Perk up, Shanghai: Crowds throng world’s biggest Starbucks

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai on Wednesday as the US-based beverage giant bets big on the burgeoning coffee culture of a country traditionally known for tea-drinking.The opening of the sprawling, two-storey outlet in a busy central shopping district was thronged by hundreds of customers, some waiting more than an hour in long lines stretching outside for a block in scenes reminiscent of a hyped-up new iPhone release.The cafe spans 2,700 square metres (30,000 square ...

Study: Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The research, which collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also found coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers.Three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, the scientists said, except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures.Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide. To better understand its effects on health, Robin Poole, a public health specialist at ...

Coffee to serve as biofuel for London buses soon

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Beginning Monday, Bio-Bean, a company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemical will be using coffee as source to fuel the buses of London, it has been revealed.According to a BBC report, the company has partnered with Shell and fuel blender Argent energy to help create thousands of liters of the first ever coffee-derived source of biodiesel.The report says that Bio-bean is helping the transport for London (TFL) use coffee as an alternative clean source of fuel to ...

How Yemen once introduced the world to mocha coffee

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Mocha, that sweet chocolaty coffee we enjoy in winter months, has a history far richer than the drink itself. Most mocha drinkers know the hot brew to be a mix of chocolate syrup, or powder with coffee, but to coffee connoisseurs – that is the equivalent of a fake Louis Vuitton bag. To get the real taste of mocha coffee, you will have to pay around two to four times the price of specialty coffee. Last year, Yemeni coffee was priced in the US at $173 a pound. Or you can go back to the roots ...

Wake up and smell the coffee

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

There are many expatriates here who have lived for decades in Saudi Arabia and have successfully forged for themselves and their families a prosperous future. Having said that, it has not taken away the concern they have for their country’s welfare and state of being. In the case of Pakistanis here, there have been some misgivings expressed by long-term residents concerned about their country’s welfare. One such individual is Mohammed H. Zakaria, CEO of Saudi Steel. He writes: I was ...

Tariq A. Al-Maeena

A freewheeling conversation over coffee addiction

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I was engaged in an interesting discussion with a group of friends of which some of whom are managers and heads of sections at private companies while others are regular employees both in private and public sectors. As is the case with every discussion after random talk, the discussion generally veers toward a central topic. So did our discussion when after the initial casual talk our discussion gained heat with a cool central topic — coffee.I know the word must have jarred you readers for ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

The secret to a higher life expectancy found in three daily cups of coffee

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Scientists have researched and analyzed 735,000 people’s data and discovered that coffee drinkers are expected to live longer. The secret was discovered after the results of two studies of half a million Europeans from 10 different countries and over 200,000 Americans showed that the people who drink coffee trice on average have better mental health and a higher life-expectancy rate than those who don’t drink coffee. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, based in Lyon, ...

How did the revolution affect the most important Yemeni yields?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Informed sources in Sanaa have revealed that coffee yields in Yemen deteriorated recently due to the ongoing crisis there. Yemen’s coffee production is usually estimated at about 20,000 tons per year, most of which is for local consumption.Sameer al-Utomi, head of the coffee beans department at the Ministry of Agriculture, said the cultivated area is about 35 thousand hectares, with about 100,000 to 110,000 working families.Yemen ranks 46th of 64 worldwide countries and 6th in Asia. Coffee ...

VIDEO: Coffee museum in Saudi Arabia presents history of the beverage

Sunday, 26 March 2017

At a museum in Al-Ahsa, in eastern Saudi Arabia, researcher Abdullah Al-Hijris told Al Arabiya about the history of the bean that originated in the fifth-century, explaining the secret methods of roasting and grinding one of the world’s most favorite drinks. Al-Hijris said that the coffee museum, which was adopted by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage (CNTA) and is in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, includes a collection of historical coffee items and ...

Why Saudis go for Western coffee brands

Friday, 23 December 2016

Social media has contributed to attracting a large number of new customers to coffee shops

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