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5 reasons every American should have tea time
5 reasons every American should have tea time
The Brits are onto something with their afternoon tea ritual. Not only is it a great way to break up a long day, it's a fabulous excuse to put away our computers and indulge in some good old-fashioned conversation. Plus, tea parties often involve a spr...
Scientists are using chemistry to fight off counterfeit coffee
Scientists are using chemistry to fight off counterfeit coffee
You wait in line for your daily cup at your favorite coffee shop, like every morning. But today, something seems wrong with your precious, life-giving cup of joe. As the steam clouds your vision, you notice the familiar, nutty scent is tainted with hin...
Infographic: Workplace violence — are you prepared?
Infographic: Workplace violence — are you prepared?
Workplace violence is the second leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S. Are you doing your part to keep your workers safe? Check out the infographic to learn who's at risk for workplace violence and how to prevent incidents at your company.
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...
5 words customers hate (and what to say instead)
5 words customers hate (and what to say instead)
Geoffrey James writes: "Words are not just their definitions; words carry emotional baggage. As I've helped clients and the readers of my free weekly newsletter hone their sales messages and marketing emails, I've discovered five words that really tur...
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...
Peppermint tea and rosemary are found to 'significantly' improve long term memory in adults
Peppermint tea and rosemary are found to 'significantly' improve long term memory in adults
The key to improving the memory could be found in two common herbs — peppermint and rosemary. Peppermint tea was found to significantly improve long term memory and working memory in healthy adults. Meanwhile sniffing the aroma of rosemary was fo...
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.
Packaged Facts: 6 key trends for coffee menu expansion and exploration
Packaged Facts: 6 key trends for coffee menu expansion and exploration
Minimal shifts in top beverage varieties by restaurant segment confirm that there's little movement on the beverage menu. And, more specifically, there's little deviation from core coffee menu items. A somewhat static menu means that most patrons will ...
The basics of 5 popular coffee brewing methods
The basics of 5 popular coffee brewing methods
There are a number of options for making a great tasting cup of joe, but those options can differ quite a bit. The following infographic runs down the basics and helps you pick the best method, depending on your preferences.
6 ways to build customer trust on your website
6 ways to build customer trust on your website
There are a lot of shady characters and websites online. Heck, there's even a whole underground Internet that most of us aren't aware exists, much less navigate through on our way to check the news or our friend's latest tweet about their commute to wo...
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...
How to turn your leads into profitable relationships
How to turn your leads into profitable relationships
What matters more than getting a lot of customer leads? Connecting with people who will actually do business with you. Quality trumps quantity when it comes to lead generation; whatever the size of your business, growing your customer base is what crea...
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.
10 tips for standing out from competitors in business
10 tips for standing out from competitors in business
There’s no one right way to stand out in business. It takes creativity and innovation. The methods vary but the goal is the same — to distinguish yourself and beat out the competition. Members of the online small business community have ple...
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.
Brazil to turn out bigger coffee beans in 2016
Brazil to turn out bigger coffee beans in 2016
As it nears what is expected to be its biggest coffee harvest in history, Brazil will produce bigger sized beans than it has in the past two years when drought stunted bean size as well as crop volume, the country's largest coffee co-op said recently. ...
Rwanda tries to persuade its citizens to drink the coffee they grow
Rwanda tries to persuade its citizens to drink the coffee they grow
Some of the best coffee beans in the world are grown in Africa, and while the number of coffee consumers there is growing, most Africans still don't drink it. That's something Rwanda's government would like to change. The country's coffee industry, whi...
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...
Is coffee OK if your heartbeat is irregular?
Is coffee OK if your heartbeat is irregular?
People with an irregular heartbeat are often advised to give up caffeine, but a new study suggests they may not have to forgo coffee. Researchers had 1,388 people record their intake of coffee, tea and chocolate for a year, and used monitors to get 24-...
4 tips for protecting your online reputation
4 tips for protecting your online reputation
As an entrepreneur, your reputation is everything, isn't it? If you don't maintain a positive reputation, your business won’t survive. Prospects won't be attracted to your brand and you will find it increasingly harder to gain more business. Mana...
