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Can tea help save the Amazon?
Can tea help save the Amazon?
In the lush green rainforest of the Ecuadorean Amazon, members of the Kichwa indigenous group gather well before dawn to drink guayusa tea.
5 ways meetings get off track, and how to prevent each one
5 ways meetings get off track, and how to prevent each one
We've all been in frustrating meetings where one person keeps going off on tangents. If the team can't get the person back on track, important decisions get delayed and/or the meeting drags on past the ending time. It's one of the most common ways that...
Green tea shows promise in skin treatment
Green tea shows promise in skin treatment
Tea, the beverage made from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, is consumed by 158 million Americans every day. Green tea is made by taking freshly picked C. sinensis leaves and rapidly heating them to avoid wilting and oxidation. Some combinati...
5 small business benefits of going green
5 small business benefits of going green
Going green is gaining increasing popularity, especially now that the population of the United States is projected to hit 394 million by 2050, while the world population will reach 9.7 billion by the same year, increasing the competition for resources ...
3 ways to build corporate social responsibility programs
3 ways to build corporate social responsibility programs
The most impactful and sustainable corporate social responsibility programs are informed by a company's mission and values — and are designed to deliver meaningful and measurable outcomes.
Coffee Flour: How innovators turned a waste product into a superfood
Coffee Flour: How innovators turned a waste product into a superfood
You know what you want in your coffee, but what do you want your coffee in? For cutting-edge chef Jason Wilson, the answer — in a particular form — includes supple pastas and a syrupy balsamic dressing, charred eggplant dip and a crisp beer...
Can cup of tea be secret to beating stress?
Can cup of tea be secret to beating stress?
Could the key to easing stress be as simple as what you put in your cup of tea? Brookline herbalist Katja Swift thinks so. At her school, Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, she teaches pharmacy students about plants and herbs known as adaptoge...
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Unemployment has dropped, salaries are creeping upward and, despite an uncertain construction forecast, firms are hiring to meet current demand. As competition for talent at all levels increases, employers can expect higher and faster rates of employe...
5 dos and don'ts of thought leadership marketing
5 dos and don'ts of thought leadership marketing
Gone are the days when marketing meant putting out some advertisements and hiring a copywriter to rave about how great your brand is. In a technology-saturated age where consumers are more skeptical than ever of self-promotion, traditional advertising ...
Expert hacker shares 3 ways small businesses can minimize cybersecurity threats
Expert hacker shares 3 ways small businesses can minimize cybersecurity threats
When you're launching your business, connecting with customers and refining your product or service are top priorities. But another thing you should consider, which isn't always top of mind, is your security strategy. It is an integral part of your com...
5 mistakes small businesses make online
5 mistakes small businesses make online
Small business owners are busy. It's difficult to focus the right amount of attention on all facets of your business when you've got both offline and online operations to juggle. It's no surprise mistakes are made along the way. But, with 9 out of 10 U...
Trading Persian tea for Seattle coffee
Trading Persian tea for Seattle coffee
Along downtown's First Avenue, Starbucks, this city's native son, is outnumbered. Instead, the street's caffeine monopoly belongs to Cherry Street Coffee House, a local chain. Each of its five First Avenue locations has a different design, but the nort...
The forces fueling the healthy snack segment
The forces fueling the healthy snack segment
The healthy snack segment is outpacing the entire food and beverage market in sales growth, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. The reason?
Why you should keep your coffee beans in the fridge
Why you should keep your coffee beans in the fridge
Many of us keep our coffee beans in the fridge or freezer to keep them fresh, but a new study suggests there's added benefit to this practice: more flavorful coffee.
3 smart reasons to build a mobile app for your business
3 smart reasons to build a mobile app for your business
Is your business thinking about building a mobile app? Now might be the time to do it: As smartphone and tablet adoption reaches near ubiquity, business owners are realizing that a mobile presence is becoming a necessity. Clutch, a business-to-business...
Artist cleverly uses coffee to paint reproductions of classic portraits
Artist cleverly uses coffee to paint reproductions of classic portraits
A talented artist has combined her love for coffee and art by reproducing classic paintings using coffee and water.
