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More university graduates working as baristas: labour leader
Coffee shop workers in Halifax are leading a push to unionize in what could serve as a model for baristas elsewhere in Canada, one national union says.
In recent months, employees at one cafe joined a union and workers at two others have launched efforts to do the same.
“We’re seeing a real phenomenon in Halifax of coffee shop workers coming together and organizing,” said Tony Tracy, Atlantic representative for the Canadian Labour Congress.
“In terms of the coffee shop industry, Halifax has been a bit of an anomaly.”
Employees at a Just Us! coffee shop in Halifax successfully joined Local 2 of the Service Employees International Union. The unionization came amid an allegation carried in local media reports that two workers were fired for trying to form a union, an accusation the employer denied, saying it had not been aware of a bid to unionize.
Workers at two Second Cup outlets in the city also recently voted whether to join the same union, though the Labour Board has yet to release their results.
New study says burgers and coffee are a bad combination
A new study from the University of Guelph suggests there is something worse than eating a diet high in saturated fat: and that’s combining saturated fat with caffeine. In other words, if you’re going to have that Big Mac and fries, you might want to skip the coffee.
Published in the Journal of Nutrition, the study revealed that eating a fast food meal with a coffee affects blood sugar levels twice as much when having the fatty meal alone. The combination of saturated fat and caffeine could be an even greater threat to people at risk for diabetes.
In the National Post article, lead researcher Marie-Soleil Beaudoin says the study shows that saturated fat interferes with the body’s ability to clear sugars from the blood, “…and when combined with caffeinated coffee, the impact can be even worse. Having sugar remain in our blood for long periods is unhealthy because it can take a toll on our body’s organs.”
Beaudoin says the effects of a high-fat meal can last for hours. “What you eat for lunch can impact how your body responds to food later in the day”.
-Photo courtesy of Marshall Astor – Food Pornographer
New study finds that caffeine slows your brain… if you’re a male.
According to a study from the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, that cup of coffee you’re drinking in the morning isn’t helping you wake up, it’s actually diminishing your brain power- if you’re a male.
The study examined the effects of coffee when the body is under stress, and found that men’s performance on memory tests was “greatly impaired”, and on average took 20 seconds longer to complete puzzles than those who had consumed decaffeinated coffee. Oddly enough, caffeine had the opposite effect on women, who completed the puzzles 100 seconds faster after consuming caffeine.
The 64 men and women were put in same-sex pairs while completing puzzles, memory challenges, and carrying out negotiations. They were told that afterwards, they would have to give a public presentation about the tasks.
Similarly, a study published in Behavioural Pharmacology a little over a year ago suggested that adolescent boys “may be more susceptible to the reinforcing effects of caffeine,” with females possibly being less sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
-Photo courtesy of marcopako
Hate me because I’m a Venti Bold
The coffee is great. And the service is friendly. All the workers in Starbucks are like characters from a book, with fully developed personalities.
Unlike in Tim Horton’s, you don’t just make your order, hand over a couple of dollars, and take your coffee. In Starbucks, you interact with the workers. It’s an… experience. If you go to Starbucks often enough, you probably learn each other’s names.
Yup. Very stressful.
The workers even learn your coffee preferences. The third time I went to Starbucks, the person behind the cash recognized me and said, “Venti Bold?”
They don’t know that my order choices are limited by what I can pronounce. Or willing to say out loud. Meaning, I can choose between a “Venti Bold” or a “Pike Place Roast.” There’s no way in hell I’m ever going to ask for a “Grande” or a “Sumatra.”
I feel like a phony every time I order a “tall” coffee. I’m just not cool enough to pull it off.
Maybe if I had been born in Toronto, wore black thick-rimmed glasses and a Burberry scarf, I could legitimately order a Grande Guatemala Antigua Medina.
Then explain how it’s finely balanced with soft flavor notes of dark cocoa and cherry. And that I enjoy the silky-smooth mouthfeel, with its cocoa-powder texture that lingers in the finish.
Yeah, I know. I just slapped myself.
I won’t change my name to Lawrence, start wearing a beret and elope with Anthropology
There’s only one week left until I’m finished my first semester of university. It’s hard to believe that my exams officially start next Thursday. It’s even harder to believe that before I started my first semester of university, I thought coffee tasted like a chunk of moldy grapefruit that had been stuck between a camel’s hoof for a month. I considered coffee to be kind of like the movie Titanic. As in, anyone who said they actually liked it were obviously faking. But now? Coffee is the Nectar of Life. It’s my Reason for Being. Just don’t tell my friend Vicki, because I’d never hear the end of it.
Naming coffee as my one true God is only one of the things that have surprised me this semester. Being a biology nerd, I figured that biology would be my favourite class.
That was before I learned to loathe the words “proton motive force.”
Now at the end of my first semester, anthropology is actually my favourite class. I’m not sure if it’s the material or the way my professor is teaching it, but what we’re learning is just really interesting. Like the fact that Neanderthals had a larger cranial capacity than modern humans.
So calling a football player a “Neanderthal” is actually crediting them with super-human intelligence.
Of course, I’m not anywhere near abandoning the Way of the Science Nerd. I’m not about to change my name to Lawrence, start wearing a beret, and elope with Anthropology. Biology and I can work anything out.
Well, unless I came home and Chemistry was there.