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8 ways customer feedback will improve your business
Mashable
Salespeople know the acronym ABC means "Always be closing" — it's their way of life. But entrepreneurs should also know ABA — "Always be adapting." Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart, and small business owners have to be nimble, embrace change and be unafraid to iterate their business plan and modify their offerings. Here, eight entrepreneurs share about how they incorporate customer feedback and how they've changed their business in accordance with said feedback.
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13 scientific reasons to drink coffee
Business Insider
Coffee is actually very healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. Here are the top 13 evidence-based health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies.
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Perk up: Coffee may help blood vessels work better
USA Today
Coffee may do more than wake you up. It may help your small blood vessels work better, a new study suggests. But that doesn't mean you should guzzle gallons of java. Previous research has shown that moderate coffee consumption may have some beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. However, the precise mechanism for this benefit is unknown, says Masato Tsutsui, one of the authors of the new research and a cardiologist and professor in the pharmacology department at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan.
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Dunkin' Donuts brews new coffee offers for the holidays
MarketWatch
With Black Friday only days away, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is making spirits bright for the height of the holiday shopping season, introducing special coffee offers and coffee-themed gifts, both in-store and online. Dunkin' Donuts' holiday coffee celebration includes discounts on packaged coffee and Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup® packs, a T-shirt selected in the brand's first-ever global design challenge and Dunkin' Donuts Cards available in festive holiday designs.
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Investors cut bearish robusta coffee bets on Vietnamese exports
Bloomberg
Money managers cut bearish bets on robusta coffee in London by 21 percent in the latest week at a time of slow exports from leading grower Vietnam, according to data from NYSE Liffe, the derivatives arm of NYSE Euronext.
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Coffee prices at 7-year low
The Times-Tribune
Even if you haven't seen it on the shelves or at the coffee shop, you may have heard wholesale coffee prices are at a seven-year low. A bumper crop in South and Central America has led to an oversupply that has forced down wholesale prices. The wholesale commodity price has hovered around $1 a pound for Arabica coffee, less than half what it was two years ago.
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The best coffee in NYC will buzz you through the holidays
The Huffington Post
The holiday season is upon us. Which means the tourists are going to be out in droves, you've got a shopping list a mile long, and you're going to need that extra jolt more than ever. Here are our favorite spots for an extra hot roasted Ethiopian cone drip au lait with almond milk. And pick up some beans for those coffee afficianados on your list while you're at it.
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How many cups of coffee should you drink per day?
New Republic
The research on the health effects of coffee is hardly cohesive. Is it good or bad for you? The American Heart Association is just the latest to support the former, with new evidence that coffee may improve cardiovascular health. We've rounded up some studies so you can do your own cost-benefit analysis.
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Coffee farmers battle climate change
Switchboard
Growing coffee is a proud, 200-year old tradition in Costa Rica. About half of Costa Rica's coffee is produced by small farmers, many of whom run small, shade-grown coffee operations. But Costa Rica's coffee industry is shrinking. Over the past decade, thousands of coffee farmers in Costa Rica have left the business.
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Falling coffee prices weigh on Brazil producers
Global Post
The husks, baked dry and black in the hot Brazilian sun, crumble in the hand, revealing pale green beans. But those coffee beans could go to waste, as world prices falter. "It's good coffee — they should be drying it and getting it ready for export," says Celso Scanavachi, an engineer at the Coopinhal farm cooperative in Santo Espiritu do Pinhal, north of Sao Paulo. "The producer has abandoned 40 percent of the crop; the retail price doesn't cover the cost of harvesting," he says.
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6 surprising health benefits of coffee
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Coffee is America's primary go-to morning beverage. Why wouldn't it be? This ancient brew is rich, refreshing, and perfect for almost any time of the day. But a cup of joe can do more than just wake you up. It can greatly impact your health, make you look younger and even help you drop some extra pounds. So the next time you're feeling that afternoon slump, reach for another cup of coffee instead of a sugary soda or chemical-packed energy drink. Here are six surprising health benefits of coffee.
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Switching to tea may ease psychological stress like depression
Lifehacker
Sodas and some coffees have pretty obvious negative health effects compared to tea, but if you're looking for one more reason to switch, how about this: drinking tea may ease the effects of stressful psychological conditions like depression.
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Ferrarelle USA to distribute DS Waters' bottled water
Drinks Business Review
Ferrarelle USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of bottled mineral water producer Ferrarelle, has signed an agreement with DS Waters of America. DS Waters provides bottled water, water filtration and coffee and tea services to over 1.4 million customers.
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Peebles: Coffee: It's not just for breakfast anymore
The Southern Illinoisan
Isn’t it amazing how folks will stand in line for hours to get a good cup of coffee? Regardless of the amount of business they get, most coffee shops are cozy and small so they always seem busy. This, I'm sure, is a marketing tactic.

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Study: Drinking coffee regularly may reduce diabetes risk
WAOK-AM
Drinking coffee regularly may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 25 percent. A new study finds that regular, moderate coffee consumption of three-to-four cups each day is associated with an approximately 25 percent reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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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.

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Those who buy bottled water more likely to have healthier shopping basket
FoodBev
The U.K.'s Natural Hydration Council AGM in London this month featured lively debate on packed lunches, revelations on children's hydration and insights into the world of social media. The event, now one of the highlights in the British bottled water industry calendar, marked the fifth anniversary of the not-for-profit organization's creation.
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Sustainable coffee means higher yield for Vietnam farmers
Bloomberg
Phung Thi Huu is embracing the global movement toward sustainable coffee two decades after she first planted the crop and brought her family out of poverty. "Coffee changed my life," said Huu, a diminutive 53-year-old farmer with calloused hands and weathered skin in the coffee-rich Dak Lak province. "The future is brighter."
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The 'Colombia, Sustainable Coffee' program begins Phase II reaching 1,400 coffee growing families affected by violence
SYS-CON Media
At a time when peace tops the Colombian agenda, peace projects led by Colombian Coffee Growers Federation demonstrate the importance of institutional-level programs in the rural sector. In this context, the "Colombia, Sustainable Coffee" program, a unique initiative combining coffee and peace, begins its second phase after an incredibly successful start.
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Coffee in crisis: The silent disaster you've never heard of
TriplePundit
There is a silent emergency in the world of coffee. It's not an earthquake; it's not a typhoon like the recent and horrific tragedy in the Philippines. This beast makes far less noise, and is almost invisible. Its effects will run deep for generations to come, beginning with the quick onset of chronic hunger, kids being pulled from school to work in the field, and a burgeoning question of whether or not it's still viable to grow the world's coffee. It's a "perfect storm" of a coffee crisis, one that should make us think twice about demanding the cheapest cup of joe that money can buy.
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