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The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Whitbread pours £60m into coffee

Whitbread, the owner of the Costa chain, has expanded its coffee empire with the acquisition of Coffee Nation for £60m.

It's tea, but not as we know it

In America, the hot new drink comes in flavours such as Irish Crème Latte and Mojitea – and it bears little relation to a plain old cuppa. David Usborne reports

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, By John Gray

Our greatest anti-utopian thinker returns to a favourite theme: that there's no such thing as human progress, and science cannot save us

Starbucks baristas steam to free shares

Starbucks UK has handed its staff a Christmas cash bonus and free shares after it delivered "healthy" sales growth in its past quarter.

Leading article: Big gulp

When future historians look for ways to illustrate how late 20th/early 21st-century hyper-capitalism worked they might well reach for an old Starbucks coffee cup. Starbucks began life as a small coffee shop in Seattle in 1971. In the 1990s it embarked on a global expansion, with almost 17,000 stores opening in 55 countries. Such was the chain's success that it began to diversify out of coffee and started selling books and music.

The coffee that's bigger than the human stomach

Starbucks, the American coffee giant which translated Milan's espresso bars into an identikit global chain serving half pints of coffee-flavoured frothy milk, has launched another innovation: a super-sized cup that contains more liquid than an average human stomach.

India wakes up to smell of Starbucks coffee

Nitin Chopra picked up his spoon and stirred the foam on his latte before taking a deep sip. “I’ll come to a coffee shop at least once a week,” said the 28-year-old banker. “I always order the same thing.”

HR chief of Asda quits in latest management change

Asda’s head of human resources has left after just over a year at the grocer, marking the latest reshuffle of its top team.

Leading article: Wake up and smell the coffee

You might think the logo on the side of the cup doesn't much matter; that it's the quality of the coffee that counts. But you would be wrong. Wake up and smell the marketing.

Starbucks unveils its new logo (and it doesn't say Starbucks or coffee)

New design suggests a fresh drive to conquer other markets

Susie Rushton: The green circle that reveals confidence beyond words

I admit it. I am one of those tragic people who glimpses in the distance a green, luminous circle decorated with stars, and thinks: brilliant. Caffeine. Civilisation. Specifically, Starbucks.

Coffee takes over the high street

Forget austerity: Britain's coffee shop boom continues, says James Thompson

Deborah Ross: Office workers have the things I yearn for

If you ask me... I yearn to use the post and the telephone and the photocopier for personal reasons.

Starbucks to more than double store opening rate

The chief executive of Starbucks has revealed that the coffee shop giant is to more than double its opening of new stores globally over the next year.

CFOs optimistic on growth prospects

More than one in six finance chiefs at British companies believe the UK economy will remain steady over the coming year, according to a survey by the recruitment firm Robert Half.

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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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