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3 simple questions to help ensure effective employee evaluations
Forbes
Why is it in any way objectionable for management to provide comprehensive assessments of how employees have performed over the course of the year? Isn't providing thorough feedback a key function of management? Unfortunately, all too often managers aren't doing their jobs properly, and in such instances the formal evaluation just reflects a broader problem. In this spirit, and given that the time for annual employee evaluations is nearly upon us, following are three simple questions that can help ensure effective evaluations. If the answers to all three questions is "yes," employee evaluations should be easy and productive. If the answer to any of the three is "no," evaluations likely will be a problem, but it won't be the fault of the measuring instrument, the evaluation itself ...
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Cold-brew coffee gaining popularity
StarNews Online
While the method has been around for centuries, few techniques in the world of coffee preparation have enjoyed a mercurial rise in popularity like cold brewing. A way to extract much of a roasted bean's flavorful compounds while leaving behind a considerable portion of acidity, cold brewing involves steeping coffee grounds at room temperature in cool water for as long as 24 hours before filtering. The resultant liquor possesses a notably floral aroma and almost sweet flavor thanks to a different chemical profile leached from the beans.
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How much coffee should you drink every day?
The Weather Channel
After six hours of restless sleep and a two-hour commute lengthened by winter weather, a hot cup of coffee could save your morning, and get you through the day. This appears to the be the solution for the more than half of all Americans over the age of 18 who drink coffee everyday, according to Statistic Brain. Coffee might feel better on a cold day, but Americans love coffee so much that they drink it everyday — in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. Although many of these java drinkers enjoy a cup for the caffeine boost, the benefits of coffee stretch beyond a few extra morning jitters.
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Robusta coffee may climb to October level
Bloomberg
Robusta coffee may rise to about $1,731 a metric ton within a month, the highest level since mid-October, according to technical analysis by broker Sucden Financial Ltd. The beans may gain toward $1,700 a ton if a "full candle" develops above the 23.6 percent retracement level based on the year-to-date highs and lows, according to London-based Sucden.
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Coffee farms falter as the world heats up
LiveScience
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 farmersthere have left the business.
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How to brew super-strong coffee at home without a fancy machine
Business insider
Forget the rumors you've heard about making an espresso on your stove top. According to Darleen Scherer, the co-owner of Brooklyn-based Gorilla Coffee, that's technically just brewed coffee, since the brewer can't control the pressure of the steam — an essential part of making espresso.
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A focus on niche markets reduces risk for Rwandan coffee producers
How we made it in Africa
The landlocked, East African country of Rwanda has an economy that relies heavily on agricultural exports, mainly in coffee and tea. However, the fluctuating price of coffee on the international market has posed a threat to Rwandan coffee producers and exporters.
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India's streetside coffee culture
The Wall Street Journal
India is most often associated with tea, but java culture runs deep in the country's southern states. India now produces some 300,000 tons of coffee per year.
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What are the health benefits of green tea?
Medical News Today
Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally but has only recently gained popularity in the U.S. Made from un-oxidized leaves, it is the least processed type of tea and therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
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Rooibos tea prices set to rise
IOL
The price of Rooibos tea will rise by 15 percent from January next year because of supply constraints and growing demand, producer Rooibos Limited said. "Not only has the worldwide demand for Rooibos increased, but the harvest in 2013 was not as big as initially projected," said company managing director Martin Bergh.
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Controlling blood pressure with hibiscus tea
The Seattle Times
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure significantly, without unpleasant side effects. Hibiscus compounds act very much like blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors. Studies show the tea is nearly as effective as drugs like captopril and lisinopril.
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Now even your coffee-brewing tools are going tech
VentureBeat
Coffee brewing is getting more complicated and more nuanced and people absolutely love it. So, it's no wonder that Cupertino-based Acaia has created a digital scale that brings the "art" down to a science.

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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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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.

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Coffee industry launches rule to reduce carbon footprint
Food Product Design
A new Green Coffee CFP-PCR has been published, which provides the first Product Category Rule for the calculation of Greenhouse Gas emissions from green coffee production. The new rule was initiated by SAI Platform's Coffee Working group members, in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative.
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Sustainable coffee means higher yield for Vietnam farmers
Thanh Nien New
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. She’s among thousands of Vietnamese farmers who benefited from coffee. Vietnam, the world's biggest producer of the robusta variety used in instant drinks, wants to profit from the sustainable coffee movement led by Nestle SA and Mondelez International Inc. to guarantee the environmentally farmed and traceable coffee sought by Western consumers.
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Bird-friendly coffee makes a difference
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Traditional coffee farming is very bird-friendly. Coffee naturally is a shade-grown crop of the understory, with a mixed tree canopy above that often includes fruit and nut trees. Those farming practices support a species diversity of plants and animals that rivals diversity found in a natural, undisturbed rain forest — in other words, a lot more than birds.
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Perk up: Coffee may help blood vessels work better (USA Today)
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