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Go Inside Starbucks’ Wild New ‘Willy Wonka Factory of Coffee’

Founder Howard Schultz shows us his new concept for the future of the coffee chain

On Dec. 5, founder Howard Schultz debuted part of his new strategy for Starbucks: his first flagship “Roastery,” a 15,000 square foot space that is both a coffee roasting facility, and a consumer retail outlet. The place is to coffee what FAO Schwartz is to toys or Dover Street Market is to fashion—retail theatre. You can watch beans being roasted, talk to master grinders, have your drink brewed in front of you in multiple ways, lounge in a coffee library, order a selection of gourmet brews and locally prepared foods. (The entire store is crafted from Made in America materials, by regional artisans.) The architecture says “niche” not mass, as does the merchandise—copies of the New Yorker are scattered alongside top of the line espresso machines and bags of reserve beans marked with their crop year.

Schultz calls it his “Willy Wonka factory of coffee,” and it speaks to the fact that in retail, as in nearly every aspect of the economy these days, there seems to be two directions—up, or down. At the Roastery, a latte made from beans cut and roasted in front of you only minutes before can cost more than $6 bucks. And the truth is that they could probably charge a lot more. There’s little price sensitivity for the upscale consumer these stores—and the smaller “Reserve” stores inspired by the flagship, which will be coming to a town near you in 2015—will target.

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Inside Starbucks’ Radical New Plan for Luxury Lattes

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An employee pours milk into a cardboard coffee cup inside a Starbucks Corp. coffee shop in London on June 9, 2014. Bloomberg/Getty Images

Your Starbucks is about to change radically—get ready for $6 coffee

If there is a retail proxy for America, it must be Starbucks. The company has 12,000 stores in the US, doing 47 million transactions per week, serving 70 million unique customers. One in eight people found a Starbucks card in their Christmas stocking last year. So when Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schultz says something about consumers, people tend to listen. (Indeed, everyone from President Obama to the heads of major investment banks have been known to ring him for a cup by cup read on the state of the economy.)

At the company’s biannual investor conference this week, Schultz gave his take on the state of the recovery in the US. While Schultz is bullish, laying out some robust growth targets for his company, he also said, “We are living at a time when the world is very fragile, and that effects consumer confidence.” Just like the overall economy, Starbucks is bifurcated—stores in some affluent cities are doing more business than ever, while others have yet to spring back from the last several years of crisis and recession.

What’s more, the way people are shopping is changing profoundly. According to Schultz, the “seismic shift” in consumer spending from bricks and mortar retail outlets to online shopping that the company first noted last year has become “a tidal wave.” That’s going to change the entire nature of retail and public spaces. As Schultz put it, “I wouldn’t want to be a mall operator five to ten years from today,” referencing the fact that foot traffic in malls and in Main Street shopping areas throughout the country is way down from last year.

The problem is, that’s where most Starbucks today are located. Solution: a whole new approach to stores that mirrors this new economy. Just as fashion brands have “haute” couture and mass market lines, Starbucks will now have luxury “reserve” stores, and many more express kiosks, mobile coffee trucks and all kinds of specialized retail outlets purpose built for specific spaces. Think luxe roadside coffee pit-stops, or “hammerhead” shaped drive through outlets made out of used cargo containers that will sit in the entrance to highways or on small silvers of land near a bowling alley or another local attraction.

The idea will be to make Starbucks a destination in and of itself, one that’s not so dependent on foot traffic. “People are still longing for connection, and a sense of community, perhaps more so now that they are spending more time at their computers, or working from home,” says Schultz. But in order to preserve the “third place,” Schultz says the company will increasingly have to offer “experience, rather than just a product.”

On Dec. 5, Schultz debuted part of the new strategy—his first flagship “Roastery,” a 15,000 square foot space in Capitol Hill, Seattle that is both a coffee roasting facility, and a consumer retail outlet. The place is to coffee what FAO Schwartz is to toys or Dover Street Market is to fashion—retail theatre. You can watch beans being roasted, talk to master grinders, have your drink brewed in front of you in multiple ways, lounge in a coffee library, order a selection of gourmet brews and locally prepared foods. (The entire store is crafted from Made in America materials, by regional artisans.) The architecture says “niche” not mass, as does the merchandise—copies of the New Yorker are scattered alongside top of the line espresso machines and bags of reserve beans marked with their crop year.

