Robot Coffee Chain Cafe X Nears $12 Million in New Funding Round

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“With three locations in San Francisco, robotic coffee shop startup Cafe X Technologies is setting its sights on further growth with a new round of seed funding. According to regulatory filings submitted Aug. 1, signed by founder and CEO Henry Wu, Cafe X has raised $9.42 million in venture capital, with a $12.01 million goal.”

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Two Rooftop Bars Open in Manhattan

“Nomad: The Marmara Park Avenue hotel opened a new rooftop lounge serving Mediterranean food called the Blue Rooftop. There are mezzes and cocktails, including frosé topped with Turkish delight. 114 East 32nd St., between Park and Lexington avenues

Garment District: New rooftop spot Elsie Rooftop has small dishes by David Burke like a grilled cheese with caviar, lobster rolls, and lamb sliders. It overlooks Times Square and the rising Hudson Yards development, and cocktails are $18.”

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Key ingredient in ‘Impossible Burger’ approved by FDA

“The Food and Drug Administration has approved the key ingredient in the vegetarian-friendly Impossible Burger. It’s a big win for Silicon Valley-based Impossible Foods as it expands its distribution.

The ingredient, soy leghemoglobin, releases a protein called heme that gives the meat substitute its distinctive blood-like color and taste. Just as the Impossible Burger was gaining in popularity and reach, The New York Times published a report last year revealing that the FDA was concerned that the soy-based ingredient had never been consumed by humans.”

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Stumptown Opens Third New York Cafe in Historic Brooklyn Firehouse

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“Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters today opened its third cafe in the New York area, inside an historic firehouse building in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood.

Coffee for the cafe will come from Stumptown’s Red Hook roastery, which also turns out coffees for the company’s other New York locations, including a bar inside the Ace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and a Greenwich Village standalone cafe with an attached training lab that offers public tastings.”

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Beer remains favorite drink in US

“More than four out of 10 Americans (42 percent) who drink alcohol said they prefer beer, while 34 percent choose wine and 19 percent opt for liquor such as whiskey.

Beer has almost always been Americans’ favorite alcoholic beverage across the last 26 years in which Gallup has tracked preferences. In 2005, wine gained favor and evenly vied for drinkers’ attention and did so again between 2011 and 2013, Gallup says.”

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Energy drinks get a healthy makeover with help from MatchaBar

On Tuesday, MatchaBar released the first sparkling matcha energy drink. The brand is known for its ceremonial grade matcha, which can be found in 1,000 retailers nationwide as well as its three namesake cafes in New York and Los Angeles. Available in regular or sugar-free, the new product contains 120mg of caffeine per can, which is similar to a Red Bull.

The difference, of course, is the ingredients. It incorporates tea as well as antioxidant-rich juice extracts, thereby making a healthier version of its more chemical-laden competitors. See a MatchaBar story below.

 

To celebrate the new launch, MatchBar partnered with Whole Foods and Facebook for a social media campaign dubbed “Gift The Hustle.” Fans can now send a coupon for a free can of MatchaBar Hustle through Messenger to their friends, redeemable at the nationwide retailer.

 

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Brewed Behavior and Probat Burns Announce Roaster Training Partnership

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“Full-service coffee consultancy Brewed Behavior and commercial coffee equipment manufacturer Probat Burns have announced a partnership to provide roaster education and training at Brewed Behavior’s lab in Kansas City, Missouri, and at Probat’s lab in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

The education program will include lessons on roasting — sample, profile, and production — as well as roaster maintenance and coffee evaluation, including cupping basics, defect cupping, and green defects.”

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