Coke pairs with Caribou to bring more 'ready to drink' coffee products to the table

Ready-to-drink coffee is a $2 billion industry, with options like Starbucks’ bottled Frappuccinos and Doubleshot espresso drinks stocking shelves. The market is projected to grow to $2.3 billion by 2020.  If Coca-Cola can carve out a share in the market, they could help offset their declining soda sales with ready-to-drink coffee sales. 

"Coke and Caribou’s first offering will be a chilled, slightly sweet dairy-and-coffee blend, said Michael Coles, chairman of Minneapolis-based Caribou. “There are several drinks that will be coming,” 

Beverage titan Coca-Cola Co. plans to push further into the ready-to-drink coffee market this summer, introducing a new iced drink under the banner of the country’s No. 2 coffeehouse chain, Caribou Coffee Co.
Coke also hopes to move another drink, the coffee-and-chocolate flavored Godiva Belgian Blends, into national distribution.
Starbucks, whose Frappuccinos and other packaged drinks dominate the market through a partnership with PepsiCo, is high on the future of its newest iced coffee offering.
The companies also are preparing to roll out a long-sought hot vending machine, which will dispense nine-ounce cans of Starbucks coffee in recyclable steel cans with insulated labels.
The flurry of activity might not exactly recall the cola wars of years gone by. But Coke’s aggressiveness shows how important coffee-laced drinks have become, along with other beverages that deviate from the traditional soda recipes.
“Any of the major beverage companies, and smaller companies as well, are aware of the consumer trends for healthier products, more variety,” said Gary Hemphill, managing director of Beverage Marketing Corp.
While carbonated soft drinks still tower over the beverage market, with a 2005 retail value of $68 billion, sales are declining for the first time in decades, Hemphill said.


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Simple but informative chart on the caffeine mg's in some pretty typical coffee drinks we enjoy today

This afternoon I was researching a completely unrelated issue when I happened to start thinking about the amount of caffeine in different coffee drinks.  Some quick research turned up a great chart - but I decided to look at more sites and ended up on the famed Mayo Clinic website.  They had a short list - but it looked similar to what I was already finding.  I went to their reference listings and voila! They had gotten their information from my original source too!  Ha.

So without further adieu, here a simple but informative chart on the caffeine mg's in some pretty typical coffee drinks we enjoy today.

Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest.


Serving Size

Caffeine (mg)

Starbucks Coffee, Blonde Roast venti, 20 oz. 475
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot large, 20 oz. 398
Starbucks Coffee, Pike Place Roast grande, 16 oz. 310
Panera Coffee, Light Roast regular, 16 oz. 300
Starbucks Coffee, Pike Place Roast tall, 12 oz. 235
Dunkin' Donuts Cappuccino large, 20 oz. 233
Starbucks Caffè Americano grande, 16 oz. 225
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee medium, 14 oz. 210
Starbucks Iced Coffee grande, 16 oz. 190
Panera Frozen Mocha medium, 16 oz. 188
Starbucks Caffè Mocha grande, 16 oz. 175
Starbucks Iced Black Coffee, bottle 11 oz. 160
Starbucks—Caffè Latte or Cappuccino grande, 16 oz. 150
Starbucks Espresso doppio, 2 oz. 150
Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee, can 15 oz. 145
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino, bottle 14 oz.  130
Nespresso Kazaar capsule 1 capsule, makes 1 oz. 120
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino grande, 16 oz. 110
Maxwell House Light Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 50-100
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino grande, 16 oz. 95
Folgers Ground Coffee, House Blend 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 60-80
Nespresso capsule—except Kazaar  1 capsule, makes 1 oz. 50-80
Green Mountain Keurig K-Cup—Breakfast Blend or Nantucket Blend 1 pod, makes 8 oz. 75
Maxwell House Lite Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 50-70
International Delight—Iced Coffee or Iced Coffee Light  8 oz. 55-65
Califia Farms Café Latte Cold Brew Coffee 8 oz. 50
Dunkin' Donuts, Panera, or Starbucks Decaf Coffee 16 oz. 10-25
Maxwell House Decaf Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 2-10

Word of the Day? Erstwhile.

📚  Erstwhile. 
What a cool word. 

adjective: erstwhile

"his erstwhile rivals"
synonyms:former, old, past, one-time, sometime, ex-, late, then

So... some random #news stories I was reading today... dang, this country is pissing me off.

