Today’s coffee, potpourri and nonsense


There is a lot of truth in that! Coffee has never been accepted as a 100% rational thing. A lot like the human race, I suppose. But rationality is over-rated. Writes AI researcher E.Yudkowsky“Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality. If you are equally good at explaining any outcome, you have zero knowledge.”  That is why I always have a cup or two of coffee when I wake up. 


There are days when I KNOW that I really know nothing about anything, coffee gives me that necessary edge to keep going.  Coffee keeps me lucid. In a world that , on some days, is more fictional than real, that counts for a lot already. Rationality does not even come into it…





Interesting article today about how in China coffee is surprising the naysayers.  Even though the average mainlander drinks only 3 cups a coffee a year–and China consumes only 2% of the world’s coffee–the major players in the game are betting on the young generation to change all that. StarBucks has already opened 2,000 stores and is planning another 500. Duncan Donuts has similar designs.

It is expected that coffee consumption will increase 20% annually.  Just in the past 4 years coffee consumption has tripled.  When you consider that China’s population is almost 1.4 billion, the future looks very promising.






Several of my friends sent me this information a couple of weeks ago. To tell you the truth, I am surprised that there was any doubt on the matter! Finally, it seems, the matter is a no-brainer. ”The World Health Organisation has cleared coffee of causing cancer, but a detailed investigation has found that very hot drinks may be linked to cancer of the oesophagus, or gullet.

Coffee was classified as a possible cause of cancer in 1991, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of WHO, has now reconsidered the evidence. It carried out a detailed review of the many studies published on the subject and found that coffee drinkers have no reason to worry…

The scientists found an inverse relationship between drinking coffee and certain types of cancer. The risk of developing liver cancer dropped by 15% for each cup of coffee drunk, while in breast cancer and endometrial -or womb – cancer studies suggest there were fewer incidences among people who drank coffee than those who did not.”





Key word is ‘latest’. In other words, the matter is not closed and the naysayers will find a way to worry us. (I am not worried!)  The interesting thing in this work by researchers in Ulster University is that they took a look at some previous studies, apparently more than 1,200 of them, and they found that the majority of the original findings were based only on observational data.  Hardly rigorous, isn’t it?!






I kid you not! Coffee made from shit! It is very popular (and expensive) in Viet Nam. Kopi Luwak is what it is called and if you want to know more about it, read THIS.  But this is not what I want to tell you about. Apparently someone has found a way to market fake-weasel poop coffee!


”The Trung Nguyen cafe in Hanoi’s central district is arranged like a shrine to fake weasel shit coffee. Trung Nguyen is like the Starbucks of Vietnam: It’s the largest domestic coffee brand and its products are distributed in dozens of countries, including the United States. The company commissioned a bunch of chemists to mimic kopi luwak, coffee that’s been digested and shit out by little weasel-like creatures called civets. They called the final product Legendee and it’s their flagship blend.

Legendee is sold in boxes designed with fake goldish-yellow wood grain, housed beneath a glass counter in the cafe. Each box costs about $50.”  LINK to article.

Don't smell the coffee

As far as coffee is concerned, I am conservative. I like my coffee black. No sugar, no milk, and ESPECIALLY, no weasel shit!





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