This is what your brain looks like after drinking coffee!

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in News on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Coffee: can’t function without it, can’t function with it. Well, for some people anyway. But how does it actually affect your brain? Don’t know? Neither did we, until we stumbled upon this fascinating short animation which demystifies the impact that your daily cup (or three) has on your psyche.

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This alarm clock wakes you up with a freshly-brewed cup of coffee

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Your worst enemy is now your own personal barista. UK-based industrial designer Josh Renouf has invented the Barisieur, an alarm clock that instead of waking you with annoying bells and beeps, eases you into your day with the relaxing aroma of fresh coffee.

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All-you-can-drink coffee across 28 cafes for a month? Hell yeah, it’s happening in New York

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 3 May 2014

How this can possibly fail to take off is a baffling thought: Israeli startup Cups has just launched an app that allows anyone to take up a month’s subscription to drink as much coffee or tea in any of its 28 stores or so locations across New York. Cups started in Tel Aviv in late […]

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Coffee flour is the new super ingredient that tastes nothing like coffee

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 16 April 2014

It’s like the cooking gods are smiling down on us! Coffee flour is a thing. And according to the manufacturers of this heavenly ingredient, the surrounding pulp after harvesting billions of coffee beans is usually discarded. Not anymore! Coffee flour is a ‘nutrient-dense new super-ingredient’ that’s part of a social impact movement, creating jobs for families and sustainability for farms.

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Three designers up-cycle coffee plungers for Azera competition

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Products on Tuesday 1 April 2014

Coffee is one of those magical drinks whose aroma, smell and taste brings back memories, creates emotions and stimulates creativity. Which is why the NESCAFÉ Team, rather ingeniously, saw a gap in the market between high-end espresso capsules and regular instant coffee, and launched NESCAFÉ AZERA – a high-end coffee that combines premium instant coffee with finely ground roasted coffee beans. And the best part is that it’s so easy to use, it doesn’t need a coffee plunger (or French press to some).

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All-in-one coffee machine lets you make your own brew from scratch, including roasting the beans

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 5 February 2014

A two-man team from Berlin is aiming to empower coffee farmers around the world by helping them trade the good stuff – that’s green raw coffee beans – to consumers directly. Obviously, they also built a machine so the latter can actually brew some good stuff from the raw beans. Now, after 135 prototypes, Bonaverde […]

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Caffeinated illustrations by Karen Jiyun Sung

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Wednesday 8 January 2014

World traveler Karen Jiyun Sung is an illustrator based in ‘Lord knows where,’ having gone to Middle School in New Zealand and Rhode Island for design school. A lover of coffee, Karen follows the coffee culture around the world and displays her findings in her work Caffeinated Italy, Caffeinated America and Italian Coffee Shops. Take […]

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One cup of coffee with extra rudeness, please

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 18 December 2013

If you like your cups of coffee cheap, you might want to think about acknowledging the barista that makes them. The Petite Syrah Café in Nice, on the French Riviera, is making headlines for charging customers differently, according to how they order their cups of joe. Regular coffee? That’ll be seven euros. Regular coffee with […]

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The best coffee ads from around the globe

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 31 October 2013

Passion for coffee? Interested in advertising campaigns? You’ll enjoy seeing just how coffee beans (plus international coffee houses, instant mixes and more) are marketed around the world. From well-known coffee houses to lesser-known coffee brands, these ads are completely unique and use all sorts of visuals to get us looking (and buying their stuff). The […]

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New Zealand’s coolest cafe: C1 Espresso, Christchurch

Chad Bennett Contributor

By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

As one of a handful of quality, boutique coffee shops that have sprung up in the Christchurch CBD, C1 Espresso’s quirky decor, chilled vibe and sustainable attitude provide a unique flavour that is sought after in coffee capitals across the world.

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Drinking coffee with this mug can lead to a shark attack

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 18 October 2013

Duun dun duun dun dun dun dun! Look out! There’s a shark in your coffee! Just when you thought it was safe to relax and drink a freshly brewed cup of coffee, this heat sensitive mug releases sharks into the design on your mug. So every time you think about pouring yourself some hot coffee […]

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The world of coffee infographic

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 4 October 2013

Next to oil, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world. Coffee is a big part of everyone’s daily life and yet we know so little about it. Yes, you and I are both guilty of this. Aside from knowing the difference between a tall, grande, and venti, do we even know the […]

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What coffee vs beer does to your brains

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 28 September 2013

US-based Japanese blogger Ryoko Iwata, who read an article by fellow blogger Mikael Cho about how coffee and beer affects brains, was inspired enough to create this infographic for the rest of us who are too lazy to read the whole damn thing. Fun fact: caffeine helps with focus while alcohol helps you get these ‘aha’ moments.

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Tommy Lee Jones helps sell Canned Coffee in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 26 September 2013

When Tommy Lee Jones isn’t playing some poker-faced colonel or fighting off aliens to save the world, he’s helping the world of canned coffee stay afloat in Japan. From vending machines to billboards and of course, the hilarious and clever TV commercials, Mr. Jones is a canned coffee hero in the Land of the Rising […]

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What does your coffee says about you?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 27 August 2013

Where I come from, ‘coffee dates’ have almost completely replaced ‘dinner dates’. So as far as meeting someone new or simply catching up with an old friend, it typically happens over a cup of caffeine somewhere. With the major role that coffee seems to play in society, it’s important to know what your coffee says […]

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