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7 steps to hiring great hourly employees
By Mel Kleiman
Most employers don't take a systematic approach to hiring, especially when it comes to hourly employees. They just post an ad on their website or a job board, collect applications, interview a few people and choose one. Unfortunately, this no-system, easy-hire approach is self-defeating. It tells every applicant you just need a body to fill the position. And it's why the person hired will often turn out to have an "it's just a job" attitude because that's the impression the employer gave them. The better approach is to create a system and hire tough.
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15 valuable tips from 15 years in business
The Huffington Post
Melina Emerson shares some advice from her experience: When I started my own business fifteen years ago, I've picked up more than a few tips along the way. While some lessons were costly, if I had to, I'd do it the same way all over again. Yes, collecting a paycheck made it easier to follow a budget, however, I am so grateful to be a small business owner because it's significantly more rewarding than the everyday nine to five grind. To commemorate my fifteenth anniversary in business, here are 15 valuable tips from 15 years in business.
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Which country has the biggest coffee, tea industry?
Relaxnews via CTV News
When it comes to hot beverages, the world is divided in two camps: coffee drinkers and tea drinkers, and seldom the twain shall meet. That's the synopsis of the latest report from Euromonitor International, which found that for most markets, consumers who are primarily coffee drinkers are less likely to drink much tea, and vice versa. While this generalization is true of Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the distinction is blurrier in Eastern Europe, the report notes.
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Will the coffee bean shortage cause you to raise prices?
Small Business Trends
Coffee prices are on the rise thanks to unseasonably dry weather in Brazil, the world's largest coffee producing country. The coffee bean shortage hasn't had a major impact on businesses and consumers just yet. But experts say a price increase may be coming. And small cafes and roasters are likely to feel the impact more than large suppliers.
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Coffee isn't just getting more expensive. It's likely to start tasting worse, too
Quartz
Brazil is on the verge of a coffee shortage, and that could be bad news for the quality of your morning caffeine fix. An extended drought in Brazil has significantly curbed expectations for this year's coffee harvest. The crop could fall below 50 million bags, which would be about eight million short of the country's production potential. While it hasn't yet resulted in more expensive coffee at the counter, it could soon. But it also could lead to the start of a subtle bean migration that could negatively impact the taste of coffee blends.
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Science confirms: The more coffee you drink, the longer you will live
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Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It is more than just dark-colored liquid with caffeine ... coffee actually contains hundreds of different compounds, some of which have important health benefits. Several massive studies have now shown that the people who drink the most coffee live longer and have a reduced risk of diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes.
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Coffee farmers getting roasted
Futures
Finishing my second cup of coffee this morning brings to mind the near 70 percent rally in coffee futures that we have seen over the past four months. After making a seven-year low near $1 per pound in November 2013, coffee has been on a tear with futures closing at $1.80 as of Feb. 28. While this would appear beneficial for producers, coffee farmers the world over are struggling to adapt to ever-changing, and perhaps worsening, growing conditions.
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10 health benefits of green tea
Care2
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.
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Mexico's water solution could be a problem for Dr. Pepper Snapple
Forbes
Although Mexico doesn't feature in the top fifty nations ranked by GDP per capita, the country has the world's largest appetite for carbonated soft drinks. In addition to sugary drinks, Mexico also has the world's highest per capita bottled water consumption of around 260 liters (69 gallons), thus providing a solid sales ground for beverage manufacturers. Dr Pepper Snapple is one such beverage maker, which generated 8 percent of its net sales in 2013 from Latin America alone, with more than 90 percent coming from Mexico. As Dr. Pepper faces a soda slump in the U.S., and has no immediate plans of international expansion, the company has looked to derive top line growth from Mexico. Dr. Pepper's sales in the country rose 11 percent last year, while the overall sales remained flat.
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Can coffee help you burn fat?
Care2
Coffee contains caffeine… which is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine has made its way to most commercial fat burning supplements, for good reason. It is one of the few substances that is known to help mobilize fats from the fat tissues and increase metabolism.

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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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5 helpful tips for sales and marketing cooperation
Business 2 Community
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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Decaf coffee taste test: The good, the bad and the really, really bad
The Huffington Post
Decaf is often meet with scorn in the coffee world, and it's usually completely deserved. It's coffee without its greatest attribute — caffeine — so what's even the point? Also, it tastes terrible 99 percent of the time. This scornful attitude only heightens decaf's bad reputation, because it means that it's made with zero love and no care — and decaf needs all the help it can get. It isn't easy to make good decaffeinated coffee. The very process of removing caffeine from coffee can sometimes strip the beans of the chemicals that give coffee its bold and complex flavors, significantly increasing the chances of a flat and bland end product. That's why it's even more important to seek out which brands do it right.
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More companies face climate-related risks to supply chains
GreenBiz
It's easy to talk about companies needing to understand climate risks in their supply chains. It's a lot harder to do something about it. Risk and supply chains were woven tightly throughout the conversation at the recent Climate Leadership Conference in San Diego. It brought together leaders across public and private sectors — from business to government to utilities — to explore the latest science, projections and opportunities presented by increasing climatological changes.
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Why this man gave up his $40 million company to 'fix' coffee
Forbes
A serial entrepreneur in his mid-40s, Michael Jones founded Implantable Provider Group in 2004, a healthcare company that buys medical implants like pacemakers, gives them to hospitals and collects reimbursements from insurance carriers. However, in 2011 he left IPG, taking a sabbatical to think about what to do next. Jones' father-in-law is a coffee farmer in Jamaica and Jones began thinking about why the coffee market is so volatile and what could be done about it.Jones decided he wanted to bring his entrepreneurial verve to coffee farming and develop a new model that would make the whole enterprise more profitable and innovative.
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Don't panic. But there's a global coffee shortage. (The Washington Post)

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