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You Are What You Buy: Conscious Consumerism

You Are What You Buy: Conscious Consumerism

They say you are what you eat, and you normally buy what you eat, right? So that means that you are what you buy!  Before the 1700’s the world was economically stagnant. The majority of people lived in what we consider poverty today with just enough income for food and housing. However, during the 17th century, Western Europe experienced an economic boom and as a result, people started to have larger expendable incomes. This increased spending across Western Europe and further bolstered the economy. Thus, consumerism was born.  Consumerism is the theory that a country that uses goods and services...

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Pouring Hope Cafe

Pouring Hope Cafe

After a coincidental encounter with Austin Hecker, a teacher at the Randolph Elementary School, Austin invited Manyang & 734 Coffee to one of her classes to share his story and mission to tackle issues faced by refugees. Schools such as Randolph Elementary School are at the center of education; education has been the pedestal of development and breakthrough in all societies, making them an indispensable tool in the advancement of humanitarian work. Manyang’s visit to the school inspired the teachers as well as the students to help contribute to the cause. One semester, the students with the help of their...

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Arabica vs Robusta , which coffee bean wins?!

Arabica vs Robusta , which coffee bean wins?!

Most coffee lovers have, at least once in their lives, been asked the million-dollar question: “Arabica or Robusta?” With over 100 species, coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world. Yet, Robusta and Arabica are the most memorable. Even though Arabica and Robusta differ in taste, growing environments, and quality; the competition between the two coffee strains is fierce. Robusta is the second most popular coffee in the world and makes up approximately 40% of the world’s coffee production. Robusta is a hearty coffee plant with twice as much caffeine as Arabica. Since caffeine is toxic to bugs, Robusta...

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The Power Of Social Enterprise

The Power Of Social Enterprise

From the industrial age to the tech boom certain industries throughout time have managed to positively impact societies. For example, organizations like Goodwill and Grameen Bank have created opportunities and encouraged growth in sectors where investment used to be scarce. Today,  social enterprise brands like Toms Shoes and Kind Bar have become household names. These companies have created a growing demand for cause-driven businesses that value social good as well as profit maximization. These companies are known as social enterprises. So what is a social enterprise? A social enterprise (SE) is an organization that meets at the cross section of...

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