Shopping for cool coffee finds can be like falling down a rabbit hole. Whether you’re a java snob on par with a hipster barista or a mere occasional Starbucks drinker, there’s sure to be something that delights or surprises you in the realm of great brews. Maybe it comes in the form of a cool new way to make your espresso or a coffee-infused treat you never knew existed. Maybe it hasn’t even yet hit the market! Lest you find yourself swimming in a sea of proverbial joe, read on for all the most genius coffee finds around from A to Z.
1. Autocrat Coffee Syrup ($20): As any Rhode Islander can attest, this delightful coffee-flavored syrup, typically paired with ice cream or milk, is just as good if not better than any concoction Starbucks is likely to dream up.
2. Barisieur Coffee and Tea Alarm Clock ($385): Wish someone could wake you up with a steaming hot cup of java every day? The Bariseur is an alarm clock that’ll do just that, prepping your coffee (or tea!) and coaxing you awake with that sweet, sweet aroma.
3. Collapsible Coffee Mug ($15): Going green just got a whole lot easier thanks to this Stojo invention. Made of BPA-free silicone, this collapsible mug holds up to 12 ounces of coffee and can be squished down small enough to fit into your purse. It even has a little heat sleeve so it won’t burn your hand!
4. Death Wish Coffee Beans ($16+): It’s billed as the “world’s strongest coffee,” so only serious java drinkers need apply for these beans. With 702 milligrams of caffeine per cup, it’s four times stronger than your average brew and nearly double the amount experts recommend for healthy consumption. Yowza!
5. Ember Ceramic Mug ($80): You’ll never have to suffer through another cold cup of coffee again thanks to Ember. Devised to work with an app through your phone, you can adjust your brew to the perfect temp, every time, for as long as you like (providing you’ve charged its battery). You can also keep your coffee warm while on the go with the company’s Travel Mug ($150).
6. Francis Francis for Illy Iperespresso Machine ($295): Not only will this bad boy give your kitchen some serious flair, but it’s also a cinch to work, thanks to the convenient coffee capsules the Italian design relies on to complete its two-button pour. There’s a steam wand for those that can’t live without their cappuccinos and a hot water spout for all you tea lovers out there, too. Bellissimo!
7. Grinds Coffee Pouches ($12+): If you simply can’t wait for the buzz from your morning cuppa to hit, these handy little coffee-flavored pouches are for you. They’re packed with coffee (the equivalent of 1/4 cup) and B vitamins to give you a boost, and work just like chewing tobacco when placed between your teeth and your gums. In fact, they were actually created as a substitute to help tobacco users quit. They come in all your favorite flavors (pumpkin spice latte included), and can be ordered in quantities of 3, 6, 10, or 20 cans. Check them out on Shark Tank here.
8. HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker ($30): If you’re an iced coffee guy or gal (samesies!), you can say goodbye to the days of freezing tray after tray of ice cubes to enjoy a single drink. Simply fill this guy with water and tuck it into the freezer so when the time comes, you’ll be ready to cool your piping hot beverage down by up to 130 degrees. The best part is, you won’t water it down; this stainless steel mug has a multi-chamber design to keep the ice away from your liquid. Aaah!
9. Intelligentsia Coffee Subscription ($17 per bag): You’ll never need to run to the store for emergency K-cups again with this completely customizable coffee subscription. For $17 per bag, you can have your daily dose of caffeine delivered right to your door as often as you need — you can even select what day they’ll arrive!
10. Java Me Up Coffee Bars ($25 for 12): If flavored coffee pouches aren’t your thing, perhaps these Java bars will be more up your alley. A single chocolate-covered java bar is equivalent to half a cup of your favorite morning beverage, and these treats are also packed with toasted whole grains and seeds for extra nutrients. Yes, please!
11. Koffee Straw ($10+): For anyone dealing with coffee stains after years of caffeine consumption (*slowly raises hand*), these handy little straws were made for you. Designed with reusable silicone to tolerate extreme temps of up to 300 degrees, they save your pearly whites from discoloration without any of the worry that comes from using plastic straws with heat, including BPA — gulp!
12. Le Nez du Café Revelation Coffee Kit ($299): This little kit takes the expression “stop and smell the coffee” to heart. Handmade in France, this aroma kit was created to train your nose to fully appreciate your daily mug, walking you through 36 different scents you’ll find in an average brew. Before long, your schnozz will be able to detect whether it’s a woody, cedar scent or a toasty maple syrup you’re smelling, making the experience that much richer.
