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Standing up to employee lawsuits
The New York Times
Many small-business owners respond to employee lawsuits with grudging acceptance that, regardless of whether the company broke any laws, the sooner it pays a plaintiff to go away, the better. As repugnant as this may sound, it is a cost of doing business. That, at least, is one approach.
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A hike in the minimum wage could be a huge boon to small businesses
Business Insider
During the State of the Union address President Barack Obama proposed raising the hourly minimum wage $1.75, from $7.25 to $9.00. This would be a significant move, and conveniently there's an immense amount of research available pertaining to its effects. Still a major question that hangs over the debate is the impact that a hike in the minimum would have on small businesses.
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Coffee gets upgrade at fast-food places
San Francisco Chronicle
Guess what? Americans really like coffee. In a show of how true this is, Burger King has upgraded its standard, rather uninspired brew with a new line from Seattle's Best Coffee, part of the Starbucks empire. This follows a similar effort by McDonald's in 2007 to serve a better cup of coffee. Two years later, the company went all-in with its McCafe line of premium coffee drinks, for which the company credited a 25 percent jump in its 2009 coffee sales. In 2011, Wendy's followed the coffee-upgrade trend with its Redhead Roasters brand.
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America's coffee cup is half full
Hot or iced, drip, French press, espresso, Chemex or Keurig, each of us downs about 23 gallons of joe a year on average. It's in our blood. It's also on our streets, where Starbucks outposts outnumber hospitals and colleges. And even on our resumes: 161,000 people list "coffee" as a skill on LinkedIn. But the truth is, our cup is half empty. We could be drinking a lot more coffee and, in fact, we used to.
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Bacteria may be brewing in your coffee mug
Heartland Connection
Reusing your coffee mug is great for the environment, but it may not be so great for your health. Experts say your office coffee mug is used for just about every beverage, making it a home for bacteria.
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Ready-to-drink tea, coffee market to soar
NY Daily News
The humble cup that cheers is now set for huge growth in the ready-to-drink tea and coffee sectors, thanks to the proliferation of cafe culture among urban youth, and is expected to double to a whopping $410 million by 2017, an official said.
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The Quality Coffee Certificate Program is entering its 13th year of educating operators about coffee, water and the important role both play in serving a quality coffee beverage.

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Research: Land suitable for coffee
Daily Nation
The Coffee Research Foundation has found that 2,000 acres of prime land on the slopes of Mt Kenya is suitable for coffee growing. The land in Katheri area, Meru County, borders the mountain and often experiences frost.
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Kenya: Tea companies go green through carbon finance
All Africa
In Kenya's Nyeri district, several hundred miles north of the capital of Nairobi, energy-intensive tea production employs thousands of farmers and tea-factory workers — and now the industry is beginning to go green.
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