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Drinking Joe Coffee in Union Square, Pondering the Bona Fides of Walking the Talk

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I love NYC during the holiday season. Crisp air, leaves with residual hints of red and yellow, holiday bazaars, ambient street music, and plenty of plein-air noshing and coffee-drinking. Last week, my friend and I took our kids to the playground near Union Square and at one point, I ducked out for coffee. I was determined to try a new place (at least new for me). Joe Coffee at 16 th St. off of Union Square pulled me in with its powder-blue branding and no-nonsense name. Joe Coffee was started in 2003 by Jonathan Rubinstein, with the goal of producing high-quality, amazing-tasting coffee served with “warm hospitality.” There are now 22 locations throughout the city. The coffee was amazing. But I wanted to know more. Sometimes you listen to a company’s spiel about sustainability, diversity, inclusivity, and fair trade, and you realize it’s largely performative. There is a lot of virtue-signaling in the coffee industry. I wanted to know where Joe Coffee stood. Discovering JNP Coffee

Montclair Art Museum Opens the Cornerstone Café and Debuts a New, No-Registration-Required Friday Program

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  Exciting news from the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)! The new Cornerstone Café made its debut last week when it opened to the public for the first time. Cornerstone features a full menu of coffee, tea, espresso-based drinks, and pastries. Located on the first floor, Cornerstone is nicely situated near the coatroom, with tables and a seating area strewn with art-related reading materials---and of course, there’s wifi. The new cafe is staffed by individuals from the Montclair High School transition program and Jewish Vocational Services of Metrowest and is open on Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm . The opening of Cornerstone is part of the museum’s new free-entry Friday program, which basically invites visitors in to experience the museum in a relaxed, open, inclusive, artistically expansive space. While traditionally MAM’s galleries have been free to visitors on Fridays, the new program is unprecedented in the museum’s history—and coffee is the cornerstone of it all. (smile/wink) On F

Goodbye Summer 2022 & Drinking Coffee in Long Branch

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  In the high heat of August, I spent a weekend with friends and family at the Jersey shore. On Saturday, after a day of sand and sea, we went to dinner at Lezama’s in Long Branch. The menu is varied, with a solid offering of trattoria cuisine, as well as a kids’ menu. The food was fresh and well-prepared.  When we ordered, several people at our table asked for coffee. We were told that not only were we getting coffee, but we were getting SPECIAL coffee, specifically Café de Olla Real de Oaxaca, a full-bodied, medium roast, Arabica coffee from the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. The coffee lived up to its reputation. Café de Olla Real de Oaxaca is dark, hot, subtle, slightly caffeinated, and very delicious. But why wouldn’t coffee from Oaxaca, known as the gastronomic capital of Mexico, be magical? With its Pacific coastline and rugged terrain, Oaxaca in the south of Mexico is also one of the top coffee-producing states in Mexico. Its ancient history and Indigenous cultures heavily influe

The Secret Language of Coffee—Can you describe your coffee in 10 words (or less)?

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Coffee has a language of its own. Whether it’s a long macchiato, an Americano, or a ristretto, each drink is unique. A list of 18 coffee drinks, compiled by Webstaurant Store, depicts each drink and shows the difference that one shot of espresso, or a slightly different brewing method can make. What's a Ristretto? I consider myself in the know when it comes to coffee language, but I was shocked by how many coffee drinks I did not recognize in that list. For example, a ristretto sounds amazing. It is brewed in a similar method to espresso---hot, pressurized water is passed through the coffee grounds. However, only half the normal amount of water is used. Ristrettos are STRONG. A red eye combines 6 ounces of drip-brewed coffee with a shot of espresso added, while a black eye is a doubled version of the red eye. And then there’s the breve---a cup of espresso with steamed half-and-half added. While reading all of these coffee drink descriptions, I thought about the joy of descri

Summer Vibes are Good for Drinking Coffee at Urban Water Parks

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  Quick question:   Are you drinking less coffee because you’re concerned about dehydration? Well, don’t worry. Another myth about coffee has been debunked. Medical studies have refuted the longstanding idea that coffee causes dehydration. In fact, drinking hot coffee in the summer actually improves well-being, because it increase energy levels; replenishes antioxidants in the body; helps prevent dizziness and vertigo due to heat; and helps to replenish fluids in the body.   The Science Behind the Effect According to Mayo Clinic: “ Drinking caffeine-containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle doesn't cause fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested. While caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect — meaning that they may cause the need to urinate — they don't appear to increase the risk of dehydration. ” So although caffeine has a slightly diuretic effect, the hydration from coffee (or tea) more than offsets the effect.   A rigorous study , conducted in

1984 was a very bad year for the health status of coffee, but 2022 data shows it's heart-healthy

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  Real data changes things. Real data shows you what's real and what's not.    In 1984, an article appeared in the academic journal, Social Problems , entitled “ Coffee Drinking: An Emerging Social Problem ?”  In this article, the authors Ronald Troyer and Gerald Markle wrote: “Though coffee has been suspect for some 300 years, public attention since 1970 has been focused on medical research which suggests that the caffeine in coffee may cause cancer, birth defects, and heart disease.”  It seems farfetched now, but coffee was once considered a vice that could lead to sickness and even death. Now, 37 years later, we have an ever-growing base of evidence showing that overall coffee, in its purest form, is good for us.     A study published in March 2022 showed that drinking 1.5-3.5 cups of coffee a day reduced mortality by 30% during the 7-year study period. This is based on analysis of data from more than 170,000 people between the ages of 37 and 73—the average age was 57. A s

That Morning Coffee Keeps You Focused---Morning Magic

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How many times have you heard someone joke about self-medicating with caffeine? How many of us brag about our coffee addictions? Turns out that there’s some science-based truth in all of this coffee grandstanding. A study from Spain published in Nutrients in March 2022 showed that consuming caffeine can have a positive effect on ADHD symptoms, not only in kids, but also in adolescents and adults. The biggest benefit is shown in the areas of attention and retention capacity. Explosion of ADHD Diagnoses in Adults ADHD is very common. Almost 10% of kids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with some type of attention-related disorder—and according to data from Harvard Medical School, 4.4% of adults have ADHD. 4.4%? That many? Really?  Apparently that is a lowball estimate. In fact, adults are currently being diagnosed with ADHD at 4 times the rate of children. It makes sense considering that ADD with or without hyperactivity was not added to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of