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Coffee comes in large cups and espresso comes in small cups, but now you can have one cup for both drinks. This clever glass mug will hold 5.5 ounces on one side or you can flip it over for a tiny 1.5 ounce espresso cup. Just think how much space you’ll save in your kitchen cabinets.

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Starbucks has an officially sanctioned “secret” drink for Halloween: a Franken Frappuccino! “Secret” being kind of a misnomer since it’s officially sanctioned and there’s signage. So not really secret at all.

The frosty beverage is only available through October 31st, and according to Starbucks Melody, this is how it’s made:

Start with a green tea Frappuccino
Add java chips
Add 3 pumps of white mocha sauce
Add 3 pumps of peppermint syrup (and substitute that for the classic syrup – there’s no classic syrup in the Franken Frappuccino.)
Top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Don’t be surprised if the cashier and barista can’t stop themselves from cringing if you order one.

(via Eater, photo by Jade Evans)

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Japan has lots of cat cafes (like this Studio Ghibli cat cafe), and now we finally have one in the US. Cat Town Cafe is now open in Oakland, California. Owners Ann Dunn of Cat Town Adoptions and Adam Myatt want it to be a place where people can relax with their cats and maybe even find one to adopt. According to the website:

The Cat Town Cafe will feature an area called the Cat Zone, where our cats will be free roaming and available for adoption. Visitors can spend up to an hour in the Cat Zone, and free walk-ins are welcome as space allows. For a $10 donation, you can make a Cat Zone Reservation ahead of time, which ensures your visiting time is available, and supports a great cause.

If you’re in the Oakland, California area, make a reservation to hang out with some cats and maybe even take one home.

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This Warp Pipe or “Level-Up” Mario-style mug is the perfect way to take your caffeine intake to the next stage. It holds 15 ounces of your beverage of choice and is microwave and dishwasher safe. If only it transported us to a magical world filled with coffee and biscotti.

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Oh, the memories. It seems like just yesterday I was playing all those classic games on my Game Boy… oh, wait, I actually was playing my original Game Boy yesterday. Oops. Never mind.

If you’re fan of the original Game Boy like I am, then you’ll definitely love this mug from Etsy seller SandstormForever. I’m also giving Sandstorm bonus point for including a scene from a Pokemon battle on the front of the mug. I choose you, Cafe Boy!

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We all have our go-to drinks at Starbucks, so the same would likely be true of some of our favorite authors. The Literary Starbucks tumblr imagines what some of those writers would order on their quest for a little caffeine jolt. It’s not just the beverage that they envision, but the whole process from start to finish. Poor Tolkien throws a tantrum over his coffee and storms out of the shop, which seems just about right.

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Okay, so I’m a bit of a coffee snob, so when I heard about this new smart, WiFi-connected pour-over coffeemaker called Bruvelo, well, I kind of freaked out a little. Yeah, maybe I overreacted a bit (or maybe I’m just drinking too much coffee), but according to its Kickstarter page, the Bruvelo can create a handcrafted cup of coffee from start to finish. This includes filtering and pouring water, weighing and grinding beans and maintaining an optimal brewing temperature (199 degrees Fahrenheit).

It also features a number of preconfigured “flavor profiles” (Delicate, Balance or Robust) and you can activate it using an app. If you pledge $300 bucks now you can get the coffeemaker by June 2015 at the earliest. The Kickstarter campaign still has a ways to go before they hit the $150,000 goal, so if you want to make this coffeemaker a reality, you should probably head on over and pledge.

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Ahoy, mateys! There comes a time in every scallywag, salty sea dog or buccaneer’s life when he or she has to take a break from treasure hunting and relax with a nice cup of tea.

Now, if you’re a pirate who’s planning to brew up a spot of tea, you should probably pick up this T-Bones Tea Infuser. Now, the question is should you take that yoga class with your shipmate that has the peg leg? Yes. Yes you should.

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Starbucks announced the release of a new seasonal drink to kick off the holiday season: the chestnut praline latte. This festive drink, which is the coffee chain’s first holiday beverage in five years, will make its official debut nationwide on Nov. 12.

So, will this chestnut-flavored cup of joe finally take down the pumpkin spice latte as the top seasonal Starbucks beverage? Maybe, though the new latte will have to deal with competition from other Starbucks winter standbys like the gingerbread latte and the peppermint mocha latte. The whole seasonal drink trend might be partially due to the dip in foot traffic for Starbucks, as noted in a statement by CEO Howard Schultz.

Holiday 2013 witnessed a seismic shift in consumer behavior in which many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a decline in foot traffic compared to significant growth in online shopping… Since that time, we have been focused on radically redefining the Starbucks retail experience for our partners, customers and stores.

Ok, so they’re trying to lure us back with caffeinated holiday cheer. I’m on to you, Starbucks. You can’t buy my loyalty with chestnut praline, peppermint and pumpkin spice. Unless you combine those flavors? Try it. See what happens.

(via Mashable / Image via Esparta Palma)

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Do you know how to spell out “coffee” in binary code? I don’t. But I do know how to write the word “hot” in binary thanks to this awesome Hot Binary Heat Change Mug. When you heat up the mug, the binary for “hot” appears on the side. So, when the machines inevitably take over, you know how to say at least one thing to them. Good luck with that.

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