Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently celebrated the community of independent coffee house owners at its annual Independents Day. On Saturday, August 9, more than 70 coffee house owners and baristas from across the country gathered at Ohio State Universitys Student Union in Columbus, Ohio to learn about the latest trends in specialty coffee.
We sponsor Independents Day to give coffee house owners a way to connect, engage and grow with other coffee entrepreneurs, said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert. This day refreshes and revives the independent business spirit and provides insight into whats new and whats working in nearly every aspect of coffee shop operations.
The conference featured presentation by coffee house owners, Crimson Cup staff and outside experts on developments in the coffee industry, single-origin coffees, hand-pour brewing methods, coffee shop marketing and coffee house operations.
In a keynote address on the Service Profit Chain, Ohio State University Professor Michael Smith demonstrated how employee training and engagement drive customer loyalty in service businesses. Smith is director of the Initiative for Managing Services at Ohio States Fisher College of Business.
The day concluded with a forum for sharing experiences and solving problems and a Community Barista Throwdown. Participants from The Depot Coffee House, Court Street Coffee, Scioto Valley Coffee, Coffee Amici, Coffee Expressions and Javas Cyber Espresso Bar each had 10 minutes to make three varieties of drinks, including single espresso shots, a traditional cappuccino and a signature beverage of their choice. Judges from Crimson Cup evaluated each drink and gave an overall score to each barista. When the scores were tallied, Katie Eresman from Coffee Expressions emerged as the winner. An Oscar Home Espresso Machine was donated by Nuova Simonelli as the grand prize.
The annual conference is just one of the benefits provided under Crimson Cups Seven Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Based on Uberts book Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, the program teaches everything an entrepreneur needs to run a specialty coffee business.
We offer everything a coffee shop franchise does and more but without franchise fees, royalties or business restrictions, Ubert said. Our program covers all the bases, from choosing a location to hiring and training your staff, setting business hours and much more. Plus, we offer ongoing support to make sure our customers keep growing.
The coffee franchise alternative includes comprehensive training, marketing materials, menu ideas and much more all designed to help reduce costs, increase profits and eliminate potential headaches.
Were proud to support over 200 coffee shop owners across the country, Ubert said. In the past year alone, more than 15 independent coffee houses have joined our community.
To learn more about Crimson Cups Seven Steps program or to schedule an initial consultation, call 888-800-9224 or visit the Crimson Cup website.
About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Since 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has hand-roasted specialty coffee in Columbus, Ohio and taught independent business owners how to be successful through its coffee shop franchise alternative program. Sustainably sourced Crimson Cup coffee is available through a network of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 28 states, as well as the companys own Crimson Cup Coffee House in the Columbus suburb of Clintonville. For more information, visit crimsoncup.com.
Biochar Bob Making an Impact One Powerful Story at a Time
The Biochar Company, creator of Soil Reef branded biochar and biochar-blended products, announces the release of a new four-part YouTube video series showcasing the social, economic, environmental, and scientific impact biochar is having on communities and individuals in Costa Rica through its diverse and practical applications. The series follows The Biochar Companys Director of Social Impact, Biochar Bob (Bob Cirino), as he crisscrosses the country with leaders of a Costa Rica-focused non-profit, Estufa Finca (Spanish for farm stove), which is catalyzing grass roots biochar adoption by spreading its high-efficiency, biochar-producing cook stoves, while simultaneously developing a biochar marketplace.
From the moment I learned about biochar, I have had an unquenchable desire to share its story with as many people as possible, says Bob. With a material as powerful as biochar something that has the multi-dimensional capacity to make a massive impact in the lives of so many I couldnt help but feel compelled to tell the world about it. But just talking about biochar does not easily satisfy Biochar Bob; he wants to show it, too. The Biochar Bob Goes to Costa Rica video series is part of a greater collection of U.S. and international stories featuring Biochar Bob showing what biochar users can accomplish through its many applications and implications.
In Costa Rica, biochars impact starts before the biochar enters the farm. Estufa Finca team members, alongside local residents, build biochar-producing cook stoves made from inexpensive and accessible materials to create three powerful benefits. First, the stoves use about 40% less fuel than a traditional open fire; emitting 90% less smoke and 85% less carbon monoxide and thus improving in-home air quality. Second, as deforestation is exacerbated by ever-increasing cooking fuel demands, these stoves provide a grass roots tool to abate that threat, especially because homeowners can use any type of biomass as fuel including agricultural wastes. And third, stove owners use their own biochar, created in the cooking process, to amend their soils or sell it to larger consumers like farmers.
