Coffee

  • iFixit breaks down… a Starbucks Barista espresso machine

    iFixit breaks down… a Starbucks Barista espresso machine

    I bet you thought iFixit only tore apart Apple products and high-profile electronics. Not so! The Starbucks Barista is in fact not a barista but a machine that makes espresso. You could argue that's what real baristas are as well, but we can talk about that another time. The Barista espresso machine is a good representative of the home-espresso machine world, and it isn't some cheap piece of… Read More

  • Golfers Mug combines coffee and putting

    Golfers Mug combines coffee and putting

    Ah the Golfers Mug: such a simple idea. Drink your coffee and then lay the mug on the floor flat-side down for a little putting practice before you tackle the day ahead. Read More

  • In-wall coffeemaker from Siemens: functional but seems drastic

    In-wall coffeemaker from Siemens: functional but seems drastic

    As a Seattle resident, I can confirm that people here do love coffee. But I see remarkably few people with modern espresso machines in their homes. A drip machine here, a Melitta there, and very occasionally (mainly in my apartment) a stovetop espresso maker. Still, I don't think anyone would object to having this attractive coffee station embedded in their wall. Perhaps in the bedroom? Read More

  • Wrist cuff doubles as coffee sleeve

    Wrist cuff doubles as coffee sleeve

    I looove your fashionable wrist cuff! Thanks, it doubles as a coffee sleeve! Wow, that’s incredibly weird! Thanks, I know! If you really love coffee and you really love the environment (though not enough to bring your own mug to Starbucks) might I suggest this handmade $65 black walnut veneer wrist cuff that serves double duty as hand-protecting coffee sleeve? Read More

  • Weasel puked coffee may be good, or will make you want to vomit

    Weasel puked coffee may be good, or will make you want to vomit

    Weasel puked coffee from Vietnam: picked and regurgitated by a weasel. Why puked coffee, you ask? The weasel (a type of civet) likes to eat the fruit of the coffee plant, but the seeds don’t agree with their stomachs, so the weasel vomits them up. The resulting coffee beans produce coffee that is purported to have a “surprising delicious chocolatey taste.” So if you’re… Read More

  • Excelsior! Windows XP-powered coffee maker

    Excelsior! Windows XP-powered coffee maker

    Humanity has finally arrived. After so many false starts—Ancient Egypt, Classical Athens, Caesarian Rome, Catholic Spain, Napoleonic France, Victorian England, to say nothing of the Asian empires—we now look to Finland, the epitome of civilization. Yes, there’s now a Windows-powered coffee maker. Windows XP, even. It even has an 8-inch touchscreen, for touching. That you can… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Free tall cup of coffee from Starbucks today

      Starbucks is giving out a free tall cup of its delightful brew today for anyone that asks for it. Originally, the coffee shop simply asked that you come in and tell the lady or gent behind the counter that you voted and then you will get a free cup but that is illegal in some states as it can be construed as a gift for voting. So now all you need to do is stroll in to your local Starbucks… Read More

  • IFA 2008 Overload: Home Appliances

    IFA 2008 Overload: Home Appliances

    IFA 2008 offers the curious spectator an awful lot to look at.  There are hundreds of televisions, computers, projectors, stereos, navigation systems, MP3 players, and all other manner of gadget covered by CrunchGear, from all the brand names you know and love.  But this year’s IFA introduced a new set of products to the show: so-called “white goods”.  Things like… Read More

  • New Senseo machines use milk for fancy coffee drinks

    New Senseo machines use milk for fancy coffee drinks

    Coffee snobs will likely tell you that Philips’ Senseo coffee makers can’t make a decent cup of coffee compared to $10,000+ professional-grade coffee brewers. That’s probably true and I’m not a coffee snob. I had the original Senseo machine way back when it came out and the coffee it was able to make was good enough to keep me from spending $3 a day for a cup of black gold… Read More

  • Horrors: No more iTunes cards at Starbucks

    Horrors: No more iTunes cards at Starbucks

    The joy of walking into a Starbucks and buying a CD or copping an iTunes gift card along with a venti iced coffee is over! The coffee chain, which has hit a bit of a rough patch, will no longer sell CDs or offer iTunes gift cards at its retail locations. It will still offer free Wi-Fi, though, so don’t freak out too much. Not enough people were buying CDs at stores to make it worth the… Read More

 
  • Starbucks to give away free Wi-Fi tomorrow

    Starbucks to give away free Wi-Fi tomorrow

    Starbucks will give away Wi-Fi starting tomorrow, June 3. Or: When you register your Starbucks Card and use it at least once a month, you’ll receive two consecutive hours a day of complimentary Wi-Fi, courtesy of AT&T. Not much to complain about here, really. Buy an elitist latte once in a while, and check the headlines. Like, say, that Mourinho is officially at Inter Milan. And… Read More

  • Be careful with those energy drinks, coders: May encourage 'risky' behavior!