'Almost half' of millennials swap 3 meals a day for snacks
'Almost half' of millennials swap 3 meals a day for snacks
Many millennials shun the conventional three meals a day, with almost half of 25-34 year olds snacking regularly between meals, according to new research from Canadean.
Meet the chai wallahs of India
Meet the chai wallahs of India
On virtually every other street corner, in every city or town or village in India, there is a chai wallah — a tea vendor who supplies the piping hot, milky brew that fuels the country.
What it takes to lead and motivate millennials in the workplace
What it takes to lead and motivate millennials in the workplace
Millennials have gotten a bad rap in the media when it comes to work-related issues.
8 tips on attracting smart millennials to your company
8 tips on attracting smart millennials to your company
Long gone are the days when filling a position was merely a matter of posting a job description and waiting for people to apply.
Here's how to build authentic customer trust in a digital world
Here's how to build authentic customer trust in a digital world
Truly great businesses know the secret to customer retention lies in customer trust: earn a customer's trust and you've earned a customer for life; hurt this trust and you've just handed your competition a brand new customer.
How to know when you're hiring the right salesperson
How to know when you're hiring the right salesperson
In the movie "Fight Club," Brad Pitt's character, Tyler Durden, had a unique method of screening candidates — he told them to go away.
4 ways to overcome a bad first impression
4 ways to overcome a bad first impression
We've all been there — accidentally alienated a new coworker with a bad joke, underwhelmed the new boss by botching our first assignment or had a client we didn't just click with. The trouble is that initial impressions are hard to shake. In a ps...
Recycled coffee grounds could make roads smoother and greener
Recycled coffee grounds could make roads smoother and greener
Your morning pick-me-up could make your drive smoother. Engineers have turned coffee grounds into building materials for roads. The global coffee industry produces millions of tonnes of used grounds annually, with most ending up in landfill. But Arul A...
Ways business owners are helping the environment while saving money
Ways business owners are helping the environment while saving money
The evidence is everywhere: businesses need to start considering green practices not just to preserve the environment, but to save money as well.
Setting bold goals: 6 ways to shoot higher on sustainability
Setting bold goals: 6 ways to shoot higher on sustainability
Sustainability has stretched into nearly every corner of the global economy, from national leaders to corporate boards and executives to local chambers of commerce and mayors.
Cold-brew coffee for hot days
Cold-brew coffee for hot days
Once found only in boutique coffeehouses, cold-brew coffee has grown up, with sales rising 115 percent between 2014 and 2015. Starbucks and Peet's now sell it by the cup in their shops, and you can buy ready-to-drink bottled versions from companies suc...
Coffee gets reinvented as a health drink, tea and grain
Coffee gets reinvented as a health drink, tea and grain
Coffee made the jump from being a hot morning staple to an anytime pick-me-up and social drink years ago.
Cold coffee is booming in the US
Cold coffee is booming in the US
The coffee industry is getting ready for its very own big chill. Coffee makers from global giants JAB and Illy to smaller upstarts such as High Brew, La Colombe and Chameleon Cold-Brew are putting their brews on ice. They're introducing high-end ready-...
10 ways to convert more customers, backed by science
10 ways to convert more customers, backed by science
There's a gap between what science knows and what business does, wrote Daniel Pink. To bridge the gap, start by having a firm understanding of consumer behavior through proven research.
7 rules for writing better ad copy
7 rules for writing better ad copy
Whether you're writing direct mail sales pieces, a blog, a job application or copy for your website, there are certain basic rules you can follow to help you get and keep your readers' attention — and motivate them to action. Here are some of the...
Chewable coffee? Testing the new trend of caffeine-infused gummies
Chewable coffee? Testing the new trend of caffeine-infused gummies
Rheana Murray writes: "If you're anything like me, and I'm betting many of you are, you need a couple cups of coffee before you're really ready to face the day and get to work.
How Starbucks CEO transformed a small coffee bean store into a massively successful worldwide brand
How Starbucks CEO transformed a small coffee bean store into a massively successful worldwide brand
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was 7 years old and living in the Brooklyn projects with his two siblings when his father, a truck driver, broke his ankle. Without health insurance or worker's compensation, his family was left without an income or the abi...