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Small business disaster preparedness tips
Small Business Computing
Is your business ready should a disaster strike? Assuming that you already have a data backup and recovery plan, it's time to turn your attention to your most vital resource: your work force. Phil Cox, founder and CEO of Legacy Food Storage, a Utah-based provider of prepackaged freeze-dried meals, doesn't just sell products that keep households fed during emergencies, he believes in keeping his own workers safe. Emergencies can take many forms and oftentimes arrive unannounced, reminds Cox. A natural disaster, industrial accident, infrastructure collapse or even a criminal act can cut off your employees from their homes with zero time to prepare. That means your business has to step up be their port in the storm. Here are his tips for helping your employees cope with emergencies.
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9 steps to effective business emails
By Joe Latta
Email communication is a key part of nearly every project, client relationship and business development effort. In fact, according to a study by the Radicati Group, this year the average corporate employee will dedicate 28 percent of each workday to email, sending and receiving more than 115 messages. Unfortunately, all too often the email messages we create are structured and sent in ways that confuse co-workers, annoy clients and frustrate prospects. That's why we're discussing nine easy steps to make your emails simpler and more powerful.
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We couldn't believe how many cool coffee machine concept designs are out there
Business Insider
Tell them that you're drinking anything less than an elaborate pourover, and coffee snarks won't even give you the time of day. But for those who can't be bothered to grind their own beans or make the special trip to the store to buy the hardware, a teen named Cameron Hughes has your solution.
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An ode to pour-over coffee
Fast Company
The pour-over coffee process provides a ritual rich with tactility. Because as cognitively as one might approach the process, measuring the beans, controlling the grind, bringing the water up to just the right temperature and weighing how much water to add, pour-over requires more than proper titration. Each new cup necessitates just a little bit of skill and a little bit of grace, grounded in a series of meditative gut checks.
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Indonesian coffee deliveries seen slowing as harvest nears end
Bloomberg
Coffee deliveries from farms in Indonesia, the world's third-biggest producer of the robusta variety, slowed as the crop there comes to an end, according to Volcafe Ltd., the coffee unit of ED&F Man Holdings Ltd.
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3 companies benefiting from increased coffee demand
The Motley Fool
Americans love their coffee! According to a Sept. 10, 2013, Beverage Industry article, "83 percent of the U.S. adult population now drinks coffee" representing a "five-point uptick compared with last year." A fast pace of life and the desire to connect with other people in coffeehouses serve as catalysts for this recent increase. Three publicly traded businesses will benefit from this uptick, and here's why.
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Colombia, land of Juan Valdez coffee, braces for Starbucks
The Boston Globe
Here in the land of coffee, the Juan Valdez coffee chain has had it easy. Its souvenir-filled stores number 170 nationwide. There are 68 in other countries, from Spain to the U.S., where a store does business blocks from the White House. If anything, the chain named after the iconic coffee farmer — a creation of a Madison Avenue ad firm in 1959 — has faced just one big challenge: getting Colombians, accustomed to exporting their best beans, to sip white chocolate cappuccinos and iced caramel macchiatos.
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Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee ranks with world's best
The Toronto Sun
Everyone knows James Bond likes his martinis "shaken not stirred." But when it comes to coffee, Agent 007's beverage of choice — at least in the novel Live and Let Die — is a Blue Mountain brew from Jamaica. Only the best for Britain's debonair spy. Of course, there's another reason for the choice. Bond creator Ian Fleming, who once lived in Jamaica (his house called "Goldeneye" is now part of exclusive resort of the same name) was a fan.
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All Little Debbie products are now available as pre-ordered bakery fresh pastry with your vend distributor. This includes Mini Donuts, Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls. Distributors may also be stocking top-sellers like the Oatmeal Cream Pie and Nutty Bar. Call your distributor today to place your order (or pre-order) for Little Debbie snack cakes.
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Lazy tea drinkers will soon be able to boil water with their iPhone
TIME
In the ever-expanding menu of high-tech kitchen appliances, there are already apps that signal when microwave popcorn is ready and steak on the grill is cooked medium-well — and don't even require users to be in the room. Now the latest product to pick up steam is the iKettle, which can boil water and be a morning alarm clock all via an iPhone app.
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Aeropress Coffee system might become 1 of our favorite kitchen toys
The Huffington Post
When the Aerobie Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker hit my desk, the same small voice kicked in, "How can it really make coffee that much better?" I waited patiently until hot coffee season arrived again and gave it a whirl. I'm no Luddite, but I'll admit to being a little intimidated by this contraption at first. The Aeropress looks a bit like a bike tire pump that's lost its way. But, after a quick read-through of the basic instructions, I was on my way to brewing a double espresso with hot water and air pressure alone.
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Tea Forte launches deeper steep. New NOIR tea line builds bridge to connect coffee and tea drinkers
Broadway World
Tea Forte, the global luxury tea company, recently announced the launch of their innovative line of NOIR pan-roasted black teas. Carefully crafted using select leaves from the famed Jamguri tea garden in the Assam highlands in Northern India, NOIR tea offers a robust concentrated character to delight even the coffee purist. Read more about Tea Forte Launches Deeper Steep. New NOIR Tea Line Builds Bridge to Connect Coffee and Tea Drinkers.
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Lipton plans to unveil new tea energy drink
The Virginian Pilot
Lipton's Suffolk plant is rolling out another new product that it hopes will boost sales as much as it boosts those who drink it. It's called Lipton Natural Energy and is being marketed as, well, a natural alternative to artificially concocted midlevel energy drinks.
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October is Fair Trade month in the US
Global Coffee Review
Fairtrade America is marking National Fair Trade Month with a series of activities in line with its theme of Think Fair, Play Fair, Speak Fair, Buy Fair and Be Fair. The organization has a full schedule of events running around the country throughout the month, has launched a video about its work, and is running a special prize draw of Fairtrade products.
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The coffee climate care project addresses climate change in the Vietnamese coffee sector
Broadway World
UTZ Certified and the DE (Douwe Egberts) Foundation have launched the Coffee Climate Care project (C 3), a three-year multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at establishing adaptation strategies that will make coffee producers more resilient against the impacts of climate change.

