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The Five-Foot Traveler

What do you do if your freshman year at college is miserable, ruined by loud, rude roommates who make it impossible to study, let alone sleep? Sarah Gallo applied to a sophomore study abroad program in Florence, Italy, and changed…

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Share The Love: Philz Coffee

Giving a friend something small yet meaningful may be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Philz Coffee, the quirky, authentic, community-oriented, slow-drip cafe, understands this in its bones. You come to Philz to escape conformity and commodity blandness (Starbucks, etc.), and to…

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Open Coffee Innovation: Stir & Mix

What do a world-class medical school library and a brand new San Francisco-based tech campus have in common? Each recently had the smarts to anchor its front entrance with an elegant café. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is…

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Live Hygge: Generosity

Hygge (hyoo-gah). No, it’s not a diaper or millennial slang for a “hug.” It’s a smart effort to sell more than just a hand-roasted bag of coffee. When you buy Hygge coffee, you’re buying into generosity and community. It makes…

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