Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
You can read more about the USFT convergence on the Just Coffee website.
Monday, February 19, 2007
- Lowers the risk for type 2 diabetes
- Reduces the risk of developing gallstones
- Reduces the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease
- Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Improves endurance and performance
- Helps people stay more alert
- Helps treat asthma and headaches
In another study, researchers found that a typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries and oranges.
"Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful," says Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Coffee Studies, which conducts its own medical research and tracks coffee studies from around the world. "For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good."
So there you have it folks, go ahead and pour yourself another! Cheers to good health!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights for the poor and oppressed. " -Psalm 82:3
"If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,
he too will cry out and not be answered." -Prov. 21:13
"Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,
for the Lord will take up their case
and will plunder those who plunder them. " -Prov. 22:22-23
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy." -Prov. 31:8-9
Education and awareness are the only ways to bring about justice to the social atrocities that plague our world. God calls Christians to not turn a blind eye to the injustices of the poor and needy--yet in many ways we unknowingly promote it by the choices we make in our daily lives.
Let me use coffee as an example--not because I'm insanely passionate about coffee, rather, coffee is the 2nd largest traded commodity in the world and by simply choosing a coffee product that is produced by a socially responsible company, we can have a significant effect on the economies and livelihoods of these poor farming countries.
The fact that many of us know this, yet still choose otherwise I believe is directly ignoring God's word. If people are uneducated/unaware, they have an excuse, but if we know that the $6.00 cup of coffee we are lackadaisically enjoying came from the hands of a poor, uneducated farmer who pulled his 8 year old son out of school or the chocolate candy bar we consume came from the hands of a 7 year old child slave, shouldn't we chose differently? What has to happen before we become advocates of ethical consumerism?
Learn more about how you can support the cause by shopping here.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
So you ask, well what can I do? Anytime you purchase a cup of coffee ask the person you're buying it from if it comes from a sustainable roaster, or a roaster that supports fair trade. If it doesn't, request it and don't keep spending your money there until they change. If it does sell sustainable coffee, give the owner a high five. :)
Support business that support sustainability and fair trade...wouldn't you rather know that while you enjoy that cup of coffee, more of your money is going back to the farmers hands that created it? I'm working on a list of where you can purchase sustainable coffee locally...stay tuned.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
I've only visited this coffee shop in the afternoon, so I'm not sure what the night scene is like, but the times I have gone there, there has been a nice mix of young professionals and college age students filling the seats. The surroundings are comfortable, with periwinkle colored walls and artwork for sale nicely displayed. Apparently they have live music...but the website didn't showcase who was performing, so I don't know if the artists draw much of a crowd. Overall the place had a nice atmosphere and good crowd...the coffee and food were pretty good but could use some improvement, but the location itself makes this place a great place to at least check out once if you're in La Mesa!
Friday, February 2, 2007
So the first little coffee shop I want to fill you in on is Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in Bird Rock La Jolla. Keep your eyes open because if you blink you might miss it--this is not a place to visit if you're looking for a "scene," however if you are a connessiour of coffee, this is the place for an incredible cup of joe. There are only a few tables inside that over look the cute street of La Jolla Blvd; inside the shop is the actual roasting facility and where you will almost always find the owner, Chuck Patton, who overlooks the entire roasting process. It's evident that Chuck has a heart for the farmers and communities in which the beans he roasts are from--most of his coffees are organic, fair trade and shade grown...my favorite so far is their Bird Rock Blend. The coolest part about this place is that if you live Pacific Beach or La Jolla in the zip codes 92109 and 92037 they will actually deliver fresh roasted coffee right to your door!
Let me know if you're looking for a cool coffee shop to visit in your neighborhood--I'll be happy to check it out!