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6 CEO productivity tips to steal for yourself
Mashable
Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around. Whether running a small business or a multi-national corporation, CEOs have to manage time, resources, and multiple demands while finding the time and head space to make decisions and plot strategies that will determine the course of their business. Which means that they've developed some master systems and tricks to maximize their productivity. So, why can't we steal a few moves from their playbooks? Whether you aspire to run your own business or want to be more productive at your current job, check out this list of CEO-proven tips that you can apply to any facet of your life.
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Structuring your sales and marketing team for success
Business 2 Community
Sales and marketing alignment has been a hot topic for a couple of years now, but is alignment really enough? The idea of taking two organizations with completely different skill sets and missions and fusing them into one sales and marketing machine is nice in theory, but in practice, there are some issues. Is there a better way to build a rockstar sales and marketing team?
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Make no mistake, emotion sells
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3 social media time-saving tips for business owners
Business 2 Community
Social media is a large part of most businesses marketing efforts, and it's one that can easily take a great deal of time. What if there were simple things you could do to help you dedicate less time to social media and more time to other parts of your business? Here are three tips you can use today to get some extra hours back in your day.
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How to choose the right technology for your small business
BusinessNewsDaily
As a small business, choosing which types of technologies to adopt can be tough. Not only are there so many types of technologies from which to choose, but making the wrong decision can result in additional problems instead of fixing those the technology was designed to solve. Moreover, new technologies are rapidly becoming available, making it even more difficult to determine which are worth the investment.
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Coffee affects ethical behavior? Take a sip of this study
Associations Now
According to research by business professors at three major universities — the University of Washington, the University of Arizona and the University of North Carolina — coffee affects the ethical decisions we make at the office. Really. According to the study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, sleepy employees have weak ethical judgment, but a cup of coffee perks them up — and encourages better decision making.
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Chicagoans warm up to tea culture
Chicago Sun-Times
Is Chicago putting down its cup of Joe for a nice spot of tea? Coffee may continue to reign as the beverage of choice here, but tea's popularity is definitely brewing, say Chicago-area tea experts. Bill Todd of River Forest's Todd & Holland tea merchants, which has been selling fine teas for 20 years, said he's certainly noticing an increased number of new customers entering his store.
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How to make your coffee truly healthy
Men's Health via Fox News
It's like dark chocolate: How can something so good be good for you? Well, its time you started believing in the power of your java. Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a study from the University of Scranton. Plus, a growing body of research suggests that quaffing a few cups a day can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's and even prostate cancer. The catch? While any coffee will provide some payoff, you need to pick the right roast, storage strategy, and brew method if you want joe with mojo. Here's your step-by-step guide to making your coffee its healthiest.
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Can you guess which coffee chain has the most loyal customers? You might be surprised!
The Motley Fool
If you answered Starbucks you would be wrong! In spite of the almost cult-like following of Starbucks, Dunkin Brands' Dunkin' Donuts took the top honor for the eighth consecutive year among coffee products and the second straight year among packaged coffee, with Starbucks coming in second in both categories.
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Global coffee shortage averted for now, but bean price could still rise
National Journal
Coffee — the life blood of offices, the nectar of productivity, the banisher of morning grumpiness — could get even more expensive this year. Long story short: Brazil, which produces much of the world's coffee, experienced a historic drought in January. This month, the price of the popular Arabica variety of bean that Brazil grows rose to its highest point in two years, at $2.07 a pound.
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6 homemade iced coffee recipes for your spring caffeine fix
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Are you ready to say hello to summer and hello to Starbucks iced coffee drinks? We are, but our wallets aren't so sure. Nothing spikes the thirst for an iced caffeinated drink quite like warm weather does, but once those frosts are few and far between, and the hot temperatures are here to stay, our wallets can be in hot water if we decide to indulge ourselves with iced coffees every day. That's why it's important to learn how to make Starbucks copycat iced drinks at home, or even better, outdo the monopolizing chain. Save your money for Starbucks's pumpkin spice lattes and make one of these six homemade iced coffee drinks today.
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A huge step forward for fine robusta. Is the specialty coffee market ready?
Daily Coffee News
Long talked about for its potential in the growing specialty market, fine robusta is taking a big step forward with the Uganda-led development of a fine robusta training and research institute. The Uganda Coffee Development Authority says the Center of Robusta Excellence will bring together coffee industry leaders from throughout Africa and the world for research and education to increase quality and differentiated value in fine robusta. In the process, they hope to break down the robusta quality taboo among influential specialty buyers.
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Coffee prices up because of Brazil weather
WJXT-TV
Coffee prices are going up because of renewed concerns about the outlook for Brazil's crop. The price of coffee beans has risen about 85 percent this year on concerns that dry weather in Brazil will damage the harvest there. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, accounting for about a third of global production. "It's part of the economic cycle, it's part of the geological cycle," said Jennifer O'Donnell, of Chamblin's Coffee Cafe in downtown Jacksonville.