I don't know when or how but somewhere along the line, the last 10 years has found us turning into egotistical, arrogant assholes who believe OUR opinion shall be infringed on everyone else.  Who believe protesting means looting, setting fires and committing violence.  That a strong leader who loves America and wants to see this country great again (as it started to fail pathetically under Obama) is a bad thing.  Celebrities and athletes that promote their own political views and use their fan base and popularity to spread it - even when it's flawed or just down right factually incorrect. 

People are starting to spy on each other; judge someone's parenting and turn them into DHS not because they are doing anything wrong but because it simply isn't the same parenting style they hold.  Faux religions are given precedent over legit.  Rape, spousal beatings, honor killings and genital mutilations are being slowly accepted as a cultural difference....

The list goes on and on and on.

Well, this morning, as usual, I had my morning coffee and I was reading random news stories from all over the globe, from all different sources and darnit - I just find it so frustrating.  GONE is common sense, ethics, morals and decency.  What kind of a world are my kids and grandchildren left with?

Well... anyway.  That was my little 'vent' this morning. 

Sadness. Frustration.

It's just the coffee talking.

In the meantime here are just a few random stories that were the last ones I was reading before my (4th) cup of coffee was gone and I had finished reading the morning news....

Customers Outraged After Buffalo Wild Wings Silences National Anthem

Customers at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Eastvale say an employee refused to let them hear the anthem before an NFL game Monday night – which happened to be the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.


Modesto school suspends 5-year-old boy for 'terroristic threats'

Michelle Riley, Jackson's mother, said her son refused to remove his backpack, telling a teacher there was a bomb in it that would explode if he took it off. The backpack was actually empty.


Texas prof resigns from law firm after tweeting he'd be 'ok' with DeVos sexual assault

A Texas professor and lawyer reportedly has resigned from his firm after tweeting that he’d be “ok” with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being sexually assaulted.


Florida teacher asks students to use gender-neutral pronouns, angering parents

Chloe Bressack, a math and science teacher recently hired at Canopy Oaks Elementary in Tallahassee, wrote the letter to parents as a way of introducing herself and her classroom methods, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender-neutral terms. My prefix is Mx. [pronounced Mix],” Bressack wrote in the letter. “My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.' I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but students catch on pretty quickly.”

Equifax got caught trying to profit from a massive security breach - NOW says they won't require credit card information


The credit monitoring company that compromised the personal information of nearly half the U.S. population said Monday it won’t ask people for credit card information if they sign up for its “free” service.

Last week, Equifax Inc. announced that it had been hacked by criminals who obtained personal information about 143 million Americans, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. To make up for its massive cybersecurity failure, the firm said it would give victims a free one-year subscription to its credit monitoring service.

There was a catch: the supposedly free service required credit card information up front and would begin charging the card after the free trial ended unless users proactively canceled, according to terms of use for the product dated Sept. 6.

Equifax quietly deleted the information about fees from its website over the weekend, and on Monday, the firm announced it wouldn’t ask for credit cards when people sign up for the service, which is called TrustedID Premier.

“We are not requesting consumers’ credit card information when they sign up for the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection we are offering to all U.S. consumers,” the company said in a statement. “Consumers who sign up for TrustedID Premier will not be automatically enrolled or charged after the conclusion of the complimentary year of TrustedID Premier.”

Amanda Werner of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said Equifax changed its policy in the face of public pressure.

“This is what happens when someone’s watching,” Werner said. “Equifax got caught trying to profit from a massive security breach and the outrage from consumers and advocates made them reverse their position.”

Spokespeople for Equifax did not respond to inquiries from HuffPost about why it changed the credit card policy. On its website the company characterized the change as a “clarification.”

The Equifax Security Breach - How to reach Equifax and the other top credit reporting agencies for a Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert

What is a credit freeze?

Also known as a security freeze, this tool lets you restrict access to your credit report, which in turn makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. That’s because most creditors need to see your credit report before they approve a new account. If they can’t see your file, they may not extend the credit.

Does a credit freeze affect my credit score?

No. A credit freeze does not affect your credit score.

A credit freeze also does not:
  • prevent you from getting your free annual credit report
  • keep you from opening a new account, applying for a job, renting an apartment, or buying insurance. But if you’re doing any of these, you’ll need to lift the freeze temporarily, either for a specific time or for a specific party, say, a potential landlord or employer. The cost and lead times to lift a freeze vary, so it’s best to check with the credit reporting company in advance.
  • prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions.

