Coffee drinks with clever nicknames

Eugenia Viti Reader Find

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?

Ainslie Wills Reader Find

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

Alana Saphin Reader Find

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

The Urban Grocer Contributor

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

The Urban Grocer Contributor

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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Mike Brown Reader Find

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

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

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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Two Words and a Coffee: an illustration blog

Vicky Mather Reader Find

By Vicky Mather in Cool Websites on Friday 11 January 2013

Super talented animators and illustrators Elena Pomares and Toby Jackman have a doodle blog called Two Words and a Coffee. While they live in the middle of France surrounded by mountains, their concept is to take two words, one in Spanish (because Elena is Spanish) and one in English (Toby is English), make a coffee (which often features in the drawings), and then each illustrate around that concept. Delightfully bizarre and showcasing their pencil skills and day to day activities, it’s a nice blog to visit for a break. And a coffee.

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

Loren Kantor Reader Find

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

Ross Gardiner Reader Find

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

Rondal Scott III Reader Find

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

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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