Schultz calls it his “Willy Wonka factory of coffee,” and it speaks to the fact that in retail, as in nearly every aspect of the economy these days, there seems to be two directions—up, or down. At the Roastery, a latte made from beans cut and roasted in front of you only minutes before can cost more than $6 bucks. And the truth is that they could probably charge a lot more. There’s little price sensitivity for the upscale consumer these stores—and the smaller “Reserve” stores inspired by the flagship, which will be coming to a town near you in 2015—will target.

In America these days, there are two kinds of people: those that can buy lattes, and those who make them. Schultz is endeavoring to change both their lives.

Read next: How to Win Free Starbucks for Life

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Starbucks Launches Mobile Ordering So You Can Skip The Line

Starbucks is rolling out a mobile ordering system that will allow customers to place an order on the go and skip the line at pick up.

TIME Gadgets

5 Great Gadgets for Coffee Lovers

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A man holds up roasted Kopi Luwak coffee seeds inside a 'Kopi Luwak' or Civet coffee farm and cafe on May 27, 2013 in Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. Nicky Loh—Getty Images

What do you buy the person who loves coffee? More and better ways to drink it.

The Boston Tea Party might have fueled the American Revolution, but coffee is the drink that runs the country today. According to annual research by the National Coffee Association (NCA), 61% of American adults take down a cup of joe daily, with 34% of respondents saying they only sip the good, gourmet stuff.

As a result, as beloved as a fresh pot is, coffee related gifts are a sure-fire way to satisfy that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. And while you can certainly buy friends and family a bag of great beans, these five great gadgets will last coffee lovers much longer, and they’ll never need a refresh.

Breville Smart Coffee Grinder

Properly coordinating grind settings, timing, and dosing is a science almost as confounding as astrophysics (which might be one reason why an increasing number of baristas have college degrees). Breville’s $199 Smart Coffee Grinder automates the process with technology designed to calculate the proper dose of coffee based on what you’re planning on pouring, whether you’re packing an espresso shot or planning on pouring a French press.

With 25 distinct grind settings, the grinder’s stainless steel conical burrs can make short work of any beans you toss its way. And the grinder’s push-button controls and LCD display turn it into a fool-proof way to get fresh grinds, no diploma required.

Duracell Powermat Ring

Starbucks addicts know the Seattle-based coffee chain not only as a place to fuel up with a fresh brew, but where they can top off their phone, too. Recently the company has rolled out Powermat charging stations in its 200 San Francisco locations — and you know it’s only a matter of time before this new technology spills to Starbucks locales across the nation.

A wireless charging technology, Powermat can charge any smartphone equipped with Duracell’s accompanying Ring. Just plug the Ring into your phone and put it on the mat embedded in the table, and it starts to charge on contact. Currently, to make the system work, Starbucks is loaning or selling the Ring. But stay tuned, because the $10 charging dongle — which is listed as “out of stock” on Duracell’s website — is soon to become be the hottest coffee accessory going.

Impress Coffee Brewer

The terrible thing about most instant coffees is how their tastes betray their convenience. But the Impress Coffee Brewer actually allows discerning coffee drinkers to make a cup of French press on the fly in three minutes. The travel mug has an integrated plunger and reverse-flow filter that keeps the grind separated from the coffee after you press it down. Brewing 13 ounces, the stainless steel, double-walled outer cup stays cool to the touch, insulated by the air between itself and the inner cup that doubles as the filter. And completely dishwasher-safe, the $33 brewer is ready to make another cup as soon as you tap out the old grounds. It’s a very low-tech, high quality way to stay caffeinated.

Keurig 2.0 K550

One of the hottest trends in coffee in recent years has been single-cup brewers. According to the NCA study, this year, 29% of Americans had used one within the previous 24 hours, up 9% from 2013. No doubt, the convenience of appliances like the $199.99 Keurig 2.0 K550 are a big reason why. Able to brew a single cup or a four-cup carafe, this new, push-button, one-shot coffee maker improves upon the long-popular original Keurig with programmable controls, a 2.8-inch color touch display, and the ability to read the lid of various pods and tweak its settings to brew the perfect cup. Boasting 250 beverage varieties from more than 40 brands — and special hot water or cocoa settings — it’s much more than just a coffee maker.

Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker

Timing is everything when it comes to brewing great coffee. Heck, it’s even important with mediocre and bad coffee. No matter what kind of beans you brew, the internet-connected Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker will make sure it’s ready when you want it. Configurable through Belkin’s WeMo app, the 10-cup carafe can go from grounds to goodness in just eight minutes — that’s less time than the snooze cycle on your alarm clock. And whether you use the app to set up a week’s worth of coffee it in advance, or to simply reach out from under the covers and press the “brew” button on your smartphone to get the freshest joe possible, the Android and iOS compatible interface makes it easy to schedule (or reschedule) your morning cup. But I feel obligated to point out this $149 device’s biggest shortfall: you still have to load the machine up with water and coffee grounds. There’s no robotic element that can do that for you — yet.

MONEY food and drink

Here’s Why Starbucks Will Just Keep Growing

Customers line up at a Starbucks Coffee in New York.
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Starbucks is moving quickly in pursuit of several major growth opportunities.

Over the past two decades, Starbucks Corporation STARBUCKS CORP. SBUX 1.3847% has become almost synonymous with coffee. Today, Starbucks operates more than 20,000 stores across dozens of countries.

Considering how large Starbucks has become, it might seem that the company’s rapid growth can’t continue much longer. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Starbucks has plenty of opportunities to continue growing at a healthy pace for decades to come.

Starbucks wraps up a strong year

Starbucks recently reported its financial results for the 2014 fiscal year, which ended in late September. For the full year, Starbucks added 1,599 stores to its worldwide footprint and comparable store sales rose 6%. That boosted revenue by 11% to more than $16.4 billion.

Starbucks’ full-year adjusted EPS grew 21% year over year to $2.66, helped by strong margin performance. The company also projected that adjusted EPS will reach $3.08-$3.13 in fiscal year 15, which translates to 16%-18% growth.

Growing beyond coffee

One big growth initiative at Starbucks has been boosting non-coffee sales. In 2012, Starbucks purchased Bay Area bakery La Boulange in order to add more food items to its menu.

The chainwide rollout of La Boulange food items has been bumpy — some customers preferred the old Starbucks bakery selection — but it has still been successful overall. Food sales have been growing at a faster pace than the rest of the company, driven by strong sales of breakfast sandwiches. Starbucks recently added new lunch sandwich offerings to stimulate additional growth.

Starbucks is also starting to expand its Starbucks Evenings concept. Starbucks began testing the sale of wine, beer, and small-plate appetizers after 4 p.m. at a single Seattle location in 2010. The company has since expanded the pilot to several dozen locations.

Starbucks plans to add hundreds of Starbucks Evenings locations in 2015. In the long run, thousands of Starbucks stores could feature the Starbucks Evenings menu, driving strong sales growth in the less busy late-afternoon and evening hours.

Lastly, Starbucks has been doubling down on tea since the acquisition of Teavana in late 2012. Globally, tea is even more popular than coffee, and it represents a $90 billion market. Starbucks is adding tea bars to existing Teavana stores to boost sales of prepared beverages. It is also selling certain Teavana branded beverages in Starbucks stores.

These investments are starting to pay off, as Starbucks saw more than 20% growth in iced tea sales over the summer. Ultimately, CEO Howard Schultz wants to make Teavana the Starbucks of tea, and sees a tremendous growth opportunity there.

Mobile order and pay

Starbucks revealed yet another potential game changer last month when it announced plans to roll out mobile order and pay functionality chainwide in 2015. Customers will be able to place orders in advance and pick up their orders without waiting in line. Starbucks describes it as the urban answer to the convenience of drive-through.

Beginning next year, Starbucks will also use this platform to offer delivery in some top urban markets. Schultz’s vision is that a customer could place a standing food or drink order and have it delivered to his or her desk every day. If this concept takes off, it will represent a huge long-term differentiator — and growth driver — for Starbucks.

Lots of ways to grow

Starbucks is moving quickly in pursuit of several major growth opportunities. Investors should recognize that some of these growth initiatives are bound to be more successful than others.

However, the bottom line is that Starbucks has lots of irons in the fire, and many paths to producing significant long-term growth. (In addition to the store-based initiatives mentioned here, Starbucks is rapidly growing its consumer packaged goods business.)

