A Recap of Coffee in 2015: A Big Year for Java

Coffee is booming and the industry is making adjustments to keep up. From corporate leaders being bought out, to coffee making it's way to space, 2015 was a giant leap for the coffee industry. 

 

Coffee crop production hits 23-year high in Colombia

One of coffee's highest producing country-- Colombia, sees it's highest production despite threats from El Nino. 

Starbucks baristas to show their tattoos

The 'bucks lifted the ban of displayed tattoos in their employees, finally. Baristas are now no longer required to wear uncomfortable long sleeves to cover their body art.

 

 

Coffee was proven to lower chances of developing erectile dysfunction

Researchers from the University of Texas have uncovered a study stating that those that drink two to three cups of coffee a day were 39 less likely to report a malfunction than their uncaffeinated counterparts.

 

...and reduce memory loss and depression

Proving again that coffee isn't the unhealthy beverage it was known for being years ago, Portuguese scientists announce that caffeine prevents the deterioration of memory and stressful behaviors among lab mice. 

Up until this point, studies on the same topic have proven unsuccessful. Human variables such as being around other people and the gratification of buying coffee itself has skewed the test one way or another-- making this test on mice a vital new piece of information. 

 

 People got really offended over red cups

 

When Starbucks released their cups without elaborate Christmas decorations, a few sensitive people got very upset. 

 

Espresso goes to space

 Manufactured by industry leader LaVazza, astronauts can now sip their espresso from the International Space Station. It's brewed in microgravity into a sealed pouch and sipped through a straw. Hello, future.  

 

 Let's see what 2016 has in store!