Food News Today for Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Impressive Truffles. Recycling Coffee Cups.

August 2, 2014

If you’re looking for a new hobby, ever thought about farming truffles?!
Ted Smith of Yelverton Truffles in Australia, started growing truffles a few years back as something to do during retirement…and guess what? He’s now dug up the largest truffle ever found in Australia and according to the Huffington Post the second largest truffle in the history of truffle growing! The biggest coming from France.

This black truffle weighs about a whopping 2-3/4 pounds and has sold for between $2000 and $2500 (the exact price was not disclosed)!.  To put that in perspective, most truffles grow to be about 30-60 grams in size, which means that just one will set a person back anywhere from $30-75.

Truffles grow underground and are foraged with the help of well trained dogs, and have a unique flavor that nothing else quite matches…so chefs and consumers are generally expect to pay a pretty penny.
?Looks like Ted found a great retirement plan!

If you buy a lot of takeout coffee – or work in an office and love coffee, you may find yourself going through several disposable cups in a day.

In fact, according to Fast Company: across the U.S., over 23 billion paper cups end up in the trash annually, along with another 25 billion made from Styrofoam.
So what other options are floating around out there?

Well, other than your typical travel mug, theres’ a new collapsible cup now raising money on Kickstarter called the Smash Cup! Why 'smash' cup?

Because after you’re done with your coffee it folds down into a disc just slightly taller than a lid. It's leak-proof, so the whole thing can be tossed into a pocket or bag without fear of coffee dribbling out over a phone or laptop. What do you think? Would you use it?

Another idea to reduce coffee cup waste - a  "cup-sharing" program being tested in New York City. Brooklyn Roasting Company is testing out “Good to Go” cups –reusable blue plastic cup. Users buy the $5 cup with a free coffee, which they later return to the cafe or other drop-off locations, while keeping the lid in order to verify their participation.  Apparently cups are thoroughly cleaned before going back out on circulation – we certainly hope so!

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