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Tropical Storm Flossie

Ready or not, here she comes!  Not sure how this will effect the coffee crop.  Sending our aloha to everyone on all the Islands of Hawaii.

Celebrate Aloha Friday With Some Coffee Desserts

It’s Aloha Friday which means it’s time to plan some weekend fun! We’re looking forward to trying some new coffee recipes, and I found a great list of 10 new recipes just published over at Skinny Mom.

The list includes the classic Frappucino, but also includes some surprising new ideas too. I’m eyeing the Coffee Mocha Cookies or maybe the Coffee Tiramisu for a weekend treat. Of course, we’ll be using genuine Hapa Hale Hawaiian Coffee in the recipe!

Here’s a link to the recipes. Check them out, you might find a new coffee recipe yourself…

Tantalize your Tastebuds with these 10 Coffee-Flavored Desserts

http://www.skinnymom.comTue, 23 Jul 2013 16:00:45 GMT

Most mornings, the only thing able to roll me out of bed is the thought of my French press awaiting me to make a mug of steamy hot dark French roast coffee. On weekends, that same French press doubles as my friend to make me this magical iced coffee drink. Needless to say, I’m a bit of a coffee fiend, and I’m always happy to find ways to incorporate its intoxicating scent and flavor into other times of my day. This list of 10 Coffee-Flavored Desserts {all of which land on the healthier side of life} is a coffee lovers dream!

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Support Bill 79 – Protect Hawaii Coffee

The board of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association unanimously voted June 18 to adopt and support Hawaii County Bill 79 to prohibit GMOs on the island.

“Bill 79 will ensure the most protection possible for our heritage crop, 100 percent Kona coffee,” said President Cecelia Smith.

The Kona Coffee Farmers Association endorses the Hawaii County Council Bill 79, regarding the prohibition of genetically modified organisms, as put forth in its final language for County Council vote by Councilwoman Margaret Willie. This will add protection against the impact of the many unknowns of GMOs. The bill provides details for registration, enforcement and penalties, which go beyond the scope of the 2008 county law prohibiting GMO coffee and taro

The association is encouraging the community, especially coffee farmers, to testify in person at a 10 a.m. Tuesday meeting in Kailua-Kona at the West Hawaii Civic Center. To submit written testimony, indicate SUPPORT BILL 79 in your email subject line and submit before noon Monday to counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us.

10 Ways Coffee Can Save Your Life

10 Ways Coffee Can Save Your Life – Authority Nutrition

http://authoritynutrition.comMon, 10 Jun 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Here is an interesting fact that may explain some of the health benefits. Coffee is actually the single largest source of antioxidants in the modern diet… outranking both fruits and vegetables, combined. Coffee May Lower The Risk of Type II Diabetes. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s. Coffee May Protect Against Liver Cancer. Coffee Lowers The Risk of Cirrhosis.

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Cool Blue Raman

Perfect for summer, Lina Blue Cooled Ramen is high in anti-oxidents with all the fun of a blue popsicle.  

 

 

On 18 July, a ramen shop in Nipponbashi, Tokyo called Bee Hive Genki no Moto had introduced a novel chilled ramen that’s equally cooling to the eyes, ears, and stomach – perhaps even the life.

 

It’s called “Lina Blue Cooled Ramen” invoking a laid back Jimmy Buffet kind of vibe. Also its appearance conjures up memories of blue freezies and ice pops using the same coloring agent as Gari-Gari brand ice pops which has been getting some press for its possible anti-aging effects.

Lina Blue is an industry name for Pycocyanin which is a chemical extracted from the algea, spirulina that this ramen shop had been working with for a while but only now developed into a cool looking, cool tasting soup.

Spirulina was previously determined to have little to no nutritional value but recently is seen to have some anti-oxidizing effects.  There’s no hard evidence as of yet, but since it’s long been deemed safe for consumption – no harm no foul.

One thing’s for sure, this ramen will fight this summer’s ridiculous heat even before it hits your tongue.  Bee Hive Genki no Moto is selling it for the summer only at 850yen (US$10) a bowl.

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Coffee & Mental Performance

If coffee helps you to boot up your brain in the morning or throughout the day, you are not alone.

Mental performance

Summary

  • There is convincing evidence that moderate caffeine intake helps to improve alertness and concentration.
    • A 75mg serving of caffeine – the amount found in approximately one regular cup of coffee – leads to both increased attention and alertness, according to a recent opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
  • Brain mapping technology indicates that caffeine is not linked to the brain circuit of dependence and therefore does not fulfil the criteria to be described as a drug of dependence.
  • Although abrupt cessation of caffeine consumption may induce withdrawal symptoms in some individuals, these are not generally very severe, are of short duration, and can be avoided by progressive reduction of caffeine intake.
  • Some studies suggest that caffeine abstinence could improve sleep – both the time it takes to fall asleep and sleep quality. However, there are large differences between individuals and more research in this area is needed.
  • There is some evidence to suggest potential benefits of coffee and caffeine in situations which require increased alertness e.g. night shifts and jet lag.