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Denver can't get enough caffeine: The buzz on local roasters and coffee shops
Eater
Lately in Denver coffee shops are like breweries: popping up left and right. Staying on top of the city's coffee craze is keeping Eater busy, and highly caffeinated. Here's the latest on Denver's java scene, brought to you by a new coffee shop, probably in your neighborhood.

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High-tech coffee war seethes in Silicon Valley; In Boston, not so much
Boston Business Journal
Facebook has installed founder Mark Zuckerberg's favorite coffee brand in its headquarters. Other tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are investing millions in coffee roasters, the way they would a high-growth startup. Boston has its share of posh caffeineries — Barismo, Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, Terroir Coffee, Red Barn Coffee Roasters, for example — but so far, no one has thought to invest $20 million in any of these bean vendors.

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10 things you didn't know about Fair Trade coffee
The Daily Meal
Ordering a coffee shouldn't elicit a sense of panic surrounding whether or not your favorite coffee shop practices fair trade. We aren't suggesting you drop everything and double-check to make sure that the coffee served has been farmed fairly, but we are proposing you gain a little more knowledge about fair trade practices and how they affect one of America's favorite drinks.
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The benefits of Fair Trade: Building future security
The Guardian
Kagera Co-operative Union is the largest and oldest and largest Fairtrade co-operative in Africa. There are many signs that KCU is an organization that understands how to put down its roots, build security for its future and bring real benefits to local communities. It has constructed roads and bridges to link farming groups to the coffee collection areas, helping the farmers who have to transport their crops across the hillsides. The organization has invested in an instant coffee factory that supplies the ready to drink beverage to different African countries. It has helped with the construction of many schools and health centers.
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