Starbucks shares currently trade at about 25 times projected 2015 earnings. That still represents a premium to the broader market, but one that is easily justified by Starbucks’ numerous growth opportunities and its leading position in digital engagement. For long-term investors, Starbucks stock could be a great bargain today.

MONEY Food & Drink

These Coffees Want To Be the Christmas Version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

Seasonal drinks from Dunkin Donuts
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Can the pumpkin spice latte phenomenon be repeated, only in winter? Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and others hope so—and they're heaping on sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and chestnut flavors into new drinks to make it happen.

It’s no wonder coffee chains are trying to replicate the retail magic that appears annually in the form of autumn’s onslaught of pumpkin spice beverages. A hot seasonal beverage is proven to juice sales big time. To milk the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) frenzy even more, Starbucks rolled out the beverage earlier than usual this past summer in many parts of the country, and it boosted sales to the surprise of no one.

Peppermint, which is known to increase physiological arousal and heightens alertness, has been a popular flavor in holiday season beverages, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, McDonald’s, and 7-Eleven, among many others, are bringing peppermint-laced hot drinks back to their winter menus. But the new holiday beverages go far beyond a mere minty twist, with chestnut, cinnamon, gingerbread, sugar cookie, and other sickly sweet flavors providing the rush. (Perhaps that puzzlingly catchy Def Leppard song was really about holiday season coffees?)

When done right, a hot seasonal beverage succeeds for the seller two-fold by 1) drawing in customers early and often, at least partially because any limited-time offer won’t be around forever and people don’t want to miss out; and 2) getting customers to pay more than usual for their caffeine fix. As NPD Group analyst Bonnie Riggs explained of all unique coffee beverages, customers “expect to pay a premium because the specialty drinks … are not something they can replicate at home or easily get at retail.”

All of which helps explain why Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and others have introduced these new contenders for the 2014 winter season:

Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte
In the same way that pumpkin spice has come to be the dominant, most eagerly anticipated flavor of fall, Starbucks is hoping its brand-new Chestnut Praline Latte becomes inextricably tied to the winter holiday season. “The rich, earthy, sweet, roastiness of chestnut is a perfect foil to espresso. Then we balanced the nutty chestnut flavor with brown sugar and spice,” Starbucks research and development manager Amy Dilger said of the new latte, which is the company’s first new holiday beverage in five years. “It’s a quintessential flavor of the holiday season.”

To get customers to sample the goods early in the season, Starbucks is having a buy-one, get-one-free special on holiday drinks, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. through November 16.

Dunkin’ Donuts Sugar Cookie Latte
Less than a week after Halloween, Dunkin’ Donuts introduced its lineup of sugary winter beverages, including two cookie-flavored lattes: the Sugar Cookie Latte and the Snickerdoodle Latte. They’re both available in hot or cold varieties, as is Dunkin’s Peppermint Mocha, which is back again this holiday season.

Caribou Coffee Gingersnap Cookie Mocha
With “hints of ginger, allspice and clove,” the Gingersnap Cookie Mocha from Caribou Coffee is trying to make its case as the hot caffeinated beverage of the season. Previous seasonal brews also are returning to Caribou’s menu, including the Ho Ho Mint Mocha and special Reindeer Blend coffee—and thank goodness the latter is false advertising. (The coffee contains no real reindeer ingredients, but does have “a hint of caramel and a dash of spice.”)

Peet’s Cinnamon Hazelnut Latte
Peet’s is bringing back holiday beverages such as the Sea Salt Caramel Mocha, Eggnog Latte, and Winter Solstice Tea, while also introducing a new seasonal beverage, the Cinnamon Hazelnut Latte. Follow the link for a coupon granting a free small seasonal beverage with the purchase of any food item, now through November 26.

TIME Aging

16 Unexpected Ways to Add Years to Your Life

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Try these surprising habits that could help you live longer

The average American’s life expectancy is 78.7 years. Whether you reach that age—or better yet, exceed it—largely depends on your genes, but there are also many keys to longevity that are totally within your control. Some you probably already know about, like following a nutritious diet, exercising often, staying away from cigarettes, and maintaining a healthy weight. Other habits are a little less obvious. Read on for some surprising habits and lifestyle choices that could add years to your life.

