Yawn-activated coffee machine helps you start your day right

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 23 July 2013

What, a coffee machine that makes you coffee when you yawn? At the international arrivals terminal of Johannesburg’s OR International Airport, coffee brand Douwe Egberts recently set up a vending machine which did just that, thanks to some fancy facial recognition software. We’re surprised no one tried to steal the damn thing. We’ll take one […]

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Determinig the DNA of a perfect Espresso

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 23 July 2013

How far would you go to unlock the secret artistic wonder of coffee’s DNA? Probably not as far as Australian advertising agency Reborn did, modifying a Breville espresso machine to measure flow rate, temperature, pressure and when the use of steam was initiated. With this data, the team then got to work visualising it in […]

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Let’s Cafe in Taiwan prints customers’ pictures on their coffee

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By Michelle Wilding in Video on Friday 19 July 2013

Leaves. Love hearts. Smiley faces. I’m easily impressed when it comes to creative baristas etching cute decorations on top of my morning latte. But Taiwanese coffee shop, Let’s Café, certainly takes the cake by printing their customers’ own photos onto ordered coffees. It’s all thanks to an elite coffee machine that uses cocoa powder, latte […]

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Melbourne specialty coffee map by Broadsheet

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Design on Saturday 8 June 2013

As a coffee enthusiast, I am super delighted to see that Melbourne International Coffee Expo has returned and it’s now Australia’s largest coffee-dedicated event. The expo will bring together the World Barista Championship, the World Brewers Cup, the inaugural Global Coffee Review Symposium and Australia’s largest dedicated-coffee trade show. The event was held at the Melbourne […]

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Coffitivity: ambient cafe sounds to boost your workday creativity

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By Darwin Cosico in Cool Websites on Thursday 6 June 2013

According to a study conducted by the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia, moderate ambient noise (70 decibels), like that found in cafes, can boost your ability to come up with creative ideas. Justin Kauszler, Business Development Liaison at Virginia Commonwealth University, has created an online app called Coffitivity that will deliver the […]

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Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz

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By jen disisto in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 16 May 2013

If you don’t know about Verve Coffee Roasters of Santa Cruz, CA, you should look them up. I was originally attracted to them based on their storefront appearance. Verve are at the forefront of the boutique coffee trend, and for good reason. They roast and make incredible coffee grown by farmers using sustainable farming practices. […]

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Coffee drinks with clever nicknames

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By Eugenia Viti in New Design on Thursday 11 April 2013

Do you ever find yourself at a coffee shop wondering what that attractive person ordered in front of you but you are too afraid to ask for fear of sounding uninformed and uncool? Well, have I got the solution for you. Check out this list of coffee drinks with clever nicknames. Try the Dirty Chai […]

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Twenty and Six Espresso: the best coffee in Melbourne?

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By Ainslie Wills in Cool Travel on Tuesday 9 April 2013

This is where I get my daily caffeine fix in North Melbourne. Set up by a couple of designers turned cafe owners, they make, in my opinion, the best coffee in Melbourne without the coffee snobbery and they also have an impressive menu to boot.

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Corduroy: a cafe gem in Sydney’s Surry Hills

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By Alana Saphin in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 3 April 2013

Until recently I didn’t realize you could become a loyalist to your barista. If you’ve discovered one good coffee roaster, where’s the need to discover another, right? Wrong. I now know what it feels like to “cheat” on your barista. Corduroy is much more than your typical hole-in-the-wall espresso joint. Nestled on Foster street in […]

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Truth Coffee in Cape Town

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Smitten. That’s what we are for Cape Town’s Truth Coffee. Blame the stripped away industrial interior, the long hanging lights, the beautiful vintage detailing on the coffee bar, and the heavy wooden communal tables, anchored with piping. The ruby red stools, the pops of color, and the grand silver roasting machine help too. Through and […]

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The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar in Melbourne

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Reason number 88790 why being in Melbourne right now would be dreamy: The Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar, a lush, jungle-esque plantation popping-up in the city’s center. On March 1, Melbourne launched its annual food-frenzy, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. This year boasts everything from the infamous world’s longest lunch to master classes from iconic […]

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Lego Coffee Mug: work hard, play hard

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Thursday 28 February 2013

Who said work and play don’t mix? This clever Lego Coffee Mug is proof that they most certainly do. It’s the ultimate juxtaposition of a well known symbol of adulthood and office life with toys from childhood. The mug let’s you maximize your time by combining a stress relieving, creative activity with your everyday coffee […]

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Black Blood of the Earth: a month’s worth of caffeine in a 750ml bottle

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By Mike Brown in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Coffee and Beer meet mad science at Funranium Labs. Here you will find $350 beer steins that are worth every penny, and a groundbreaking product called Black Blood of the Earth, which contains a month’s worth of caffeine in each 750ml bottle. May your beer always stay cold and you never grow tired.

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Scanomat TopBrewer: Drink coffee straight from the tap

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 24 January 2013

If you’re lazy like us, you’ll be pleased to know you can now turn on the tap and drink coffee straight out of it. The Scanomat TopBrewer is a coffee machine designed to be built in under any tabletop. It comes with the world’s smallest patented milk foamer installed at the top of the coffee tap to whip up your type of brew whether it’s a macchiato or latte, and can even dispense chilled water, warm milk or hot water to make tea with. Plus it self-cleans all hoses with water after each cup. You can even use your iPhone or iPad to send commands to the bot. How far we’ve come.

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Velopresso: An espresso bar on wheels

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Saturday 19 January 2013

Two English product design students decided to combine their love of cycling, coffee and all things eco – giving birth to the mobile espresso bar Velopresso. The Velopresso operates on power provided by the barista’s pedaling and uses absolutely no electricity. Pedaling grinds the coffee while a camp stove heats the water – the steam […]

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