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Phallic art is not new. First and foremost a symbol of virility in several cultures and civilizations, it might be surprising these days and even shock some people if the “phallic object” is brought out without any warning. Although, in the art of winemaking, usually more attention is paid to the content than the container, this elementary principle of...
At the same time that a rise in coffee prices was announced, the sudden wave of offers (up to 35% off) “barista” type machines was accompanied by a top-notch publicity campaign. How can the dandy-chic, suave upper-crust image of George Clooney lauding the quality of Nespresso’s coffees and system be erased from viewers memories? The answer might be in...

The Tea of Kindness

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One day, before it disappears totally, you must try “the tea of kindness” in the world’s smallest tea room, which is also the oldest in Iran. In this place filled with memories and inscribed in the immaterial heritage of Iranian national culture, there is a tangible patina of time on every object. Kazeem, a world-weary former publicist, chose to...
It is not the first, and unfortunately, will not be the last time that an accident of this kind has occurred with Starbucks cups. Mary Simms, a Texan, has just filed a lawsuit against the takeaway coffee giant after having received first and second degree burns to her legs from a Starbucks coffee cup whose lid was inadvertently not...
Brewed since at least the Mesopotamian era and derided by the Romans who claimed it “smelled like a wet goat”, beer is nonetheless “an example of an enormous chemical complexity”, according to scientists at Munich’s technical university. Indeed, by analysing almost 400 beers, the German researchers were able to identify nearly 7,700 chemical formulas and tens of thousands of...

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Champagne!

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Why is champagne still synonymous with celebration? This isn’t the first time someone has wondered what makes the champagne ritual such a global phenomenon. So why is it that the biggest celebrations in our...

The Chinese “Starbucks” Making Waves for the Original

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We’re all familiar with the Chinese propensity to imitate everything ... and we’re far from unaware that the Chinese market is on its way to becoming one of the biggest in the world. Luckin...

Women, Skol Offers You an Apology!

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We’ve probably all listened to a lewd joke with a polite fixed grin. The age-old habit of mocking those weaker than oneself, foreigners, minorities, and others in general (often in their absence) was recognized...

When Soft Drink Makers Were Inspired by Bordeaux Wine

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Last month, we talked about prohibition. It was the famous US ban on importing, selling, buying, and, ultimately, drinking alcohol that was behind the creation of the most famous of fizzy drinks. Let's not...

A Taste of Coffee in Our Food

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Sweeter, less bitter... that is how we perceive the taste of food after (or during) a good cup of coffee. Every month, there is some more “scientific” good news to be heard about our...