Happy Friday. As I sit here with my mid-afternoon cup of coffee, why don’t you join me? I’ve got a few coffee related articles that I’ll think you’ll find interesting, particularly this first one.


  • How old should a child be before having coffee for the first time? How does two-years-old sound? Brooklyn Daily has a report about Babyccinos, espresso shots for kids. They’re made with decaf, but you have to wonder how long it will be before these kids switch to the hard stuff.
  • Starbucks gives out free birthday drink coupons to people who sign up for their rewards program. There is no limit on the price of the free drink, so one twenty-something decided to see just how much free he could get. With the help of some baristas who happily accepted the challenge, he created a $23.60 Starbucks beverage. Yahoo!Shine reports that it wasn’t a very drinkable beverage, but it was the most expensive one they could create.
  • If you like The Oatmeal’s cute infographics, quizzes and cartoons, you’ll like their 15ish Things Worth Knowing About Coffee. Did you know George Washington invented instant coffee? Don’t believe me? Go read it for yourself.
  • While you probably know you can use coffee grounds as fertilizer in your garden, I bet you didn’t know coffee grounds are also useful for eliminating the smell of toxic gasses from the air. We have a piece here on MNN that explains that it’s sort of like a charcoal filter, but there’s a ways to go before it can be widely used.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Babyccinos, coffee for kids
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