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4 unconventional ways to increase employee productivity
Fox Business
Want your employees to get more done during the workday? Some employers might think that setting limitations on things like mobile devices and Internet access is the answer, but many companies have found that giving their workers more freedom and flexibility through certain policies is the key to increased efficiency.
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Gourmet-coffee prices look ready to rise
The Wall Street Journal
Investors are waking up to cheaper gourmet coffee. Prices of arabica-coffee beans, prized by high-end roasters like Starbucks Corp. for their mild flavor, last month hit a seven-year low after a bumper crop in South America flooded the market. But money managers are paying closer attention to the price of arabica coffee relative to down-market beans known as robusta. For several years, arabica has traded at a wide premium to robusta, but early this month the price difference between the two shrank to 28 cents a pound, the smallest gap since October 2008.
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Thirsty for facts: London vs New York in the coffee wars
The Time Out
While Italy and Morocco come to mind when one thinks of good coffee, Tassimo have taken it upon themselves to be the harbingers of a coming caffeine war between New York City and London. Tassimo has analyzed the caffeine consumption habits of the Big Smoke and the Big Apple, providing tidbits of information about how much money New Yorkers and Londoners spend on coffee, as well as how many coffee shops caffeinate the streets every day.
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A car that runs on coffee, like you
Epoch Times
The coffee car uses coffee-bean chaff, which is a by-product of the roasting process, as its fuel source. The chaff is broken down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen, and the hydrogen is used to power the engine. Martin Bacon converted a Ford pickup truck into the fastest coffee-run machine in the world, earning it a Guinness World Record in February with a top speed of 65 mph in Manchester, England.
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Brazil coffee aid may fund crop switching as prices slump
Bloomberg
Coffee farmers in Brazil, the top producer, may get funds to grow other crops and the option to sell more of their output at subsidized prices as part of aid measures the government is considering after prices plummeted.
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Tea is getting hotter
The Hindu
They say a lot can happen over coffee but if you take a look around you and notice not just the tea shacks and stalls but the umpteen upmarket tea joints/cafes that are burgeoning in and around cities, it can safely be said that tea has now become a well-accepted social drink. Take a look at how the tea industry is blossoming and brewing.
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What to buy coffee lovers for Christmas: 6 gift ideas to please every caffeine connoisseur this holiday
International Business Times
If you're looking for the perfect gift to give the coffee lover in your life, look no further than this list. From personalized travel cups, to coffee-scented beauty products and coffee of the month clubs, here are six original ideas that will please every caffeine connoisseur this holiday season.
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Vietnam coffee premium seen by Volcafe sliding as sales pick up
Bloomberg
Coffee beans from Vietnam, the world's biggest grower of the robusta variety, are trading at a smaller premium as farmer sales are "picking up" and buyers are reluctant to pay as much, according to Volcafe Ltd.
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Sustainable coffee outlets face higher prices as growers address crop disease
Sustainable Business Oregon
Specialty coffee roasters are bracing for possible supply shortages as a destructive fungal disease known as la roya is ravaging coffee farms in Central America. As a result, the roasters are feverishly working to educate farmers about the condition, which is also known as coffee leaf rust. The fungus affects the leaves of coffee plants, making it difficult for plants to provide proper nutrients to the cherries harvested for roasting.
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Robusta coffee gains as Liffe stockpiles drop 32 percent
Bloomberg
Robusta coffee gained for a second day in London to the highest price in more than three months after bean stockpiles in exchange-tracked warehouses fell more than traders anticipated. Sugar dropped.

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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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8 tips for planning your small business' 2014 marketing strategy
Search Engine Land
While the holiday season is undoubtedly a busy period for small business owners, it's important to set aside time to plan your marketing strategy for the year ahead. How will you continue to maintain and grow your business in 2014? What plans do you have to keep your business on track and stay ahead of the competition?

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Nestle aids Ivory Coast with cocoa and coffee initiative
Reuters
Nestle aims to help the world's top cocoa grower Ivory Coast head off a potential production crisis by distributing 12 million seedlings to the country's ageing plantations, the Swiss company said.
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Grounds for sustainability: Coffee for energy, fuel and a cleaner world
The Guardian
Coffee fuels millions of people's mornings, but like other fuels it also comes with its own unique environmental issues. Coffee is one of the globe's largest agricultural commodities, with about 8 billion kilograms (more than 16 billion lbs) grown annually worldwide. That's a lot of coffee — and a lot of leftover coffee grounds, most of which ends up in landfills or, in a best-case scenario, as a soil conditioner in someone's garden.
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