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5 tips for successful collaboration with clients
Firmology
Thanks to advances in cloud technology and communication, it's now possible to work closely with your clients even when you reside in entirely different countries and time zones. Having this flexibility means that clients can play a more active role in their projects, work with you to generate ideas, help to manage workflow and offer suggestions and comments. However, without important steps and measures in place, communication issues can develop and clients can feel isolated and out of the loop with projects. That's not a good place for your clients to be in. Need to learn some good methods for working with clients? Here are some tips on working collaboratively with clients.
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Tips for boomers looking to hand down the family business
Fox Business
Baby boomers who started their own small business and are ready to hand over the reins should choose their successor with careful thought. Launching and running a successful business requires a lot of hard work, planning and dedication and these qualities need to be present in the succession process. Consider this: an estimated eight million baby boomer business owners are at or nearing retirement, according to a report, and if they want their business legacy to live on, they need to find the best possible candidate to take over.
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8 most caffeinated coffee drinks
Fox News
For many, sipping on a cup of joe every morning isn't just part of the daily routine — it's a motivation to get you out of bed. For some avid drinkers, though, just one cup of morning coffee won't do. If you're at the point where you're chugging multiple cups of java every day, perhaps wishing you had a continuous IV of the stuff, you may want to try a stronger brew. Well, we're here to help. Today, coffee brews are getting stronger — and coffee brands can you give enough (or more) of the recommended caffeine intake in just one cup. Just remember: the FDA recommends no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day (that's 4-5 cups of the usual blend). Using stats from the caffeine-tracking website Energy Fiend, and stats from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, we compiled a list of the most caffeinated coffee beverages sold by top-selling coffee companies.
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Coffee drinkers treated to more arabica as prices sink
Reuters
Coffee drinkers in Brazil, America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East are expected to down more arabica beans in their brew in the coming year as cheap prices attract additional demand for the higher spec product.
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Can Starbucks do for tea what it has done for coffee?
NPR
Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know. This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, N.Y., has minimalist decor: gray soft seats, charcoals, chestnut browns. Teavana teas line one wall. Beakers filled with colored liquids greet you at the entrance.
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The infinite allure of coffee, captured on film
Fast Company
Brandon Loper, Alabama native, never really liked coffee. At least not until college, when he zealously took up the drink and committed himself to increased caffeinated levels ever since. It wasn't the taste of coffee, however, or its nutty aroma or even its steam-shrouded aura that immediately converted the budding filmmaker. It was a girl.
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Hispanics hold key to winning US coffee war
CNBC
Coffee wars between top U.S. brands are set to intensify as coffee houses battle to attract the Hispanic consumer to counter the loss of customers who prefer to drink their lattes at home. A growing Hispanic population with increasingly greater spending power could be the key to unlocking growth in the coffee market, Jonny Forsyth, global drinks analyst at Mintel and author of the report, told CNBC.
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How much water actually goes into making a bottle of water?
NPR
Environmental activists have long claimed that bottled water is wasteful. Usually, they point to the roughly 50 billion (mostly plastic) bottles we throw away every year. The International Bottled Water Association, ever sensitive to criticism that it's wasting precious resources, has commissioned its first ever study to figure out how much water goes into producing one liter. The results, released this month, show that for North American companies, it takes 1.39 liters to make one liter of water.
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Starbucks designs new cups exclusively for tea drinkers
PSFK
The first of Starbuck's new stores aimed specifically at tea drinkers recently opened, and features a number of changes to capture the ritual of drinking tea properly. Teavana, which can be found on the Upper East Side of New York features a more relaxing environment in which to enjoy your drink, as well as food displays that come after the drinks station, giving your drink more time to brew properly. Another aspect the company has spent a lot of time and money redeveloping is their iconic paper cup, which now features a number of changes to enhance the tea drinking experience.
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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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Study indicates consumer preference for oxygen-infused water
BevNET
Oxygenated Products Group has released taste test results showing consumer preference for oxygenated spring water with 15 times more dissolved oxygen than traditional bottled water. OPG and their Canadian partners have developed the first technology and patented process to allow for high levels of dissolved oxygen in bottled waters.
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Indonesian coffee premium seen declining on record Vietnam crop
Bloomberg
Buyers of coffee from Indonesia, the third-largest robusta grower, are paying a smaller premium for their beans as exporters sell on concern a record crop in Vietnam will lead to lower prices, according to Volcafe Ltd.
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Farm takes steps to control coffee berry borer
The Associated Press via Star Advertiser
A Hilo farmer is taking steps to halt the spread of coffee berry borers. Troy Keolanui said transparency is the best way to keep the pest, which can cut coffee crop yields by 80 to 90 percent, from spreading to other east Hawaii orchards. The beetle has damaged crops in Kona and Kau. Hawaii Department of Agriculture officials recently said the invasive African beetle had been found on an Amauulu-area farm. Department officials declined to say where, citing a desire to encourage farmers to seek help if they suspected an infestation.

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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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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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Rwanda lowers outlook for 2013 tea earnings after drop in prices
Bloomberg Businessweek
Rwanda lowered its outlook for tea earnings after prices fell at the regional auction in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, where the country channels more than two-thirds of its output, an industry official said.
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Conscious coffee: A farm to cup model that goes beyond Fair Trade
The Huffington Post
If you happen across a café that serves THRIVE Farmers Coffee, your cup may as well be served straight from the worn hands of the Costa Rican farmer that grew the beans for its brew. And he would definitely be smiling.
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Bioplastics firm brews compostable coffee pods
Environmental Leader
Biome Bioplastics' biodegradable coffee pods can provide a sustainable packaging alternative in the $6.6 billion global single-serve coffee capsule market, the U.K. natural plastic developer says.
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Fair Trade minimum price for coffee again benefiting farmers
Co-Operative News
One of the key benefits of Fair Trade is to guarantee producers a minimum floor price when global commodity prices drop. In some years, when commodity prices are high, this benefit is more psychological rather than material. This year for coffee farmers, the benefit is again material and very important.
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How Ethical Bean is using techonology to be even more ethical
Financial Post
Lloyd Bernhardt, co-founder and chief executive of Vancouver-based Ethical Bean Coffee, says his company, now in its 10th year, is branching out. After establishing a loyal customer base on Canada's West Coast, the organic, fair trade coffee roaster is setting its sights eastward, as well as south of the border, Bernhardt says. But it is also looking to technology — his first professional passion, before coffee — to connect its customers with the far-flung, hard-working farmers who grow the beans in places such as Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Mr. Bernhardt spoke with Armina Ligaya about how Ethical Bean coffee is exploring new markets, with the help of scannable QR codes and mobile phone apps. The following is an edited version of their interview.
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