How do I place a freeze on my credit reports?

Contact each of the nationwide credit reporting companies:
You'll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. Fees vary based on where you live, but commonly range from $5 to $10.

After receiving your freeze request, each credit reporting company will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze.

How do I lift a freeze?

A freeze remains in place until you ask the credit reporting company to temporarily lift it or remove it altogether. A credit reporting company must lift a freeze no later than three business days after getting your request. The cost to lift a freeze varies by state.

If you opt for a temporary lift because you are applying for credit or a job, and you can find out which credit reporting company the business will contact for your file, you can save some money by lifting the freeze only at that particular company.

What’s the difference between a credit freeze and a fraud alert?

A credit freeze locks down your credit. A fraud alert allows creditors to get a copy of your credit report as long as they take steps to verify your identity. For example, if you provide a telephone number, the business must call you to verify whether you are the person making the credit request. Fraud alerts may be effective at stopping someone from opening new credit accounts in your name, but they may not prevent the misuse of your existing accounts. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions.
Three types of fraud alerts are available:
  • Initial Fraud Alert. If you're concerned about identity theft, but haven't yet become a victim, this fraud alert will protect your credit from unverified access for at least 90 days. You may want to place a fraud alert on your file if your wallet, Social Security card, or other personal, financial or account information are lost or stolen.
  • Extended Fraud Alert. For victims of identity theft, an extended fraud alert will protect your credit for seven years.
  • Active Duty Military Alert. For those in the military who want to protect their credit while deployed, this fraud alert lasts for one year.
To place a fraud alert on your credit reports, contact one of the nationwide credit reporting companies. A fraud alert is free. You must provide proof of your identity. The company you call must tell the other credit reporting companies; they, in turn, will place an alert on their versions of your report.

How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history

How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history

A 1790 law was the first to specify who could become a citizen, limiting that privilege to free whites of “good moral character” who had lived in the U.S. for at least two years. In 1870, the right of citizenship was extended to those of African origin.

Starting in 1875, a series of restrictions on immigration were enacted. They included bans on criminals, people with contagious diseases, polygamists, anarchists, beggars and importers of prostitutes. Other restrictions targeted the rising number of Asian immigrants, first limiting migration from China and later banning immigration from most Asian countries.

By the early 1900s, the nation’s predominant immigration flow shifted away from northern and western European nations and toward southern and eastern Europe. In response, laws were passed in 1921 and 1924 to try to restore earlier immigration patterns by capping total annual immigration and imposing numerical quotas based on immigrant nationality that favored northern and western European countries.

Long-standing immigration restrictions began to crumble in 1943, when a law allowed a limited number of Chinese to immigrate. In 1952, legislation allowed a limited number of visas for other Asians, and race was formally removed as grounds for exclusion. Although a presidential commission recommended scrapping the national-origins quota system, Congress did not go along.

In 1965, though, a combination of political, social and geopolitical factors led to passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act that created a new system favoring family reunification and skilled immigrants, rather than country quotas. The law also imposed the first limits on immigration from the Western Hemisphere. Before then, Latin Americans had been allowed to enter the U.S. without many restrictions. Since enactment of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, immigration has been dominated by people born in Asia and Latin America, rather than Europe.

Several laws since then have focused on refugees, paving the way for entrance of Indochinese refugees fleeing war violence in the 1970s and later including relief for other nationalities, including Chinese, Nicaraguans and Haitians. A 1990 law created the “temporary protective status” that has shielded immigrants, mainly Central Americans, from deportation to countries facing natural disasters, armed conflicts or other extraordinary conditions.

In 1986, Congress enacted another major law – the Immigration Reform and Control Act – that granted legalization to millions of unauthorized immigrants, mainly from Latin America, who met certain conditions. The law also imposed sanctions on employers who hired unauthorized immigrants. Subsequent laws in 1996, 2002 and 2006 were responses to concerns about terrorism and unauthorized immigration. These measures emphasized border control, prioritized enforcement of laws on hiring immigrants and tightened admissions eligibility.

The most recent changes in immigration policy have been an exception to that pattern. In 2012, President Obama took executive action to allow young adults who had been brought to the country illegally to apply for deportation relief and a work permit. In 2014, he expanded that program (known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA) and set up a new program to offer similar benefits to some unauthorized-immigrant parents of U.S.-born children. The DACA expansion and the new program (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA) are on hold because of a legal challenge by 26 states.