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Coffee, Bees and Climate Change

 by: MERRIT KENNEDY   Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee. In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants' yield, Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment, tells The Two-Way. Bees actually increase the quality of the beans by making their size more uniform. But climate change is threatening both pollinators and the areas where coffee can grow. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says it is the first to model the impact of climate change on both coffee and pollinators. The researchers projected that by 2050, climate change...

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Coffee Naps Might Be The Secret To More Energy

  Have you heard of coffee naps?  It could change your life. A coffee nap is exactly what it sounds like: You drink a cup of coffee, then immediately take a nap. Yes, this sounds like opposite land, but here’s the deal: The caffeine in coffee doesn’t kick in for about 30 minutes, so if you nap right after you drink the coffee, the caffeine will kick in right when you wake up. Power naps have already been proven to be effective in improving alertness and performance, but take one for 30 minutes after having a cup of coffee and you’ll wake up just as the caffeine starts to work. The result? Feeling refreshed and stimulated like never before. Coffee...

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The Future of Coffee Farming Is Female

BY ANNA BRONES. Women around the world are the backbone of global agricultural production, making up almost half of the worldwide agricultural workforce. In some countries, that number goes as high as 70%. Women play a vital role in getting food to our table, and yet because of deep gender inequalities, many of those women aren’t able to realize their full potential, both as workers and as community members. From earning little (to sometimes no income) to lack of representation in leadership roles to access and control of land, women in agriculture face many obstacles. Tackling those obstacles provides an opportunity for change. Today, it’s estimated that eliminating the gap between men and women in access to agricultural resources would...

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Students have designed an amazing new afterlife for our leftover coffee grounds

by MORGAN SHOAFF For many of us, coffee is essentially magic. You buy it, you brew it, you drink it — it never lets you down. You get that nice little caffeine buzz going, and you're instantly launched into "I can do anything!" mode. But have you ever thought about where your leftover coffee grounds go when you're done with them? Some people compost; others choose the trash. Or, you know, some people find ways to save lives with their grounds. Students from the University of Toronto are using coffee grounds to create an alternative to firewood for women and children in refugee camps. Those coffee grounds you had from last week = a burnable log that helps kids? Yes. It's...

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Millennials are hopelessly hooked on coffee and they're pushing demand up

BY: NICOLE GALLUCCI Over the years, coffee consumption has become a crucial part of the millennial identity. Whether it's used to fuel an early morning wake-up, a late night of working or simply to inspire some extra likes on their Instagram accounts, there's no denying that today's young adults are seriously immersed in the coffee craze. In fact, a new report from Bloomberg shows that millennials have grown so accustomed to their daily caffeine kick that their massive consumption of coffee has pushed global demand to a record high. According to Chicago-based researcher Datassential, people aged between around 19 to 34 currently make up about 44 percent of the U.S. coffee demand. Surprisingly, during the past eight years, while millennial coffee consumption...

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