drinks

Starbucks is today officially introducing Starbucks Odyssey, launching later this year — the coffee chain’s first foray into building with web3 technology. The new experience combines the company’s successful Starbucks…

Starbucks details its blockchain-based loyalty platform and NFT community, Starbucks Odyssey

Starbucks will unveil its web3 initiative, which includes coffee-themed NFTs, at next month’s Investor Day event. The company earlier this year announced its plans to enter the web3 space, noting…

Starbucks to unveil its web3-based rewards program next month

Would you like an NFT with your Starbucks latte? The coffee giant this week announced its plans to enter the web3 space with the launch of its own NFT collection…

Starbucks to launch NFTs this year, offering access to ‘unique experiences and benefits’

The company is squeezing new potential from a growing, but crowded enhanced water category.

Two years after Lemon Perfect was spotted in Beyoncé’s limo, the superstar is now a backer

More than 80% of the world’s workforce, some 2.7 billion people, do not spend their days in front of computers, and that has led to a strong disparity when it…

Flip, a chat and HR app for frontline workers, raises $30M as it passes 1M users

Today, the company has over a dozen flavor options for its organic smoothies, four flavors of gumdrops and is entering the hot bowls space in February.

Kencko takes in new capital to shake up how we consume our fruits, vegetables

Cana focused on identifying the basic set of ingredients, basically deconstructing beverages to figure out what makes it taste like a certain drink.

Cana Technology raises glass to new capital as it readies beverage printer for market

The company now operates 14 locations in a mix of 700-square-foot brick-and-mortar spaces and mobile street carts. Each location hit profitability within two months after opening.

General Catalyst, Tiger Global lead $25M investment into Blank Street’s micro specialty coffee shops

Food delivery service DoorDash will now deliver alcohol — a move that will allow it to better compete with rivals who already offer alcohol delivery in markets where permitted, like…

DoorDash launches alcohol delivery in U.S., Canada and Australia

Compound Foods uses synthetic biology to create coffee without coffee beans by extracting molecules.

Compound Foods brews up $4.5M to make coffee without beans

Poppi is on a mission to lead in the new category of “functional soda” by offering a better-for-you product that also tastes good.

Russell Westbrook, Chainsmokers join group pouring $13.5M into prebiotic soda brand Poppi

With the pandemic sending the planet indoors to work out, the at-home fitness market has boomed. It was only in October last year that three-year-old Future closed $24 million in…

As working out goes virtual, Moxie raises $6.3M seed+ round led by Resolute Ventures

So, an eight-year product veteran from Facebook and an internationally renowned barista walk into a coffee bar… It’s not a joke. It’s the origin story for Taika, a new startup…

Taika is building a better coffee through natural chemistry and adaptogens

Autonomous robotic road-riding cargo pod startup Einride has signed a new partner for a commercial pilot on Sweden’s roads, which should be a great test of the company’s electric driverless…

Einride to launch commercial pilot of driverless electric pods with Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand is the latest company pitching bottled water to go the aluminum can route. It’s part of a broader rejiggering of the water brand’s plans to use mostly…

Aluminum packaging is coming for your water as Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand takes the plunge

Kopi Kenangan, a startup that wants to make quality, fresh coffee affordable to Indonesian consumers, has raised $20 million as it begins to consider overseas expansion in Southeast Asia. The…

Indonesia’s Kopi Kenangan raises a sweet $20M to expand its coffee business

Starbucks plans to double its store count in China to 5,000 in 2021 and Luckin, a one-year-old coffee startup, is matching up by aiming to reach 4,500 by the end…

Why Luckin’s ultimate target may not be Starbucks

Bottomless, one of the 200-plus startups in Y Combinator’s latest batch, uses a smart scale to automatically restock your java supply.

Bottomless has a solution for lazy coffee addicts
Hardware

Kinin puts aromatherapy in your mouth

9:47 am PST • December 4, 2017

Kinin is a new portable aromatherapy vaporizer that, in theory, offers a refreshing break from THC and nicotine based vapes. Multi-use products let you inhale the strange fragrances of “Narrow…

Kinin puts aromatherapy in your mouth

Would you buy a robotic drink maker from these men? I sure would. These are the creators of Monsieur, a robotic bartender that will squirt out a great margarita or…

The Monsieur Drinks Automaton Roboticizes Bottle Service

Ask and ye shall receive: when I put a call out for cool hardware start-ups, little did I know that we’d be barraged by some amazing stuff. Case-in-point: the LayerNation…

LayerNation’s El Tirador Makes Classy Layered Drinks With Science

Friends, we are going to get to the bottom of this Four Loko mess the only way we know how: through journalism! Tomorrow at 10am Eastern/7am Pacific I will drink…

Hardware

Pepsi Mont Blanc: Very French

9:53 am PDT • September 21, 2010

The Japanese have created something called Pepsi Mont Blanc, a version of Pepsi delicately scented with French chestnuts (??). Japan is a loose cannon when it comes to drink flavors…

Hardware

Flying high on Club Mate

7:00 pm PST • February 10, 2010

I’ve been led to believe that Club Mate (pronounced: ma-tay) is the drink in the international hacker community. Being a fan of the international hacker community—and by “hacker” I don’t…

Hardware

Heat powered arcade mugs

5:00 pm PST • February 8, 2010

Mugs are like jeans. You go through several different ones before you settle on a favorite. But once you find one, hell can freeze over before you use something else.…

The future! Imagine a pop machine with seemingly endless combinations of styles and flavors that can be mixed up and poured on demand. Coca-Cola and software company Bsquare have developed…

Hardware

Video Review: Novocaine Relaxation Drink

11:42 am PST • February 10, 2009

Novocaine is a relaxation drink made by Malava Beverages that offers a bit of relaxation in a can. Does it work? The first can I drank made me very mellow…

Oh great. Only, like, forever and a day until Christmas. That’s when I’m gonna ask everyone I know for this R2D2 ice bucket and Han Solo ice cube tray set.…

Hardware

Taste Test: 'Rockstar Roasted' energy drink

3:27 pm PDT • March 14, 2008

Just noticed this new blend today in my local convenience store. According to the company, it’s an “amazing mix of the finest espresso coffee, fresh milk and cream packed with…

Up until now, straws were straight tubes of disposable soft plastic that your parents would use to transfer various liquids from cup-like containers into their dry, smelly mouths. Thanks to…