13. Mug ($8): There are a million amazing mugs out there, but only Chief Buddy’s Self-Stirring mug will blend your coffee for you. Simply push the button on the side of this battery-operated cup and your days of getting that sugar rush of death at the end of your drink are over! And should you go a little overboard on the thumb action, not to worry — there’s a leak-resistant cap for that.
14. Nomad Portable Espresso Machine ($286): It may look funky, but this aptly named device will be your new best travel buddy. It requires no electricity, batteries, or gas cartridges, meaning all you’ll need to squeeze out a little java is to manually work that little handle. Grab some grounds, stamp ‘em down, add some water, and work the lever back and forth about 12 times to sip on the go at a moment’s notice.
15. Osaka Siphon Coffee Maker($75): Sure, this may LOOK like part of a seventh-grade science experiment, but it’s actually an age-old, tried-and-true brewer that dates back to the 1800s. Just fill the bottom chamber with water, then stand by as the device heats it up until vapors force H20 into the top chamber, where it’s mixed with coffee grounds. Gravity will eventually pull the water back down through the filter with a vacuum-like effect, resulting in your next cup of coffee. While it’s not the speediest method found on the list, it’s certainly a delight for the senses.
16. Primula Stovetop 6-Cup Espresso Maker ($15): Who says you need a massive piece of machinery to brew your own espresso? This little stovetop brewer does the same thing the big rigs do; just fill the bottom chamber with water and the filter with ground coffee, then put it on the stovetop for a ready-in-minutes drink. Brilliant!
17. Queen City Coffee Company Beans (Prices Vary): You don’t need syrup to flavor your coffee thanks to this Ohio-based brewer’s beans. We’re especially keen to try Birthday Cake ($18) and Chocolate Raspberry ($23).
18. Ripple Maker (Price Upon Request): If you’ve used a printer at some point in your life, you’re already familiar with the concept behind this mind-blowing gadget: Select an image, hit print, and watch it come out… onto your coffee foam? That’s right! This 3D “Ripple” machine connects to your device via WiFi to create edible art from your photos in flash. See the concept in action here!
19. Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee Beans ($10+): Fans of Gilmore Girls will delight in this new brand from Scott Patterson — AKA the RL Luke Danes. We first learned about Scotty P’s Big Mug coffee back in June, and now it’s finally here, in all its diner-licious glory. Make no mistake, though — this is no gimmick. As Patterson says himself, “Quality coffee is something that I am obsessed with. It’s the thing I look forward to every morning and throughout the day and throughout the evening and now throughout the middle of the night.” We’ll drink to that!
20. Topbrewer (Price Upon Request): We’ve all had those days where it feels like we need an unending supply of coffee to pour out straight from our faucet, and wouldn’t you know it, that gadget actually exists. Made by Scanomat, Topbrewer delivers a piping hot cup of filtered coffee in 15 seconds right from its stainless steel handle. Should you prefer espresso, it can make that too. You can customize the faucet drinks to your liking and have the machine percolating at the push of a button — simply pair it to the accompanying app. In short, it’s like having your own personal barista in your living room. HOW IS THIS REAL LIFE!?
21. Unfair Advantage Mini Shots ($60): These energy-boosting shots claim to work on the “cellular level” to provide your bod with a strong dose of the brand’s fat-burning Brain Octane Oil ($7) and other lipids. The result? Maximized efficiency without that jittery after-effect you see with energy drinks. We’ll take it!
22. Voltaire Standalone Grinder With Sensing Platform ($249): For the perfect cup of coffee, you’ve gotta have fresh beans, and the Voltaire grinder (now available for pre-order), ensures you always will with the world’s first “freshness” sensing platform. You’ll get an alert when your beans are about to go bad, making sure you never have stale coffee again. It also boasts other unique features, such as a step-less adjustment collar to fine-tune your grind settings, an illuminated catch, and an anti-static cup for easy cleaning.
23. Wacaco Portable Mini Espresso Maker ($60): For the guy or gal on the go, there’s the Wacaco, which promises you’ll never be without your morning coffee, even while traveling. Simply hand pump your water through the hot water tank over coffee capsules to get a darling cap of espresso, no pot required.
24. X-presso Candies ($9): Forget chocolate-covered coffee beans — these German Villosa Sallos X-Presso candies pair licorice and espresso together for a seriously unexpected flavor profile that’ll put some real hair on your chest.
25. Yellow Cup Coffee Soap ($13): You’ve heard of coffee scrubs, but what about coffee soap? Yellow Cup Coffee Roasters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, teamed up with @foryouhandcraftedsoap to create an organic, all-natural cleanser from its old coffee grounds, recycled filters, and compostable coffee bags, making it as eco-friendly as it is useful. Pretty rad, right?
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