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  • Panda Tea

    From the web...Panda Poo Tea:

    Forget your regular morning blend or a cup of posh Earl Grey tea. The newest craze hitting the tea world is panda poo tea. A Chinese entrepreneur has gone and collected 11 tonnes of panda poo from a local breading centre, which he intends to use to fertilise a tea crop in the mountains of Sichuan province. The former calligraphy teacher at the Sichuan University, but he quit his job so he “throw his life and soul” into his new project. He believes the panda poo crop will be the most expensive in the world selling at €53,000 a kilo, which roughly works out to be around €100 a cup. According to Orange News, Chinese tea drinkers regard the first batch of tea, which is harvested in the early spring, as the best. Any successive batches are regarded as inferior and will sell for less.

    We are also working on sourcing some coffee from Yunnan Province in China...watch this space...we hope to have samples in the next couple of months.

  • Sea Island Coffee part of BAFTA Video Games Awards VIP Goodie Bag

    Following on from Sea Island Coffee's partnership at the BAFTA Children's Awards, we were delighted to contribute to the BAFTA Video Game Awards 2012 VIP Goodie Bag given to Award Presenters.

    Each year BAFTA rewards achievement in video games creation at their annual BAFTA Video Games Awards  ceremony. The Awards celebrate the skill and innovation of top talent across the gaming industry.

    This year Award Presenters included author/screenwriterJane Goldman, author Charlie Higson, Radio 1 DJ Greg James, presenter Suzi Perry, actor Craig Fairbrass, actor Warren Browne, writer Peter Williamson,  actor Aaron Staton, presenter Ortis Deley, presenter Charlotte Jackson, actor Ashley Margolis, actor Jess Fox, video game developers the Pickford Brothers, actor Ashley Walters, author Ian Livingston OBE, entrepreneur Geoff Heath OBE, the music group The Saturdays and presenter Jonathon Ross.

  • Health: Drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's 'by boosting caffeine levels in the blood'

    From the Daily Mail, which seems to publish articles on coffee on a weekly basis:

    Drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by keeping caffeine levels in the blood topped up, new research shows.

    Scientists who tracked elderly patients over a four year period found those with the highest levels of the stimulant in their bloodstream at the start of the study were less likely to suffer the brain-wasting disease.

    Volunteers who remained healthy had twice as much caffeine circulating in their systems as those who progressed to the early stages of dementia, according to researchers at the University of South Florida.

    The findings, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, support previous studies which showed drinking three cups of a coffee a day can significantly reduce the risk of the incurable illness.

    Researchers think caffeine may work by triggering a chain reaction in the brain that prevents the damage done by Alzheimer’s.

    Alzheimer’s affects an estimated 750,000 people in the UK and the number is expected to grow as the population lives longer.

    Most die within ten years of being diagnosed, and the cost of caring for victims is more than stroke, heart disease and cancer put together.

    The disease destroys chemical messengers within the brain and starts with the build-up of deposits - called plaques and tangles - that can disrupt normal messaging systems by causing inflammation.

    Around 70 million cups of coffee are consumed every day in the UK.

    To see if caffeine in beverages had a protective effect on the brain, scientists recruited 124 men and women aged between 65 and 88.

    They had blood tests to assess their caffeine levels and were then tracked for up to four years to see how many developed mild cognitive impairment, regarded as an early sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

    The results showed those who went on to develop mild cognitive impairment had caffeine levels at the start of the study that were 51 per cent lower than volunteers who remained mentally healthy.

    In a report on their findings the researchers said: 'Coffee would appear to be the major or perhaps only source of caffeine for such stable patients.

    'This case-control study provides the first direct evidence that caffeine/coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk, or delayed onset, of dementia.'

    Other recent studies suggest a daily coffee can ward off depression in women and even slash the risk of a stroke by a quarter.

  • The Daily Mail is positively coffee-obsessed!

    We are starting to think that the Daily Mail is being lobbied by the Coffee Industry! Yet another article about the wonders of coffee published yesterday:

    Coffee 'reduces risk of diabetes… but decaff works just as well!'

    Daily Mail, 17 January 2012

    Drinking coffee can help reduce the risk of diabetes, say scientists.

    A study found three compounds contained in the beverage can block the toxic build up of a protein, which is known to trigger the long-term condition.

    Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't prevent enough insulin for it to function properly but the coffee extracts were also shown to prevent insulin-producing cells from being destroyed.