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.
Drinking coffee may lower risk of endometrial cancer
Drinking coffee may lower risk of endometrial cancer
Drinking coffee has long been associated with a multitude of health benefits, but it looks like we can now add another one to the list. In good news for caffeine-loving women everywhere, a new study has found a link that suggests drinking coffee may re...
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...
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...
Email marketing trends: Are you doing enough with your data?
Email marketing trends: Are you doing enough with your data?
While email marketing is the bread and butter of most association marketing offerings, it often isn't pushed to the full extent of its capabilities. A handful of recent studies highlighting email marketing trends offer some food for thought on where au...
7 ways to bring your small business team closer together
7 ways to bring your small business team closer together
Teamwork is indispensable — and almost unavoidable — in the context of a small business. You might have only three or four employees in your core team working in close quarters, or upwards of 20 or 30 on your payroll — either way, yo...
Top 20 tax deductions for small business
Top 20 tax deductions for small business
On Wall Street, there's a saying that past performance is no guarantee of future results. When it comes to taxes, however, past performance is a great indicator of the types of deductions that businesses typically take each year. Last winter the IRS re...
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.
4 new laws that will affect your business in 2016
4 new laws that will affect your business in 2016
With every new year come new laws and changes to existing laws that affect employees and employers across all 50 states. Do you know which new laws will affect your employees and your company? If you don't, you should. Fortunately, Adam Ochstein, found...
Why Hollywood is addicted to coffee, and always has been
Why Hollywood is addicted to coffee, and always has been
Since its Silent Era days, Hollywood has been teeming with said originators — writers, directors, actors, designers, costumers, choreographers — getting up early and staying up late, fueling themselves on caffeine cranked from industrial ur...
Study: Compound in green tea could help treat rheumatoid arthritis
Study: Compound in green tea could help treat rheumatoid arthritis
A team of U.S. researchers have discovered that a compound in green tea could have the potential to treat joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. The debilitating illness is an autoimmune disorder which largely ...
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...
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.
The better way to communicate with job candidates
The better way to communicate with job candidates
According to a survey last year by the team feedback platform 15Five, some 81 percent of employees would rather join a company that values open communication than one that offers perks like free food and gym memberships. The good news, of course, is th...
Drinking up to 4 cups of coffee a day may actually be good for you, studies suggest
Drinking up to 4 cups of coffee a day may actually be good for you, studies suggest
A cup of joe keeps the doctor away — or rather, two or three or even up to four cups may keep them even further away. That's according to a number of new studies, says Sharon Basaraba, a medical journalist and North by Northwest's longevity consu...
Are you killing your employees' creativity?
Are you killing your employees' creativity?
While you might think you don't have the potential for creativity with your current team, you may very well already have on staff the game changers, innovators and superstar team members that you need. Have you ever considered that the problem may be y...
What is your company's culture?
What is your company's culture?
Every organization has a corporate culture, defined by Harvard professor James L. Heskett as "the way we do things around here." Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines describes culture as "What do we want to be?" Perhaps culture is how we add value. One ...
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.
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?
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...
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.
Why you need a disaster plan
Why you need a disaster plan
As a business owner, you work hard to ensure things go right, investing an incredible amount of time, money and resources to make your venture successful. But then there’s Murphy's Law. Murphy's Law basically states that, "Anything that can go wr...
Dry weather shrinks bearish coffee bets
Dry weather shrinks bearish coffee bets
Dry weather across coffee-producing regions is starting to diminish the outlook for this year's crop and forcing investors to trim their bets that prices will fall. Below-average rain is forecast for the next 10 days in Brazil's Espirito Santo state, a...
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.
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.
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...
10 tips for a professionally installed small business security system
10 tips for a professionally installed small business security system
Keeping your business secure is an important and sometimes overlooked part of business ownership. But there are plenty of options out there. And if you have a small business that needs a somewhat sophisticated security system, you can choose to go with...
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-...
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.
Can gender equity solve coffee's sustainability problem?
Can gender equity solve coffee's sustainability problem?
