New research suggests that coffee drinkers live longer than con-coffee drinkers. If that’s true, I could probably live forever. The study looked at more than 400,000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 71, and those with some preexisting conditions – cancer, heart disease and stroke – were excluded were excluded from the study. The results were surprising. The study found that men who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day had a 14 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease, 17 percent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, 16 percent decreased chance of dying from stroke and a 25 percent lower risk of dying from diabetes than those who drank no coffee. Women faired similarly. Those who drank 2-3 cups a day had a 15 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease, 21 percent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, 7 percent decreased chance of dying from stroke and a 23 percent lower risk of dying from diabetes. Results improved for those who drank more coffee, too.
I was fortunate enough to visit the Galapagos a few years ago, and I did see locally grown coffee for sale on San Cristobal while I was there. I don’t remember it making as big an impression on me as this Reserve coffee did, although I do remember being pretty satisfied (and surprisingly so, since when you travel coffee can be a crap shoot) with all the coffee I had. Needless to say, I was excited to see that Organic Galapagos San Cristobal was one of the newest Starbucks Reserve offerings this month. Galapagos has some very interesting microclimates and can be a great place for growing coffee, although you wouldn’t necessarily expect that to be the case.
This coffee is produced in very small quantities by a single farm, Hacienda “El Cafetal.” It is a medium bodied coffee, with a wide range of interesting herbal notes to it and a very clean finish. I didn’t get as much citrus as I find in many other coffees from nearby regions, and that plus the herbaciousness of the coffee made it very unique. It is very refreshing and fantastic iced, although I definitely like it hot as well. This is probably one of my favorite Reserve coffees to date, and it is at a good price point (for such a rare coffee) that this is one I’m taking home with me and not just having from the Clover.
While theme parks can certainly offer up some tempting snacks, they’re not exactly known for the quality of their food or beverage offerings. Disney is hoping to upgrade their coffee options by partnering with Starbucks, who will be opening stores inside all six Disney properties in both California and Florida. The stores are going to be designed to blend in to the parks, so they won’t look like the Starbucks that you might see down the street. In fact, there won’t be any Starbucks logos visible from outside the store, and the cafes will have their own names. There will still be Starbucks branding and drinks inside, of course, so you will know what you’re getting when you venture inside the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe – as the Starbucks location inside Disneyland will be named after the Three Little Pigs.
The stores and baristas will match the themes of their locations and blend in to the parks, but the entire drink menus will be Starbucks. There may be a few signature Disney items, such as Mickey shaped cookies, available for park-goers as well. No news on prices yet, though we’re guessing that it might be a bit more expensive than your average Starbucks location, much like airport Starbucks’ tend to be.
I may drink a lot of coffee, and but I’m not sure that even I drink enough to need the World’s Largest Coffee Cup. This crazy cup can hold up to 160 ounces of coffee – or the equivalent of 20 regular cups! Since the cup doesn’t offer much in the way of insulation, you will need to be a serious coffee drinker in need of a serious caffeine fix to get through all that coffee while it’s still nice and warm. The mug – which would require me to brew more than a full put of coffee in my drip brewer – probably won’t be easy to reheat if that coffee gets cold.
Of course, this mug is really a gift item and it is an impressive one for a coffee lover. I would skip the coffee and fill it up with chocolate covered espresso beans to get the impressive effect of the mug and still be able to get a little caffeine out of it (without going overboard!).