    A study has shown drinking coffee can help reduce the risk of diabetes

    Researchers now believe the coffee extracts - caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid - could help develop more effective treatment.

    Lead researcher Kun Huang from Huazhong University of Science and Technology said: 'We found three major coffee compounds can reverse this toxic process and may explain why coffee drinking is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.' All of the compounds were shown to have a positive effect during laboratory tests, however caffeine was the least effective of the three.

    Huang added: 'In decaffeinated coffee, the percentage contents of caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid are even higher [than in regular coffee], whereas the level of caffeine is greatly reduced. 'We expect that decaffeinated coffee has at least equal or even higher beneficial effect compared to the regular caffeinated types.'

    The new study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, supports previous studies which have found people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a 50 per cent lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

    Despite the findings Joe Vinson from theUniversityofScranton, highlights that the concentrations of coffee compounds used in the Chinese study are much higher than those found in a typical coffee consumption.

    Researchers now plan on carrying out further studies in animals and humans to better understand the link between coffee consumption and reduced risk of diabetes.

    Diabetes affects 2.8 million people in theUKand it is thought that a further one million people have the condition but are unaware of it.

    Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity and can often be controlled by following a healthy diet and monitoring blood glucose levels

  • Another very interesting article on coffee and health

    Dr Christian Jessen: The new health drink - coffee

    London Evening Standard

    21 Sep 2011

    I have lost count of the times coffee makes the health headlines. I challenge you to scan any health magazine and not find numerous recommendations to give up tea and coffee as an important part of "detoxing" and improving health. This advice is, of course, utter twaddle.

    Coffee is a misrepresented commodity in my opinion. It is one of the most heavily researched products in the world and the weight of science suggests moderate coffee consumption (of four to five cups per day) is safe and may even confer health benefits.

    In theUKwe drink 70 million cups of coffee per day, which would make any true adverse effects of coffee a serious problem. But despite the cranks claiming coffee is dehydrating and toxic, it has been proven to be no more a diuretic than water, and is a major dietary source of antioxidants, having significantly more total antioxidant activity than either cocoa, green tea, black tea or herbal tea.

    The latest headlines state that just two cups of coffee a day can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. Statistics from eight projects surveying nearly half a million people were combined, making it a highly significant study. It found that those drinking two cups of coffee a day were 14 per cent less likely to suffer a brain clot, while three to four cups a day reduced the dangers by 17 per cent.

    Other studies suggest coffee may be protective against the development of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, although further research is required on the biological mechanisms underlying the potentially protective effect before it can be stated categorically that coffee protects against these debilitating illnesses.

    In addition, thousands of research projects have been carried out to investigate whether there is a link between coffee consumption and the development of common cancers.

    Conclusions suggest coffee consumption may reduce the risk of developing liver carcinoma and prostate cancer, and when confounding factors such as smoking are controlled, scientific evidence shows moderate coffee consumption does not increase the risk of cancer at any of the sites studied, including the breast, kidney, bladder, pancreas, ovaries, colon and rectum. The World Cancer Research Fund states that most evidence suggests consumption of coffee has no significant relationship with the risk of cancer at any site.

    Pregnant women should probably reduce their intake but the Food Standards Agency, Royal College of Midwives and The Centre for Pregnancy Nutrition all agree there is no need to cut out coffee completely for a safe pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

    I don't think it matters to coffee drinkers if it is good for them but I do think it is important that we know it is not bad for health.

  • An Article in the Chicago Tribune on Coffee's Health Benefits

    We thought this might be of interest. It's quite a comprehensive article on the latest research being done on coffee:

    Coffee offers potential health perks

    January 4, 2012

    A few decades ago, people sipped coffee with trepidation, as doctors cautioned against drinking too much of this "excitable" brew. But now the attitude on coffee and health has come full circle, due to research that reveals this plant-based beverage might actually have some health benefits. And it's a good thing, because people really love their morning--as well as afternoon and evening--cup of Joe. Per capita in theU.S., men drink 1.9 cups of coffee per day and women drink 1.4 cups per day

    Coffee consumption, which dates back to 6th centuryEthiopia, is a unique food tradition--it crosses over socio-economic and cultural divides as people of many ages, incomes, and ethnicities enjoy coffee. And this beverage has the ability to bring people together, whether it's workers gathering for a coffee break or friends assembling at a local coffee shop for a Sunday morning brew.