Adopt a furry friend

Your four-legged companion may be helping you live a longer life, according to a review published in the journal Circulation. Researchers believe owning a dog might keep the owner more active and, as a result, lowers the risk of heart disease.

“Dog owners are who walk their dogs are more likely to meet recommendations for daily physical activity (150 minutes weekly),” says Eric A. Goedereis, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Owning a pet also reduces stress, which may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, he adds.

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Have more sex

A roll in the hay may be the most pleasant way to extend your life. Several studies suggest there is a link between more orgasms and longevity. In a 1997 study, men who had more orgasms were less likely to die of heart disease than those who had less. While the study can’t prove cause and effect (maybe healthier people are more likely to have sex), sex can be beneficial for health. “Of course sex feels good, but it also gives us the opportunity to work out nearly every muscle in the body and connect with another person,” says Goedereis. “Sex has also been shown to boost the body’s immune response, reduce stress, and even control one’s appetite, among other things.” Two to three orgasms a week yields best benefits. Doctor’s orders.

13 Healthy Reasons to Have More Sex

Floss every day

Daily flossing not only gets rid of food trapped between your teeth but also removes the film of bacteria that forms before it has a chance to harden into plaque—something your toothbrush cannot do. Periodontal disease from lack of flossing can trigger low-grade inflammation, which increases the risk of early heart attack and stroke. Numerous studies link oral bacteria to cardiovascular disease. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day.

Have a positive attitude

Think being mean and ornery is what it takes to live to 100? That’s what scientists at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, New York thought until they studied 243 centenarians. When the researchers assessed their personalities, they discovered that most had a positive outlook on life, and were generally easygoing, optimistic, and full of laughter.

If nothing else, try to laugh more often—go to comedy shows, take occasional breaks at work to watch silly videos on YouTube, or spend time with people who make you smile. “Laughter helps decrease blood pressure, reduce blood sugars, dull pain, and lower stress, all of which can make your body healthier,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, psychologist and author of Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love.

Be social

Going to the movies or out for coffee with friends may help all of you grow old together. An analysis by Brigham Young University looked at data from 148 studies and found a clear connection between social ties and lifespan. “People with stronger social relationships have a 50% greater chance of continued living as compared to those with weaker relationships,” says Lombardo. “Loneliness can also compromise your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease.”

HEALTH.COM: 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health

Go nuts

Snack on cashews, sprinkle chopped walnuts on your salad, stir almonds into your yogurt—however you eat them, it may be helpful. People who ate nuts several times a week had a reduced mortality risk compared with those who ate nuts less frequently (or at all), according to a 2013 New England Journal of Medicine study.

Nuts are high in antioxidants, fiber, and unsaturated fatty acids, and they help lower your risk of heart disease. “They are known to possibly improve certain risk factors for diabetes as well,” says Keri Gans, RD, a New York-based nutrition consultant. As a healthy but high-calorie snack, limit portion sizes to 1 ounce, or about 20 nuts.

Find your purpose

Regardless of your age, finding purpose in life may help you live long enough to make a difference. In a study of 6,000 people, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York found that people who had a greater sense of purpose were less likely to die during the 14-year study than those who were less focused on a goal. “People who have a sense of purpose in their lives may be more likely to take steps to be healthier,” says Lombardo. To develop a sense of purpose, focus on the positive impact you are making at work or at home instead of getting caught up with every little detail being perfect, she suggests.

Start your mornings with coffee

Sipping a mug of coffee not only jumpstarts your day, but your longevity as well. Studies show coffee reduces the risk of a number of chronic diseases. “Drinking coffee may decrease your risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease,” says Gans. Just go easy: too much caffeine can trigger anxiety and insomnia, or interfere with calcium absorption. And hold the whipped toppings like syrups and cream to avoid canceling out the health benefits.

Snooze soundly

Quality of sleep also plays in role in how long you may live. Multiple studies have linked sleep deprivation with an increased risk of death, and other research has shown that a lack of shuteye may raise risk of type 2 diabetes. “Some people may need more or less sleep than others, but research suggests that seven hours is probably enough,” says Goedereis. To sleep soundly, establish a nighttime routine and stick to a schedule, even on weekends.

