Caffeine keeps us all going, especially on those early mornings, and this little guy is ready for anything. Look at that fierce grimace. Nothing can stop you when caffeine is on the job.

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These coffee mugs feature adorable 8-bit versions of the characters from Game of Thrones. You can choose from the Lannisters, Daenerys with her dragons, characters of the North, Daenerys with characters of Essos, or characters on the run. Wait, isn’t that last one pretty much everyone depending on the day?

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A new record has been set for the most expensive, single free Starbucks drink. The previous record, as we noted back in May, was a 128-ounce, $54 sexagintuple vanilla bean mocha frappuccino. The new record was set by a woman named Sameera, and she was able to come up with a drink that clocked in at a little over $60–a pretty incredible feat! After scanning her loyalty card the total came out to $57.75, which still snags the top prize.

Sameera went all out when she decided to claim the world record: she checked in with her local Starbucks beforehand, contacted local media outlets and she even brought some friends for support. She tells Consumerist:

“I waited ’till just before closing time so that I wouldn’t be inconveniencing the baristas while they’re attending to customers,” Sameera noted when she wrote in to the Consumerist. “They were really excited about making the drink as well, so that was pretty cool.”

However, Starbucks reached out to the Consumerist and noted that their official policy on the recent record-breaking drink trend is that it’s against the company’s policies to serve large, blended drinks “by the vat.” Apparently, a Frappuccino–which is what Sameera’s drink technically started as–can only be served in a container that’s no larger than 24-ounces. Their official statement is as follows:

With over 170,000 ways to customize beverages at Starbucks, we know that personalization is a big part of the Starbucks Experience for both our customers and our partners (employees), however this particular customization was excessive and something that we do not encourage. We want to ensure our customers receive the highest quality and most delicious tasting food or beverage products from us and, we don’t believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.

Per our existing policy, beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) cannot be made or served. This includes personal cups that exceed 31 oz (or a Trenta-sized cup). For blended beverages and espresso drinks, those cannot be made or served in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).

Ah. Well, I guess Starbucks sure turned into a Debbie Downer of sorts. Is this the official end of the most-expensive-drink trend at Starbucks? Maybe, but I’m just waiting for someone to figure out another cool trend. It’s just a matter of time!

(via Consumerist)

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Jimmy Q Trapp improves moods because he decorates coffee cups with beautiful and vivid art and leaves his finished pieces for strangers to find. Some of his subjects have included Rainbow Brite, LEGO Batman, Joker, and Lex Luthor—he posts the finished pieces on Morning Coffee Cup Art. I would love to find one of these sitting in my favorite coffee shop.

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Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen has an impressive (read: ridiculous) number of titles. Whenever she or Missandei rattles them all off it takes a full 30 seconds. So, just imagine if she went to Starbucks. She’d have to order a venti just to have room to fit everything.

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If you still read the morning paper, Nescafé wants to help you enjoy it with their clever new ad campaign. They’ve come up with an insert called a “Pop-Up Café” that contains two paper mugs and instant coffee. You only have to pop them out of the newspaper insert, fold them into shape, add a little hot water and enjoy your morning cuppa. Just make sure you do it right so you don’t end up with a puddle of scalding hot coffee in your lap.

See how they work in the video after the break.

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These Star Wars Stacking Mugs feature three, 3.5-inch-tall porcelain mugs that, when stacked, feature an image of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or an imposing stormtrooper. If you’re feeling like causing a little inter-galactic mayhem, you can arrange the mugs so that Luke’s wearing the stormtrooper’s helmet, Han has Luke’s boots or the stormtrooper has Han’s… er, pants? Anyway, the mugs are safe for microwave and dishwasher use too.

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Late for work? Just toss some coffee into the Hey Joe mug and brew it in the car. This incredible mug is currently up for funding on kickstarter where a pledge of $49 can make one of these mugs yours when they ship in November. The mug runs on battery power and brews about three cups per charge using one of their coffee pods or the loose coffee or tea of your choice. It’s designed to fit in car cupholders and even has three temperature settings so that last precious sip will still be nice and warm.

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Making decent espresso is a difficult (and often extremely expensive) quest, but imagine how hard it would be to do in space. With that in mind, Lavazza has developed a special machine designed specifically for use on the ISS and it’s called the, wait for it… ISSpresso.

The 44-lb ISSpresso is the result of a collaboration between an Italian coffee company named Argotec and the Italian Space Agency. Yup, it’s the Italians. Their new coffee machine will arrive on the space station along with Italy’s first female astronaut, Air Force Captain Samantha Cristoforetti.

The reason this is a big deal is because the 8 to 10-bar pressure required inside an espresso machine makes everyone a little nervous. This machine has special steel tubing that can withstand 400-bar and pumps the resulting brew into little pouches rather than cups.

As for taste, well, it’s not going to be as good as drinking it on Earth since astronauts won’t be able to smell it. It will pack quite a punch though, and be a big step up from the instant coffee currently on the ISS.

(Wired via Gizmodo)