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The top 10 workplace trends for 2014
Forbes
The economy is showing no signs of getting better and now with Obamacare next year, there are going to be some major changes. 2014 will be a slow period, where a lot of major workplace issues will surface and executives will be scrambling. As more boomers retire and more people work from home, the idea of "work" will start to change. Hiring processes are going to start to shift as more recruiters rely on the Internet and the word "reputation" will become even more important to professionals and companies alike. Here are the trends that will affect you one way or another next year.
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9 tips to business success by anticipating problems
Business Insider
Entrepreneurs who are great problem solvers within any business are the best prepared to solve their customers' needs effectively as well. In fact, every business is about solutions to customer problems — no problems, no business. Problems are an everyday part of every business and personal environment. Thus it behooves all of us to work on mastering the discipline of problem solving. Here is a formula from Brian Tracy, in his book "The Power of Self-Discipline" that will help entrepreneurs move up a notch in this category.
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Who made that coffee lid?
The New York Times
In the late 1970s, when you ordered coffee to go, you usually had to tear a hole in the plastic lid if you wanted to drink through it. This maneuver was so awkward that you risked burning your hand. So in the 1980s, a number of food-packaging engineers tried to fix the problem. William and Kenneth Dart, of the Dart Container Corporation, created one of the first of a new breed of coffee-cup lids, filing a patent in 1981 for a plastic disc with a press-down tab that acted like a valve. The inventors called this feature a "lip-engaging buttress"; you pushed on it with your upper lip to release a gulp of coffee. Once you finished drinking, the tab snapped back into place to prevent spills. (Kenneth Dart, who made a fortune in this and other business ventures, later renounced his citizenship and moved to Belize, where he was exempt from U.S. taxes.)
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Bottled water sales rising as soda ebbs
The New York Times
Few things are more American than Coca-Cola. But bottled water is washing away the palate trained to drain a bubbly soda. By the end of this decade, if not sooner, sales of bottled water are expected to surpass those of carbonated soft drinks, according to Michael C. Bellas, chief executive of the Beverage Marketing Corporation.
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Coffee coming up, nice and hot ... and prepared by a robot
NPR
A new trend is brewing in the coffee world: coffee prepared by a robot, able to be preordered via cellphone and picked up at an unmanned kiosk, perfectly adjusted to your taste and ready to go. To some, this might seem lamentable: the beginning of the end of coffee shops as we know them. No more huddling around warm cups of coffee with friends or sipping a refreshing iced latte while reading. But to others, this might be just what they've waited for: no lines when you're in a rush, and coffee prepared by a machine that is programmed to make it perfectly time and time again.
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Science has answered the question every coffee drinker wants to know
PolicyMic
Finally science has the answer to one of the greatest mysteries every coffee drinker has always wondered: When is the best time to drink that morning coffee? According to the National Health Service in the U.K., the optimal time to drink a cup of coffee is 2:16 p.m. Not before breakfast. Not in the evening. At 2:16 p.m. That's the most common time for daily "energy slumps," when your midday cortisol peak is wearing off, and another dose of caffeine might be effective again.
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New study shows bottled water industry has low water use ratio
International Bottled Water Association
The results of a new study released by the International Bottled Water Association show that the amount of water used to produce bottled water products is less than all other types of packaged beverages. On average, only 1.39 liters of water is used to produce every one liter of finished bottled water.
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Make cold brewed coffee in your blender
Lifehacker
Cold brewed coffee is a great way to enjoy your daily caffeine fix, but making it can often be a little fussy depending on the method. This technique is quick, easy and uses items you likely already have at home — no added equipment necessary.
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Coffee extends longest slump in 11 years as rains boost crops
Bloomberg
Coffee futures fell, heading for the longest slide in more than 11 years, on speculation that wet weather will boost the crop outlook in Brazil, the world's top grower.
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From coffee bean to breakfast cup
The Guardian
On a tropical hillside — let's say in Colombia, though it could be any of the dozens of countries in the "coffee zone" — a ripe red coffee "cherry" is plucked from its bush and placed in a basket. That moment begins a process that will culminate in your delicious breakfast cup, afternoon pick-me-up or after-dinner digestif.
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Tetley Tea virtual assistants draw crowds of amazed shoppers
India Education Diary
Tetley, a pioneering global tea brand and maker of Great Britain's favorite tea, is on the leading edge again as it unveils another engaging and innovative approach to attract consumers to its products, Tetley Tea Virtual Assistants. Located across numerous different Co-op supermarkets across Kuwait, Tetley Tea uses the technology for the first time across Kuwait and the Middle East to enhance its presence with supermarket shoppers.
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Vietnam coffee premium seen by Volcafe sliding after crop start
Bloomberg
Buyers of coffee from Vietnam, the world's largest producer of the robusta variety used in instant coffee and espresso, are paying a smaller premium for their beans as the harvest starts, according to Volcafe Ltd.
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Coffee drinkers may have lower liver cancer risk
The Huffington Post
Coffee drinkers might be less likely to develop the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a new review of studies. Researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milan in Italy looked at 16 studies published between 1996 and 2012 that included data from 3,153 cases of hepatocellular carcinoma.

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Hawaii: Kailua-Kona festival in early November celebrates coffee
Los Angeles Times
Special events will be brewing in early November as the Big Island of Hawaii celebrates coffee. The state's oldest food festival, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, will take place Nov. 1-10 at various venues throughout the Kailua-Kona area. The fest has celebrated the annual harvest of coffee beans every November for the past 42 years.

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Can your morning cup of joe make the world a better place?
WZDX-TV
Can't start your day without a cup of coffee? You're not alone; 63 percent of adult Americans drink coffee every day, according to the 2012 National Coffee Association's National Coffee Drinking Trends study. All those cups of joe, however, can do more than give Americans the boost they need to wake up. They also have the potential to help coffee farmers around the world.

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Specialized coffee may perk up bean farming
BusinessMirror
Sell the story behind the coffee. This is what industry players said should be the rallying call of Filipino coffee farmers, because there is growing demand for organically grown coffee and purchased under fair trade.
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Honest Tea increases organic purchases and fair trade premiums
TriplePundit
There is so much to like about Honest Tea's 2013 Mission Report. The company, founded in 1998, and purchased in 2011 by the Coca-Cola Company, increased organic purchases and fair trade premiums. In fact, Honest Tea increased organic ingredient purchases to 4.9 million pounds in 2012-2013, 13 percent more than the year before, and six times more than 2007.
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