The Biochar Company fully supports the social impact that follows biochars adoption. We are committed to sharing the stories of its benefits in the daily lives of individuals throughout the globe, regardless of the developed or developing status of a country, says The Biochar Companys CEO, Jeff Wallin. When you know better, you do better, adds Wallin.
The video series are one component of The Biochar Companys #MySoilReef campaign, a multi-pronged initiative uniting and inspiring biochar users who are building a biochar soil reef across the globe via shared action, online photos and stories. Akin to a coral reef in the ocean, biochars porous structure and biologically stimulating nature creates a thriving Soil Reef. Capturing the collective effort of many individuals catalyzes global change. #MySoilReef is developing a global community with a uniting mission, notes Wallin. We are a global village when it comes to improving soil fertility and drawing down atmospheric carbonwe have to apply every tool we have in the toolbox. Ground level technology like Estufa Fincas cook stove is certainly one of them.
Biochar Bobs Costa Rica journey was made possible by the support of his fans via an Indiegogo crowdfunding project, The Biochar Company, and the Fair Trade coffee company Deans Beans. The videos were produced in partnership with Adam Wisneski, known for his role as President Obamas personal cinematographer during the 2012 re-election campaign. The first thing I noticed and admired about Bob was his relentless passion for spreading the word about biochar it’s contagious. And soon after, I found myself boarding a plane to Costa Rica to help him document how the use of biochar was affecting the lives of everyday Costa Ricans. Biochar is a big, big step toward a more sustainable future for all of us, notes Mr. Wisneski.
In the conclusion of the video series, Biochar Bob asserts, This earth is a paradise. Lets use the tools we have, like biochar, to keep it that way. Biochar Bob now not only tells the story, he has become a part of it and enveloped many others along the way.
In addition to his YouTube channel, you can follow Biochar Bob by visiting his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. To learn more about the Estufa Finca project, visit SeaChar.org.
About The Biochar Company:
The Biochar Company (TBC) is an integrated biochar product development, marketing, and sales company whose products improve human well being by addressing soil, water, air, and carbon challenges. TBCs industry leading team has built a premier suite of brands and companies including Soil Reef brand biochars and blends, Biochar Bob
Best Cigar Prices attended the IPCPR Trade Show this year and found some amazing cigars. It is now possible to pre-order these cigars.
In an isolated mountainous region of Colombia near the Caribbean coast lies a region called Montes de Maria. There, for the past 15 years, a family of farmers has tended to an alluring tobacco known as Ica Mazinga. Derived from a Cuban seed first grown in Colombia in the 1820s, Ica Mazinga is a captivating varietal that burns beautifully and smokes effortlessly. The unique flavor of Ica Mazinga is harnessed in CAO Colombia, the first cigar to prominently feature Colombian tobacco. This mild-to-medium-bodied blend is a savory smoke, boasting notes of toasted nuts sprinkled with briny nuances for an adventure into the unexpected.
CAO Colombia is available for pre-order in the following sizes:
BAASS Business Solutions Celebrates the End of Sage Summit with a Presidents Circle Award
BAASS Business Solutions Inc., a distinguished North American Sage ERP partner, has been honoured by being named to the Presidents Circle for the 10th consecutive year at the 2014 Sage Summit. The Presidents Circle is awarded to a select group of leading performers within the Sage group of business partners.
This year at Sage Summit held in Las Vegas from July 28th to July 31st, BAASS was named a recipient at the opening keynote by Pascal Houllion, President of Sage North America. We are honoured to have received this award. It is a testament to the faith our customers continue to place in us year after year, said Joseph Arnone, President of BAASS. BAASS is celebrating 25 years in the business of providing excellent customer service.
The Sage Presidents Circle Award for 2013 is just the latest of a number of awards BAASS has earned its first 25 years. More notable among the awards received are the Orchid Reseller of the 2013 Year, Accounting Technology Magazines Pacesetters Award, two consecutive Business Partner of the Year recognitions from Sage Software Inc., Bob Scotts VAR Stars, being ranked in the CDNs list of Top 100 Solution Providers, and ranked in Accounting Todays VAR 100 list of 2013.
About BAASS Business Solutions
Established in 1988, BAASS has been successfully helping our clients improve their business processes and become more profitable by providing superior accounting and business management solutions. We are known for our expertise, professionalism, and integrity helping companies of all types and sizes throughout North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We’ve been recognized within the industry on numerous occasions. However the real proof is what our many satisfied clients have to say about us. As a full-service technology consulting firm, we can offer, implement, and support end-to-end solutions that work for our clients now, and in the long term. Our comprehensive range of services includes needs assessment, management consulting, system design and configuration, software training, and technical support in accounting, ERP, CRM, HRIS, e-business, business intelligence, and custom solutions.
World Anti-Caking Agents Market to Reach USD 1.5 Bln in 2019, States MarketsandMarkets in Its Report Available at MarketPublishers.com
The anti-caking agents are utilised in a variety of industries, including feed, food, and fertilisers. The marketplace of anti-caking agents is expanding in line with the customers surging demands for high-quality products. The diversity of anti-caking agents is one of the drivers of the growth in the market.
The global anti-caking agents market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.2% during 2014-2019, reaching an expected value of USD 1.5 billion by the end of the forecasted period. As of 2013, the European anti-caking market boasted of having the largest value. Raw materials availability and novel technology breakthroughs are fuelling the growth of the anti-caking agents market in APAC. Due to the widespread use of anti-caking agents in different industry sectors, the demand for these additives across the worlds all geographies is on the rise.
New research report Anti-Caking Agents Market by Industry [Food (Ca-Compound, Na-Compound, Mg-Compound, SiO2, Cellulose), Feed & Fertilizer, by Application [(Seasoning, Condiment, Bakery, Dairy, Soup, Sauce) & (NPK, Urea, NH3, DAP/MAP)] & Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019 __title__ ] elaborated by MarketsandMarkets (M&M) is now available at MarketPublishers.com.
Title: Anti-Caking Agents Market by Industry [Food (Ca-Compound, Na-Compound, Mg-Compound, SiO2, Cellulose), Feed & Fertilizer], by Application [(Seasoning, Condiment, Bakery, Dairy, Soup, Sauce) & (NPK, Urea, NH3, DAP/MAP)] & Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019
The report gives an in-depth analysis of the worldwide market for anti-caking agents, analysed and categorised based on industry, application, and geography. The study offers estimates of the market size (historic and current) in value and volume terms alike in each region, with the market further segmented based on the leading nations in the region. The report provides a 360-degree overview and unbiased investigation of the key market drivers and limiters, challenges, key opportunities, pressing industry issues, winning imperatives, and also Porters five forces evaluation. To enable a clearer understanding of the competitive scenario, the research report discusses the top 10 industry players along with covering their latest developments and other major strategic activities. The report is enriched with exhaustive forecasts of the global anti-caking agents market with its projected revenues up to end-2019.
Companies profiled: BASF SE, Bogd
Seed Treatment Showing Stable Signs of Growth for Italys Major Crops, According to Kline
The sales value of the seed treatment market in Italy based on corn and potatoes is estimated at EUR 4.0 million in 2013 finds a chapter in the recently published Global Seed Treatment: Market Analysis and Opportunities report by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company. Potatoes have a much smaller area treated, but a significantly larger amount per hectare value, resulting in a larger sales value.
Corn and potatoes have the largest amount of hectares treated in Italy in 2013, with approximately 90% of the corn and about 80% planted potatoes receiving a seed treatment application. These seed treatments can be fungicide only, followed by an insecticide seed treatment application, or the two can be applied in a combination treatment.
The most used seed treatment fungicide on a hectare treated basis is Syngentas Celest XL, used mainly on corn, accounting for over 90% of the seed treatment fungicide market in Italy.
Cruiser is no longer the only insecticide seed treatment product used in Italy, although it remains the most used, especially in potatoes. Cruiser 70 WS is used to treat 16,900 hectares of potatoes in 2013.
Syngenta remains the leading supplier in Italy for seed treatment, followed by Bayer Crop Science. These two suppliers have nearly the entire market, or over 90% of total sales, with Makhteshim, BASF, Diachem, and Sumitomo also participating, but at a very minor level.
