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Free school breakfast menu to offer coffee (Brazil)
Reuters ^ | 21NOV2005 | Peter Blackburn

Posted on 11/21/2005 10:12:30 AM PST by CheneyChick

Brazil's coffee industry has brewed up a plan to serve up to 1 million schoolchildren a free breakfast -- complete with a cup of java.

Brazil's Coffee Industry Association (Abic) is seeking the support of 50 roasters to launch a pilot "Adopt-a-School" program to feed breakfast to 1 million Brazilian school children aged 6 to 18.

Under the plan, a coffee roaster would adopt a school of at least 500 children and provide them with a free breakfast of coffee, milk and bread. The annual cost of the program for each school is estimated at 33,500 reais ($15,000).

"Kids have soft drinks at school. ... Why not coffee instead to make them alert and attentive?" Professor Darcy Lima, project scientific adviser, told the association's annual conference in northeast Brazil. The conference ends on Sunday.

Professor Adriana Farah from the University of Rio de Janeiro also defended coffee for children, saying it contains less than 2 percent caffeine and helps reduce colon cancer, heart disease, depression and alcoholism.

Brazil, the world's biggest coffee producer, has some 1,100 producers that grind and roast coffee beans. Most are small concerns.

With a population of 185 million, Brazil is the world's second biggest coffee consumer after the United States. But per capita consumption of 9.13 pounds per year is only one-third that of Finland and other Scandinavian countries.

In Brazil's vast coffee-growing regions, children traditionally drink coffee from an early age.

Bruno Giestas, commercial manager of Realcafe in Brazil's No. 2 coffee state Espirito Santo, said his two young children loved coffee.

"It's normal here. The project looks like a good idea."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: brazil; breakfast; caffeine; coffee; school
Sign me up! I've always said that coffee "enhances" my personality.
1 posted on 11/21/2005 10:12:30 AM PST by CheneyChick
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To: CheneyChick

LOL! I was thinking the same thing. :D


2 posted on 11/21/2005 10:13:49 AM PST by saveliberty (Conservativism - the commitment to live within your own means and to take care of yourself & family)
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To: CheneyChick

"Sign me up! I've always said that coffee "enhances" my personality."

No problem, but did you drink it every day when you were 6?


3 posted on 11/21/2005 10:15:44 AM PST by strategofr (The secret of happiness is freedom. And the secret of freedom is courage.---Thucydities)
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To: CheneyChick

Hmmmmm....30 8-year olds, full of coffee, in one room....are they going to give valium to the teachers?


4 posted on 11/21/2005 10:16:58 AM PST by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: CheneyChick

I pity those poor teachers.


5 posted on 11/21/2005 10:18:30 AM PST by mwyounce
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To: CheneyChick

Oh, what I wouldn't give to be in a Brazilian public school!!


6 posted on 11/21/2005 10:19:32 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: CheneyChick
Kids have soft drinks at school. ... Why not coffee instead to make them alert and attentive?

Amount of caffeine in 12 oz. of Coca-Cola: 34 mg.
Amount of caffeine in 5 oz. of drip-brewed coffee: 115 mg.

7 posted on 11/21/2005 10:19:50 AM PST by SedVictaCatoni (<><)
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To: strategofr

I know I drank coffee @ the age of 6...it was half milk and half coffee but everyday before school that is what I had along with 2 slices of toasted homemade bread....Yumm


8 posted on 11/21/2005 10:23:36 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: CheneyChick

Maybe this will work here in getting even with the teachers union, LOL


9 posted on 11/21/2005 10:26:07 AM PST by StuLongIsland
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To: CheneyChick

LOL! We pump kids full of Ritalin (speed) to get them to focus, the Brazilians have found a better way.


10 posted on 11/21/2005 10:27:25 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: LIConFem

"No, Johnny!" says the teacher...

"No fingerpainting until you finish your double-shot, macchiato, low-foam latte! And that's final!"

This would ruin naptime, though.


11 posted on 11/21/2005 10:30:33 AM PST by heldmyw
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To: CheneyChick

When I was a kid (early 60s) my mom gave me and my sister a cup of coffee with our breakfasts.

It never even seemed strange to any of us at the time.

Nowadays I suppose that qualifies as child abuse.


12 posted on 11/21/2005 10:32:01 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: CheneyChick

Wonder what they give the kids in Columbia?


13 posted on 11/21/2005 10:37:14 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: strategofr
No problem, but did you drink it every day when you were 6?

Actually, I grew up in Brazil and attended a Brazilian school for a short period of time. And yes, I did learn to drink coffee there. Their breakfast coffee is mostly milk anyway: Café com leite.

14 posted on 11/21/2005 10:38:31 AM PST by CheneyChick
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To: CheneyChick

I was served coffee as a child, we called it pearl tea.
It was about a tenth of a cup of sugared coffee with nine tenths of milk.


15 posted on 11/21/2005 10:39:06 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rush agrees with me 98.5% of the time!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

"I was served coffee as a child, we called it pearl tea.
It was about a tenth of a cup of sugared coffee with nine tenths of milk."