    Be careful with those energy drinks, coders: May encourage 'risky' behavior!

    Might want to find something other than Red Bull or Cocaine for those up-all-night coding sessions, fellers. It seems they may not be too healthy for you, and they may encourage “risky” behavior. Oh my! The Journal of American College Health recently published a study that shows a strong link between the consumption of energy drinks—Red Bull, Amp, Monster, Cocaine, etc.—and… Read More

  • $100 coffee? From cat droppings? Sure!

    $100 coffee? From cat droppings? Sure!

    No, coffee isn’t a gadget per se, but judging by Twitter and what I know about some of the many bloggers out there, a hell of a lot of you need the drink to make it through the day. Don’t see me before I’ve had my first cup ‘o joe, lol! Quite. Be that as it may, would you be willing to pay 50 quid, or about $100, for a cup of coffee? Even if said cup of coffee was made from… Read More

  • Kahva maker just a gussied up percolator

    [photopress:kahva.jpg,full,center] Programmers, college kids and anyone else who needs one or two (or more!) cups of joe (n. Morning Joe) to get through the day might enjoy this unusual coffee maker, Kahva. (“Kawa,” pronounced the same as “kahva,” is “coffee” in Polish. Other cognates exist, too. We’re educational.) While the premise is not all too… Read More

  • Claim: Percolators make better coffee than drip machines, should be celebrated

    [photopress:percolater.jpg,full,center] When one of my older relatives gave me a percolator as a gift last summer, I literally had to Google what the hell the thing was. You put the water where? Does the coffee go in out or, do you have to shake it all about? If so, for how long? I eventually got the hang of it, but then instantly switched over to a regular, drip machine a few weeks later. Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

    I never thought I’d see the day that I stopped throwing down $2 (minimum) for a strong cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Now, I throw down $8 for an entire bag of beans and have my coffee waiting for me in the morning-time. Here’s what’s great about this machine. You put the beans in the built-in grinder, it grinds them into a fine powder, and makes the coffee. That’s… Read More

  • Converge much? Coffee warmer, USB hub, clock

    Converge much? Coffee warmer, USB hub, clock

    I’m sitting here staring at my Belkin USB hub that serves as a poor man’s docking station because I’m too cheap to spring for a $180 piece of plastic from Sony that would allow me to whisk my laptop from room to room and I can’t help but feel agitated by the fact that I don’t know what the hell time it is and my coffee isn’t getting any warmer. If only there… Read More

  • For-pay Wi-Fi is played, so played

    For-pay Wi-Fi is played, so played

    Computerworld’s Mile Elgan predicts that within a year, Starbucks will offer free wireless internet access. I advise that if Starbucks does end up doing this, that it not make it seem like it’s the greatest company in the world for doing so. Just quietly roll it out, put up a little sign, and let’s move on. Read More

  • How-to: Automatic Coffee Maker

    How-to: Automatic Coffee Maker

    Every morning, I need at least a couple cups of hot, black coffee. Normally I’d insert some joke about how my tastes in coffee and my women are similar, but I’m waiting for it to cool off a bit. Did you know though, that you can turn any old bullshit coffee maker into an automatic brewing machine? Allow me to explain how: Read More

  • Lokesh Dhakar's Fancy Coffee Drink Cheat Sheet

    Lokesh Dhakar's Fancy Coffee Drink Cheat Sheet

    New to the world of fancy coffee drinks? So is Lokesh Dhakar, as he admits on his blog. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me where I’d heard his name before but I assumed he was famous for some reason. Any web developer that’s used the Lightbox technique before may have been thinking the same thing I was, for Lokesh is the guy who wrote that now-famous script.  Read More