing regions of this planet. The future availability of this crop is uncertain, and while there will always be coffee beans produced, the supply is likely to be variable and may wreck havoc on companies that rely upon it for their business.

(via Bloomberg)

Coffee emergency in Guatemala

Farmers in Guatemala are having a tough time battling a fungus known as ‘coffee rust’ which withers the leaves and can ultimately kill the coffee plant. The president of Guatemala has committed $14 million to help the farmers buy pesticides and receive instruction on how to better prevent the disease, and contain it from spreading. Climate change is partly to blame for this increasing threat, and that brings up the larger issue…in the years ahead, climate change is going to affect these delicate coffee growing regions more and more.
(via the AP)

Nomad portable espresso machine

A new lever-based espresso machine called the Nomad is attempting to launch over at Kickstarter. It’s designed to be portable and easy to use, and the video seems to back up that claim. Seems simple enough…the one feature that I noticed right away was the pressure gauge on the top surface, a very nice feature that I haven’t seen in all lever based systems. Price for early adopters is $165. Check out the video below.