Philz Coffee: the best hand-brewed coffee in San Francisco

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By Loren Kantor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 8 January 2013

The banner outside Philz Coffee reads Best Hand-Brewed Coffee in San Francisco. I ordered a large Philharmonic blend for $3.75. The blissful barista ground beans then added cardamom pods and a garnish of mint. After a touch of cream and sugar, I tasted the elixir. I’m a coffee fanatic and Philz Coffee is ‘damn good […]

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The smallest coffee shop in North America

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By Ross Gardiner in New Design on Tuesday 4 December 2012

Boutique coffee shops have been popping up all over cosmopolitan cities like militia groups, waging a commercial war against the big evil franchised outlets. They each come with their own unique quirks, but none are quite as quirky as LA DISTRIBUTRICE in Montreal. Said to be the smallest coffee shop in North America, its tiny voice is defined by a strong, bold aesthetic based around the beauty of its packaging, and a delightful custom typeface. The coffee is said to be fantastic, but I’m sure we’d mostly be in it for the cups.

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Illustrations of anime characters made in the foam of latte

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By Rondal Scott III in New Art on Thursday 29 November 2012

I always have great respect for people who seem incapable of turning off their creativity, people like Kazuki Yamamoto who has seemingly mastered the art of illustrating various characters (mostly anime) in the foam of a latte. Aside from anime, Yamamoto has also illustrated the likes of Popeye, TinTin, Link (Legend of Zelda), Charlie Brown and The Beatles – each with an impressive level of detail and made even more inspiring when you consider the patience it takes to complete each one.

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Subliminal compliments from your coffee

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 8 November 2012

What you’re seeing in this picture is either proof that a good dose of caffeine in the morning makes one especially good at picking out subliminal messages like weeds from fields, or that a coffee chain is flirting with you to get you to buy more coffee. We’re flattered either way.

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A coffee machine that costs $11,111

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Wednesday 10 October 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to spend a cool $11,111 on a coffee machine and still have to push a plunger to get your damn coffee, you now can. Ex-NASA and Apple engineers, Jeremy Kuempel and Matt Walliser, along with designer Joey Roth, are behind this space age unit. The machine, dubbed Blossom One Limited, contains a computer that works to create a coffee specifically to the users’ liking. This includes: temperature, agitation, coffee to water ratio, and even how long the water is in contact with the coffee. Users are also able to scan QR codes and download brew recipes. Sounds pretty cool, but we think we’ll stick with our simple espresso machine.

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Coffee addiction according to profession

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 5 October 2012

What a caffeinated gem of an idea: in honour of National Coffee Day, Dunkin‘ Donuts did a nationwide survey of US workers to see which professions need their coffee juice the most. Amazingly, food preparation and service workers rated first (must be the close proximity that makes temptation hard to resist). Also, scientists ranked second, so I think we can all agree that we are indebted to coffee for many breakthroughs in scientific research.

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From the LAEM Store: Creature Cups

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By Alison Shepard in New Products on Wednesday 19 September 2012

Sometimes coffee isn’t enough to wake you up. Sometimes you need an octopus hanging out in the bottom of the cup to really make it a morning. Thanks to Creature Cups, this is easily achieved. Irreverent spins on the classic coffee cup, now featured in assorted styles in the Lost At E Minor store.

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Starbucks Coffee vending machines coming soon

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Thursday 13 September 2012

This just might be the best invention of the 21st century. Starbucks will be be introducing vending machines to UK streets next week. Starbucks On The Go will offer 280 beverage combinations, which customers can order on a touchscreen interface. As an added pleasure, you can play games right on the touchscreen while you wait […]

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Best coffee in Chicago? The La Colombe Cafe

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By Kevin T. Stein in Cool Travel on Wednesday 1 August 2012

Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Either way you look at it, Randolph and Halsted in Chicago is one of the best areas to store your … whatever, or find the newest and best places in the city to eat. But even better than that, you can spend a long and quiet afternoon sipping what is undoubtedly the best coffee you’ve ever tasted served by the friendly and eclectic staff.

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Volcano Coffee House in the south of London

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By James Clapham in Cool Travel on Friday 6 July 2012

Living in London is great, but it’s not when you live so south that people start to question that its actually London and not the countryside. West Norwood is one of those places. It’s lovely but it’s certainly not Dalston or Hoxton. That’s why its nice that it has a coffee shop that sells quality coffee, so […]

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Miletos: a restaurant on Melbourne’s Chapel Street

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By Dylan Truscio in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 April 2012

This is the most amazing place to eat, drink and chill. Miletos, which is in the Windsor end of Melbourne’s Chapel St, is a family-owned business. It has a rustic feel: the layout is something straight from the rolling hills of South Gippsland. You have to try one of Laura’s freshly made cakes. which are cooked […]

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Joe The Art Of Coffee

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By Chordashian in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 22 February 2012

If there’s anything worse than waking up, it’s waking up to a shitty cup of coffee. New York-based Joe The Art Of Coffee figured out that you don’t have to be a genius to make good coffee. You just have to give a shit and make it right. Result: no burn aftertaste. Reality: tongue is […]

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Don Pachi Geisha: the most expensive coffee

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By Jacqui Alexander in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 26 January 2012

While we’ve seen cold brew popping up around town as temperatures rise, the crew at Coffee Supreme have taken cold brew to the next level with the limited release of their Don Pachi Geisha.

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Kopi Luwak coffee

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By Helen Cameron in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 28 October 2010

I say a good coffee is one you think about long after drinking it. I also say eating something from a cat’s bum is a not a good idea. Until I tasted Kopi Luwak — the rarest, most expensive coffee in the world, often fetching up to US$79 a cup, and comes from the poo of the Asian Palm civet. This feline sniffs out only the finest, ripest and sweetest coffee beans, eats them and then leaves little nuggets of undigested coffee gold behind (pun intended).

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Tilted Espresso Bar in New York

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By J Dubbs in Architecture on Wednesday 13 October 2010

D’espresso is a coffee shop located on New York’s Lower East Side. The walls are covered in tiles with pictures of books on them, giving the illusion that the space is tilted. Designed by Nema Workshop..

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