See the glass as half full

An Illinois study found clear evidence that happy people experience better health and live longer than their unhappy peers. “Depression, pessimism, and stress predict shorter lifespans,” says Lombardo. “These mental states tend to cause a stress reaction within the body, which can weaken the immune system. Happiness, on the other hand, tends to result in less stress hormones.” Take time to experience gratitude every day. “It’s one of the quickest and longest-lasting ways to boost happiness,” she adds.

Ditch soda

Even if you’re not overweight, drinking soda may be shortening your lifespan, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. The five-year study found a link between soda intake and shortening of the telomeres, which are caps on the ends of chromosomes directly linked to aging. Telomeres shorten each time a cell divides and are thought to be an aging “clock.” This study did not find the same link with diet soda, but other research has associated heavy diet soda drinking to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and depression—all potential life-shorteners.

HEALTH.COM: 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda

Have a little bit of wine every day

Drinking a little less than one glass of wine a day is linked to a lower rate of cardiovascular death from all causes when compared to abstaining from all alcohol, according to a Dutch study. Researchers found that light alcohol consumption resulted in longer life expectancy at age 50. Drinking less than or equal to 20 grams per day of alcohol (that’s a little less than a serving of beer, wine, or spirits) was associated with a 36% lower risk of all causes of death and a 34% lower risk of cardiovascular death. And sorry, beer and cocktail fans: the same results were not found with light-to-moderate alcohol intake of other types.

Run 5 minutes a day

No need to run for an hour a day to reap the life-lengthening benefits. A new study shows running just 5 to 10 minutes a day increases your life expectancy by reducing the risk of death from heart disease by 58% and dropping the overall risk of death by 28%. It holds true even if you’re a slowpoke. Those who ran at less than 6 miles per hour only once or twice a week experienced clear benefits, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers credit better lung and heart function with the extended lifespan. Consistency works best, however: Exercisers who ran regularly for an average of six years reaped the greatest benefits.

Eat lots of fish

A diet heavy in omega-3-rich foods may add years to your life, says a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the study of more than 2,600 adults, those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids—found in salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, and lake trout—lived more than two years longer on average than those with lower blood levels. The study didn’t prove that being a fish-eater increases longevity, but suggests a connection. Researchers found that people with high omega-3 levels reduced their overall risk of death by any cause by up to 27% compared to those with the lowest levels, and that they had a 35% lower risk of dying from heart disease. Experts recommend at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish a week.

Stop sitting so much

Simply stand up more during the day and you’ll boost your longevity by increasing the length of your telomeres, according to a study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study measured the effects of sitting time and physical activity among 49 sedentary, overweight participants. Researchers found increased telomere length—end caps of chromosomes that link directly to longevity—in the red blood cells of individuals participating in a 6-month physical activity intervention.


Helping others not only feels good, it may help you live longer, too. A review of data from 40 published papers found a 20% lower risk of death than non-volunteers. The findings, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that those who volunteered experienced lower levels of depression, better life satisfaction, and overall enhanced wellbeing. Another study found that retirees who volunteered at least 200 hours in the prior year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers, lowering their risk of heart disease. Lend a hand for a win-win result.

This article originally appeared on Health.com

TIME Food & Drink

Starbucks Announces Plans for Coffee Delivery Service

Paper cups of different sizes are seen on display at Starbuck's first Colombian store at 93 park in Bogota
Paper cups of different sizes are seen on display at Starbuck's first Colombian store at 93 park in Bogota July 16, 2014. John Vizcaino—Reuters

The service will launch in select markets during the second half of 2015

If you’re one of those people that can’t start their day without a cup of Starbucks coffee, you may soon have to go no farther than your front door.

During the company’s Thursday earnings conference call, CEO Howard Schultz outlined plans to begin a food and beverage delivery service late next year, according to NBC.

The deliveries will be available to the chain’s loyalty program customers in a few specific markets at first, and will be integrated into a new Starbucks mobile app set to debut in Portland, Ore., next month before expanding to the rest of the country. The app will also allow users to order and pay with their phones.

“Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily,” Schultz said, calling the initiative their version of “e-commerce on steroids.”

TIME food and drink

Let Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Tell You How to Drink Your Coffee

“The most important thing is just enjoy your coffee, have lots of snacks”

Coffee is no laughing matter. “You have to go in with the graveness and seriousness of a court date, of a wedding, of a funeral,” says Carrie Brownstein, who joined her Portlandia costar Fred Armisen on an episode of the Cooking Channel’s web series “You’re Eating it Wrong.”

