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New trends in coffee: The age of the nano-roaster
Serious Eats
When it comes to coffee, people have been talking about micro-roasters for awhile. Now there's a new trend happening: the nano-roaster. How did we get here? Let's dig through the history a bit, starting at the beginning of the last decade.
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Coca-Cola to buy 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee
The New York Times
Coca-Cola recently agreed to buy a 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, as it seeks to cement ties with the fast-growing coffee company. Under the terms of the deal, Coke will buy about 16.7 million shares in Green Mountain for about $1.25 billion. The shares were priced at $74.98 each, representing the volume-weighted average price for the last 50 days.
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Vietnamese bittersweet coffee sipped worldwide
Guardian Liberty Voice
Vietnam has been dubbed the world's number one fabricator and trafficker of coffee. They cultivate Arabica but their specialty is their famous Robusta coffee. It can be found in basically every store and mainly produced as a favorite for instant coffee. It has become extremely popular and has profited greatly in the market because of its low-cost.
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Coffee surges 24 percent in 2014, prices could rally much more from here
Seeking Alpha
Coffee is still cheap compared with 2011's prices. Prices for coffee have surged this year, a lone bright spot in the otherwise-gloomy agricultural space. Arabica coffee, one of the two main types of coffee beans (along with Robusta), is up 24 percent so far in 2014 on the back of a terrible drought in the growing regions of Brazil, the No. 1 producer. Analysts say that supplies are sure to be crimped this year, and that Arabica coffee will finally bottom out after three straight annual losses. The charts seem to agree with that fundamental outlook.
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Coffee prices surge on dry weather in Brazil
The Associated Press via ABC News
Coffee prices rose for a seventh straight day on concern that dry weather in Brazil will harm this year's crop. The price of coffee for March delivery rose 6.85 cents, or 5 percent, to $1.43 a pound. That's the highest price since last May. Coffee prices have climbed 29 percent this year.
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Krispy Kreme coffee coming to Keurig K-Cups
Charlotte Business Journal
Krispy Kreme is coming to your Keurig. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has signed a multi-year deal with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., the company which pioneered the Keurig single-cup coffee-brewing technology, to serve the N.C. doughnut maker's signature coffee blends in K-Cup packs by the end of this year.
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Berry borer disease a nightmare for coffee planters
Deccan Herald
At a time, when coffee harvest is completed, coffee berry borer disease is causing nightmare to Arabica coffee growers in Mudigere taluk. With this, there seems to be no end to the problems of coffee planters in Chikmagalur district.
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Climate change comes for your cup of tea
Think Progress
Next to water, tea is the most popular and widely-consumed beverage in the world. Globally, six million acres are devoted to tea production. But the future of this multi-billion dollar crop is jeopardized by a host of climate-related changes that are making it harder to grow tea and altering the quality of the final product in teapots around the world.
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What's so great about espresso?
Slate
The question above is answered here by Peter Baskerville, who has founded, owned and managed more than 15 cafés and coffee shops and made more than 100,000 cups of espresso coffee for customers.

At its simplest level, the espresso coffee brewing method extracts the best without the worst of coffee's taste components. It's the only coffee brewing method that can extract the best of the 800 aromatic compounds found in roasted coffee without including the naturally occurring chlorogenic acids or more commonly categorized as tannins or tannic acids. If poorly processed, these tannic acids can leach into the coffee brew, adding an astringent bitter taste that is characteristic of so many other brewing methods.

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Coffee to soybean wagers climb on Brazilian drought
Bloomberg
Hedge funds raised bullish commodity bets to a 15-week high after a drought in Brazil threatened crops from coffee to soybeans. The net-long position across 18 U.S.-traded commodities climbed 15 percent to 900,330 futures and options in the week ended Feb. 4, the biggest gain since August. Investors turned bullish on arabica coffee for the first time since July 2012 and soybean wagers rose by the most in almost three months. Brazil is the biggest exporter of both crops.

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Coffee surges with sugar as Brazil heat wave threatens crop loss
Bloomberg
Coffee and sugar futures soared in New York as record-high temperatures triggered supply concerns in Brazil, the world's top producer and exporter of the crops. Brazil had the hottest January ever and the least rain for the period in 20 years, according to Marco Antonio dos Santos, an agronomist at Somar Meteorologia. Arabica coffee entered a bull market, up 23 percent from a closing low in November, and raw-sugar prices posted the biggest daily increase in 14 months.

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5 things every small business owner should do now
Business News Daily
The world of small business is constantly changing. What worked five years ago, or even just last year, won't necessarily work today. In order to stay afloat, entrepreneurs need to keep up with what's happening on the tech, management and health care fronts, and make sure their business is as up-to-date as possible.

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What the increase in water consumption means for soft-drink makers
The Motley Fool
Coca-Cola is heavily levered to the carbonated-beverage space. This means that a large part of its revenue is generated via soft-drink sales, unlike PepsiCo, which has a large snacks business. The next great race for the soft-drink companies will be in bottled water, considering that the broader trend is that consumers are trading away from soft drinks. The move toward bottled water should continue as consumer preferences change due to a increase in health consciousness and the threat of new taxes/regulation on carbonated sugary drinks. With the way things are going, bottled-water sales will outpace soda sales within the next decade.
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Biodiversity = more (and better) coffee
The Scientist
Some African coffee plantations have wild plants and animals to thank for bountiful harvests, according to new research. German scientists have found that bees, birds and bats greatly impact both the quantity and quality of coffee harvests in Tanzanian plantations surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Jolt of aid approved for struggling coffee farmers
The Tico Times
Six months after Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla's government proposed roughly $40 million in aid to the country's struggling coffee farmers, the Comptroller General's Office approved the project, according to a recent statement. The Agriculture and Livestock Ministry requested the Finance Ministry transfer funds to the Banco de Costa Rica, which will distribute the aid.
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