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Defining Sustainability

Defining Sustainability

With climate change and environmental disasters such as the Fukushima reactor meltdown and the Gulf oil spill making international headlines, “sustainability” has become a media buzzword. It’s also bandied about in connection with agricultural methods that preserve the land, market conditions that enable producers to support their families and cultures, and technologies that foster a healthy supply of quality products.

It’s also being discussed in probably every boardroom of every major corporation in the U.S. and beyond. There is enormous pressure on industries to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability as a key element of responsible corporate citizenship. As the public becomes ever more aware of cultural, environmental and socioeconomic issues in the developing world, the pressure to deploy sustainable programs and strategies continues to ramp up.

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New Report: Coffee Cuts Endometrial Cancer Risk

A newly released scientific report links coffee with a protective effect against endometrial cancer. The report, published this week by the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund International, says that coffee drinking is one of several lifestyle and diet changes that can help women prevent the disease, also known as uterine cancer.

Analyzing results from eight independent scientific studies, the report concludes that one cup of coffee per day is associated with a 7% decreased risk of developing the disease. All of the analyzed studies found a decreased risk for higher versus lower levels of coffee consumption.

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Coffee for the Ages

Coffee for the Ages?

Are you with it? Do you keep up with your peers? If we’re talking coffee, there’s an easy way to find out.

If you’re a “Millennial,” you’d be one of the 78% who say they drink coffee. You may also be among the 47% who say they do so each day.

Your peer group is bigger if you’re part of Generation X. Eighty-five percent say they’re coffee drinkers, 68% of them sipping daily. Among Baby Boomers, 86% say they enjoy coffee, 72% of them each day. If you’re a more mature consumer, then you may be one of the 90% who tip a mug to coffee or even among the 80% who do so daily.

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Is Coffee Liver’s Firewall

Is Coffee Liver’s Firewall?

The research is rampant with evidence about coffee’s protective effects on the liver. Numerous studies from around the world have come to the same conclusion – coffee somehow shields the liver from inflammatory damage and the diseases that can result.

Over the last decade, researchers have found that coffee reduces the risk of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, fibrosis and liver cancer. Reduced risk of liver disease also carries through for higher risk individuals, such as those with diabetes, iron overload, obesity, viral hepatitis and high alcohol consumption. Researchers also found that coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer, including among those with risk factors such as pre-existing cirrhosis or hepatitis.

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Information or Knowledge

Information or Knowledge?

Smart business people keep up with best practices. It’s a competitive must and emblem of personal and professional pride. There’s always something new to learn. And, increasingly, there are more and more ways to seek it out. It’s a long and growing list that includes conferences, online courses, e-seminars, podcasts, and more. Just check your email inbox, and you’ll probably find more than one a day.

But information alone is not always enough. Facts, figures and presentations can make you more informed. But, information doesn’t always become knowledge. Often, it’s not what you know that counts, but how you put it to work to make changes, reach goals and solve problems.

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What Kind of Brewer Are You

What Kind of Brewer Are You?

Did you make coffee this morning? If so, what kind of brewer are you? A purist with a French press? A discriminating consumer using a drip coffee maker, perhaps with freshly-ground whole beans? Maybe you went cutting edge with a new pourover, Chemex or even glass titrating apparatus?

Or, are you a trend-savvy early adopter who brewed an individual cup using single-cup brewer? Statistically, one in five of you did – so says new market research from NCA.

Indeed, 20% of daily coffee drinkers said they made their coffee in a single-cup brewer. NCA’s newly published Single-Cup Format: Another Year of Growth and Impact, says that’s up from just 7% who used a single-cup brewer in 2010. At the same time, daily drinkers who use traditional drip coffee makers fell from 77% in 2010 to 58% in 2013.

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On The Table

On The Table

This morning, did you sip a Sidamo from Ethiopia, hit back a Huehuetenango from Guatemala, or maybe tipple a Tarrazù from Costa Rica? Did your coffee come from Africa, Asia or South America?

These single-origin coffees, alongside current industry issues, were on the table in Washington this week. NCA brought coffee – the beverage and the business – to the halls of Congress. At the biennial NCA Coffee on the Hill event, members joined members of Congress, their staff members, foreign diplomats and executive branch personnel to meet, greet , enjoy coffee and discuss related issues.

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Sipping Your Risk Away

Sipping Your Risk Away?

A cascade of scientific studies has linked coffee with a reduced risk of diabetes for more than a decade. Scientists in China recently used a strong, representative sample to pull it all together. They culled data from over a million individuals, and integrated and re-examined results to yield an even larger picture. In technical terms, the process is called a “meta-analysis” but, in practice, it’s like doing a new study that is much wider in reach and broader in scope.

The conclusions confirmed what many scientists have been saying all along – that there is an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of developing diabetes. In laymen’s terms, that means that as coffee consumption goes up, the risk of diabetes comes down.

Pooling data from 30 studies, the Qingdao University team concluded that, on average, coffee appears to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by about one-third. Put another way, they affirmed a 12% decrease in risk for every two cups of coffee consumed.

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The GMO Mojo

The GMO Mojo

Voters in Washington state Tuesday rejected a ballot initiative that would have required the labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified food ingredients (GMOs). The measure was defeated by a 55 to 45 percent split, ending a move that would have made Washington the nation’s first state to require GMO labeling. A similar measure, Proposition 37, was defeated in California last year.

Currently, 70-80% of the nation’s food and beverage products include ingredients produced using genetic modification (GM) technology. These products have been part of the food supply for over 20 years. Essentially, farmers and food manufacturers use GM technology to add desirable traits from one plant to another without adding unnatural substances or chemicals.

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Are You Part of the 83%?

That’s the number of American adults who now say they drink coffee. That’s up from 78% last year.

So says the NCA’s newly published market research report, the 2013 National Coffee Drinking Trends. Maybe you’re also among the 75% who consume coffee at least once a week. Or, perhaps among the 63% who drink it every day.

If you drank a gourmet coffee beverage yesterday, you’re also in good company. Nearly one-third of American adults joined you, pushing total gourmet cups to 43% of all cups of coffee consumed. If you drank your coffee at home yesterday, you joined 80% of your fellow Americans, although 31%went out – that means many had some coffee both at home and away.

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