Starbuck Institutes Two Year Study Using Blockchain Technology

April 19th, 2018

Starbucks has devised a pilot program that uses blockchain technology to track the coffee growers supply chain. Blockchain technology is digital database of information that records financial information, sales figures, distribution figures and more. It is a public database of information about Starbucks coffee growers that eventually consumers will access.

This pilot program will use select coffee producers in Costa Rica, Columbia, and Rwanda, and track them over a two year time period. This was announced by the company before their Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle. The company wants to show how technology, and databases can give coffee companies financial power, said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnston.

Arthur Karuletwa, the Director of Traceability, says Starbucks knows all the names of their coffee farmers and has the technology to connect the thousands of producers that grow their coffee. They practice sustainability by knowing who their growers are and how they grow their coffee.

This technology could produce a change in the way coffee is moved across oceans and borders, said Arthur Karuletwa. A company called Conservation International will study the effect of block chain technology on bean to cup traceability factors. Starbucks wants to help their growers achieve more financial independence using this technology.

Starbucks wants to create a connection between the consumer and the farmers that grow the products. This technology allows the public to access information and learn about the coffee growers for Starbucks. Blockchain technology is connected to cryptocurrency a trend reported on by Daily Coffee News in the coffee industry.

Starbucks did not get into specific ways the new technology would be implemented. Ronald Peters of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute says that for many years everything was done on paper and now coffee growers and producers are talking about block chain technology.

A brick and mortar company like Starbucks is needed for consumers to learn to trust blockchain technology which is what Starbucks is trying to achieve with the pilot study.

Battery Operated Coffee Makers Are Now a Thing

April 13th, 2018

Most coffee drinkers will stop at nothing to get their next cup of joe. Can we really blame them, though? That’s why restaurants, homes, workplaces, the bank, the library, and literally everywhere else is equipped with coffee makers. Civilization just basically revolves around coffee and its beautiful ability to keep people awake at all times.

What would happen if there was a power outage or you were stuck in the middle of nowhere without any electricity? You wouldn’t be able to get your fresh cup of coffee fix. It’s a terrifying thought for many avid coffee drinkers but luckily there might be a solution to never having to worry about where you’ll get your coffee from.

According to The Verge, a Japanese power tools company has created a coffee machine that runs solely on battery power. It’s literally your typical coffee machine with giant batteries stuck to the sides. The company says the batteries are powerful enough to brew about 5.3 cups.

This is great news for anyone camping, doing construction work, or caught in an emergency. It’s interesting to see how this will all play out and if they will be as popular as the company posts. Are they worth the hassle? Many people are surely wondering if it wouldn’t just be cheaper to grab premade coffee in a bottle. For now, the coffee maker is only available in Japan and will cost roughly $112. If it catches on, it very well could become a reality in the United States.

More Americans Drinking Coffee

April 12th, 2018

Some people can’t seem to get through the morning without a cup of coffee. Almost everywhere you go in a city you see a coffee shop catering to the coffee drinking desire of Americans. A new study conducted by the National Coffee Association shows that Americans are drinking more coffee than ever, and they are paying a lot for it too.

The National Coffee Association surveyed the coffee drinking habits of 3,000 people. Of those surveyed, 64 percent reported that they drink coffee every single day. 83 percent of people drink coffee at least on a weekly basis.

This number of daily coffee drinkers is two percentage points more than those who reported drinking coffee daily in 2017. It is the highest level of daily coffee drinking reported in the last six year period.

While there seems to be a coffee shop on every corner, most of those surveyed reported that they drink their coffee at home and not at a restaurant or coffee shop. 79 percent of those surveyed drink most of their coffee at home while only 36 percent reported that they drink most of their coffee at a restaurant or coffee shop.

Coffee drinking is increasing, and so is the amount that Americans are spending on coffee. Part of this rise in expenditure is due to the proliferation of gourmet coffees on the market. 48 percent of those surveyed reported that they drink gourmet coffee.

The average American now spends $1,110 per year on coffee. Americans drink more coffee than those who live in any other country on earth.

Nick Vertucci Says California Needs Big Changes To Their Housing Market

April 12th, 2018

Nick Vertucci has taken a look at the homeless problem that’s come across California and also has noted its increasingly high housing prices and says if something isn’t done about it, the state could be headed for real trouble. He says one of the problems in California is that cities have seen a lack of properties that are more affordable for low-income renters, and many funds allocated to construction of these properties by local and state legislatures often get put on hold. But he also says as property prices and taxes rise, companies have started taking their businesses elsewhere and its leading to turbulence. Vertucci has been investing in properties across California and other states in efforts to rejuvenate its real estate markets, and to show others how to get high revenue in the field.

