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It might seem that coffee cups live solely to provide you with a warm sip of caffeinated goodness in the mornings, but they have lives far beyond your coffee. At least, that’s what Sydney artist Paul Garbett will have you believing once you take a look at these coffee cup creations that feature everything from snowmen to skulls to monsters.

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Turn your morning cup of coffee into rocket fuel for the day with this rocket pour-over coffee brewer. The little red rocket sits on top of your mug and holds a filter that you can fill with the grounds of your choice to brew the perfect cup!

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Steep your tea like a lumberjack with this axe tea infuser. It’s inspired by the story of the Honest Woodcutter.

The Honest Woodcutter accidently dropped his axe in the river and starts crying at his loss. Seeing him crying, the god of the mountain dives into the river and brings out a gold axe, offering it to the woodcutter. Being honest, he replies that it is not his axe. The god goes into the river again and brings out a silver woodcutter. Again, the woodcutter says that the silver axe is not his. As a reward for his honesty, the god gives the Honest Woodcutter both axes plus the one he lost.

It’s made of stainless steel and can hold tea, fruit, or spices.

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A Starbucks customer in Louisiana says that a barista added a little extra unwanted artistic detail to a recent order: she claims that she received two beverages with a pentagram and the number 666 drawn in caramel syrup.

I’m not too sure what the customer did to warrant the wraith of Satan and his legion of merciless caffeinated minions, but the woman apparently didn’t confront the store’s manager when she received the drinks. “I unfortunately can’t give the young man’s name who served it,” said the customer in a comment she left on the Starbucks’ Facebook wall, “because I was so appalled that I could not bring myself to look at him.”

A Starbucks representative later told The Daily Advertiser that the company apologized to her via social media. In a more formal statement, they added: “This obviously is not the type of experience we want to provide any of our customers, and is not representative of the customer service our partners provide to millions of customers every day.”

Apparently, Starbucks couldn’t identify the artist either. Also, despite not confronting the culprit on the spot, the woman later went on to make an official complaint, she says. The never-ending war between the forces of good and Satanic baristas rages on….

(The Daily Advertiser via The Consumerist)

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These mugs will always look like they’re full to the brim with either a caramel macchiato, latte, or Americano, but sadly it is only an illusion. They’re the design work of Japanese firm nendo and are a play on the idea that the glass is always half full. The illusion is created by painting the bottom of the mug to look like the top of the drink. Currently they’re only available in Japanese Starbucks locations with no word on whether they’ll be sold elsewhere.

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What happens when Grumpy Cat gazes upon a full moon? Well, she frowns at it first–I mean, she’s called Grumpy Cat for a reason–but then both the moon and her eyes turn blue. It’s a scientific fact. Don’t question it. Anyway, this officially licensed Grumpy Cat mug depicts the nocturnal event otherwise known as the “Grumpy Cat Blues.” When you add in some hot coffee or tea, the moon and Grumpy Cat’s eyes all turn blue. Why are there three Grumpy Cats, you say? Well… three times the adorable grumpiness? You got me on that one.

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We’ve seen plenty of art made from latte foam, but caffeinated illustrations don’t need to end there. Instagram user Liv Buranday uses coffee grounds to create minimalist art featuring Minions, Mickey Mouse, Olaf, and many more characters. She arranges the grounds into drawings with only her hands and toothpicks; she adds glue to make the aromatic works of art permanent.

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The folks at Flowing Data have made a map of coffee chains across the US which shows that, surprise, there are a lot of Starbucks locations out there. This map shows the nearest chain within a 10-mile radius and besides a proliferation of green dots, there are a healthy number of pink dots in the Northeast for Dunkin Donuts. There are other regional chains like Tim Horton’s, Seattle’s Best and Dutch Bros. that make a strong showing in their home regions, but no one out does Starbucks.

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If you love coffee and you love whiskey, I’m about to make your day.

There’s a company called Whiskey Barrel Coffee that not only ages their green coffee beans in boubon barrels to infuse them with whiskey and oak flavors, but they also sell those coffee beans in glass bottles sealed in wax to keep in the scent and flavor. From the description:

“Espresso Smith Whiskey Barrel Coffee – Packaged not in a bag but in a wax sealed whiskey bottle, this blended coffee commands attention with a bold, dark character layered with cacao, charred oak, mesquite honey and clear-as-day, whiskey notes. It’s sweet, rich and boozy in the cup.”

The coffees come in dark roast, light roast and decaf.

But that’s not all. They also make Whiskey Barrel Coffee Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans. Yep you read that right.

I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Product Page: $49 Whiskey Barrel Coffee/ $29 Whiskey Barrel Coffee Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans

(via Cool Material)