    Grounds for coffee benefits

    Hundreds of mostly positive studies have been published during the past several years on coffee, investigating its potential health benefits for a variety of health conditions. Some of these benefits may be due to the coffee bean's high antioxidant status; scientists have identified about 1,000 antioxidants in green coffee beans, with another 300 added in the brewing process.

    While researchers have linked coffee with everything from gallstones to cavity prevention, a few key areas seem to show the most promise:

    1. Type 2 diabetes. Studies show that coffee is linked with a decreased rate of type 2 diabetes because it appears to lower insulin resistance and slow the absorption of carbohydrates in the intestines. A meta-analysis published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 found that drinking three to four cups per day may reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 25 percent. And Harvard researchers reported that five cups of coffee per day for two months were associated with significant metabolic benefits, according to a study published in the September 2011 Nutrition Journal.

    2. Liver protection. Lower risk of liver cancer is linked with coffee drinking, according to a 2007 Hepatology meta-analysis of studies on liver cancer and coffee. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of abnormal liver function tests and cirrhosis, according toU.K. scientists in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

    3. Mental and physical performance. It's clear that the caffeine in coffee helps people stay alert, focused, and feel a good boost. A study published in Current Sports Medicine Reports found that coffee improves performance and endurance during prolonged exercise, as well as boosts short-term, high-intensity athletic performance; enhances concentration, reduces fatigue, and heightens alertness. And mental benefits may extend beyond performance.

    Several studies have found that coffee may protect against Parkinson's disease. A 10-year study performed by Harvard researchers and published in a September 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that increased caffeinated coffee consumption was linked with 20 percent lower risk of depression in more than 50,000 women.

    4. Colon cancer prevention. Some studies have found a protective effect of coffee against colon cancer. Drinking two cups per day may protect smokers from advanced colon cancer, according to a National Cancer Institute-funded study of Singapore Chinese subjects published in Nutrition and Cancer in 2010.

    Japanese researchers found that drinking three or more cups a day may cut the risk of colon cancer in women by half, according to the International Journal of Cancer. However, a 2009 systematic review of studies on coffee and colon cancer showed no significant effect of coffee on colon cancer.

    Coffee's bottom line

    While we still have more to learn about coffee and health protection, it seems like you have nothing to fear from sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying this fragrant brew. But don't forget that caffeine and coffee consumption may not be the best prescription for everyone; it may aggravate conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease, migraines, arrhythmias, sleep disturbance, and benign fibrocystic breast disease. And though coffee is a healthy, plant-based beverage, you can still negate potential benefits by pouring in decadent creams, syrups and toppings, such as those offered at your local coffee house. Take your coffee black, or with a small serving of low-fat or soy milk, to make the most of your java.

  • A Blogger Review of Our Kopi Luwak Coffee

    First of all, Happy New Year, everyone. Let's hope it's not as bad economically as everyone thinks. In any case, we're alive and air is still free, so that's one thing.

    See below a review of our Kopi Luwak coffee from respected Coffee Blogger 'Bits & Beans':

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    Kopi Luwak - is it crap?

    So this coffee is pretty famous. If you didn’t know, this coffee is regarded as the most expensive coffee available. Not only that it’s also meant to taste quite good, which is down to its rather unique journey to reach our coffee shops.

    Basically the Civet cat (not really a cat) eats the red coffee berries, and excretes the coffee beans. They are then collected, cleaned, dried and shipped off. Apparently the process of the civet cat eating these berries removes a lot of acidity and sourness of the bean.

    So the question, is this coffee worth the rather hefty price tag or is it a bag of…. Shit? I got this coffee from Sea Island coffee company. This is my first coffee from them, and so far im quite impressed. The coffee is fresh, and the packaging is nice.

    The aroma
    So yes, it smells coffee ( its cleaned, remember?), infact it’s a really nice smell, very nutty. It’s quite a hazelnut smell, very pleasent a slight hint of fruit.

    The taste
    This is where it counts, you’ve just paid £25 (give or take) for 125g of coffee. Aside from the novelty factor, you kinda hope it tastes nice.

    Now this is an interesting coffee, it is very much unlike any other that I’ve had before. It is brilliantly nutty, a rich hazlenut(ish) taste, that very gently goes over your whole tongue. It full bodied with just a hint of sourness, so much of a hint it barely noticable. There’s a brief after taste following the nutty wave of caramel, lovely and sweet.