Nick Vertucci founded the NV Real Estate Academy in 2014, but getting there was a long road that took his life through many hard times. He came from a background of poverty and even homelessness for a few years, and his first attempt at financial stability came through a business he started selling computer hardware. This actually brought some good fortune to Vertucci as he was able to buy a house, marry and raise a family of his own. But the business went under when the 2000 crash hit, and he and his family found themselves trapped in serious debt. Vertucci searched frantically for answers to get out of it, and he would find it at a seminar that a friend told him about on flipping properties.

Nick Vertucci had no college degrees or formal training in finance or investing, but he was willing to dig up all the information he could on topics he heard at the seminar and give real estate a try. Over the years he started finding the money to buy properties, and some that were completely rundown were flipped to become fashionable rentals. Nick Vertucci had his own system formulated down to a science, and he realized this system could be valuable to others who wanted to know how to use real estate as their investment vehicle. The field isn’t for everyone, but for those who do feel they have a chance to make it in the market, the NV Real Estate Academy has been an invaluable resource.

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Coffee Production Is Increasing, and Apparently so are the Health Benefits

April 11th, 2018

Last year, coffee exports reached an all-time high: 122.45 million bags from 2016-2017. That is an increase of nearly 5% from the previous year, according to the International Coffee Organization.

That’s good news for devoted drinkers of the bean, but there’s another recent finding in the scientific world that boosts coffee’s cause even more. Forbes recently reported on a study from the University of Southampton that drinking up to six cups of coffee per day is linked to increased heart health and a reduced chance of dying from other diseases. The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and compiled analyses from nearly 220 previous studies on the benefits of drinking coffee.

This meta-study indicates that drinking coffee correlates to a lower risk of cirrhosis of the liver. A lowered risk of contracting certain types of cancer, such as liver and prostate, as well as type 2 diabetes, gout, and kidney stones, is also linked to coffee consumption. In addition to the physical health benefits, drinking coffee can also reduce depression and decrease chances of having other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The study found that coffee’s benefits start to plateau at four cups per day. The key ingredients in a cup of joe seem to be the high levels of anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants; both are scientifically proven to reduce cancer risks.

An increasing coffee production year over year and new reasons to drink coffee are reasons to celebrate…cappucino, anyone?

Starbucks Committing More to Recycling Efforts

April 10th, 2018

Starbucks is teaming up with Closed Loop Partners‘ Center for the Circular Economy to establish a partnership designed to create a more sustainable cup solution for its customers. The announcement was made Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s annual company meeting of shareholders. Starbucks is calling the project the NextGen Challenge and the goal will be to award entrepreneurs working toward an initiative to develop a fully recyclable cup within the next three years.

The Seattle-based coffee giant has committed $10 million toward the environmentally-based initiative. Currently, the beverages inside Starbucks cups are kept warm by the plastic coating lining the inside. However, it is this lining that keeps the cups unable to be recycled in some places. As part of the initiative, the company is working to develop a new plant-based cup lining that would be recyclable while also keeping their beverages at an ideal temperature.

Some Starbucks cups are recyclable in various large markets, including Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. Starbucks is encouraging all cities to institute consistent recycling policies so that all cups can be recycled. As part of this effort, Starbucks is partnering with the National League of Cities’ Sustainable Cities Institute to encourage legislation to promote recycling and sustainability efforts.

Experts estimate that Starbucks alone produces six billion disposable cups per year. Environmental groups have routinely criticized the company for not pledging to solve this problem sooner.

Coffee and Tea is No Longer Considered a Diuretic and Bad For You

April 9th, 2018

Coffee is one of those foods that scientists have trouble categorizing. Is it bad for you? Is it good for you? The medical community keeps changing their opinion depending on their trend at the moment, but the American public, as well as the rest of the world, loves their coffee and most can’t start their day without a cup or two.

 

Coffee and tea both contain natural caffeine, though tea has much less. In the past, they have been considered dehydrating, or a diuretic, because caffeine is a mild diuretic. Recent studies have shown that experts now disagree that these two caffeinated beverages are not dehydrating at all.

 

The reason is really more logical than scientific. A diuretic is classified as a food or drink that causes the kidneys to absorb more sodium and water than normal from the body, which is then disposed of in urine. Naturally, in this state, you would pee more frequently and you would become dehydrated.

 

But, Dr. Daniel Vigil at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in L.A. finds coffee and tea react differently from the above description of a diuretic. As a clinical professor of family medicine, Dr. Virgil says that in a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea there is a higher percentage of water to caffeine, so your body is able to absorb what it needs and release the rest. There is no dehydrating effect produced. So enjoy your coffee habit!

