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New NC tax break could save small business owners thousands
The husband and wife team behind Will Johnson Building Company recently learned that they qualified for a state tax break that would save them at least $3,875. The Johnsons are among hundreds of thousands of North Carolina business owners who could qualify for a state income tax deduction on their personal income tax returns.
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Outsourcing frees small business owners to focus
Fox Small Business Center
Small business owners like to think they can do it all, but even the most organized business owners sometimes need some help running their businesses. To get that help, many business owners have turned to outsourcing. While the word may evoke images of sending work overseas, small business owners can actually use outsourcing to their advantage by sending work-related functions to companies that have the professional expertise to handle them. Business owners have turned to outsourcing to handle bookkeeping, accounting, logistics and marketing, among other areas of operation.
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Coffee Origin Profile — Indonesia
Indonesia has the perfect coffee growing climate and geography, which is why it's no surprise that it is the fourth largest producer of coffee in the world.

Most coffees are named for the growing region, Sumatra Mandheling is known for the people responsible for growing and processing the cherries. At the green bean stage, coffee from this area has a distinctive bluish color, which is attributed to processing method and lack of iron in the soil. Sumatra coffees are known for their smooth, sweet body that is balanced and intense. Notes of cocoa, tobacco, smoke, earth and cedar wood can show well and generally low-acidity for a smooth easy drinking cup of coffee.

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Uganda coffee exports rise year-on-tear for 3rd month in March
Coffee exports from Uganda, Africa's second-biggest shipper of the beans, rose for a third month year-on-year in March, as exporters bought and released more stocks.
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Analysis: Instant coffee blenders go gourmet after Arabica price drop
Instant coffee drinkers may soon be getting a more gourmet brew than they realize at no extra cost as roasters consider adding higher-quality Arabica beans into their blends. Soaring demand for instant coffee in emerging markets has caused demand growth for caffeine-rich robusta coffee, widely used in soluble coffee, to outpace that for Arabica beans, which dominate the gourmet ground-coffee market. That has pushed the typically cheaper and lower-quality beans to almost par with some Arabicas.
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Q&A: Tea it up, for a health benefit
HT Health
Q: Is drinking tea good for me? If so, what's the healthiest way to drink it? A: A growing body of research suggests that the world's second-most-consumed beverage — only water is more popular — helps prevent cardiovascular disease, burn calories and ward off some types of cancer. All types of tea — black, white, green, oolong and puerh — are healthful.
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New evidence that natural substances in green coffee beans help control blood sugar levels
Medical Xpress
Scientists recently described evidence that natural substances extracted from unroasted coffee beans can help control the elevated blood sugar levels and body weight that underpin type 2 diabetes.
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Bottled water taking a bite out of soda market (Sioux City Journal)
Why is coffee the only thing Americans buy fair trade? (Foreign Policy)

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Water now America's top drink
San Francisco Chronicle
For the first time in 30 years, Americans are more likely to quench their thirst with water than soda. That's according to Beverage Digest, a publication tracking industry trends. Experts attribute this to both the increase in bottled water's popularity and the public health campaign against soda.
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Monster still has upside in the energy drink business
The Motley Fool
The energy drink business has exploded over the past decade and Monster Beverage has been one of the biggest beneficiaries. The good news is that according to analysts at Wells Fargo there's still room for growth. A recent research report was optimistic about energy drinks driving beverage growth and that's good news for Monster.
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The unseen bean: Roasting coffee in the dark
The Huffington Post
When you lose the use of one sense, the others become heightened. That's certainly true for Gerry Leary of Boulder, Colo. Leary has been blind since birth, yet he operates a successful coffee roasting business and a café near Boulder's main pedestrian mall, Pearl Street.

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10 small business tax deductions you shouldn't ignore
Small Business Trends
Tax season is here, and it's time to rifle through your business expense records and make the most of any legitimate small business tax deductions you can claim to lower your overall taxable income.

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How you can benefit from all your stress
This might sound a little crazy, but what if there were another way to think about stress — a way that might actually make it a force for good in our lives?

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4 lessons on environmental sustainability that every corporation should learn
World Resources Institute
Countless companies across the world struggle with some of the key barriers that prevent them from truly integrating sustainability considerations into their long-term strategies. Obstacles such as: capital budgeting processes that fail to account for sustainability initiatives' benefits; financial teams whose goals don't align with those of the sustainability teams; and uncertainty about how to implement metrics that properly account for external environmental costs.
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Shade-grown coffee protects Puerto Rico bay coral reefs
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is an agency that helps farmers voluntarily implement conservation practices on their lands across the U.S. — including land on Puerto Rico. Recent NRCS efforts to help farmers, ranchers and landowners make significant strides in conserving the Guánica Bay/Rio Loco watershed are impressive. This watershed, which is about 100 miles southwest of San Juan, is one of the most diverse and complex in Puerto Rico. One important conservation project on the island is the sun-to-shade coffee initiative. Managed by NRCS with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it focuses on promoting shade-grown coffee among farmers.
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Study: Employees take corporate sustainability efforts home
Environmental Leader
Employees who participate in workplace sustainability programs are likely to promote sustainable practices at home, and encourage others to participate. And 3 out of 4 will make purchasing decisions based on a company's environmentally-conscious practices, a new study finds.
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Quality Coffee Certificate Program (QCCP)
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Tuesday April 23-Coffee Fundamentals
Wednesday April 24-Brewing Fundamentals

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.

Over 1,000 individuals have completed the 2-day fee based course and recognize the difference it has made in their business. The two interactive workshops give everyone a meaningful learning experience. You can complete both sessions at OneShow and then be eligible to take the next step and become a Certified Coffee Specialists. Space is filling up ...

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