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Geeky Latte Art to Brighten Up Your Morning

Latte Art

If it weren’t for coffee, I have a feeling half the people in the world wouldn’t be able to get out of bed every day. Coffee is awesome for a hundred reasons and one, one of which is the fact that you can create awesome works of art on the coffee foam. That’s what Japanese artist and engineer Yuko Honda does and she’s pretty amazing at it, too.

After seeing countless landscape and Grumpy Cat-inspired latte art, you might’ve thought that you’ve already seen it all. Not quite, because Honda’s uber geeky latte art is in a league of its own.

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Cookie Cup Lets You Drink Your Coffee–And Eat It Too

Cookie Cup

When stuff like burger wrappers become edible, you kind of get the feeling that more things are bound to follow suit. After all, who’d have thunk it? I’m still iffy over the whole edible wrapper thing though, although I am kind of curious.

Hot on its heels, though, are these edible cookie cups that aren’t that much unusual since they are just basically cookies. They’re still extremely creative and will probably be very appealing to coffee drinkers who love to chew on some cookies while they sip their joe.

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The Ballerina’s Espresso Cup

We say it’s the ballerina’s espresso cup because we like stereotypes. We don’t necessarily believe in them, but how else are we to relate to our broader culture if not with shared references, which often take the form of potentially inaccurate beliefs? So we like to think that ballerinas subsist on a diet of coffee and cigarettes and nothing else. We know they don’t, but you know… The Solo e Sola is a 3D printed, glazed ceramic cup that presents a container for each. And while North America is awkwardly trying to hop onto a health-conscious train, you’re free to stubbornly stay right off and consume to your heart’s content. Each cup is available from Shapeways for the tidy, tidy sum of $59.

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Nestle To Release Limited Edition Star Wars Branded Coffee Machines

With the recent purchase of Lucasfilm (and the rights to Star Wars) by Disney, the franchise got an infusion of life and energy. Not that it needed it of course, since Star Wars stuff has sold pretty well over the years. But it’s no surprise to be hearing about Nestle’s announcement, especially in the wake of this news. They’re planning on making available a special limited edition of their Gold Blend coffee machine, with two themes: the “Dark Set” and Darth Vader or the “Light Set” with threepio. Each comes with a matching mug, and there will be 5,000 units made in all. Priced at 9800 Yen ($120), the machines are available starting this week, but only in Japan.

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Death Wish Coffee: Hands (And Lips) On

Many blogs have been reporting on the Death Wish coffee you see above. Its claim to fame? That it contains twice the amount of caffeine found in regular coffee. The company sent us a bag and we’ve been soaking up the caffeine like stressed out freshmen during finals week. What do we think?

Well, how you feel is a very subjective thing, one especially susceptible to suggestion. So the mere thought that we’re drinking coffee with extra caffeine might be leading us to feel as though there really is more in every cup. But… well, we do think we get an extra kick; it’s like a sugar rush alongside the smooth caffeine soar we typically get. However, it’s not anything that had us shaking, twitching, sweating, or thinking we’d have a heart attack. It just seems to have that extra jolt, one that’s very appreciated on a slow Monday for example.

As for taste, we’d describe it as nutty and robust but not overpowering or burnt. It was tasty and we’d be inclined to have more even if there was no power punch promise. At $20 a bag, it’s also reasonably priced.

Thumbs up.

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Grower’s Cup Coffee Takes Brewing To Its Bare Minimum

By David Ponce

There’s a branch of coffee purists who swear that using a machine to brew your coffee is an abomination. Or at the very least, the people behind The Coffeebrewer think so. It’s a specially designed, PE-coated paper bag that contains 25g of fine ground coffee, as well as a specially positioned filter. You’re supposed to open the bag from the top, pour in 0.5L of boiling water, let stand for 5-8 minutes and pour your fresh coffee out through the side opening. The filter will keep all the grounds inside; it’s almost like a portable french press. We say almost because once you’ve poured half the bag, the remaining coffee will not even touch the grounds inside, preventing the coffee from going bitter over time as it does with a french press. This is a great idea anytime, but especially when camping or in other situations where carrying even the most basic coffee making apparatuses would be inconvenient. We’re not sure what the price is, though if you’re in Europe you can actually buy some in specialty stores and some supermarkets.

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Handpresso Auto Lets You Brew Some Espresso On The Road

By David Ponce

You ever wanted to make an espresso in your car? No? Well, now you can anyway. For $200, the Handpresso Auto will gladly connect to your vehicle’s 12V cigarette lighter socket and make a cup of your finest. You just add the water, place an espresso pod and start it up. You then hold the thing over a cup (which, of course, you happen to have in your car) and it’ll pour what the company calls “premium quality espresso.” The device generates 16bar of pressure, which should be sufficient for a decent pull. We don’t know how stable the temperature would be however, so no one is expecting this to compete with its full-sized kitchen counterpart. It has a cycle time of 2 minutes, so you could conceivably make up to 30 espressos an hour; fast enough to turn your car into a mobile cafe… if you’re the enterprising kind.

It’s $200.

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Scanomat Top Brewer Means Espresso On Tap

By David Ponce

There’s a range of ways in which you can prepare your morning brew, from the powdered, instant bottom-of-the-rung stuff to the now much higher end: a coffee tap that integrates with your iDevices. Built directly into any kitchen counter top, Scanomat’s Top Brewer is a coffee lover’s dream come true. At the push of a button (still in the comfort of your bed, from your iPhone, say) and in as little as 15 seconds, your drip coffee is ready to pour out of a spigot. The machine will grind your beans and heat the water on the spot, giving you the freshest cup possible. Want more than drip coffee? Whatever the drink, it can make it. Best part: it’s self cleaning! It performs a daily 1 minute routine that cleans all the pipes, including the milk ducts. It even has a longer routine in case of heavy use, so you don’t have to worry about spoilage or foul tastes. There’s even, get this, an optional juice dispenser accessory.

The price hasn’t been announced, but like most finer things in life, chances are that if you have to ask you can’t afford it.

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Coffee Joulies Promise Less Burning And More Drinking

By David Ponce

The Coffee Joulies will cool down your coffee three times faster than normal, and will keep it at optimum temperature twice as long. The bean-shaped stainless steel shells contain a proprietary phase change material that is solid at room temperature. Once submerged in hot liquid, the material melts, absorbing heat in the process and cooling your drink. It gives this heat back out over time as it re-solidifies, thus warming the very drink that it cooled in the first place. Each Joulie will work with 5 ounces of liquid, so you have to figure out how many to use depending on the size of your drink. Should they rupture for some reason, the material inside is non toxic and “food grade”.

It’s an ingenious process and the Joulies are not currently on the market. But they’re about to be, as they’re a project on Kickstarter. The founders needed $9,500 to get off the ground and as of this writing, they’re at $76,142. It’s not too late to get in on the action and get a 20% on the $50 price tag on a personal set of 5.

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