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Why company culture is so important
By Erica Cohen
Unless you've spent the last decade or so living under a rock, you've definitely heard the phrase "company culture" being bandied about. And while it's become the center of attention in many discussions about how to build a successful company, I have to wonder if everyone who talks about company culture actually understands what it means and how to create and maintain an authentic one. Let's consider the definition of company or organizational culture and why it matters.
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6 small business marketing tips for 2014 and beyond
Small Business Computing
With the rush of the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, it's time to think about how you can continue to grow and attract new customers in 2014. We'll start with six small business marketing tips that can help your business thrive and prosper in the New Year and beyond.
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Study: Moderate coffee consumption won't cause dehydration
The Huffington Post
Forget what you may have heard — despite caffeine's effects in making you want to urinate, a small new study shows that moderate coffee consumption does not cause people to become dehydrated. The research was funded by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, which is a nonprofit organization. It should be noted that European coffee companies — including illycaffe and Nestle — are members of the ISIC. However, ISIC did not have a role in the study design or analysis.
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Your daily coffee just might jolt your memory
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Insider
Swarms of morning commuters clutch cups of coffee to kick-start the workday. But a new study suggests caffeine might do more for the brain than boost alertness — it may help memory too. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University looked at caffeine's impact on memory while excluding its other brain-enhancing factors. The study showed that caffeine enhances certain memories for up to 24 hours after it's consumed.
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Pittsburgh's coffee culture: Distinct personalities and ever better java
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh is becoming more of a coffee town, with a half-dozen coffee shops opening since last summer. They're satiating cravings for seasonal coffees, super-fresh roasts and rich espresso through single-origin coffees, small-batch lots and the litany of characteristics that deliver a wider range of flavors.
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Oklahoma coffee roasting company roasts beans from around the world
The Small Business Newswire
There are millions of coffee drinkers all around the world. People love their coffee and often depend on it to get the day started. There are some regions of the world that are known for great tasting coffee and distinctive flavors. At 7th Avenue Roastery, an Oklahoma coffee roasting company, the team of roasters selects coffee from the best growers around the world for great taste and variety of beans. With coffee from Columbia, Africa, islands of the Pacific and more, 7thAvenue Roastery is able to offer a complete line of beans that are great for consumption at home or for use at a local coffee shop. Having beans from the around the world is key.
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Brazil exported 10 percent more coffee in 2013 after rains hurt previous harvest
The Wall Street Journal
Brazilian coffee exports rose in 2013 after bad weather in 2012 reduced foreign sales, the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council, or CeCafe, said. Brazilian farmers exported 31.2 million 132-pound bags of the beans in 2013, an increase of 10.2 percent from 2012. In December, coffee exports fell 4.5 percent from a year earlier to 2.8 million bags.
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10 fascinating facts about coffee's journey from bean to brew
Ahhhhh coffee. Without you our mornings are groggy, cozy coffee shops wouldn't exist, and all-night study sessions wouldn't be possible. Although we may be able to brew a pot of coffee with our eyes closed (literally), few take the time to explore where coffee comes from (Hint: it's not Seattle). This fruit (yes fruit!) travels many miles, transforming from seed to bean to grinds before it lands in your cup, passing through the nose and palate of at least one highly-trained inspector before it's deemed worthy of sale and distribution. Along the way, the humble coffee bean has become part of traditions and legends of mythical proportion.
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5 underrated coffee cities
These days, great coffee can be found in an amazing variety of places in the U.S., places that many coffee fans wouldn't normally think twice about. To help rectify that, we've put together a brief list of some of the country's up-and-coming coffee cities.
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13 reasons to drink green tea
The Journal-News
Green tea really appears to be an extraordinary super food. Thanks to a potent plant nutrient called epigallocatechin gallate, anti-oxidant-rich green tea is proving that food, or in this case beverage, is the best medicine. Green tea has been around forever, but only in recent years have its full benefits begun to be recognized. Hot-off-the-press research shows there are now more reasons than ever to start drinking green tea. Read on to check out 13 reasons from reputable researchers.
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What does your coffee say about you?
The Express Tribune
Coffee is one of the most loved drinks around the globe, especially in the winter when people literally depend on it for warmth, to say nothing of those who are dependent on their morning shot of caffeine to wake up. However, aside from providing the often-needed early morning boost, the type of coffee people link to drink can also reveal a lot about their personality, according to a recent study.

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Why the best time to drink coffee is not 1st thing in the morning
Drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning blunts the energy-boosting effects of caffeine and may lead to increased tolerance of the stimulant. This counterintuitive fact is explained in engaging visual form by Ryoko Iwata, "a Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle" on her appropriately titled blog, I Love Coffee. Iwata based her post on research gathered by Steven Miller, a Ph.D. candidate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

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Coffee set to get cheaper in 2014
What will 2014 mean for the price of your daily cup (or two) of coffee? If you purchase that morning beverage or afternoon pick-up from your local barista, you probably won't see much of a change. But a continuing oversupply of coffee on a global scale probably means supermarket and wholesale prices will continue to drop.

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Coffee-brewing methods: Pros and cons
The Washington Post
Just a decade ago, the coffee home-brewing industry was all about convenience, aimed at a quick caffeine injection without much thought or industry on the drinker's part. Keurig, Nespresso and Tassimo were among the prime peddlers of coffee pods designed for the worker on the run. But the specialty coffee industry has started to beat back this assault on its beloved drink, and these days, you can buy all kinds of machines and devices to brew your morning joe.
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How can the Philippines be a top coffee exporter again?
What are the future prospects of Philippine coffee exports, and the situation of this commodity which is the world's second most heavily traded next only to oil? Lipa City of Batangas was once a famous coffee exporter in the late 19th century. In 1880, the Philippines was the world's fourth biggest exporter of coffee beans, and when the coffee rust hit Brazil, Africa, and Java, we became the only source of coffee beans worldwide. Lipa City then became very rich. This boom era of the Philippine coffee industry lasted until 1889, when coffee rust hit the Philippines.
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