    But then you notice something strange on the middle of your tounge, right smack in the center. I can only describe it as an explosion of fruit, right on the center of your tounge. Almost like a fruit and nut combo just popping there on your tounge. And this is the taste, that very pleasurably stays there untill your next drink.

    Conclusion
    So as you can tell I approve of the taste, there’s no real unpleasentness to the it, but is it worth the rather hefty price tag?

    Well let me first say that a big incentive into buying this coffee is its unique harvesting process, bragging rights might come into it. I would insist that you buy or at least try this coffee, it is genuinly good coffee, great coffee infact.

    Would I buy it more than once? Of course, like I said, it’s great coffee! It wouldn’t be something I buy often, but It will definatly become one of theose special occasion coffees.

    Edit:- The price may vary, the Seal Island coffee is around £40 and comes in a nice tin.

  • Sea Island Coffee Celebrates Supplying Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee to the MTV Europe Awards 2011 VIP Goodie Bags

    MTV today revealed the contents of the VIP Goodie Bag at MTV Europe Music Awards taking place on Saturday 5 November 2011, which includes a variety of the newest and hottest fashion necessities, cool technology, and exclusive items from some of the world's top designers and brands. Each of the 2011 MTV EMA presenters, nominees, and performers, including this year's host, Selena Gomez, will receive this amazing array of must-have items for the stylish star-about-town.

    Sea Island Coffee is proud to announce that their Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee Gift Set has been chosen for this incredibly exclusive goodie bag. Other product in the hotly coveted VIP goodie bag include an Xbox 360 Kinect, Bushmills Irish Whiskey and a complimentary stay at the 45 Park Lane Hotel in London.

    Guy Wilmot of Sea Island Coffee said, "This has been an amazing year for Sea Island Coffee. First, the great reviews in the press, then the offer to do the GQ Awards goodie bags and now this. We are honoured to be part of the MTV Europe Awards. The public seem to love our luxury range of coffees and no more so than Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee - the connoisseur's quintessential favourite. We hope this is only the beginning!"

    Notes to Editors:

    Sea Island Coffee Ltd. is based in Knightsbridge, London and specialises in sourcing the rarest coffees in the world.

    Together, the partners have over 50 years of experience in growing, sourcing and importing rare, exotic, luxury coffees into Europe and the Far East. The team at Sea Island Coffee created the concept of “exotic coffees” by finding the kinds of coffees known only to very few, very discerning coffee drinkers and characterized by wonderful stories and very limited production. Each coffee offered delivers a wonderful and unique combination of taste, body, aroma and provenance. For more information, please visit our website at www.seaislandcoffee.com

    CONTACT:

    Clara Malmros
    Sea Island Coffee
    111a Walton Street
    London, SW3 2HP
    United Kingdom

    T:  0207 584 7545
    F:  0207 581 4508

    Email:  cm@seaislandcoffee.com
    Web: www.seaislandcoffee.com

  • Sea Island Coffee to exhibit at Taste of Christmas Event at London’s Excel Centre

    Sea Island Coffee to exhibit at Taste of Christmas Event at London’s Excel Centre

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    Sea Island Coffee, one of Europe’s leading specialists in rare and exotic coffees, is to exhibit at, Taste of Christmas, London’s foremost Christmas consumer show.

    Held at London’s Excel Centre on 2-4 December 2011, Taste of Christmas is the top Christmas event for the general public featuring the UK's top gourmet food and drink retailers, restaurants and celebrity chefs.

    Guy Wilmot of Sea Island Coffee said, “We have had our eye on exhibiting at Taste of Christmas for some time now, but after some very successful consumer shows earlier in the year, we felt we were ready. We did a number of smaller coffee-focused shows in London and there was a great response to it, so, as a result, the natural step was to step up to showing at Taste of Christmas. It generally pulls in a lot of foodies and people who like the finer things in life, so we feel that Sea Island Coffee will be of great interest to them, in particular, our gifts. Our current bestsellers are Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, the quintessential luxury rare coffee, and Kopi Luwak, produced by civet cats, and the coffee that everyone is talking about. We really can’t wait for the show and the platform it will give us to the spread the word about the world of rare and exotic coffees.”

    To celebrate the UK’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics, Sea Island Coffee is launching the ‘Blend of Champions’ coffee gift set at Taste of Christmas. For every tin sold, Sea Island Coffee will donate £5 to Right To Play. Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development charity employing the transformative power of sport and play in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.