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Productivity tips for small business owners
Tempo
Limited time, energy and resources are just some of the challenges faced by small business owners on a day-to-day basis. Thankfully, entrepreneurs today have tools such as PCs, tablets and smartphones to help them be in control of the game. Here are some tips on how small business owners can leverage technology to boost their productivity.

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4 relaxation tips for busy entrepreneurs
Forbes
Small business owners commit themselves to their businesses, frequently working 60+ hour weeks to stay afloat. It's a labor of love, but it shouldn't take over your life. Finding a balance between work and private life isn't just about preserving your sanity — it's critical to the future of your business.

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Nestlé loses a clash over single-serve coffee
The New York Times
Nestlé, the world's largest food company, was recently handed a defeat in its fight to maintain the global lead in the sale of single-dose coffee capsules. A competition regulator in France agreed that the Swiss giant might have abused its market dominance in siding with two competitors that had accused its Nespresso unit of undermining their sales, the latest twist in a continuing coffee clash.
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5 myths about caffeine, busted
The Huffington Post
Whether you love yourself a good cup of coffee or love to hate it, you probably have some strong feelings about caffeine. Between religious restrictions and those of us who feel proud to be caffeine-free, what some call the most widely-used drug on the planet can be pretty polarizing. But much of the hubbub stems from some misguidance when it comes to caffeine and it's deleterious effects. Here, we set the record straight on some common caffeine myths.
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Oatmeal right from your coffee maker
The Wall Street Journal
Will people soon use their coffee maker to brew oatmeal? General Mills Inc. thinks so. It plans to start selling Nature Valley brand oatmeal that can be cooked with a counter top Keurig machine. The machines make single servings of coffee, tea and other drinks using drop-in capsules. Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal includes a packet of oatmeal, another packet of nuts and fruit and a flavor capsule that is mixed with the oats when hot water filters through the machine. The product is meant to capitalize on something Keurig owners already do: Use the machine to quickly brew water for their instant oatmeal, says John Haugen, vice president of New Business Development for General Mills.
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Coffee demand fueled by WWII workers
The Northwestern
The days of delivering coffee by horse and carriage may seem distant but the core of the coffee-making process remains the same, says Jay Torke, COO of Torke Coffee Roasting Co. Elwood Torke started the company in Sheboygan in 1941 with the help of his father, Adolf. Before founding the company, Elwood worked for Borden's in Chicago and was offered the national sales manager job in New York. However, his wife objected to living so far away from her family in Wisconsin. Elwood then began considering his opportunities outside his employer
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The healing powers of green tea
Sunrise Senior Living
For many people, taking time out to relax with a hot cup of tea is a regular part of their daily lives. Science suggests that now there's even more reason to enjoy that green tea. And if you weren't a green tea drinker before, this may give you something to think about. Recent scientific studies have uncovered a plethora of health benefits green tea can provide, both physical and mental.
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East African tea growers lobby for removal of domestic sales tax
Bloomberg
East African tea producers lobbied their governments to scrap value-added tax on domestic sales to help stimulate prices through increased consumption after higher output pushed auction rates to the lowest in 13 years.
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What you taste when you taste Sumatran coffee
Drinks
Everybody has favorite things they love — or love to hate — in coffee. And as the so-called third-wave, specialty, progressively lighter-roasting trend has swelled, there's one part of the coffee-growing world that continues to suffer in the opinion of many finer roasters: Sumatra. Why such maligning of an Arabica-producing coffee region with a nearly year-round harvest? The answer has both to do with flavor and with our misunderstanding of where flavor comes from.
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Drink to your health with the benefits of tea
The Star-Ledger
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently featured not one, but 11 new studies highlighting the many ways in which tea can supposedly improve our well-being. The research was originally presented at an entire symposium devoted to Tea and Human Health, held in Washington, D.C.
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Bottled water industry supports Earth Day 2014
International Bottled Water Association
The bottled water industry is focused on helping people lead healthier lives and enjoy environmentally friendly communities. "In keeping with this year's Earth Day theme of 'Green Cities,' the International Bottled Water Association demonstrates a sustainable community focus through its numerous environmental impact-reduction efforts, which are built on a foundation of solid science and smart decisions," says Chris Hogan, vice president of communications for IBWA. "From resource management to investing in new LEED certified facilities, the bottled water industry is taking a broad-based approach to being good stewards of the environment."
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Research: Proportion of shade grown coffee decreasing worldwide
The Daily Texan
If you drink one type of sustainable coffee, your next caffeine buzz may be in short supply, according to research by one University of Texas professor. Biology assistant professor Shalene Jha found that the proportion of land used for shade-grown coffee, or coffee grown below the canopy of a forest, has decreased worldwide by 20 percent since 1996. Coffee growth worldwide is shifting from the shade grown coffee toward the more intensive style of farming e.g. sun grown coffee, which could have damaging effects on the environment.
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Unlocking the value of your company's sustainability strategy
GreenBiz
A recent BCG/MIT study showed that although 62 percent of companies have a sustainability strategy, only 32 percent saw their actions on sustainability positively impacting their profit, 32 percent said it was a wash and 11 percent said that it subtracted from profit. The rest reported that they didn't know.
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