首页  | 新闻播报

双语新闻播报(October 23)

chinadaily.com.cn 2023-10-23 15:41


> Alaska Airlines has created a coffee that it says tastes better in the sky



Drinking bad coffee is just one of the many downsides of flying.


Alaska Airlines thinks it has a solution.


Alaska has created a custom blend with Portland-based roaster Stumptown to make a coffee that’s immune from the altitude-changing effects, like tasting bitter and weak, that airborne-served coffee typically creates.


The custom coffee, a first for a major airline, will exclusively be served on every Alaska flight by December 1.


Taste and smell are inextricably combined and people’s sense of smell is significantly altered in the sky.


Food and drinks taste different because pressurized cabins lower blood oxygen levels, which reduces the ability of olfactory receptors (i.e. the ability to smell).


The extremely dry air of the cabin, with its humidity levels lower than that of the Sahara Desert, also affects the nose.


To combat those effects, Alaska turned to Stumptown’s Holler Mountain, a medium-dark blend, for the base, then infused it with punchier notes that taste like marshmallows, browned butter and toffee as well as a “delicate hint” of citrus oils and cherry essence.
为了对抗这些影响,阿拉斯加航空公司选择用树墩城的中深度烘培咖啡豆Holler Mountain打底,加入吃起来像棉花糖、焦黄油和太妃糖的、味道更强烈的咖啡豆,以及带有柑橘油和樱桃香精的清香的浅烘咖啡豆。


As a result, the coffee’s notes have a more “complex” taste when consumed in the air.


The coffee has been in development for a year, with the airline telling CNN that 20 different versions were tested, including during flights and with blind surveys.


Alaska Airlines even taste-tested the blend with creamer and Biscoff cookies to “ensure the best combination”.


However, the freshly brewed partnership with Stumptown means that Alaska is ending its decade-long partnership with fellow Seattle-based coffee company, Starbucks.


Alaska said it is “grateful to our friends at Starbucks and proud to have served their coffee on board our flights for years.”

> US overdose deaths continue to rise, data shows, with ‘devastating impact’ on population
美国药物滥用致死人数持续上升 对人口造成“毁灭性影响



There were 112,024 overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in May in the US, compared with 109,261 in the 12-month period ending in May 2022, a 2.5% increase.


Dr. Katherine Keyes, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, noted that the increase is leveling off.


“We still have an extraordinary number of overdose deaths that is orders of magnitude higher than we’ve seen in previous years,” she said. However, “the increase that we [saw] in 2021 has slowed down.”


Overdose deaths in the US spiked 30% between 2019 and 2020 and rose another 15% between 2020 and 2021, according to the CDC.


“There were extraordinary increases in 2020 and 2021 that have started to flatten out in 2022 – now going into 2023. They’re not declining yet,” Keyes said. “But the pace of the increase is certainly slowing.


"So that is both good news and indicative of a continuing public health crisis.”


Keyes highlights that these small accumulation of overdose deaths are still putting 2023 on track to be another devastating year amid the drug epidemic.


“It’s still slightly higher than previous 12-month periods. So, it certainly still indicates a devastating impact on population health,” she said.


Certain states – particularly in the western United States – have seen steep increases in deaths in comparison with national totals.


Washington had the highest increase: more than 37% from the year ending May 2022 to the year ending this May, from 2,373 to 3,254.


Find more audio news on the China Daily app.

中国日报网 英语点津微信
中国日报网 双语小程序