Starbucks to create 5,000 jobs

Starbucks expects to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years, driven by a rapid expansion of its drive-through formats.

Clinton asks landlords for a little more time

Clinton Cards has asked its landlords if it can stagger September's rent payments to help its cash flow situation.

Clooney has no plans to run for President

No, George Clooney hasn't got any immediate plans to stand for US President.

Being Modern: Coffee

It's not unusual to come across someone who likes to complain, with some vigour, about our nation's growing obsession with coffee – desperate just to order a normal coffee from a surly teenager, not a tall soy decaf vanilla latte from an Australian World Barista Championship finalist.

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If you’ve got a high-end coffee machine, why not ditch the packets and try grinding your own beans? Here’s our pick of the top tools for the job.

Trail of the unexpected: Paris' coffee culture

Parisian coffee was once a bitter black mark on French cuisine. No longer, says Tilly Culme-Seymour

The 10 best brandies

Delicious on their own after dinner or poured into a cup of coffee, have a snifter of one of these fine spirits...

The 10 best mugs

Think any old receptacle for your tea and coffee will do? Think again. Here are some jaunty designs and clever features that make the humble cuppa a reat treat...

Want to conceive? Then stop drinking coffee, says study

Caffeine reduces muscle activity in the Fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from a the ovaries to the womb

Male coffee drinkers cut cancer risks

Men who consume a lot of coffee cut their risks of lethal prostate cancer, a study has shown.

Howard Jacobson: What fresh hell is this? A journey by train

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How I came, had coffee, and conquered: Starbucks boss publishes secrets of success

Apparently starved of options at the counter, customers at Starbucks can now buy a new book by the firm's billionaire chief executive, in which he boasts how he rescued the company before building it into a global giant.

Whitbread to double the size of Costa

The new chief executive of Whitbread wants to rapidly accelerate the expansion of its Premier Inn budget hotel and Costa Coffee chains, he said yesterday, as the company posted a big rise in profits to nearly £290m.

Starbucks UK enjoys frothy sales thanks to March heatwave

Starbucks UK served up strong sales growth in the UK in its second quarter after the "exceptionally" warm weather in March helped it enjoy soaring sales of frappucinos.

Eat food chain to expand after buyout by Lyceum

The private equity firm Lyceum Capital has acquired Eat, the sandwich and coffee chain, in a management buyout deal and vowed to triple its number of UK shops to more than 300 and launch overseas.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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