Robusta on the rise
Most of the specialty coffee we drink, especially the fancy cold-brew stuff, is made from arabica beans. The other type of coffee, robusta, had for decades had played far second fiddle, as it’s used mainly in cheap blends and instant coffee. But now Colombia, a country in which robusta is pretty much coffee non grata, is home to some farmers who are reconsidering the bean. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting read on the economic and agricultural forces that are shaping robusta’s rise. It’s worth a read, fellow caffeine fiends. [Kate Bernot]
What just happened?
I’ve devoted at least a half dozen of these Last Calls to clips of magic tricks I like (I’m a pretty severe magic nerd). It takes a lot to wow me these days, and who is better up to the task than the grand champion of magic himself? Every three years, an international magic competition called FISM is held, and this year’s Grand Prix winner of close-up is a Chinese magician named Eric Chien. This clip pretty much made my brain explode. Know that he’s doing this live on stage with no camera trickery. [Kevin Pang]