As many headlines over the past two years have suggested, the coffee industry is in trouble, most notably from the ill effects of climate change. When asked to identify some of the industry's greatest underlying threats, Kim Elena Ionescu, the Special...
How much protection does a trademark really give your business?
How much protection does a trademark really give your business?
So you've registered your business name with the state ... great! Now you might be wondering, "Should I take the extra step of filing for a trademark?" Ultimately, the decision is yours. But before making it, you should understand the protections offer...
Coffee for 1: How the future of US demand is up to singles
Coffee for 1: How the future of US demand is up to singles
Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, the maker of Chock full O'Nuts and Hill Bros. coffee brands, sees the future of U.S. sales in a single cup. Overall sales in the U.S. will grow 3 percent to 5 percent in 2016, and the "driving piece of our business is sing...
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...
5 kinds of tea you should drink for optimal health
5 kinds of tea you should drink for optimal health
America's love affair with coffee is deeply entrenched (and totally understandable), but more and more people are switching over to tea. Tea has been used as medicine for thousands of years and its health benefits have been lauded by health experts. Te...
Scientists discover 2,100-year-old stash of 'fine plucked' tea
Scientists discover 2,100-year-old stash of 'fine plucked' tea
Researchers in China have positively identified a block of ancient vegetable matter as tiny tea buds that were lovingly tucked away in Han Yangling Mausoleum, a sumptuous tomb north of Xi'an. The city Xi'an was once known as Chang'an, seat of power for...
'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.
Top 10 health benefits of drinking tea
Top 10 health benefits of drinking tea
No matter what the season, tea can be a tasty beverage since it can be served iced or hot. But its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can actually improve your health. At the very least, it's a fla...
Dynamic coffee: Fuel or flavor? It's all a matter of the occasion
Dynamic coffee: Fuel or flavor? It's all a matter of the occasion
Coffee is a versatile drink. With both its energy kick and piquant aroma, it can be the mechanical morning necessity or it can be a small anticipated treat. There are, of course, many other natural or sustainable sourcing demands connected to coffee, b...
Dubai starting own tea brand to test consumer preferences
Dubai starting own tea brand to test consumer preferences
Dubai is starting its own tea brand, Shay Dubai, to learn what consumers prefer from the beverage. "This is not to compete with Lipton," Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of state-owned Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, said in an interview at the Gl...
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.
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...
Bubble tea is back — with a vengeance
Bubble tea is back — with a vengeance
Whether you call it "boba" or "bubble" tea, the Taiwanese beverage that allows you to chew your drink is back with a vengeance. It first got its start in the 1980s, after an inventor thought to pour tapioca pearls into a glass of iced, sweet tea. Thoug...
Does coffee go bad? Here's how to know when you should toss your beans
Does coffee go bad? Here's how to know when you should toss your beans
If there's anything to learn from the poetry of Robert Frost, it's that nothing gold can stay. So, once you apply that sentiment to your life you have to start asking some serious questions: wait, can coffee go bad? It's safe to say that coffee has a v...
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 ...
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.
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...
The real reason millennials want your brand to have a CSR program
The real reason millennials want your brand to have a CSR program
There has been a lot of talk in the CSR space about millennials and attracting them to your brand. The prevailing theory is that millennials expect the brands they support to have a CSR program. Unfortunately, there has been very little justification o...
What to do when good talent has suspicious social media
What to do when good talent has suspicious social media
When employers find a promising candidate, they're bound to refer to that person's social media — and come up against an evolving trend in hiring: While questionable social media content used to automatically disqualify candidates for a position,...
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...
This fuel made from old coffee will launch in the summer, at half the price of wood
This fuel made from old coffee will launch in the summer, at half the price of wood
Used coffee grounds have been turned into a cheap, renewable fuel that can be used in wood-burning stoves, according to a young entrepreneur who claims his invention will cost half the price of coal, wood or charcoal. Bio-bean, which was founded three ...
How to convert social media fans into customers
How to convert social media fans into customers
Social media platforms are the new marketing frontier. There are more than 1.59 billion active Facebook users worldwide, and more than a billion of these people log on every day. Many are logging in from mobile devices, one more reason to make your web...
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 ...
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.
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...