It actually is rocket science: Scientists design a coffee cup for space – Quartz

… announced at the American Physical Society’s 68th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics in Boston. thanks to the effects of microgravity, coffee-sipping astronauts have had to drink their morning brew from a closed container with a straw. But recent tests of six cups could soon make it much more familiar. Back in 2008, NASA astronaut Don Pettit used a cup he co-invented through the Capillary Flow Experiment to demonstrate how the fluid dynamics could improve fuel transfers in space. …

Chocolate prices to skyrocket thanks to strong winds and poor harvest

By Saffron Alexander – 30 November 2015 EXPERTS WARN CHOCOLATE PRICES COULD RISE NEXT YEAR CREDIT: LUKE SHARRETT/BLOOMBERG Experts have warned that chocolate prices are almost certain to rise next year, thanks to poor harvests in West Africa and strong winds caused by the El Nino weather system. Cocoa prices have been rising steadily over the last 15 years, and have now reached a four-year high with cocoa selling for …

Tasting the Drop in Coffee Prices

… instant varieties, have dropped 25% in the past 12 months on London’s Intercontinental Exchange, thanks largely to a glut in supply of Brazilian beans stoked by the slump in the country’s currency, the real. Three-month futures were trading Thursday at $1,590 a metric ton. Meanwhile, coffee farmers in Vietnam, the world’s No. 2 producer of coffee behind Brazil, have been sitting on a mounting pile of beans, waiting for prices to recover before they sell. Robusta coffee stocks on ICE have …

Is Coffee More Complex Than Wine?

… accessible over the years, thanks in part to the 100-point scoring system that allows wine drinkers to buy by the numbers—not to mention all those “Dummies” guides. Meanwhile, coffee, the beverage of diners and truck stops, has grown more complicated as specialty coffee purveyors take it to ever more intricate levels of connoisseurship. Starbucks was the first to introduce a new language to coffee drinkers, including a much more complex way to order a simple cup of joe: Venti, Grande, …

Polly Waffle set to return to shelves thanks to Melbourne company Chocolate Works

By Marissa Calligeros | October 22, 2015 The old Polly Waffle It was ditched from Australian shelves six years ago, but the power of nostalgia and a social media campaign has seen the return of the Polly Waffle. The Polly Waffle – crispy wafer tube filled with marshmallow and coated in milk chocolate – will be reborn as “The Great Aussie Waffle Log” thanks to a 40,000-strong social media campaign that piqued the interest …