South Korea Bans Coffee In Schools

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Students and teachers in South Korea will need to find new ways of staying alert through the long school day after the government said Friday it will ban coffee sales in schools.

Selling highly caffeinated drinks to students in schools has already been banned since 2013, but with coffee vending machines still available for teachers, wily students have been able to get around the rules and find their coffee fix.

Now the government wants to rule out any possibility of children buying highly-caffeinated drinks on campus, a spokeswoman from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said, warning that students were turning to caffeine to stay up late studying and preparing for exams.

Under the move, which will take effect from September 14, coffee sales will be entirely prohibited from elementary, middle and high schools.

“Coffee will disappear from cafeterias and vending machines installed at schools”, the spokeswoman told AFP.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo said students tend to resort to “energy drinks” and coffee containing milk to burn the midnight oil during examination periods.

The ministry warned of the health impacts of too much coffee, saying excess intake could cause nausea, an irregular heartbeat and sleep disorders.

South Korea is the seventh biggest importer of coffee in the world, according to the Korea International Trade Association, importing some $700 million dollars worth of coffee in 2017.

KITA says South Koreans drank an average of 512 cups of coffee each last year.


Coffee Set To Power London Buses In Green Initiative

London’s caffeine habit could soon provide an eco-friendly energy kick to its buses, including its iconic red double-decker.

Some 6000 litres of oil extracted from ground coffee waste will be added to fuel tanks of the city’s transport authority on Monday – enough to power a bus for a whole year.

Behind the awareness-raising stunt is British start-up Bio-bean, which has been developing fuel from coffee waste grounds for four years, with financial and technical help from energy giant Royal Dutch Shell.

Londoners consume an average of 2.3 cups of coffee a day, contributing to 200,000 tonnes of mineral-rich coffee waste over the course of a year, according to data cited by Bio-bean.

“Instead of sending a tonne of waste coffee grounds to landfill where it degrades and releases methane and CO2, we collect it, recycle it and turn it into a renewable fuel which is then used to replace further conventional fuels — so it’s a double saving”, Bio-bean founder Arthur Kay told AFP at a recent presentation.

His green-energy company collects unwanted grounds, predominantly from London-based coffee shops, and processes them at its factory in nearby Cambridgeshire.

It sends the resulting coffee oil on to Argent Energy, the UK’s largest biofuel producer, which tops it up with a range of animal or vegetable fuels.

The final mix is made up of 80 percent traditional diesel, and 20 per cent biofuel.

Replacing traditional fuel with this mixture can reduce the carbon emissions from bus journeys by 10 to 15 percent, without the need to modify engines or spend more, according to Bio-bean.

Londoners take more than two billion bus trips a year thanks to a 9,300-strong fleet of buses but only 2,000 of the vehicles are using alternative energy in the form of diesel-electric.

The coffee-enhanced mixture can meanwhile also be used by taxis, cars and trucks.

And Bio-bean has its sight set on continental Europe, in particular, France, where some 38 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year.

“We’re not saying that it’s going to totally replace fossil fuels overnight,” Kay said.

“The amount of diesel produced globally is always going to be more than the amount of coffee.”

But the 27-year-old Stanford graduate wants to be part of a broader conversation about waste and recycling.

“We want to see an entrepreneur going and doing something cool with waste from beer, or from tea,” he explained.

Cameroon Turns To Local Market To Promote Its Coffee

Despite coffee being one of Cameroon’s main cash crops, a coffee drinking culture has been slow to take off in the country, where most of the coffee produced is processed for the European market.

To try and get more Cameroonians to drink coffee, a group of investors in the sector recently held the fourth edition of Festicoffee in the capital Yaounde, to celebrate and promote coffee.

The event brought together producers, coffee roasters and consumers, to showcase the different varieties of coffee available in the country.

“20 years or so ago, we ranked 12th globally as a coffee producer, but today we are not even on the list. But the coffee sector is slowly being revived by a few roasters who are trying to transform the local industry,” said Sylvestre Essono Messanga, one of the Festicoffee organisers.

Cameroon has seen its coffee output decline for decades partly due to low investment and poor agricultural practices, but in recent years, the government has introduced measures to increase coffee output.

The government says it plans to invest more than 13 billion CFA francs ($21 million) in the sector and increase the country’s output to 100,000 tonnes over the next five years, by creating centres to produce cocoa and coffee seedlings, targeting around 452,000 farmers.

Cameroon is also one of the few countries that grows both robusta and arabica coffee, and visiting investors here say that the country needs to capitalise on this unique blend to grow the industry.

“An event like Festicoffee gives an opportunity to bring together producers and consumers and showcases the richness of this country. This country has many different regions.

“There are regions that have high altitude and others with low altitudes and when they showcase the different coffee types from both regions, then it shows the richness of the country when it comes to coffee.

“You can then compare the arabica and robusta from different regions, which will allow producers to see which regions have the best coffee, which will push them to produce the best,” said French coffee taster, Antoine Rouillet.

Cameroon produces around 20,000 tonnes of coffee a year and exports but only about 10 percent of the coffee is sold on the local market.
The country exported 24,500 tonnes of coffee in the 2015/16 season, compared with 23,865 tonnes the previous season.

Because of low local consumption, coffee roasters like Torrecam depend on foreign clients to buy most of their produce. The company recently introduced a manual coffee maker that’s easy to use in the hope that it will encourage more people to consume coffee.

“We are trying to find other ways to encourage the consumption of coffee, something that would please everyone, something that we can easily execute and distribute to consumers,” said Torrecom’s managing director, Pierre Andre junior.

Exports of cocoa and coffee resumed from Cameroon’s main port of Douala on Monday (May 15) following the end to a dock workers’ strike over better pay and work conditions, that had blocked shipments since Friday — the latest in a series of strikes that have gripped the country amid mounting discontent with President Paul Biya’s 35-year rule.

Coffee Drops ‘Wata Gbemu’ Video, Features Wande Coal

coffeeThe British-Nigerian soul and afro-pop singer, Coffee, drops a new summer video titled “Wata Gbemu,” which translates to “That Beard” in Hausa.

The track also features R$B singer, Wande Coal.

The visual for the Josh Beatz-produced track was directed by Edith Nwekenta with cameo appearance by Maleek Berry.


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Logitech unveils washable keyboard

The new Logitech washable keyboard K310 can be referred to as ‘A life saver’ for most computer users the world over as computers are being relied on most time, with so much care in mind in terms of spillages which may occur thereby danaging the keyboard especially but no matter how careful one can be accidents do happen.

With the arrival of the Logitech Washable Keyboard one can simply wash away the liquid perils that threaten to damage the equipment.

This durable full-size PC keyboard can endure more than just a light dusting. Users can rinse the K310 in the sink or even submerge it (excluding the USB cable) in up to 28cm of water. Drainage holes on the back help it to dry out, while the keys are laser printed and UV coated so that they won’t fade in the wash. This extra protection also means that they are built to last for up to 5m keystrokes.

The familiar keyboard layout comes complete with F-keys and a number pad, plus 12 hot keys for instant access to most-used applications. No software set-up is required, users simply plug in and type.

The K310 is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and is expected to be available in Europe from October 2012.

Panic sets in when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over our keyboard, which is why Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.” said Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech.