Six ways to drink delicious coffee every morning—even if you can’t leave your house

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You might not be going to the corner coffee shop, but you don’t have to settle for bad coffee. There are many things I miss about my pre-coronavirus life, but a big one is the simple joy of strolling to my neighborhood coffee shop every morning for a perfect cup of coffee. I love the ambiance, saying hi to my favorite barista, and hearing the roar of the machines and the buzz of customers chatting. But given that the pandemic is still raging across the country, it could be some time before coffee shop culture comes back. Read Full Story

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Jeff Bezos: Here’s how I make Amazon’s highest-stakes decisions

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In an excerpt from a new collection of his writings, Amazon’s CEO says that his secret is making fewer, better decsions—and thinking three years out. I like to putter in the morning. I get up early. I go to bed early. I like to read the newspaper. I like to have coffee. I like to have breakfast with my kids before they go to school. So my puttering time is very important to me. Read Full Story

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What My Parents Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan taught me about the power of daily rituals

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In her first book, For Small Creatures Such as We , author Sasha Sagan explores the significance of ritual in an unpredictable universe. My husband Jon and I have several small daily rituals. Every morning, he wakes up first, makes coffee, and brings me a cup in bed. Then I thank him and tell him how wonderful I think he is. This small act of romance sets the tone for our day and, in turn, our life together. Later, when he leaves his office, he texts me, “On the way!!!” This still gives me a little thrill. Like the feeling of knowing you’re going to see your crush. And this too is a little ritual. In a sense, everything we do a particular way that holds meaning for us is a ritual. Especially when there are other ways it could be done. He could just come home without sending a …

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Can Jot’s coffee concentrate make you forget about that $5 latte? Here’s what our editors say

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We gave Jot Ultra Coffee to three of our editors to see if it lives up to its promise of delivering barista-worthy drinks at home. Jot’s timing is impeccable. The startup burst onto the scene with its Ultra Coffee concentrate at the exact moment that coffee-shop denizens found themselves shut out of their favorite spots. Gone are the daily treats of oat milk lattes, cold brews, and café Americanos. In its place are mornings spent in our own kitchens, spilling AeroPress grinds everywhere or standing watch over our Bialetti Moka pots, wondering if we should just bite the bullet and spend some savings on an extra-sexy espresso machine . Just me? Okay. Read Full Story

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Working from home? 7 smart tips to help you get more done

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More and more people are working from home to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. If you’re a remote work newbie, make sure you’re following these productivity hacks. As I write this, I’m sitting in my home office in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Since I’m self-employed, this is where I report to work every morning—usually around 8 a.m., or a little later, if I decide to treat myself with something from Starbucks, a short two-minute walk from my apartment. Though work-from-home professionals like myself only make up an estimated 3.4% of the workforce, that figure is about to change dramatically. As the world reacts to the spread of coronavirus, many companies are shifting to remote work. Read Full Story

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I’ve walked the circumference of the earth—here’s what it taught me about creativity in quarantine

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Especially now, when we don’t know how long we will be sheltering in place, a walk can provide a way to tap creativity that gets trapped in confusion and quarantine. Eight plus years ago, I started walking every day in our seaside city of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Every morning at 5:00 a.m., I take a 7.2-mile journey, 14,962 steps, past the same barn , down the same path, by the same river, and experience the same headwind around the final turn. And every morning, I take a photo and post it on my Instagram ( @parkhere ), tagging it with #ThisMorningWalk. Read Full Story

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Miss your fancy coffee shop habit? Silicon Valley has the answer—in one tablespoon

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Jot Coffee didn’t plan to launch its concentrated ultra brew amid the quarantine, but there’s probably never been a better time to shake up your coffee routine. For many people, the coffee shop is high up on the ever-growing list of previously daily conveniences and rituals you now miss, thanks to the necessity of social distancing and shelter-at-home orders. Read Full Story

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Forget Folgers. This startup wants to get you hooked on fancy instant coffee

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Craft coffee meets gas-station convenience with Cometeer. A coffee startup called Cometeer , made up of MIT-trained chemists and engineers, has invented a new way to drink coffee from your favorite craft brands at home. The coffee—from brands like Equator, Counter Culture, and Birch—arrives at your door in the form of frozen pucks, packaged in dry ice, that you stick in your freezer. When you’re ready to drink it, you pop a puck into your cup, then fill it with boiling water, like some kind of fancy instant coffee. (You can also make it iced, with a splash of milk, or as a latte.) The company promises that the end result retains all the complex flavors of the bean, as if a coffee expert had brewed it for you, at only $2 a cup, compared to the $5 you might pay at a coffee shop. Read Full Story

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Trying to stave off quarantine-induced panic? Pick up a hobby

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It might sound simple, but it’s true: Hobbies have been shown to improve productivity and mental health. Many of us are midway through our first week of social distancing. Yes, I know it feels like we’ve been holed up in our homes for an eternity. The days are beginning to blend together. You miss going on your morning coffee run. You haven’t figured out how to work out now that your gym is closed. Unfortunately, it seems we’re just at the start of a long period of isolation. Experts estimate that we’re going to be in lockdown for at least two months; perhaps longer, if we’re unable to curb the spread of the virus. Read Full Story

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Help Your Community from Six Feet Away: Non-Marketing Tips from Mozzers

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Posted by morgan.mcmurray For the last few weeks, you’ve probably experienced an influx of emails from companies detailing how COVID-19 is affecting them and thus you, their customer. It's... a lot, isn't it? So today, we want to take a departure from the world of "how this affects us" and focus instead on actionable things we can all do to make things brighter for ourselves and our communities. This won't be your regularly scheduled programming — we won't be discussing SEO or marketing. Instead, we're sharing ideas and advice from the folks at Moz who've been finding ways to be helpers as we all navigate this new normal. Donate and shop For those who have steady income during this time of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and charitable organizations. Many employers, Moz included, offer charitable donation matching to make use of as well. Food …

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