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New recyclable cup can hold hot coffee for more than two days

KOTKA, Finland – Kotkamills, a wood and paper producer from southeast Finland, has received certification for using a new grade of plastics-free paperboard it has developed for food packaging. A disposable coffee cup without the standard polyethylene coating - making it 100% recyclable - has also passed all of the requisite tests ...

Tropical Pacific warmer than average, but ENSO neutral to stay for 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia – The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral. All climate models surveyed by the Bureau indicate the tropical Pacific Ocean is likely to stay ENSO neutral for the rest of 2017. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central tropical Pacific (the NINO3.4 region) have been warmer than average, though ...

Scientists developing surgical helmet made out of coffee grounds

PHILADELPHIA, U.S. – A surgical helmet made out of coffee grounds could soon be used in the operating room. This is specifically being tested for use with surgery on the nose and throat. The idea came from a big coffee fan who’s a professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University.

BioNovelus attends First World Coffee Producers Forum in Colombia

PHOENIX, U.S. – BioNovelus (ONOV) CEO and Founder, Jean Ekobo, took a prominent role in the First World Coffee Producers Forum in Medellin, Colombia, July 10 to 12. The forum was organized by a conglomerate of coffee producing countries. It brought together key players from the coffee production chain including exporters, importers ...

Israeli company launches dissolvable, meringue-like stevia sweetener

CAESAREA, Israel – A company called Lampados International Ltd. (Caesarea, Israel) has launched a new stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) sweetener, called Liteez, which has a meringue-like appearance and is designed to dissolve into a foam in hot beverages. Formulating the company’s meringue-like “kiss” sweetener with stevia was a challenge due to ...

ICO’ head says main challenge for the coffee sector is sustainability

LONDON ─ The Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization, Mr José Sette, gave a speech in the opening ceremony of the World Coffee Producers Forum, which took place in Medellin, Colombia from 10 to 12 July 2017. Mr Sette stressed that ...

Fair trade is not doing enough for coffee – senior UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs

MEDELLIN, Colombia – A small extra 5¢ in the final price of a cup of coffee, but directly paid to producers, would significantly improve their income, said world-renowned sustainable development expert Jeffrey Sachs at the 1st World Coffee Producers Forum. “We need to revisit mechanisms for making consumers pay ...

Coffee is an anchor for rural development–former US president Bill Clinton

MEDELLIN, Colombia – Former US President Bill Clinton, recognized for his poverty alleviation and rural development efforts, said coffee is an anchor for rural development during his participation in the 1st World Coffee Producers Forum. Mr. Clinton participated in the panel “Economic Sustainability and Rural Development to ...

7-Eleven gives Millennials what they want: sustainably sourced coffee

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven, citing a 2016 study which found that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of Millennials as an important attribute when making their selection, is swapping the Colombian coffee now served at its stories for a new Rainforest Alliance Certified, single-origin Colombian coffee.

How one reusable coffee sleeve is helping create a zero-waste future

Self-driving cars, solar panels and groundbreaking carbon-capturing technologies are essential tools in combating climate change and propelling the shift towards a more sustainable future, but complex, large-scale solutions aren’t the only ones driving change. New twists on seemingly inconsequential items that we use every day ...