Coffee & Sports Performance

It may just be the caffeine that helps sports performance, but coffee is a great and very enjoyable delivery system.

Sports performance

Caffeine and performance in endurance (aerobic) exercise

Caffeine has been shown to improve performance in individuals taking part in endurance-type, aerobic exercise.

Caffeine linked to faster times in endurance races

A recent review of 33 trials1 in which subjects had to run, cycle or row a set distance saw faster times recorded over the distance in individuals who consumed caffeine. This effect was seen in individuals taking moderate quantities of caffeine (3-6mg/kg body weight) before and/or during exercise.

In addition, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently stated that a cause and effect relationship has been established for caffeine intake and increased endurance performance (3mg/kg body weight 1 hour before exercise), endurance capacity (3mg/kg body weight 1 hour before exercise), and a reduction in perceived exertion (4mg/kg body weight 1 hour before exercise)2.

Caffeine may help reduce muscle pain

Muscle pain during exercise can impinge on performance. Caffeine ingestion of 5mg/kg body weight has been found to reduce muscle pain in a group of subjects carrying out 30 minutes of high-intensity cycling, compared to another group who had not consumed any caffeine3 .

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Kona Coffee and Cultural Festival Announced

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for 43rd year Hawaii 24/7

http://www.hawaii247.comSat, 01 Jun 2013 03:48:21 GMT

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, returns for its 43rd annual celebration of Kona’s world famous coffee Nov. 1-10, 2013.

Coffee, food and festival fans from around the world visit Kona to take part in this 10-day heritage festival that has become an iconic fixture in Hawaii’s growing landscape of food festivals.

“The world is invited to come together and visit Kona during the coffee harvest season and celebrate the culture behind the cup at this year’s Kona Coffee Cultural Festival,” festival president Mel Morimoto said.

“With nearly 40 Festival events scheduled, there is something for everyone at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. For 43 years, this Festival has created a cultural experience in Hawaii that showcases Kona’s nearly 200-year coffee heritage, culinary delights and the working Kona coffee farmers who truly work to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s famous harvest,” Morimoto said.

Kona, set apart from other coffee grown in Hawaii because of its unique growing conditions and hand-picked quality, has a coffee taste that’s developed its own “Kona characteristics.”

This world-famous coffee-growing region, or belt as the locals refer to, boasts more than 4,000 acres. Kona’s coffee growing belt, small in comparison to the rest of the world, is only a mile wide and
extends north to south for about 30 miles along the western slopes of two Big Island volcanoes, Hualalai and Mauna Loa.

This volcanic soil together with the trade winds that bring natural shade or cloud coverage each afternoon makes for Kona’s perfect growing condition.
Kona’s global reputation has been built on its hand-picked quality and its well-balanced taste. 

Solar Powered Schools – Hawaii

Here’s some good news, twenty-four Hawaiian schools go solar!


Blue Earth announces agreements with National Energy Partners to build 4 MW in Hawaii

 
USA: Blue Earth Inc., a renewable energy and energy efficiency services company, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Xnergy Inc. signed two agreements totaling approximately 4 megawatts with National Energy Partners, LLC for the sole purpose of building and providing operational services for custom solar PV rooftop power systems for 24 schools in Hawaii.

Nine of the schools are located on the Island of Oahu and 15 of the schools are located on the Island of Kauai, which constitutes the majority of the Kauai Complex Area School System.

The announcement is a follow up to our March 26, 2013 news release stating the agreement for 3 megawatts on 15 schools for approximately $4.5 million in EPC revenue. The parties subsequently contracted for another 1 megawatt with the addition of nine more schools.

NEP will provide the construction financing for the projects. The projects are expected to begin construction during the second quarter of 2013 and are targeted for completion during the fourth quarter of 2013.

National Energy Partners (NEP) is a renewable energy company based in Mount Laurel, NJ. Renewable energy based businesses are among the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Specializing in the development of photovoltaic solar electrical systems, NEP works with leading companies in their pursuit towards a greener society.

Interesting Coffee Facts

 

Courtesy of data from the International Coffee Organization, the folks over at FinancesOnline.com have put up a slick infographic with a bounty of interesting facts and figures about the coffee industry.

The infographic details everything from the role of “coffee coyotes” — middlemen who force farmers to sell coffee at a loss, then sell the product to millers for a high profit — to the roles that giants like Dunkin Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) and Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) play.

For more crazy facts about the coffee business, check out below:

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Read more: http://www.benzinga.com/general/entrepreneurship/13/05/3612353/these-ridiculous-facts-about-the-coffee-industry-will-blow-yo#ixzz2UDYa2FDP

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