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Tips for boosting productivity with good office design
The Guardian
Offices were created in the same mold as mass production factories, and they operated in a similar fashion for many years. The arrival of new technologies has led to big changes, yet it is remarkable just how many of the old ideas persist. Business owners are highly interested in the levels of productivity and creativity in their work environments, so they might be concerned to find that many offices are far from ideal. Researchers into business performance are increasingly finding that many offices are unsatisfactory places to work, inspiring neither good ideas nor high levels of productivity. Many employees, it seems, would be more productive if they could work elsewhere.
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10 simple ways to improve your reputation
Forbes
Today, we have to think more about reputation management even more than we did in the past. Not only do we have to worry about how we present ourselves in the flesh, but we also have to be aware of how we come across online. This article is not aimed at teaching you the basics, like avoiding immature or offensive content on social media pages. Hopefully, you know that. This article serves to remind you to create a great impression in real life and then leverage that work to create a strong reputation currency online.
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5 easy ways to keep your email inbox under control
By Liz Murphy
Co-workers and clients aren't the only sources of stress in the workplace. Though it may surprise you, email is also another culprit creating work-related strain and anxiety. In fact, a study released in the U.K. in 2013 revealed that 92 percent of participants exhibited physical signs of elevated stress levels when they received a work email. It's easy to let an inbox to become overwhelming, and unfortunately taking a vacation from your work email is not always possible. But here are five easy ways you can become the boss of your own inbox once again.
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How to respond to cyber attacks on your business
IPWatchdog
Statistics show that hacking activities across the globe have been ramping up at a feverish clip the past few years, and we're seeing plenty of evidence that small and mid-sized businesses have to be on their guard more than ever to prevent an attack. Still, a survey conducted by Ernst & Young found that 96 percent of executives don't believe their business is prepared to handle a cyber attack. Appreciation of vulnerability is, of course, an important first step, but what can you do to prevent an attack? What should you do when an attack has occurred? Every business needs to think through these issues before there is a problem.
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How 7 people test 400 million pounds of Starbucks coffee a year
Fast Company
At Starbucks's Seattle headquarters, seven people taste 75 percent of the beans that the company buys and roasts each year. Here's how they get it done — without unduly influencing fellow testers.
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Tips to help you brew a better cup of coffee
West Hawaii Today
If convenience foods turned Americans into strangers in their own kitchens, imagine the damage that automated home brewers have done. Many of us have no clue how to brew a good cup of coffee. But we have tips from roasters, from baristas and from The Washington Post Food staff, for both beginners and the more advanced home coffee brewer.
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As coffee brewing methods go, this one's super-geeky
SlashGear
Coffee can be super-geeky when you want it to be. Not everyone is content with Nespresso or Keurig, but while drip methods can be simple and still deliver far greater results, winning awards for your brewing takes a little extra work. 2014 North East Brewers Cup champion Todd Carmichael has one such method, snatching first prize with a convoluted but fun double-filtering system that's likely to prove divisive for coffee enthusiasts.
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Tea popularity grows as people seek its health benefits
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Health benefits are a major reason U.S. tea consumption has grown steadily for the past two decades, the Tea Association of the USA says. The upward trend could mean a doubling of the annual wholesale value of the U.S. tea industry, now at about $10 billion, during the next several years.
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Coffee bean prices are down, so why hasn't the cost of a cup followed suit?
The Omaha World Herald
The price of raw green coffee plummeted last year to its lowest price in more than six years, but coffee drinkers haven't noticed a difference at the drive-through window. The price of your morning brew at Omaha coffee shops like Starbucks, Scooter's, Aromas and Crane Coffee hasn't budged in over a year, except, in a few cases, to go up.
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Why is coffee in France so bad?
Slate
There is one thing the guidebooks, the Francophiles, and the blissed-out romantics never tell you: The coffee in France is lousy. Paris is a city of café culture, not a city of coffee culture. That may come as a shock to those who believe the sophisticated French palate extends across the entire food and beverage spectrum. But while the sommelier is a revered position and Paris continues to be a hub for the gastronomic elite, more often than not you’ll find the end of your meal rounded off with an overly bitter shot made from mediocre beans.
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Climate change threatens tea crops
The Boston Globe
Everyone knows that climate change threatens coastlines and wildlife. But its effects won't be limited to destroying property and altering the natural world; it will also affect the quality of experiences and products we now take for granted — such as the simple ritual of sipping a cup of tea.
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Uganda considers developing drought resistant coffee beans
Reuters
Uganda, Africa's biggest coffee exporter, wants to develop a coffee bean that is resistant to drought to help mitigate the impact of climate change on its crop, the state-run industry regulator said.

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Coffee at home: Experiments in brewing
The Washington Post
So a high-quality cup begins with freshly roasted beans, but it doesn’t end there. Home brewing has evolved beyond the one-button convenience of Mr. Coffee and the disposable pods of Nespresso. You need education.

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Travel trends that entrepreneurs need to know to keep costs down
Financial Post
The year ahead could prove tricky for entrepreneurs when it comes to managing travel budgets, 2014 travel forecasts by American Express Travel and travel provider CWT Solutions Group show. While airfares should stay flat or even decline slightly, both organizations warn of modest price increases for North American hotel stays and car rentals.

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Global tea polyphenols market set to hit $368 million by 2020
FoodNavigator-USA
Tea polyphenols are poised to enjoy strong growth over the next decade, with a new market report calling for the global market in the ingredients to hit $368 million by 2020. That makes sense to observers, who say the popularity of tea, green tea in particular, boosts awareness of the ingredients derived from the plant.
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Maine's bottled water industry taps into an $11.8 billion trend
Mainebiz
The recent chemical leak in West Virginia that left 300,000 residents without useable tap water for close to a week underscores the growing market for bottled water. But the demand for bottled water extends far beyond emergencies: sales already are on track to top those of carbonated soft drinks by 2020, driven by health-conscious, on-the-go consumers.
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The perfect cup of tea: Here's how you're doing it wrong
Metro
Painstaking research into the matter has concluded that Brits are extremely particular about how to make tea and whilst that might seem like a statement of the bleeding obvious, apparently the methodology for getting tea "just right" isn't quite so clear to everyone. Just in case you're doing it wrong, read ahead ...
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How to make flavored coffee creamer at home
The Huffington Post
Coffee creamer is a staple recipe that every home cook should have in their repertoire. The base is easy, and you can control the flavoring and sweetness levels, which is something many people really enjoy because they find that store-bought creamers are often overpowering. The simplicity of this recipe will allow you to focus on the fun part: dreaming up delicious flavors that will bring your morning cup of joe to a whole new level.
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Nature's Best to distribute Alkame bottled water
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U.S.-based Alkame Holdings, the parent company of Alkame Water, has entered into a distribution agreement with Nature's Best, a wholesaler-distributor in the country. As per the agreed terms, Nature's Best will carry Alkame ultra-hydration bottled water, enabling the company to expand its retail presence in the Western U.S.
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Juan Valdez's coffee journey from Colombia to Kuwait
The Huffington Post
Globalization is no news but the way it works sometimes is. Colombian largest producer of Arabica coffee Juan Valdez has recently opened its first store in Kuwait, one of the countries located in the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf — or as it has also been controversially named by some Arab countries, the Arabian Gulf.
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Why Illy will never sell fair trade coffee
Quartz
Illycaffè says its coffee doesn't mix with fair trade. Andrea Illy, the company's chairman and CEO, told Quartz that while he endorses higher wages for growers, you won't be seeing any "Fairtrade certified" Illy coffee. At the recent opening of the first Illy café in London, he offered two reasons why.
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