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May. 22, 2013

Protect your small business from hackers
Detroit Free Press
There is little doubt that small businesses face a growing cyberthreat — and hackers are not showing any signs of letting up. Through even more sophisticated means, hackers are finding ways to attack businesses, sometimes forming syndicates of like-minded criminals to share information and new techniques. Knowing the most common ways data breaches can occur and learning how to mitigate those risks can go a long way in deterring cyber criminals. Here are some general guidelines to help small businesses get ahead of cybercriminals and safeguard against cyber attacks.More

6 uncomplicated social SEO tips for small businesses
The Globe and Mail
Let's start with what is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. And the phrase improve your SEO strategy encompasses the actions taken to ensure your website can be found in a search engine's results page when searching for words or phrases relevant to the content on your website. What does social SEO mean? Social SEO refers to the idea that social media links and interaction play a considerable part in a website's search rankings. It sounds complicated (and, in reality it is) but basically SEO is all about optimizing content — whether it's on your website or on a social media platform — in order to appear higher in search rankings.More

The retail market for coffee in the US Industry Market Research Report now available from IBISWorld
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
Despite the recession, the Retail Market for Coffee has recovered and grown quickly; coffee makers have promoted new coffee products to consumers in an attempt to capture the demand for both high- and low-end coffees. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Retail Market for Coffee to its growing industry report collection.More

Tim Hortons goes indie with new, darker coffee
Reuters via Yahoo Finance
Would you like your medium double-double to have subtle notes of international small business development on the tongue? A smooth mouthfeel of morality and a robust finish with strong hints of fair sourcing? Well, Tim Hortons believes they've just introduced the ethically-justified java you’re looking for.More

Puerto Rico struggles to revive coffee industry
The Spokesman-Review
Coffee production in Puerto Rico has hit the lowest level in the island's history, leaving farmers and government officials worried about how to revive a once-burgeoning industry amid a deep economic crisis. Farmers produced some 80,000 pounds of coffee during the most recent harvest, which represents only a third of local consumption, Agriculture Secretary Myrna Comas said.More

Infographic: A beautiful cheat sheet for 2 dozen espresso-based drinks
Fast Company
Just when you sort of started to get a handle on the wide world of wine, along comes another new liquid metric for how cosmopolitan you really are (or aren't): coffee. The variety is daunting. The differences are minute. This graphic should at least help with one subsection of the catalog.More

Coffee may protect against liver disease
Voice of America
Coffee lovers have another reason to rejoice as a new study claims that regular consumption of the popular beverage can reduce the risk of a rare but serious liver disease. According to research published by the Mayo Clinic, coffee intake can lower the chance of contracting primary sclerosing cholangitis, an autoimmune liver disease. The disease can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and biliary cancer.More

Seattle's Best Coffee ramps up drive-thru growth in Dallas market
Seattle's Best Coffee, a brand within Starbucks Corporation, has announced the simultaneous opening of 10 drive-thrus throughout Dallas/Fort Worth. Seattle's Best is celebrating the openings with a free hot or iced brewed coffee of any size from May 20-26.More

Colombia's fight against coffee blight may show the way for stricken Central America
The Miami Herald
At a sprawling central Colombia coffee laboratory and research facility — full of coffee plants trapped in jars and shimmering test-tubes — workers poked their heads out of cubicles to share the latest news from Central America and Mexico. Just a few years ago, the Colombian coffee industry was on its knees as a virulent fungus known as coffee-leaf rust — or roya in Spanish — infected 40 percent of the crop. Millions of dollars and a massive re-planting effort later, this Andean nation is showing signs of recovery just as its neighbors to the North are being slammed by the blight.More

Virtues of drinking tea for your health
Fresh Healthy Vending Blog
For thousands of years, many cultures have used and praised the health benefits associated with tea. There are several different types of tea and ways to drink it, from green tea to black tea and bagged tea to loose leaf tea, and each has their own unique benefits. When a tea is younger and has a lower the amount of oxidation, you'll derive more health benefits from it. Tea connoisseurs recommend drinking a variety of teas to enjoy all the health benefits that tea has to offer. To learn all about tea, check out these 24 blog articles.More

Nestlé Waters to use 50 percent recycled plastic bottles
Waste & Recycling
Nestlé Waters, manufacturer of Arrowhead brand bottled water, has committed to using 50 percent recycled content in its water bottles, according to Californians Against Waste. The bottle's shape design will require 15 percent less energy to produce and will be made with 50 percent recycled PET. Most of the recycled material for the ReBorn bottles will be provided by CarbonLITE, a state-of-the-art plastic processing facility located in Riverside, Calif.More

Coffee Origin Profile — Ethiopia Coffee
Ethiopia is an amazing and mystical place. Not only is it home to one of the oldest Christian religions, and the place where hominids first began building civilization and spreading out across the globe, but it also is the only place on earth where coffee grows naturally and wild.

It was here that the legend of Kaldi and his "dancing goats" is set in what was once the kingdom of Sheba, as in "Queen of ..." which included at the time Yemen. In fact, a port in Yemen gave coffee its first nickname — Moka.

The Ethiopian coffee growing regions are in the lush and wet highlands of the south. Generally arranged in three regions — Harrar, Yirgecheffe, and Sidamo — the Ethiopian coffee farms are dominated by very small plots, often less than half an acre, called "gardens." Because these smallholdings are not sustainable in themselves, a system of Cooperatives consolidates the coffee and act as market makers for the farmers.More

Prevent kidney stones: Drink coffee but not cola?
The Boston Globe
Nearly 11 percent of men and 7 percent of women develop kidney stones at least once. While patients are usually told to drink plenty of fluids to reduce their chances of having repeat kidney stones, researchers have found that people who consume certain drinks have an increased risk of the problem.More

Green tea and cancer
Toronto NewsFIX
A study in rats reveals that drinking green tea could help prevent the development of breast tumors. The incidence of breast cancer in regions where green tea is consumed in large amounts — mainly China and Japan — is low in comparison to the West.More

FDA to investigate added caffeine
U,S, Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that, in response to a trend in which caffeine is being added to a growing number of products, the agency will investigate the safety of caffeine in food products, particularly its effects on children and adolescents.More

Boston launching citywide ad campaign to bolster sustainability
The Boston Globe
Boston will soon debut a citywide advertising campaign that uses prominent landmarks and local athletes to encourage residents and businesses to adopt more environmentally sustainable habits, like driving less and recycling more. The effort intends to promote Mayor Thomas M. Menino's goal of dramatically reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades.More

Why CSR? The benefits of corporate social responsibility will move you to act
Devin Thorpe discusses his findings about corporate social responsibility. Recently, I connected with dozens of corporate executives of large and small companies in an effort to understand the benefits of corporate social responsibility to the corporation. The question, I learned, is harder to answer than you might expect, principally because most corporate do-gooders approach their social good efforts with more of an eye toward impact on the community than on the firm. With some effort, however, I've pulled some meaningful responses from corporate leaders I've reached and learned a great deal in the process.More

Benefits of corporate social responsibility
Sustainable Business Forum
No longer is the term "corporate social responsibility" a novel idea amongst businesses. A 2011 sustainability study by MIT showed that sustainability, in the U.S. at least, now plays a permanent part in 70 percent of corporate agendas. Organizations such as Unilever haven't simply been championing sustainable business as a form of corporate philanthropy. Since implementing their Sustainable Living Plan, they have increased growth and profits. Quite simply, doing good is good for business.More