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    ‘Dutch Gum’ Maker Secures $2.3 Million for Coffee Pulp Product DevelopmentDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. This is a representative photo and is not intended to depict Dutch Gum or its ingredients. Dutch company PectCof has secured a €2 million (US$2.2 million) funding round as it works to scale up production of a food product that uses coffee pulp as a primary ingredient. The product, called Dutch Gum, has been tested as an emulsifier, stabilizer or texturizer in various candies, sauces and beverages. It involves the reuse of coffee pulp, a byproduct of post-harvest coffee processing that is often either discarded as waste or composted for reuse on  

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    Coffee Leaders Speak UpDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    A photograph from the ongoing project We Belong, shot by Lucia Bawot, one of the “Three Questions” feature subjects. Producer in the photo: Ester Jaramillo. This year, Daily Coffee News reprised its “Three Questions” feature series, in which inspiring or progressive leaders in the coffee industry are asked to share some reflections on their respective coffee journeys. In the process, they’re also asked the same three questions: 1) What about coffee inspires you most?; 2) What about coffee troubles you most?; and 3) What would you be doing if it weren’t for coffee? We hope to expand this series in  

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    Research Reveals Why Some People Prefer Black Coffee and Dark ChocolateDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    People who prefer their coffee black also tend to prefer dark chocolate, according to new research that may have implications regarding both consumer preference and human health. The reason those preferences are aligned, according the study author,  Northwestern University Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine Marilyn Cornelis, is due to a common genetic variant. The research shows that coffee drinkers who more quickly metabolize caffeine prefer black coffee for its bitter taste. The same genetic variant exists for people who prefer more bitter dark chocolate over smoother milk chocolate. However, the preference is not strictly a matter of taste, but  

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    Shift Coffee + Culture is Geared Towards Inclusivity in Grand RapidsDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    The bar at the new Shift Coffee + Culture cafe in Grand Rapids. All images courtesy of Shift Coffee + Culture. Helping to bring positive change to quality specialty coffee through an inclusive, relaxed approach is Shift Coffee + Culture, a new Black-owned cafe that opened last month in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The new coffee shop sits inside a light-filled, 2,000-square-foot street-level space inside the new Fulton Place complex on the city’s west side. The exacting coffee program is complemented by an unpretentious interior design featuring bold patterns and artwork on the walls, comfortable seating and a come-as-you-are sensibility. 

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    Bottoms Up with the Cnuben W60 BrewerDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    The Cnuben W60 manual coffee brewer. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. For people who brew coffee by hand, the choice between a conical brewer or circular flat-bottom brewer has always been an either/or proposition. Yet a new manual brewer from Shenzhen, China-based startup Cnuben (Amazon page) plays with shapes from both, offering an inverted mesh filter cone rising up from a donut-shaped circular brew bed. The dual-layered, steel mesh Cnuben W60 features an interior angle of 60 degrees, like the iconic V60 brewer from Japan’s Hario, yet the donut is shallower and of a uniform  

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    The Good Times Roll with Fresh Roasts at Steel Valley Brew Works in YoungstownDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    The Stonefruit Coffee bar at the new Steel Valley Brew Works in Youngstown. Photo by Bentley’s Photography, courtesy of Steel Valley Brew Works. Steel Valley Brew Works is bringing bocce, billiards, beer and beans roasted fresh onsite to Youngstown, Ohio. A row of 10 pinball machines rounds out the amusements in the expansive 12,000-square-foot playground for grownups, where behind the scenes a 70-kilo-capacity Diedrich roaster anchors a coffee roasting production facility. Photo by Bentley’s Photography, courtesy of Steel Valley Brew Works. The coffee component marks a sixth Ohio location for Steel Valley sister company Stonefruit Coffee Company. With Steel  

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    Kid Dream Coffee Company Comes True in Beverly, MassachusettsDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    The new Kid Dream Coffee shop in Beverly, Massachusetts. All images courtesy of Kid Dream Coffee Company. Some kids dream of becoming doctors, teachers, professional athletes or movie stars. Other kids — at least two, anyway — dream of opening a coffee shop. Those two former kids are now adults Kalvin and Abi Reynolds, whose marital teamwork has made their childhood dreams work with the opening of the Kid Dream Coffee shop in Beverly, Massachusetts. “Once Abi and I met — having both been working in the industry a long time — we knew we had to make it happen,”  

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