"What kind of coffee do you have?"
"Well, black, or with milk," comes the grumpy reply.
This is the delightfully retro Bambi bar, where the interior and the grumpiness of the service haven't changed for 50 years. Nor has the coffee - a drink that's always played a central role in Budapest life. Through the communist years those shots of dark, bitter coffee in small glasses, served by scowling waitresses, were a staple start to the day.
While coffee's importance hasn't changed, a new wave of coffee bars - where competitive baristas know their ristretto from their cortado - is shaking up the scene. The buzz word is "kezmuves" - it roughly translates as handmade, or craft. There are three keys to the new craft coffee bars - talented staff (with the certificates to prove it), slick design and carefully chosen ingredients.
Need an excuse to drink yet another cup of coffee today? A new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.
The apparent relationship between coffee and type 2 diabetes is not new. Previous studies have found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk – with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.
This most recent study, published in the journal Diabetologia, was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption – either increasing it or decreasing it over time – might affect your risk.
Along the Bowery in Manhattan, people waited in a line that would challenge any fancy art gallery opening or exclusive New York City club.
But what brought these people here on a cool sunny Thursday afternoon wasn't art or exclusivity, it was cats.
Well, cats and coffee.
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Bad news for all the trazillions of coffee drinkers: It looks like the price of java will soon start climbing.
Thanks–or no thanks–to dry weather in Brazil, coffee beans are about to get pricier.
Which means that if you have to start paying more, you should make sure your cup(s) of coffee are especially great. Here are five new places for an extra good jolt of caffeine.