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Coffee News May 2010

There is never a shortage of news about coffee. It is the one subject that makes the news in one form or another every single day. Here are a few recent stories that run the gamut from urgent to strange.

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The Consumer Memo, 5/21: Wal-Mart recalls GE Coffee Makers

A story in the Kansas City Star online reports a Wal-Mart recall of General Electric Coffee makers. It seems that the “appliances burned, melted and caused a house fire, U.S. regulators said. Wal-Mart has received 83 reports of overheating, including three cases where people were burned by the 12-cup coffee makers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. In one instance, a “significant kitchen fire” damaged countertops, cabinets and a wall, the agency said.”

The model numbers for the defective General Electric coffee makers are black 169164 and the white 169165.

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Starbucks to Sell Flavored Coffee in Grocery Stores (Update2)

According to Bloomberg Business Exchange online, Starbucks will be adding a new product to its current grocery store line up. The coffee is called Natural Fusions with vanilla, caramel and cinnamon-flavored packages.

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Unpopular Seattle's Best Logo Could Hurt SBUX

Most of us probably pay little attention to the logos that come with brand names, but a story on Blogging Stocks’ site suggests that the planned logo change for Starbucks’ brand, Seattle’s Best, may be a mistake.

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Raw Coffee Beans Tested as Insecticide

Your morning coffee is great for you but may not be so great for bugs. A story on UPI says, “Proteins in raw coffee beans kill insects and could become the next generation of insecticides to protect food crops…”

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Brewing a Better Coffee Cup Online

If you’ve been doodling a design for an alternative for the disposable coffee cup on a napkin, don't throw it away. It could be worth $10,000 as an entry in the Betacup Challenge.

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The Concept Cars of the Coffee Cup World (Images)

Check out some of the cup concepts already in the running.

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