Klines chapter on Italy of the global seed treatment market research is a detailed analysis of the Italian seed treatment market in 2013, covering the following topics:
Crop background and planted acres
Crop end use by acres or volume
Production and crop protection methods
Key seed suppliers and their product capability with treatment
Role of seed treatment as crop protection method
Key diseases, insects, nematodes, and other reasons seeds are treated; regional differences within countries when appropriate
Chemical treatment methods for target diseases and insects and non-chemical alternatives
Product sales and market share for seed treatment products
Active ingredient use for seed treatment products
Sales by company for seed treatment products
Seed treatment outlook and assumptions by crop background
About Kline & Company
Kline is a worldwide consulting and research firm dedicated to providing the kind of insight and knowledge that helps companies find a clear path to success. The firm has served the management consulting and market research needs of organizations in the chemicals, materials, energy, life sciences, and consumer products industries for over 50 years. For more information, visit http://www.KlineGroup.com
505 Southwestern announced today they have reached agreements with Safeway Stores, Tom Thumb and Randals Supermarkets to sell their line of All Natural 505 Southwestern sauces and salsas in 107 locations across the state of Texas. 505 Southwestern sauces and salsas are available in mild, medium and hot flavor profiles, are All Natural, Gluten Free and made with 100% green and red chile peppers grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico, also known as the Chile Capital of The World. 505 Southwestern products come in five tantalizing varieties including Flame Roasted Green Chile, Green Chile Sauce, Enchilada & Tamale Sauce and an assortment of Salsas.
We have seen an overwhelming positive response from consumers in Texas to the quality and superior taste of our 505 Southwestern sauces and salsas. We are extremely pleased that to be partnering with Safeway Stores giving Texans the ability to easily access our 505 Southwestern sauces and salsas, said Ray Gadd, executive vice president of 505 Southwestern.
Rapidly growing in popularity nationwide, 505 Southwestern sauces and salsas are setting the standard in the fast growing Hispanic-influenced sauce category. 505 Southwestern uses only Hatch Valley pungent green chile peppers that deliver a smooth, simmering heat and a kaleidoscope of chile flavors based upon legendary recipes of generations past from the Hatch Valley in Southwestern New Mexico.
505 Southwestern also recently reached an agreement with H-E-B Markets to sell their Flame Roasted Green Chile, Green Chile Sauce, Enchilada & Tamale Sauce and Honey Chipotle Green Chile Salsa in 62 locations across Texas.
505 Southwestern sauces and salsas are available in mild, medium and hot tantalizing flavor profiles and packed in glass jars. Consumers will be able to find the following great tasting 505 Southwestern sauces and salsas at their local Safeway Stores.
505 Southwestern Roasted Green Chile is made with fresh picked chiles, then roasted and flash-frozen right after harvest to deliver that just-picked freshness in each jar. 505 Southwestern only uses roasted green chile, garlic salt and just the right amount of lime juice as a preservative. This simple ingredient blend delivers great flavor and is commonly used as a condiment with tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salads, tuna, eggs, burgers and hotdogs.
505 Southwestern Green Chile Sauce has just the right level of green chiles, tomatoes, onions, rice flour (as a gluten-free binder), lime juice, garlic powder and salt. 505 Southwestern Green Chile Sauce saves hours of preparation time and can be used to saut
Yamahas Disklavier Technology a Hit at International Institute for Young Musicians
Gifted young pianists from around the globe were introduced to the performance and educational capabilities of Yamaha Disklavier technology recently at the prestigious International Institute for Young Musicians Summer Music Academy at the University of Kansas.
The International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) helps students translate their artistic vision into mastery of performance through direct, practical, and fully involved guidance from a faculty of internationally renowned professionals. The camp, which ran July 13-25, drew 70 young global participants, including the United States, China, Mexico and Korea. The IIYM Summer Music Academy, under the direction of Dr. Scott McBride Smith, is a highly selective and intensive course of study for young musicians.
The academy participants were delighted this year to participate in a pair of unique learning experiences thanks to Yamaha Disklavier reproducing pianos, which can faithfully record and play back performances with each note and nuance delivered precisely as the pianist originally performed it. Yamahas interactive piano distance-learning technology allowed the academy in Kansas to remotely interface with two renowned piano teachers: George Litterst, who gave a lesson from his Massachusetts studio, and Dr. Stella Sick, who offered a remote master class from Minnesota for select students.
Not only did our students get to see firsthand and for the first time what a remarkable piano the Disklavier is, but they also got to interact with two incredibly talented music teachers who didnt have to travel to Kansas to share their knowledge with these young musicians because of the remote instruction capabilities of this incredible technology, said Dr. Smith, who serves as the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas.
