Everyone is drinking coffee during coronavirus, but make sure to order local

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Are you ordering more coffee this week? Probably. This is an excellent way to support a struggling local business. The coronavirus coffee boom is in full swing: U.S. consumer sales of packaged coffee are up 70% from last year, the Financial Times reports . While nearly all commodity markets are either tanking or slowly recovering from March slumps , the futures benchmark for coffee is up 20% since the start of February . Read Full Story

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How and where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day

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As far as made-up holidays go, you could do worse than one for coffee. Marketers and industry groups have been hijacking the calendar for years, claiming so-and-so date is National [Something] Day. Today, September 29, happens to be National Coffee Day—a completely made-up “holiday.” But hey, as far as made-up holidays go, you could do worse than one for coffee. Read Full Story

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This whimsical kiosk turns coffee service into a magic show

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The Coffee Robot is a 2020 Innovation by Design honoree. The automated coffee machine continues to be a sad, vestigial organ of hospital cafeteria culture. So when Jonas Damon (pictured, right), former VP of concepts studio at Starbucks and current chief design officer at the robotic coffee startup Truebird, was figuring out how to package an automated coffee kiosk of the future, he recognized that it had to break old conventions and find its own identity. “We sit somewhere on the spectrum from vending machine to coffee shop,” says Damon. “We obviously want to be closer to a coffee shop. And part of being a coffee shop is it’s architectural in nature.” Read Full Story

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