Pest-eating birds mean money for coffee growers, biologists find
In recent years, Stanford biologists have found that coffee growers in Costa Rica bolster bird biodiversity by leaving patches of their plantations as untouched rainforest.
First scientific method to authenticate world's costliest coffee
The world's most expensive coffee can cost $80 a cup, and scientists now are reporting development of the first way to verify authenticity of this crème de la crème, the beans of which come from the feces ...
Will smart watches find many buyers?
When it comes to the target market for a smart watch, I'm probably it: I love tech, I'm often an early adopter of new gadgets and, until very recently, I was a lifelong watch wearer. But even I'm not sure I really need or ...
Tech-savvy Vietnam coffee farmers brew global takeover
Most Vietnamese coffee farmers have never heard of a double tall skinny latte, but they could tell you the price of the beans that go into one in their sleep.
An integrated pest management program for coffee berry borer in Colombia
The coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari), is considered one of the most serious pests in coffee plantations worldwide. Infestations of this small beetle are difficult to combat; most of the in ...
How granular material becomes solid: Stress causes clogs in coffee and coal
It's easy to get in a jam. But it's much harder to explain exactly how or when it started.
Pistachios make healthy decafs
If caffeine gets your blood pumping more than it should, here's a piece of good news: when roasted appropriately, pistachios can become a tasty and healthier substitute for coffee, with all the aromas and ...
UW-Madison scientists create low-acrylamide potato lines
(PhysOrg.com) -- What do Americans love more than French fries and potato chips? Not much-but perhaps we love them more than we ought to. Fat and calories aside, both foods contain high levels of a compound called acrylamide, ...
Engineers introduce 'beans' to cool and then maintain hot beverage temps
Roasting coffee beans a dark brown produces valued antioxidants: food scientists
Food scientists at the University of British Columbia have been able to pinpoint more of the complex chemistry behind coffee's much touted antioxidant benefits, tracing valuable compounds to the roasting process.
Wake up and smell the willow
More plant matter could be burned in coal-fired power stations if this 'green' fuel was delivered pre-roasted like coffee beans, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, UK.
Gene sleuths uncover the secrets of the civet
The Asian palm civet, a small nocturnal carnivore famous for excreting coffee beans prized by gourmets, in fact comprises three species, French scientists said on Wednesday.
Shipping industry sends help as project in Panama tackles amphibian crisis
As a disease known as amphibian chytrid fungus continues to wipe out amphibian species worldwide, frogs in Panama are finding a safe haven in a seemingly unlikely spot—between the metal walls of shipping containers once ...
Proteins in unroasted coffee beans may become next-generation insecticides
Scientists in Brazil are reporting for the first time that coffee beans contain proteins that can kill insects and might be developed into new insecticides for protecting food crops against destructive pests. ...