Nora Jean Kay-Askew




April 24, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Drinking more coffee may decrease your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Researchers from Harvard University found that people who increased their coffee consumption by at least one cup per day over a period of years were 11% less likely to get Type 2 diabetes compared with people whose coffee-drinking habits didn't change. On the flip side, people who dialed back their coffee habit by at least one cup a day were 17% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes
The Declining Coffee Harvest

A fungus called “coffee rust” has caused declining harvests of Guatemalan coffee in the last two years. Luis Antonio, a coffee bean farmer, says the spread of the fungus is threatening his livelihood.


Tea Facts

»  The most interesting of tea facts is that all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis.

»  This tea plant is an evergreen which can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.

»  There are four main types of tea: white, green, oolong, and black. But depending on the influence of culture, these four types can turn into thousands of varieties.

»  Drinking milk may mean stronger bones, but the same goes for a cup of tea!

»  In one day, an experienced tea picker can collect around 70 pounds of tea! That's enough tea to make 14 000 cups


There are many ways to serve and enjoy tea. Asia, where tea was first discovered, has its own unique way of serving tea. In China, tea serving customs are used frequently for occasions like family gatherings, weddings, and for simply showing respect or offering apologies. Different equipment and tools may be used in a Chinese tea service. The essential tea service equipment includes a teapot for brewing loose tealeaves, a tool for removing the tea leaves, and a cup for drinking the prepared tea.