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Kiwi Wine with a Carbon Footprint

A New Zealand wine company has become the first in the world to declare its carbon footprint for each glass. ABottles of Mobius Marlborough sauvignon blanc - which go on sale today - will show the carbon emissions for a 125ml glass on the label.>


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Posted: November 7th, 2010
at 1:51pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,drinks

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Infusion Profusion Technique

You can infuse flavors into liquor (and water based things, too) almost instantly with nothing more than anAiSi Cream Whipper . You can use seeds, herbs, spiced, fruits, cocoa nibs, etc. Here's how:

Put room-temperature booze into the cream whipper. Add herbs, seeds, whatever. Close the whipper and charge it with nitrous oxide (N2O -the regular whipped cream chargers). Swirl gently 30 seconds and let stand 30 seconds more. Quickly vent the N2O out of the whipper, open it, and strain out the infusion. Done.>

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Posted: October 31st, 2010
at 12:16pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: grub,drinks

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Soft Drink Industry Structure

We recorded 987 varieties of soft drinks. These were sold under 195 brands, and 102 parent companies. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group offer 411 of these varieties (41.6%). The top 50 varieties were found in more than half of all stores, and were owned by just the top 8 firms. In contrast, over 300 varieties were found in only one store each.>

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Posted: August 24th, 2010
at 8:28am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,drinks

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Bicycle Wine

What wine to drink is always a pertinant question when travelling. In Melbourne, however, it was quite simple to choose. Rolling. Complete with a lovely cyclist on the label.>

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Posted: August 21st, 2010
at 8:43am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: bikes,drinks

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Antarctica : Whisky Diaries

It may not seem like the most dynamic of museum exhibits: visitors stare through a glass pane at an inert, soggy wooden crate with a bit of straw poking out the top.

But the crate, which attracted TV crews when it went on display in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 21, is packed with an adventurous history a and perhaps a dozen bottles of a much-coveted Scotch whisky.

The crate belonged to famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. It's one of three crates of whisky and two of brandy that were discoveredAentombed in ice under a small wooden hut he built a century ago in Antarctica during an attempt at the South Pole. The crates were first spotted in 2006, but conservators were only able to bring the special tools needed to painstakingly free them in February.>

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Posted: August 16th, 2010
at 8:16am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: drinks

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Australian Coffee

Australians (well, at least inner-city Melburnians) have embraced coffee with abandon in recent years.A There is much talk about aAthirdwave of cafes and consumers.A On the bean sourcing and roasting side the shift in mindset and approach is one where:

"the bean is not a commodity business based on volume sales but something precious, sourced directly from Third World farmers in small batches and treated with respect.">

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Posted: August 13th, 2010
at 8:22pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,development,drinks

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The Other French Paradox

Foie gras, creme fraiche, butter, red wine a and lots of it! All these excesses leading to a higher life expectancy, to say nothing of the joys of sinning. That's the legendaryAnow officialAFrench Paradox. Scientists strain to explain the phenomenon: 'It's theAphenolic compounds in the red wine', they say. Me, I look at eating habits in my adopted country: restaurant chains like theACheesecake Factory, "family-style" servings,A food everywhere, everyday, at all times inAoffices like Google's.AMethinks there is no paradox just quantity, 360 degrees and 24/7 availability, as the recent but unmistakableAwidening of French bottoms attests.>

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Posted: June 28th, 2010
at 8:46pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: grub,et cetera,drinks

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The Hopworks Beer Bike

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Posted: June 26th, 2010
at 4:29pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,design,bikes,drinks

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How to Start a Cafe

So you want to start a cafe, eh?

Michael Idov reflects on how it took all of 6 months for his cafe to close- Anthony Bourdain sums up the psychological gap that becomes between most aspiring cafe owners, "The most dangerous species of owner … is the one who gets into the business for love."

We here at MNP, are looking to change this, by helping you get your cafe up and running and swing a profit.

Italy, the land of coffee, has over 200,000 coffee establishments- the U.S. has approximately 15,000, so there is plenty of room for new businesses.

If food security is an issue, then consider what Nomad Cafe in Oakland has achieved with their "green cafe" format. Worldchanging recently interviewed Chris Waters, the guy who started Nomad Cafe and he offered these pieces of advice- secure financing, establish relationships, get green certified, find a location, interview your staff well, make your business inviting to everyone, work long hours and don’t do it for the money!

Eugene Cho, founder of a non-profit community cafe called Q Cafe located in Seattle- after responding to inquiring parties with "Haiku emails," he eventually buckeled down and made this informative video:

If after watching the video, you still have more questions, email Eugene and he’ll send you a manual and even do so some consulting for the cost of a donation to the cafe.

Green and community oriented? Check. In an effort to take away the intimidation factor that law offices bring, a brand new place called Chicago’s Legal Cafe just oppened last month where they basically have speciality lawyers on staff from a pool 20 professionals. Interesting right?

Still not impressed? The UK has developed an idea called Cafe Scientifique, where their mission is to promote discussion about exciting scientific ideas between experts and non-experts in an informal environment. Ahhh, the cafe.

If you want to set something up abroad, check here at the International Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Sydney Community College has an interesting agenda that could be a good checklist for the aspring entrepreneur.

Lastly, the innovative Cannabis Culture Magazine has an informative piece on starting a green friendly operation (where laws permit).

Need more motiviation? Here are 37 reasons to start your own business! Good luck!

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Posted: June 6th, 2010
at 3:29pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: grub,et cetera,drinks,entrepreneurship

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