Here’s a fun bit of fluff, pretty much literally. Osaka resident Kazuki Yamamoto has shot hundreds of pictures of his latte art and posted them to his Twitter account over the past year. He covers a wide variety of subjects: real people, anime characters, animals, landscapes, videogame characters, Disney icons, and of course, film characters, particularly from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. Looking at his creations day by day, it’s possible to see his work—and his photography—get steadily more sophisticated. And much like the movie industry, he’s working in 3D more often over time. No word yet on whether that makes his lattes harder to pirate in theaters and Torrent at home. —Tasha Robinson
Basically the best latte art collection ever, and well-suited for a coffee-intensive Monday.
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A toast to a rising beverage underdog: Tea
Domestic tea sales in restaurants, grocery stores and shops hit $15.7 billion last year, a 32% jump from 2007.
So where is all of this new demand coming from?
The tea-drinking demographic is widening. Aging baby boomers and Redbull-swigging youngsters are expected to buy more tea. Asians, long a key revenue source, form the fastest-growing racial group in the country. Rising interest in ethnic cuisines is drawing foodies to Japanese matcha, Indian Darjeeling and African Rooibos teas.
And some of the downsides to coffee are helping tea ascend up the beverage ladder. That hangover-like daze that follows a spree of over-caffeinated brews and the rising cost of a cup of Joe are pushing more people to consider coffee’s less-potent competition.
But it will still be a while before tea is able to completely overtake coffee:
Last year, the American tea industry pulled in $987 million in revenue at the wholesale level, a tenth of the $9.6 billion for coffee manufacturers…
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In case you weren’t spending enough on Starbucks: You could always buy a “Quadriginoctuple Frap,” that costs a mean $47.30. What does the nearly-$50 price tag get you?
48 shots of espresso, some protein powder, two bananas, a few caramel drizzle Frappuccino chips, some vanilla bean and a little soy.
All in a 52-ounce mug. Head over to Money & Co. for more on Beau Chevassus’ mission to drink the most expensive beverage a barista can concoct.
Subjects who averaged four or five cups per day fared best, though it’s not clear why.
Awesome. Go get a refill.
Green coffee beans show potential for losing weight: In a limited trial, 16 overweight young adults taking various doses of green coffee bean extract lost an average of 17.5 pounds and 16% in body fat in 22 weeks. But questions remain, experts say.
Photo credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
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No more free cuppa joe at the Original Pantry: After 87 years, the downtown L.A. eatery quietly raised the price of coffee to 50 cents per cup.
Photo: Saul Sierra, 40, left of Hawthorne has been coming to the Original Pantry for 15 years. But Wednesday was his brother Louis’ first visit to the downtown L.A. diner. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times