Amazing what a working heart will do for your smile.
Happy to announce that your coffee has successfully funded another life changing surgery!
Khin is a 17 year old from Burma who was born with a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), a debilitating congenital condition where your blood vessels are inappropriately connected to your heart.
In TOF, there are 4 main circulatory problems:
These 4 things combine to make it really hard to get oxygen to your body, and eventually leads to heart failure.
Fortunately Khin had her heart repaired and will be able to live a normal life!
Since her surgery, she is reportedly much more active and no longer constantly dizzy. "I still want to become a teacher and teach students from grades four to eight", she says.
Buying gifts is always difficult. We want to make it easy.
Introducing medical specialty specific gift boxes! Each box is hand curated by Dr Larry for that specialty. Our first gift box is for the dental professionals in your life.
Limited time Promo Code for 15% off: TEETH15
Each box includes a coffee table book, caffeine deficiency mug, coffee bag and vintage hand written, wax sealed letter.
Smile Stealers is a gorgeous and fascinating coffeetable book that documents the evolution of dentistry throughout the world from the Bronze Age to the present day, featuring captivating, grim illustrations of the tools and techniques of dentistry through the ages.
Caffeine Deficiency Mug
Our classic caffeine deficiency mug is included. One of our best sellers, this mug has the medical diagnosis code for caffeine deficiency on the mug itself, and the recommended treatment (Pheo Coffee!) goes directly in the cup.
Dulci Vitrioli is our Mexican Chiapas single origin dark roast. It is smoky, chocolatey and strong. It tells the story of Dr Morton, a Dentist in the Boston area who devised a concoction of Ether that could be administered as anesthesia. He famously administered Ether at Mass General Hospital during the first pain-free surgery.
Vintage Hand-Written, Wax Sealed Letter
Each gift box comes with a hand-written, vintage letter. The look and texture will take you back in time. After the letter is written, it is wax sealed with an actual wax candle and flame. If you don't believe us, see our instagram here.
As always, a portion of each gift box will fund someone's surgery in the developing world, and your gift recipient will get their photo!
So stop sitting around and get a dental gift box for the dental professional in your life. It will put a smile on their face. No pun intended.
We have been busy that past few weeks!
We released X, our newest, most delicious coffee yet! It is a Kenyan single origin coffee with amazing bright acidity balanced with complex layers of sweetness. It is a light roast, which makes it really, really smooth.
X tells the story of Wilhelm Rontgen and his discovery of X-rays. While experimenting with light in vacuum sealed glass tubes he accidentally stumbled upon the ability to see through his own skin!
After a few weeks of experimenting in private he took the first x-ray image ever, of his wife's hand, to which she proclaimed "I have seen my own death!"
Featured in the Lawrenceville Alumni Magazine
Dr Larry and Pheo Coffee were featured in his high school alumni magazine. You can read it here:
Coffee with a purpose
ZDOGGMD, a physician and medical parody artist has a show on youtube called Incident Report, where he discusses current events related to healthcare.
We were fortunate enough to be features on his show discussing the controversial regulations on coffee in the state of California. Check it out!
Excited to announce our newest coffee! Dulci Vitrioli is a dark roast, single origin coffee straight from the Chiapas region of Mexico. In contrast to our first coffee, this dark roast has a more stereotypical coffee flavor. It has a strong bitter bite with chocolatey accents and a sexy, smoky aroma.
If you are a Starbucks fan, then this coffee is for you. In Chiapas, the region in Mexico where Dulci Vitrioli comes from, you find coffee that has a chocolatey, medium body. It has many small producers that do a lot of the coffee processing by hand. Many of them even produce their own electricity to support their delicious coffee bean.
The story of Ether
In 1846, Dr Morton, a Boston area dentist, used a concoction of inhaled ether to anesthetize a patient during a tooth extraction. It was so good at eliminating the pain associated with his procedure that he knew he was onto something special. Word spread and before he knew it, he was in front of dozens of surgeons a the famous Massachusetts General Hospital, preparing to anesthetize a patient that needed a tumor removed from his neck.
Dr Morton Administered the inhaled ether while the surgeon removed the tumor. The audience looked on in awe as the patient was not screaming out in pain.
When the patient awoke, he described an experience with minimal pain, "as though the skin had been scratched with a hoe," to which the surgeon Dr Collins famously exclaimed:
'Gentlemen, this is no humbug!'
In honor of Dr Morton and this incredible development in the field of surgery, we have created Dulci Vitrioli. This latin phrase is borrowed from German physician and botanist Dr Valerius Cordus from the early 1500s that described the earliest known preparation of ether that he called oleum dulci vitrioli or "sweet oil of vitriol."
So what are you waiting for!? Go here and buy some of Dr Morton's honorary coffee and cheers to the fact that surgery doesn't hurt.
"I will be very happy to see Catherine receiving treatment and enrolling in school."
- Catherine's mother
Catherine is a three-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is a genuinely happy and easy-going kid. Her father works as a vegetable vendor and her mother sells grain.
Catherine was diagnosed with a condition called acquired genu valgum, where her legs are bent inward at the knees causing pain and resulting in lifelong deformity. It is a relatively common disease in the developing world, and can result from drinking water with elevated levels or fluorine, called fluorosis.
Proceeds from, your coffee purchases have been donated to fund her surgery.
Fluorosis can cause multiple developmental problems, especially dental mottling and genu valgum. In many areas around the world where the water supply is not regulated and analyzed, elevated levels of fluoride are often present. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones or teeth, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. The condition prevents her from playing and enrolling in school.
In 1995, researchers traveled to remote villages in India to study the high prevalence of observed genu valgum. The two villages, Tilaipani and Hirapur, with a combined population of about 1,200, had extremely high percentage of their population with genu valgum and dental fluorosis.
What they found was staggering. In Tilaipani over 50% of kids under 20 years old had genu valgum and 73% had dental fluorosis.
In comparison, the village of Hirapur only had 6% of people below 20 years old with genu valgum.
When they analyzed the drinking water in the different villages, they found that the fluoride levels in the Tilaipani water were 9-10x higher than in Hirapur, which likley explains the dramatic difference in genu valgum prevalence.
So thanks to your caffeine habit, Catherine will soon be able to play with her friends without discomfort.
Try Pheo Coffee today and help fund medical care around the world.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is like a gateway drug from pure, fresh english tea and newly roasted powerful coffee. It is tea like, with lemon and citrus tasting notes. It is perfect by itself or with a touch of sugar to balance out the lemon flavor.
15% off all sales this week (for the first 20 people to buy)
Buy the person you love some medical themed coffee and a caffeine deficiency mug! And help some people around the world in the process.
DISCOUNT CODE: YOUGIVEMEPVCS
"If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school and continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day."
Ye is a 15 year old boy from Burma who was diagnosed with a malformed heart valve (mitral valve), and as a result he has a condition called mitral regurgitation, where a portion of the blood in his heart flows backwards into his lungs instead of forward to the rest of his body.
Mitral regurgitation is a serious condition that needs to be fixed surgically. As it worsens, more and more blood will be ejected backwards into the lungs with each heart beat. This makes it very difficult to breath, it also causes problems for the rest of your body as there is decreased forward flow of blood to your brain and other vital organs.
As of this post, Ye's surgery is 72% funded. If you want to help you can donate here, or buy some coffee.