Leading To The Future: Innovation and Your Coffee Business

By William (Bill) M. Murray, CAE, CEO, National Coffee Association

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Despite the fact that coffee has been part of the human experience for centuries, innovation is now a necessity for companies across all sectors of the coffee industry – more than ever before.  In fact, if you search online for “innovate or die” you’ll easily return more than a half a million results.

What are the factors driving this change? How do we approach and address the challenges? How do we focus strategies and resources to adjust for success? And how can individual executives and business owners come up with new ideas?

First, here’s a snapshot of the issues:

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Coffee Career Center: Jobs of the Week

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From baristas to boardrooms, the Coffee Career Center connects companies to top talent across the industry.

Check out this week’s featured job listings – and visit the Coffee Career Center for more. (Please note that you will need to set up a free account to view the full post.)

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Senior Traffic Coordinator
| Rothfos Corporation
NY

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Financial Analyst, Central & South America
| Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VA

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VP, Coffee
| Fair Trade USA
CA

Packaging Assistant | Confluence Coffee Company
VA

Sales Representative | Red Diamond, Inc.
MN

Social Media Strategist | Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VA

Parts Manager | Espresso Plus Inc
MA

Visit the Coffee Career Center to view more listings, share your resume, or post a job. 

 

How to Be a Better Boss: Leadership in Coffee Operations

By Andrew Russo
The following post is an excerpt from Fresh Cup Magazine

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In 2005 I stood in front of thirty soldiers, all with more experience than me, and was introduced as their leader. I was barely twenty-one years old, standing in front of a wide range of people of different ages, education levels, and socio-demographic backgrounds. Soon we would jump out of airplanes together, deploy together—and they expected me to lead them through it all. Sound intimidating? It is.

In coffee, taking charge of experienced baristas, roasters, and buyers is equally intimidating. How a team is led can make or break the experience.

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The 10 Best Cities for Coffee Lovers

via Derek Miller, SmartAsset

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A unique culture around coffee is growing across America.

According to the 2016 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) report, more people are consuming coffee out of home. As a result, the number of coffeehouses and cafes are increasing in neighborhoods across the United States.

But not all cities are as coffee-crazed as others. The financial experts at SmartAsset looked through the data to see which American cities are the best for coffee fanatics. (Good news for NCA Convention 2017 attendees – Austin, TX is ranked high on the list!)

Here are the full rankings:

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The Business Strategy Behind Your Local Coffee Shop

By Vivian Giang, Fundera

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The way Americans drink coffee has changed drastically. According to the New York Times, Americans drink less coffee today than we did in the past, but we’re drinking higher quality, better brewed cups.

In fact, according to a 2014 National Coffee Drinking Trends study from the National Coffee Association (NCA), daily consumption of gourmet coffee among adults in the U.S. is up 34% in 2014, a 3% rise compared to 2013.

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Coffee Career Center: Jobs of the Week

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Stuck in a rut? Start 2017 with an exciting new job in the coffee industry.

Check out this week’s featured listings – and visit the Coffee Career Center for more. (Please note that you will need to set up a free account to view the full post.)

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VP, Coffee
/ Fair Trade USA
CA

Social Media Strategist / Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VA

Total Office and Logistics Manager / Coffeetec
CA

International Marketing Manager / Coffeetec
CA

Store Manager / Mercurys Coffee Co.
WA

Barista / Blue Donkey Coffee
GA

5 Coffee Industry Trends You Can’t Miss in 2017

By Tyler Hubbell
This post originally appeared on the Repsly blog

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In one form or another, chances are almost everyone you know starts their day with coffee – be it home-brewed, bottled, or purchased hot or iced from a coffee shop. As longstanding as its popularity may be, the coffee industry is in the midst of a rapid change.

As millennials’ fast-paced lifestyle becomes ubiquitous, consumers are preferring to get their caffeine on the go. In turn, retailers are experimenting with novel ways to speed up ordering and get busy shoppers back in their stores.

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