It may not be pretty, but you’re looking at the world’s fastest coffee powered car, clocking in at a not so astounding 65mph. It converts coffee chaff pellets into power by a complicated gasification process. While really just a technology demonstrator, it does show off an interesting alternative energy source for vehicles.
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.
Starbucks is offering a reusable $1 coffee cup, and giving people a $.10 discount whenever you use it. At that level, the break-even point is pretty attractive…this just might catch on. You also get that $.10 discount with any other reusable cup or tumbler.
So here’s one of those things that I thought (and hoped) was a joke, but it seems to be legit. Capitalizing on the high prices of Kopi Luwak coffee, and the massive sizes of elephants’ guys, entrepreneurs in Thailand have put a herd of twenty elephants to work eating and pooping coffee beans to subtly alter its flavor (after it’s been pooped, collected, and washed of course). Or to put it another way, to charge incredible amounts of money due to the scarcity of elephant poop coffee. Yes, I’m more than a bit skeptical of the value of this…there are so many great coffee beans to be found for less than $50 per pound, I just don’t see the value in paying around $500 (yes, five HUNDRED) dollars a pound for coffee beans that have traveled through the intestinal tract of an elephant in Thailand.
The Velopresso is a mobile, pedal-powered coffee making machine designed by Royal College of Art grads Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva. The rider/barista uses pedal power to grind the beans, and the espresso is made via a manual lever style press. It does, though, use a small gas canister to heat the water.
Designer Enrique Luis Sardi has crafted this edible espresso cup for the Italian coffee company Lavazza. With a cookie outside and frosted inside (to make it watertight, and also sweeten the espresso), may seem like a fanciful concept that will never make it out of the laboratory, but it’ll actually be hitting the market in Europe. Given the US’ love of drip coffee and mega-sized espresso drinks, I doubt we’ll see this on our shores anytime soon (really, when’s the last time you saw someone order an espresso at your local Starbucks?). Kinda cool though.
The Huffington Post has an article about the link between coffee and skin cancer. As previous studies have found, this latest one found a link between increased coffee intake and decreased risk of skin cancer.
Read the full article here.
Well this isn’t new, but, here’s a nice, short video from a San Francisco TV station that explains how different brewing methods affect the coffee brewed. The gist of it is that using a paper filter removes some chemicals that can boost the bad cholesterol in your body.
Check out this impressive work of art from Russian artist Arkady Kim…it’s a gigantic, 30 square meter mosaic composed entirely of coffee beans (around a million of them!). Impressive work…more pictures in the gallery below.