The $12 cup of coffee, the pizza vending machine and the cocaine-tainted cola
• In a few weeks, an Italian company will present its re-imagining of the vending machine. Rather than serving up coffee, chips or chocolate bars, the new gizmo will produce pizza—ready to eat after about three minutes of infrared cooking. [National Post]
• The world’s most expensive coffee—$500 per pound or $12 per cup—is coming to Canada. The high price is due to the process that prepares the product for sale: a cat-like animal in Indonesia must eat and pass the beans (the digestion “elevates” the beans) before they are washed, ground and brewed. [Vancouver Sun]
• Greenpeace has ranked Canada’s food retailers on the sustainability of the seafood they sell—and the news isn’t good. Turns out many stores have been selling endangered species and engaging in some un-green practices. Loblaws tops the list with its yet-to-be-implemented promise to sell only sustainable seafood. [Toronto Star]
• The energy elixir Red Bull Cola may be banned in Germany because it contains cocaine, even though a person would have to consume about 12,000 litres of the drink to experience the drug’s effects. [Time]
• More and more green-thumbed Torontonians are planting native species in their gardens. Compared with imported varieties, Canadian plants require less water, fewer pesticides, and are more adaptable to their surroundings. [Canadian Press]
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FYI – the civet coffee you mention above in $12 cup of coffee has been available at Pusateris for over a year.
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