The video is light on actual tips for preparation, focusing more on coffee shop etiquette: how to order, tip and engage in serious conversation with a friend by using your mug as a prop to convey the gravity of what you’re saying.

Armisen and Brownstein appeared on the show to promote The Portlandia Cookbook, which features real recipes inspired by the absurd food-related sketches on their show (chickens raised on an organic cult, to name just one example).

Portlandia has, not surprisingly, taken on coffee as one of its Portland-centric parodies. An episode from the third season has Brownstein and Armisen leading an underground meeting of bearded baristas drafting a manifesto intended to “protect us as the artists that we are.” It’s only fitting, then, that they teach us how to be good consumers of one of their city’s finest provisions.

TIME Food & Drink

5 Ways Coffee Changed the Course of History in England

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It even helped the establishment of democracy

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1. People became more attentive and sharp

Before coffee became prevalent in the late seventeenth century, nearly all members of society indulged in different alcoholic beverages, varying based on social status. This meant that for most of history, it could be assumed that people were always somewhat drunk. In a 1674 advertisement for coffee, alcohol is described as “drowning…reasons and souls.” When coffee was introduced, it was immediately noted that coffee was more wholesome, and was desirable for businessmen who relied on acumen and sobriety. When it became clear that the effects of coffee led to productivity and successful negotiation, the coffeehouse became a common locale for business transactions. Coffee was a mental stimulant, which provided a stark contrast to the drunken stupor that hobbled so many. It allowed for increased efficiency and productivity, and came to be nearly synonymous with the successful, hardworking man.

2. Different social classes came together

While alcohol divided the classes, coffee united them. Coffee was substantially more affordable than most alcohols, and underprivileged citizens were able to take part in this growing industry. Anyone who could afford a cup of coffee was considered an equal in the shop. Coffeehouses were able to become a population center, rather than a place for the elite. The coffeehouse differed from the institutions of the time, as it did not differentiate based on birth or social status. No man was given preference on account of wealth or stature, and seats were not organized according to hierarchy, which was common in sixteenth century England.

3. Public discourse was improved

Often, it cost a penny to enter a coffee shop. They were often referred to as “Penny Universities” because of the plethora of worldly information offered for the price of a penny. Different people discussed different subjects throughout the day, and the diverse groups offered various opinions on a multitude of issues. Often, higher-up members of society would read the newspapers aloud for the benefit of the ragged illiterate. At that time, people depended on oral communication for their news, and so most news was spread by word of mouth. In the coffeehouse, different people were able to bring different points of view on a wide variety of news topics, which encouraged public awareness. Eventually, journalists themselves began heading to the coffeehouse to gather news.

4. Coffeehouses expanded the public sphere

The coffeehouse was able to emerge as a leading contributor to the development of the public sphere because it allowed for intellectual and politically charged conversation to take place among the general population, rather than the select elite. Quarrels were frequent among coffeehouse regulars, which perpetuated the developing notion that everybody (at least men) had the ability and the authority to passionately debate public affairs, policy, and news of the time. Moreover, it enabled the layman to develop his own political opinion, and understand it as relevant to their personal lives.

5. Coffeehouses contributed to democracy

None were excluded from the coffeehouse. For the first time in English history, politics were being discussed by a more representative group. (Before, politics was often confined to the elite.) New political theories and policy ideas were conceived in the coffeehouse, and debated by both experienced politicians and laymen in order to achieve a well-rounded, solidified, developed idea. These coffeehouses thus became mediums for social mobility and democratization.

This marked the creation of the public sphere, and was arguable the first step in the development of liberal democracy.

It is for precisely these reasons that King Charles II was leery of of coffeehouses. In December 1675 he issued a proclamation to suppress them on the grounds that in coffeehouses “diverse, false, [and] scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the defamation of His Majesty’s Government.” As news of the King’s proclamation spread, riots erupted all over England. The opposition to this decree was so violent and widespread, that it soon became a serious threat to the actual monarchy itself. The unanimity displayed over the proclamation was astounding. People of both sides of the political spectrum were in agreement concerning the establishment of coffeehouses. They had proven to be a forum for civility and the sharpening of reasoning, providing a locale for public debate and critics.


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