Starbucks Developing An Eco-Friendly Cup

April 8th, 2018

McDonalds recently announced that it would be taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Starbucks has pledged to do the same. The coffee chain recently announced that it would be spending $10 million in order to reduce cup waste. Starbucks stated that it will be donating money to people who can develop eco-friendly cups. The name of the challenge is the NextGen Cup Challenge.

It will not be easy to develop an eco-friendly cup. Starbucks’ current cups are made out of 10 percent recycled fiber. The cups can help keep the cups warm. However, the cups cannot be reused and recycled in most cases. Anyone who comes up with a new idea will have to find a way to overcome this challenge.

Starbucks is open to using any of the working concepts at its stores. The restaurant also stated that it would be open to sharing its ideas with other restaurants. They want to do their part to help other restaurants serve drinks in compostable and recyclable cups.

Restaurants in the United Kingdom are also trying to reduce cup waste. A 34 cent tax will be charged on drinks that are served in a paper to-go cup. Starbucks restaurants in London also announced that they will be adding a 7 cent charge to cups that are served at the restaurants. The funds will be used to support a local charity.

MICHAEL BURWELL A THRIVING FINANCIAL AND TRANSFORMATION LEADER

April 7th, 2018

On August 21, 2017, in London and Arlington, Va. (globe newswire) mentioned that Michael Burwell got appointed as the current chief financial officer of Willis Towers Watson company (NASDAQ: WLTW). Willis Towers Watson is a worldwide leading company in advisory, broking, and solutions. He took over the position of a chief financial officer from Roger Millay who decided to leave his work at his own free will. Willis Towers Watson public limited company aids clients across the world rotation dangers into the direction of development. It has around 40,000 workers serving over 140 countries. They design and give answers on how to control the unsafety, how to efficiently use benefits, prepare and grow talents and increase the authority of capital to take care and make individual and institutions stronger.

 

Before becoming part of Willis Towers Watson Company, Burwell has 31 years of experience in finance and professional services from Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC). Throughout his 11 years at PwC, he offered services in the assurance practice serving countless audit customers. He was acknowledged as a partner and began Detroit PwC that established transaction service procedure in 1997. Due to his victory in Detroit, Michael Burwell was chosen to lead PwC’s central area; he also worked as the general leader in transaction services in the US. He was designated as the chief officer in 2007 and also named as PwC’s business chief operating officer around the U.S. Later in 2012, Burwell was chosen to be global vice chairman and U.S transformation. During his transformation position, Burwell made changes to different internal group functions by optimizing the effectiveness of the organization. On some client, he also worked as the senior relationship partner in his term of office.

 

Giving an opinion on mike Burwell position as Willis Towers Watson chief financial officer, the CEO John Haley said that; they are delighted to welcome Michael Burwell at their crucial time in their company’s evolution to become a part of their team leader. Haley also appreciated enormous and fantastic leadership contributed to Willis Tower Watson by Roger Millay, the outgoing chief financial officer.

 

Mike Burwell narrated that; he was so thankful for the chance offered to him by Willis towers Watson. He added that in all his interplays he is excited with the power of leadership, including culture and dedication to customers and collaborative. Find Additional Information Here.

 

Burwell currently aged 53 years old, attended Michigan State University and achieved CPA and also obtained a degree in Bachelor of Arts in BA. He was mentioned as the Alumnus of Michigan State University.

To Caffeinate or Not to Caffeinate Before Working Out

April 7th, 2018

Many people use coffee or some other source of caffeine as a pre-workout. There is a common belief that coffee helps one perform better in athletic pursuits. Is this true? Well, an intriguing new study has arrived that demonstrates that for some people, coffee does indeed boost athletic performance. On the other hand, some people perform worse after drinking coffee. Which category you fall into depends on one thing: a gene called CYP1A2.

CYP1A2 has been known to scientists for a while now. Among other things, it affects how the human body processes caffeine. So, how does this work? First of all, there are two different variants of this gene. Everyone has two copies of CYP1A2, one from each parent. You might have two copies of variant one, two copies of variant two, or one of each variant. The particular combination you have determines whether you are a fast, slow, or moderate metabolizer of caffeine. Fast metabolizers tend to be the best at tolerating caffeine.

For this recent study, scientists wanted to know how coffee affected athletic performance for different types of caffeine metabolizers. They got 100 volunteers and gave them caffeine or a placebo before going on an exercise bike. They found that the fast metabolizers had a significant improvement in athletic performance when they had drunk caffeine. The slow metabolizers, on the other hand, did significantly worse on the athletic test.

Should you drink caffeine before working out? It depends on which gene variants you have.