Believe it or not, I drank full strength tea (numerous cups) with my dinner every night as I was growing up. My only explanation for this is that my mother was of Russian/Jewish origin, and Russians are famous tea drinkers. I suffered severe insomnia throughout my entire childhood, and no one ever suspected that this might be the cause!


17 posted on 11/21/2005 10:41:59 AM PST by strategofr (The secret of happiness is freedom. And the secret of freedom is courage.---Thucydities)
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To: CheneyChick
I hope this comes in written in Portuguese...


18 posted on 11/21/2005 10:42:06 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: CheneyChick

19 posted on 11/21/2005 10:42:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: CheneyChick

Juan Valdez hits grand slam!........details at 11......


20 posted on 11/21/2005 10:44:36 AM PST by calrighty (. Troops BTTT)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Milk?


21 posted on 11/21/2005 10:45:12 AM PST by calrighty (. Troops BTTT)
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To: CheneyChick

Children who have a hearty breakfast are the first ones to throw up in gym class...

In this case, they'll be peeing at the same time.


22 posted on 11/21/2005 10:45:53 AM PST by allen08gop
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To: strategofr
My father used to own a tavern & every morning we would get coffee & doughnuts at the restaurant next door & then go have breakfast "with the boys" before he took me to kindergarten. Believe me, I was getting a completely different kind of education before I even set foot in school.

As amazing as drinking coffee before kindergarten was, it didn't really strike me until later in life that there were guys banging on our tavern door at 7:00 in the morning to get in.
23 posted on 11/21/2005 10:45:54 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster

"it didn't really strike me until later in life that there were guys banging on our tavern door at 7:00 in the morning to get in."

My cousin owns a bar and I know what you mean.


24 posted on 11/21/2005 10:47:26 AM PST by strategofr (The secret of happiness is freedom. And the secret of freedom is courage.---Thucydities)
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To: dfwgator

Hey, where did you get that picture of me?


25 posted on 11/21/2005 10:50:28 AM PST by CheneyChick
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To: CheneyChick
Bunch of addicts. Coffee doesn't wake you up, it works by supressing the chemicals in your brain that make you tired. It simply brings you back to a normal level of awake. The problem is that the body doesn't like it when whe try to muck with its chemical balances, so it compensates by pumping out MORE of the chemical that makes you tired. This means that when you AREN'T drinking coffee, you're far more tired than you'd be if you'd never had any at all.

Coffee isn't addictive, but it definitely screws with your brain and becomes habit forming. People who never drink coffee and actually sleep at night are typically far more alert, for longer periods of time, than people who depend on coffee to keep them alert.

To each his own I guess, but I've never got the point of coffee. Anyone who tried to feed the stuff to my kids would be asking for a major league @55 kicking.
26 posted on 11/21/2005 10:54:01 AM PST by Arthalion
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To: CheneyChick
Way down among Brazilians
Coffee beans grow by the billions
So they’ve got to find those extra cups to fill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

You can’t get cherry soda
Cause they’ve gotta sell their quota
And the way things are I guess they never will
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

No tea or tomato juice
You’ll see no potato juice
Cause the planters down in Santos
All say no, no, no

A politican’s daughter
Was accused of drinkin’ water
And was fined a great big fifty dollar bill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

When Brazilian ham and eggs need savor
Coffee ketchup gives ‘em flavor
Coffee pickles way outsell the dill
Why they put coffee in their coffee in Brazil

You date a man and find out later
He smells like a percolator
His cologne was made right on the grill
Hey they could percolate the ocean in Brazil

Don’t ask for hot cocoa there
They’ll say you’ve gone loco there
But say caffeine or coffee bean and they’ll say ay ay ay

So you’ll add to the local color
Serve some coffee with a cruller
Dunkin doesn’t take alot of skill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee
A great big pot of coffee
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee
In Brazil, Brazil, Brazil
Cafe ole
Yeah
27 posted on 11/21/2005 10:55:06 AM PST by Physicist
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To: Caipirabob; CheneyChick; Cacique

MATE IS THE ANSWER!

28 posted on 11/21/2005 11:11:13 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: CheneyChick

What,no cigs?


29 posted on 11/21/2005 11:25:12 AM PST by hschliemann
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To: martin_fierro; Caipirabob; CheneyChick; Clemenza; Vom Willemstad K-9; nutmeg; PARodrig; ...

When I was a small kid in Buenos Aires the school would give us all a tall glass of yerba maté and milk. Maté has seven times the caffeine equivalent per serving as coffee. We were pretty much alert in class. Discipline? Let's just say they run things different down there.



30 posted on 11/21/2005 12:44:45 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Cacique

I had hot milk-and-coffee in the morning too. It was hard to sit through the reading lesson, with all the poor readers going at a snail's pace and stumbling over the words. I was always way ahead in the book and never knew where we were when it was my turn. And everyone would laugh.


31 posted on 11/21/2005 3:01:02 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Cacique
Discipline? Let's just say they run things different down there.

LOL

32 posted on 11/21/2005 3:54:02 PM PST by CheneyChick
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