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5 helpful tips for sales and marketing cooperation
Business 2 Community
As long as people will be people, and as long as sales and marketing have different goals, we will have conflicts of interest between the two. A recent study by the Corporate Executive Board revealed that 87 percent of the terms used by sales and marketing to describe one another are negative. However, a December 2011 report by Aberdeen Research showed that companies that are best-in-class at aligning marketing and sales see more revenue increases. So, perhaps that stunning revenue growth could be an incentive to find ways for sales and marketing to be more cooperative? Here are five tactics to do just that.
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Higher coffee price trips cut-off switch for Colombia subsidy
Reuters via Fox Business
Colombian coffee growers, who last year received about half of their income from government subsidies to prop them up during a slump in prices, did not recently receive a penny of state aid, but they may not even care.
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Don't panic. But there's a global coffee shortage.
The Washington Post
Usually during this time of year, the delicate Arabica coffee plants in the mountains of Brazil, where most of the world's coffee comes from, are maturing. White, fragrant flowers have appeared, followed by cherry-like fruit, each containing two seeds: Arabica coffee beans, the most popular in the world. But last month, the worst drought in decades hit Brazil's coffee belt region, destroying crop yields and causing the price of coffee to shoot up by more than 50 percent so far this year.
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Drought could drain more than Brazil's coffee crop
NPR
Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Global prices for coffee, in particular, have been affected. Scientists in Brazil say the worst is yet to come — yet no one in the government, it seems, is listening.
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Coffee maker wins national award for roast developed in dorm room
KREM-TV
Roast House Coffee located in north Spokane, Wash., received the Good Food Award for best roasted coffee in the nation, beating out hundreds of other roasters. The guy behind the award winning roast is 21 years old. He got his start roasting coffee in his dorm room while a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Aaron Jordan initially wanted to pursue biblical studies, but soon his hobby of roasting coffee became his real passion.
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Science shows us how to make the most out of our coffee
Geekosystem
If you suspect that your regular morning coffee is no longer giving you the same potent jolt it once did, you could be right — or maybe you're just sleep deprived and delirious. Turns out knowing when to drink coffee so that you can maximize its energy-giving potential is a delicate scientific matter, and beanheads everywhere are doing it all wrong. Steven Miller of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences writes for Gizmodo that knowing how to maximize the benefits of a cup of joe is all about understanding chronopharmacology–how your body's biological rhythms interact with a drug like caffeine.
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Heads up, coffee junkies: A cup of joe is about to get more expensive
Bloomberg Businessweek
Smart coffee junkies will buy an additional bag or two of coffee beans the next time they go shopping because it won't take long for a drought in Brazil to push up retail prices. Brazil supplies about one-third of the world's coffee fix, and the expected shortage in high-grade beans is already percolating on commodity markets.
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Indonesia coffee sales falling as World Cup boosts demand
Bloomberg
Coffee shipments from Indonesia may drop 17 percent this year to the lowest since 2011 as elections and the soccer World Cup raise local consumption to a record and rain cuts output in the third-biggest grower of Robusta.
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Vietnamese coffee could benefit as Arabica prices leap
The Wall Street Journal
Soaring coffee prices could mean increased interest in the cheaper Robusta beans, grown mainly in Vietnam. Coffee prices have risen 55 percent this year thanks to concerns over unusually dry weather in Brazil, the top-grower and exporter of higher quality Arabica coffee beans. Arabica coffee, used by coffee chains like Starbucks, recently hit a 16-month high.
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How to make a simple cup of coffee
The Atlantic
Today's coffee-shop owners don't just place orders for beans. They backpack up the sides of volcanoes in Guatemala and Panama to find previously undiscovered farmers who will grow and process beans to their specifications. And if they've paid to trek to Central America, you don't think they'll just make you a quick cup, do you? The current fashion is to make what should be the simplest of brewing techniques — pouring hot water over ground beans to coax out their subtle, delicate flavors — an exercise in endurance.
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Pricey cat poop coffee doesn't impress these West Michigan experts
MLive
Wondering if cat scat Indonesian coffee is worth $600 a pound? It's not, say the coffee experts after taking part in a blind taste of Kopi Luwak coffee beans, which are fermented in the digestive system of Indonesian tree cats, and other regional Sumatra coffees priced around $16 a pound.