    Guy Wilmot, Manager of Sea Island Coffee, said, “We wanted to create a bespoke coffee blend to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics and to give part of the proceeds to a charitable cause. We discovered Right To Play through word of mouth. Sport is a great way of bringing people together and supporting communities; and of course, it is most fitting that it is a charity associated with sport!”

    Guy Wilmot continued, “The blend itself is really something special: Combining the athletic smoothness of Jamaica Blue Mountain, the stamina of New Caledonia and the nimble nature of Indonesian Kopi Luwak (produced by civet cats), this is a blend which will match any of the prowess to be seen on the field of competition, itself. And for every gift tin sold, we will donate £5 to Right To Play, so we hope to raise some significant funds in the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012 and we feel that Taste of Christmas is the right place to launch it.”

     

    Notes to Editors:

    Sea Island Coffee Ltd. is based in Knightsbridge, London and specialises in sourcing the rarest coffees in the world.

    Together, the partners have over 50 years of experience in growing, sourcing and importing rare, exotic, luxury coffees into Europe and the Far East. The team at Sea Island Coffee created the concept of “exotic coffees” by finding the kinds of coffees known only to very few, very discerning coffee drinkers and characterized by wonderful stories and very limited production. Each coffee offered delivers a wonderful and unique combination of taste, body, aroma and provenance. For more information, please visit our website at www.seaislandcoffee.com

    CONTACT:

    Clara Malmros
    Sea Island Coffee
    111a Walton Street
    London, SW3 2HP
    United Kingdom

    T:  0207 584 7545
    F:  0207 581 4508

    Email:  cm@seaislandcoffee.com
    Web: www.seaislandcoffee.com

  • Sea Island Coffee Supplies Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Gift Sets to Celebrities at the GQ Man of the Year Awards 2011 in association with Alfred Dunhill

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    Sea Island Coffee, one of Europe’s leading specialists in rare and exotic coffees, supplied luxury Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee gift sets to the GQ Man of the Year Awards 2011 VIP Goodie Bag in association with Alfred Dunhill.

    This gift set is one of Sea Island Coffee’s most prestigious and bestselling items. Winner of a Gold Great Taste Award 2010, many connoisseurs agree that Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is one of the world's best. Guy Wilmot of Sea Island Coffee said, “It has an exquisite balance of aroma, body and acidity - Jamaica Blue Mountain is a very special coffee indeed. It also has a mellow sweet aftertaste and a ‘Blue Mountain’ creaminess that separates it from all other coffees, so I think the celebrities who received it will be surprised and satisfied by our gift to them.”

    Guy Wilmot continued, “Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is the signature luxury rare coffee, so it’s only fitting for such a stylish event as the GQ Awards and its guests that they get the best coffee in the world. I am honoured that such notable figures as Johnny Depp, U2, Kylie Minogue, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP, Tinie Tempah, Tommy Hilfiger, Duran Duran Emma Watson, Mario Testino, Keith Richards and Charlize Theron were given our Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee inside the GQ Awards 2011 Goodie Bag.”

    The full list of notable figures attending the event at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 6 September included U2, Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP, Tinie Tempah, Tommy Hilfiger, Duran Duran, Emma Watson, Mario Testino, Keith Richards, Charlize Theron, Stephen Fry, Heston Blumenthal, Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Trevor Nunn, Hugh Laurie, Lara stone, Bradley Cooper, Kelly Brook, Sophie Dahl, Abbey Clancy, Pixie Lott, Louise Redknapp, One Direction, The Saturdays, Professor Brian Cox, Bill Nighy, Bella Freud and Rory Mcllroy.

    Notes to Editors:

    Sea Island Coffee Ltd. is based in Knightsbridge, London and specialises in sourcing the rarest coffees in the world.

    Together, the partners have over 50 years of experience in growing, sourcing and importing rare, exotic, luxury coffees into Europe and the Far East. The team at Sea Island Coffee created the concept of “exotic coffees” by finding the kinds of coffees known only to very few, very discerning coffee drinkers and characterized by wonderful stories and very limited production. Each coffee offered delivers a wonderful and unique combination of taste, body, aroma and provenance. For more information, please visit our website at www.seaislandcoffee.com

    CONTACT:

    Clara Malmros
    Sea Island Coffee
    111a Walton Street
    London, SW3 2HP
    United Kingdom

    T:  0207 584 7545
    F:  0207 581 4508

    Email:  cm@seaislandcoffee.com
    Web: www.seaislandcoffee.com

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