First introduced in 1987 and now in its fifth generation of refinements, the Disklavier piano has been imbued with powerful networking capability that enables two or more instruments to be connected via the Internet through Yamahas Remote Lesson technology. This innovative application enabled Dr. Sick located in Minnesota to play a piece on the piano, while students sat listening, watching and learning that same piece recreated “live” on a second, Internet connected Disklavier located at the University of Kansas. The keys and pedals on each Disklavier will move up and down as student and teacher play or demonstrate to one another, while video-conferencing allows real-time communication, as though all participants were sitting next to one another.
Dr. Smith said the Disklavier arrived shortly before the Young Musicians International Piano Competition, which opened the Summer Academy. It drew a great deal of interest and excitement from our faculty and the staff, Dr. Smith explained. Several crawled under the piano to get a better look. Students were not at first aware that it was a Disklavier, since the remote lesson sessions came later in our two-week Summer Music Academy. They viewed it simply as a grand piano, and were delighted with its rich tone and responsive touch. The Disklavier was a big hit, simply as a piano.
Smith said that Litterst, a nationally recognized pianist and music educator, opened the students eyes to the remote capabilities of this marvelous technology. His interactive presentation using the Disklavier virtually erased the more than 1,400 miles between the Summer Music Academy in Kansas and Littersts high-tech home studio in Rehoboth, MA.
Students actually squealed with excitement when they saw the keys and pedals go up and down on the Disklavier here in Kansas exactly as George was playing his own Disklavier in far-away Massachusetts, Dr. Smith said.
Litterst, considered a leader in the use of technology for music education, said the Disklavier broadens opportunities to teach and learn. This technology is a gateway for a music education experience that connects student and teacher, performer and performer, and pianist and audience in a way unlike anything else, Litterst explained. The Disklaviers ability to accurately reproduce performances note-for-note makes it ideal for remote lessons and interactive performance evaluations.
Later that week, Dr. Sick, an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University in St. Paul and managing director of the International Piano-e-Competition and e-Piano Junior Competition hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Music, led a master class from the Minneapolis/St. Paul region for three of the top students at the Summer Music Academy.
These remote lessons are a perfect example of how this technology and the unique capabilities of the Disklavier can interactively connect students with top professional musicians and teachers without the two parties having to be in the same country or city, much less the same room, said Jim Levesque, Disklavier marketing manager, Yamaha Corporation of America. The Yamaha Disklavier provides unprecedented opportunities for students, schools and other music education programs to engage with musicians and teachers they might not have been able to before.
For more information about the Disklavier piano line, please visit http://www.yamaha.com.
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.
San Diego County’s Newest and Best BBQ Company Announces the Q-Truck for Outrageously Good BBQ Parties (Patent Pending)
Corbin’s Q just got easier to get your hands on, with the Q-Truck. This truck was completely remade with an unbelievable pulley system that lowers the BBQ to the perfect level for the select-wood heat. Pictures of the BBQ are included in this article, but the Q-Truck system is not pictured – for intellectual property reasons.
Corbin’s Q-Truck sensation was started when Corbin’s Dad suggested that Corbin put some of his engineering background to use and design a unique pulley system. With fire resistant bricking for a base, the Q-Truck enables a grease free base once grilling is completed. Additionally, the Q-Truck is loads of fun to simply watch, with many guests never leaving. This has a lot to do with the food, but also there is not any other truck like the Q-Truck and people have to see it to believe it. Outsanding food delivered in a perfectly engineered method.
Andy May said, “I live in North Carolina, home of the best BBQ on the planet. Interestingly, I was fortunate enough to change my opinion when I was at a party that Corbin was catering. There is no better BBQ in the USA then Corbin’s Q. Corbin is a master chef and takes immense pride in making sure the client is happy. The best value in the USA (including North Carolina)”.
Corbins Q is a unique barbecue experience serving the San Diego area. It’s True California Barbecue style uses red oak to make mouthwatering plates of meat. Corbin’s Q uses the ever growing and famous Santa Maria Style Barbecue. Delicious Tri-Tip that is always cooked to perfection is a specialty for Corbin’s Q. Some other favorite menu items also include: beef ribs, linguica sandwiches, and baby back pork ribs. Track Corbin’s Q down and check it out.
Corbin’s Q caters to small to medium size parties (up to 500 people) and has been in business since 2011. To reach Corbin’s Q call 619-516-7009 and ask for Corbin. Corbin’s Q has catered throughout the San Diego and Los Angeles areas and references are available upon request. Remember, this is a mouth watering and incredible experience. The unique Q-Truck pulley experience is patent pending. ADRMortgage.com and their staff support Corbin’s Q and have experienced this fine product. For more information go to http://corbinsq.com/.