“Why do I always spill my coffee?”

Oxford maths PhD student Sophie Abrahams explicates the Ig Nobel Prize-winning research on what happens when one walks backwards while (or whilst) holding a cup of coffee. The 2017 Ig Nobel Prize for fluid dynamics was awarded to Jiwon (Jessie) Han, for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks […]

Recent Ups and Downs of Coffee Enemas

Two recent medical studies add milk and sugar, so to speak to what we know, medically, about coffee enemas. Up with Coffee Enemas (2020) “Coffee Enemas: A Narrative Review,” Linda L Isaacs [pictured here], Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, vol. 21, no. 12, December 2020. The author, an M.D. in Austin, Texas, explains: Coffee […]

Using Hot Coffee to Dislodge Meat in the Throat

If someone has a hunk of meat stuck in their throat, should you advise them to drink a mouthful of hot coffee to dislodge the meat? This study suggests an answer to that question. “Esophageal Hematoma Associated with the Bolus Ingestion of Hot Coffee,” Yorinari Ochiai, Daisuke Kikuchi, and Shu Hoteya, Internal Medicine, epub 2020. […]

Coffee and Cow Manure: In Search of the Optimal Inoculum

Man and woman’s yearning for perfection, in this case perfection keyed to the deployment of coffee and cow manure, is the driving force behind this new study: “In Search of the Optimal Inoculum to Substrate Ratio During Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Spent Coffee Grounds and Cow Manure,” Çağrı Akyol, Waste Management and Research, epub 2020. The […]

Instant Coffee: Remove Then Re-Add the Smell

One time-consuming way to make instant coffee from coffee—in a factory—involves removing most of the coffee aroma, then later adding it back to the coffee, so that later still—when someone makes the instant coffee in preparation for serving it to someone who will, still later still, drink  it, it smells like coffee. A new study […]

What does coffee do to your brain: The eternal question

“Coffee and the Brain: Attention, Make, React, Threat” is a featured article in the special Coffee, and Tea issue (volume 26, number 4) of the Annals of Improbable Research. It gurgles into the seemingly eternal quest to understand how coffee affects what the drinker thinks and feels, and does not think or feel. Read the […]