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Korea’s coffee shops & cafes going ‘plastic-free’

Korea’s coffee shops & cafes going ‘plastic-free’

South Korea is kissing goodbye to plastic straws in its bid to go even more green.
Most of the nation’s coffee shops and cafes are ditching the plastic in favor of some interesting and eco-friendly alternatives.
Kim Da-mi reports.

With this edible straw, you can enjoy your hot Americano for two to three hours or your favorite iced tea for up to ten hours.

If you’d prefer not to eat the straw after finshing your drink, it will decompose naturally within three months rather than 500 years like plastic ones.

With global initiatives to eliminate and reduce plastic use such as plastic bags and cups, straws of different shapes, forms and sizes are being produced, like these edible ones.

“My goal is to create even more appetizing straws packed with vitamins, red ginseng and Chitosan that can attract older people and more.”

Coffee shops in downtown Seoul have already started to go plastic-free.
Drinks and desserts are served only with reusable materials like stainless straws, paper straws and glass cups.

These cafes also encourage customers to think and live eco-friendly by selling stainless straws and of course brushes to clean them.

“Customers seemed a touch confused initially, but after learning about the environmental reasons for doing it, they now bring their own containers to go.”

“I don’t think it makes a lot of difference to eat in wodden bowl over a plastic bowl.”

Franchise businesses are also participating in the campaign.

In addition to Starbucks’ goal of banning plastic straws worldwide by 2020, so-called ‘Drinking Lids’ have replaced regular straws.
Straws made out of rice, bamboo and paper will also be introduced in luxury hotels in Seoul from early September.

But of course, forming new habits and efforts to maintain hygiene are necessary, and experts say doing the dishes may require even more dish soap… a side effect of the change that has its own negative impact on the environment.

Going green can be costly, as these paper straws cost ten times more than plastic ones. But these straws can be the start of greener life and environment.

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Huge Huntsman Hiding in Coffee Mug

Huge Huntsman Hiding in Coffee Mug

Occurred on February 29, 2020 / Williams, Western Australia, Australia

Info from Licensor: “I live on a farm with my husband and 8 children. We have many big spiders visiting our house that come out of the bush. This one is the biggest I have seen. He seemed quite happy just relaxing in my cup on our front verandah. When he eventually came out of the cup, he ran quickly towards me and made me squeal. This spider is a banded huntsman. They are not venomous but can give a nasty bite. The banded huntsman is native to this area and really quite beautiful with their contrasting black and white bands.”

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Coffee beans on a coffee tree

Coffee beans on a coffee tree

Coffee plantation. Coffee beans growing on a coffee tree in Kerala, South India.

Coffea is a genus of flowering plants whose seeds, called coffee beans, are used to make coffee. It is a member of the Rubiaceae family. They are shrubs or small trees native to tropical and southern Africa and tropical Asia. Coffee ranks as one of the world’s most valuable and widely traded commodity crops and is an important export product of several countries.
Several species of Coffea may be grown for the beans. Coffea arabica accounts for 75-80 percent of the world’s coffee production, while Coffea canephora accounts for about 20 percent.[1]
The trees produce red or purple fruits called “cherries” that look like drupes, but are epigynous berries. The cherries contain two seeds, the so-called “coffee beans”, which — despite their name — are not true beans. In about 5-10% of any crop of coffee cherries, only a single bean, rather than the usual two, is found. This is called a peaberry, which is smaller and rounder than a normal coffee bean. It is often removed from the yield and either sold separately (as in New Guinea peaberry), or discarded.
When grown in the tropics, coffee is a vigorous bush or small tree that usually grows to a height of 3–3.5 m (10–12 feet). Most commonly cultivated coffee species grow best at high elevations, but are nevertheless intolerant of freezing temperatures.[citation needed]
The tree of Coffea arabica will grow fruits after three to five years, and will produce for about 50 to 60 years (although up to 100 years is possible).[citation needed] The white flowers are highly scented. The fruit takes about 9 months to ripen.
Coffee is a brewed beverage with a distinct aroma and flavor, prepared from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant. The seeds are found in coffee “berries”, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, India and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world.[1] Coffee is slightly acidic (pH 5.0–5.1[2]) and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. It is one of the most consumed drinks in the world.[3]
Wild coffee’s energizing effect was likely first discovered in the northeast region of Ethiopia. Coffee cultivation first took place in southern Arabia;[4] the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen.[4]
In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies that were in competition with the Christian Church. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia.[5] The beverage was also banned in Ottoman Turkey during the 17th century for political reasons[6] and was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe.
Coffee berries, which contain the coffee seeds, are produced by several species of a small evergreen bush of the genus Coffea. The two most commonly grown are also the most highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the “robusta” form of the hardier Coffea canephora. The latter is resistant to the coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix). Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor, before being ground and brewed to create coffee. Coffee can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways.
An important export commodity, coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004,[7] and it was the world’s seventh-largest legal agricultural export by value in 2005.[8] Some controversy is associated with coffee cultivation and its impact on the environment. Consequently, organic coffee is an expanding market.
Many studies have examined the health effects of coffee, and whether the overall effects of coffee consumption are positive or negative has been widely disputed.[9] The majority of recent research suggests that moderate coffee consumption is benign or mildly beneficial in healthy adults. However, coffee can worsen the symptoms of some conditions, largely due to the caffeine and diterpenes it contains.
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