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These 10 food trends were the distractions we needed in 2020

This year, many of us spent a lot more time in our kitchens than we could have imagined turning out multiple meals a day and sometimes getting bored with our own rinse-and-repeat repertoires. We were also cut off from our usual communities and seeking connections.

Post Falls-based Coffee Crafters launches FreshPod product

A Post Falls-based company is aiming to change the single-serve coffee market through FreshPod, a product similar to a K-Cup pod that is delivered to customers in 48 hours of the coffee's roasting to ensure peak freshness.

Starbucks clients can now trace their coffee, and so can farmers who grow the beans

Customers buying coffee at Starbucks stores across the U.S. now will be able to use a code on the bags to find out where their beans originated, where they were roasted and even get brewing tips from baristas, said Michelle Burns, the company’s senior vice president of global coffee, tea and cocoa. A reverse code will be given to farmers so that they can finally track their produce.

People’s Pharmacy: Coffee could be culprit behind high cholesterol

My husband’s cholesterol was going in the wrong direction. It was in the 180s to 190s for years, with his doctor making noises about statins. My husband and I both have family members who experienced a detrimental drop in brain function clearly linked to statins.

Roasters Coffee planning new Spokane Valley location

The Kennewick-based coffee chain filed plans to demolish the existing Natural High Coffee Co. and build a 474-square-foot Roasters Coffee with a drive-thru at 13325 E. Sprague Ave., according to a preliminary application filed with the city.

Hard coffee, hard kombucha – experts say no beverage is safe from booze

Big alcohol brands are following, not leading. And where they are headed is alternative drink categories, many of them “hard” versions of nonalcoholic beverages. Hard seltzer surpassed $500 million in sales in 2019, according to media and consumer research firm Nielsen, growing more than 200% in 2019. It took a bite out of light beer sales and contributed to a decline in the volume of wine purchases in the United States, the first drop since 1994. For the Super Bowl, Bud Light debuted Bud Light Seltzer commercials, a 5% alcohol beverage offered in four fruity flavors. California wine giant Barefoot has made the biggest investment in its 55-year history to launch four white wine-based seltzers in the first quarter of this year.

Leftovers: Turn cooked oatmeal into … cinnamon coffee cake muffins

I regret to inform you that we are into January, the month infamous for giving all of humanity a giant, collective guilt trip. If December is a starry-eyed, happy-go-lucky elf, then January is a merciless boot camp instructor berating the human race for having pants that fit too tight.

People’s Pharmacy: Coffee cup lid controversy refuses to die

People often argue over contamination of coffee cup lids when a barista touches them. As I see it, germs are everywhere, and your best defense is a healthy immune system. That would mean many people would need to live a healthier lifestyle. Why not promote that instead of germaphobia?