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Rains to end Brazil coffee drought, but damage done
Reuters
Forecasters say widespread rains will soon finally enter the southernmost part of Brazil's coffee belt, breaking a six-week dry spell, but the crop may already have suffered losses of up to 30 percent. With rains having already begun in the southern grain- producing state of Rio Grande do Sul, to the south of Brazil's coffee belt, coffee futures prices slid in mid-day trade by nearly 2 percent.

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Help your team succeed with these 4 leadership tips
The Business Journals
When we get wrapped up in the quicksand of daily tasks, deadlines and meetings, we often forget to value the most essential aspect of our company: the staff. Attention to your staff's needs and concerns should be paramount, considering a healthy portion of your success depends on their drive to perform. By displaying these four fundamental traits, you will both strengthen your leadership and boost your team's success as a whole.

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Things you need to know about health and coffee
The Huffington Post
Dain Wallis writes: I drink my fair share of coffee. Most days I start with a couple cups, which can turn into four or five by the afternoon. I haven't always been an avid coffee drinker though, and began drinking coffee just a few years ago when I realized that it had some potentially incredible health benefits. Prior to that, I was completely anti-caffeine. From a young age I'd always heard that caffeine was addictive and bad for you, so I steered clear. Well, much like many other commonly-believed nutrition myths, this is not the truth- or at least not the entire truth.
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Latest coffee trend is to put butter in your coffee
Fox News
The latest trend in coffee may boost your energy and help you lose weight. Or maybe you'll just throw up. Go ahead, put some butter in your joe. Well, not just any butter, and not just any coffee. The butter has to be unsalted and grass-fed, and the coffee beans have to be low-toxin — not the ones you find at the supermarket or Starbucks.
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Dietitian: Health benefits of tea not black or green issue
The Mankato Free Press
The Tea Association of the USA reports that that on any given day about 154 million people drink tea, but 85 percent of these people are drinking iced tea (although not stated, this leads me to believe that instead of having unsweetened tea, most people are consuming sweetened tea). About 80 percent of tea consumed in the US is black tea and about 19.5 percent is green tea. The health benefits that are associated with drinking tea seem to come from both black and green intake — with little difference seen between the two. Both decaf and regular tea contain these flavonoids, so you can choose whatever suits your lifestyle and taste preference.
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Still or sparkling water? The world has spoken, and it's not even close
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People drink far more still bottled water than sparkling water these days, and the gap has been growing fast, according to market research firm Canadean. Global per capita bottled non-carbonated water consumption has grown from about nine liters per person in 1999, to nearly 27 in 2013 — an almost 200 percent jump. Meanwhile, bottled sparkling water intake per person has grown by a paltry 13 percent to six liters per person.
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New coalition to turn tea from drink to 'hero crop'
Eco-Business
The Tea 2030 partnership — an alliance between Unilever, Twinings, Fairtrade International and other groups — launched a new report that urges supply chain players and consumers to make tea more sustainable by improving farmers' livelihood and addressing climate change.
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Music mogul's journey from rock and roll to a Fairtrade revolution
Co-operative News
Music mogul Paul Birch earned his place in music history in 1979, when he founded indie label Revolver Records, which has more than 3,500 albums in its back catalogue and notched up a series of famous signings, including Manchester legends the Stone Roses. Now, its co-operatively run sister company has a fast-growing range of Fairtrade coffee, clothing and other ethically-produced products. Here, he speaks with Co-operative News about his move to the Fairtrade business model and his hopes for the future of the sector.
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What is corporate social responsibility?
Business 2 Community
Gone are the days in which corporations exist solely to make a profit. While that is still quite a top priority, businesses are now focusing a lot on corporate social responsibility, which is also the way a company deals with its environmental and social impacts. Corporate social responsibility has become, according to a recent study by Cone Communications, an expected part of a corporation's mission.
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Sustainable coffee farming: Uplifting lives, securing futures
Business Mirror
With its mountainous terrain and vast greenery, Tabuk City in Kalinga province may seem like a typical rural center where change comes in slow drips. A quiet transformation, though, has been taking place within its borders — one which positions Tabuk at the forefront of sustainable coffee farming.
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El Nino's return ominous for food production
Environmental Leader
The El Nino weather pattern appears to be returning with the potential threat to global food production. The pattern that sometimes causes drought in some regions and floods in others, is seen as increasingly likely this year. Scientists are still debating the intensity of a potential El Nino, but Australia's Bureau of Meteorology and the U.S. Climate Prediction Center have warned of increased chances one will strike this year, Reuters reports.
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