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Hello, coffee lovers! We hope this newsletter finds you well and in health! This month we bring you some bad news, some good news, and some straight up important coffee economics info. Coffee rust in Hawaii, health benefits of coffee confirmed, and coffee economics visually explained for this month’s roundup.

To new subscribers to the newsletter: welcome and click the images below to read the articles mentioned.

The Roundup

“Coffee Leaf Rust Spreads to the Big Island of Hawaii” by Daily Coffee News

We bring you the bad news first so we can cheer you up with the good news. Yes, unfortunately, the devastating coffee leaf rust fungus has been found on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is especially disheartening when you consider that Kona coffee is grown there and a lot of other excellent high-elevation Arabicas.

Coffee leaf rust

“Coffee is a health drink, and here’s how much you should be consuming” by Boy Genius Report

The results are in, people! There are now many studies that show a marked increase in inflammation and disease prevention linked to coffee consumption. However, it is not the caffeine in coffee that has these effects on the body. Click the image below to read the article mentioned.

coffee cup

“From plant to paper cup: The economics of coffee in one chart” by the World Economic Forum

The Visual Capitalist recently made this fantastic infographic detailing the journey coffee makes from the farmers to retail stores. The infographic breaks down the costs of each step and adds them up at the end. As we head into the second wave of the pandemic and stricter measures might be implemented we urge all specialty coffee lovers out there to support your local roastery and all the amazing Swiss roasteries that make the best coffee from abroad available for us.

Coffee economics

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Coffee Recipe of the Month

Espresso Martini

What do you do when you are looking for something to wake you up but also mess you up? Well, according to Dick Bradsell, what you need is an Espresso Martini. That is how he claims he got the idea for it: a model came to his bar and asked for something that would “Wake me up, and then f*** me up.”

Espresso martini

But then again he is the inventor and popularizer of this coffee cocktail. So his opinion might be slightly biased. However, this cocktail has risen in popularity through the years, especially among specialty coffee drinkers. An indicator of this is the coffee liqueur company Kahlúa launching a new ready-to-drink espresso martini in a can.

Regardless of all that industry talk, we absolutely love this classic coffee cocktail! Here’s how to make it.

What you’ll need
  • cocktail shaker
  • ice
  • 100ml vodka
  • 50ml freshly brewed coffee
  • 14ml or 1tbsp of simple clear syrup
  • 50ml coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
  • 4 coffee beans (optional)
Preparation
  1. First put two martini glasses in the fridge to cool
  2. Next pour a tablespoon of syrup and a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker or a sealable container
  3. Add the vodka and coffee liqueur
  4. Shake the container until the outside of it feels cooler
  5. Take the glasses out of the fridge and pour the mix in
  6. Optionally garnish the cocktails with two coffee beans each
Enjoy, stay safe, and enjoy the holidays!

Until Next Time!

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