Caffeine

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If you love the great outdoors and you also happen to be a bit of a coffee fanatic, then you’ll totally love the COFFEEBOXX. This ruggedized coffee maker was created by Oxx, a design firm from Grand Rapids, Mich., and it’s built to take a real beating. It’s described as being “the world’s first ruggedized brewer for the jobsite or weekend adventure,” and it’s ideal for camping, off-roading and construction sites.

The coffeemaker weighs eleven pounds, uses K-cups and can handle the full weight of a car. Currently, Oxx is raising funds for the coffeemaker over at Kickstarter.

Head after the break to watch the project video and an explosion test.

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Keurig machines are wonderful for brewing your favorite coffees, but only if those coffees come in official Keurig K-Cups. All other cups get rejected in the new locked down machines. This has proven frustrating for many people, but there’s a simple hack for getting your Keurig to brew any cup.

All you need to do is cut the lid off of a used K-Cup and tape it over the impostor to trick the machine into thinking it’s official. You can make the hack permanent by taping a small portion of a real cup to the inside of the brewer. A pair of scissors and some tape and you’re ready to brew.

See the video after the break.

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Chemex recently dropped a surprise coffeemaker announcement into the laps of lazy caffeine lovers: the Ottomatic. The machine simplifies the process by managing some of the variables that make Chemex brewing challenging. The Ottomatic has the same hourglass shape and controls pre-infusion, contact time of water to coffee, heating the water properly, and the temperature of the hot plate.

The product’s Greedy Cup Sprayhead Technology adds extra touches such as:

• Staged brewing cycle
• Pulsing water bath which ensures maintained temperature
• Wetting of entire coffee bed
• Facilitating even extraction

The Ottomatic is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in January.

See more photos and a video showing the Ottomatic in action after the break.

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Chewbacca isn’t what you would call “cute”, but Mew-bacca is just adorable. This little cat version of the wookiee even has a bandoleer. He probably has a bowcaster hidden in his fur and should someone try and steal you coffee, he’ll be right there to defend you and claw their arms out of their sockets.

Product Page ($11.99 via GeekAlerts)

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For Rick Grimes, there are only three questions that matter: How many walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? Why?

In case you’re a bit forgetful and can’t remember those three very basic questions, then we suggest picking up this Three Questions mug. It’ll help jog your memory and it can also hold your coffee too. Plus, it will surely lighten the mood in the office breakroom (or maybe not).

Product Page: ($12.50 via Buzzfeed)

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If you have a daily Starbucks habit, the idea of Starbucks for “life” probably sounds amazing. The company is giving away that prize (life equals 30 years) and all you have to do to enter is to pay with your Starbucks card or mobile app and enter the code from your receipt at starbucks.com/play. You could win one of 482,000 instant prizes; a total of 14 people are eligible to win the grand prize. You can enter every day through January 5th.

If you win, you’ll be able to get a single food or beverage item for free each day for the next 30 years. Plus, you’ll get a swanky Starbucks card in 10K hammered gold with your name engraved on the front.

Watch Starbucks’ video after the break.

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The International Space Station received one heck of an early Christmas gift from an Italian astronaut who arrived last week: the first espresso machine in space. Look, it’s important to have caffeine everywhere you go.

As of right now, the astronauts aboard the ISS are consuming the beverage through plastic pouches that remind me of my Capri Sun drinking days (I bet the astronauts’ straws don’t make the pouches explode everywhere). That’s fine, but it’s apparently not the best possible way to enjoy the space espresso. Some physicists in Portland presented a paper titled The Capillary Fluidics of Espresso at the 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, and in it, they describe another way. They designed a cup and 3D printed a sample that’s suitable to use in space and would improve the espresso drinking experience.

Author Mark Weislogel explained to Gizmodo that the cup design focuses on capillary wicks:

According to Weislogel, it’s all about using surface tension to pull the espresso along the walls of the cup towards the opening. You’ll notice the unusual folded geometry of the vessel—those corners are a crucial part of what brings the espresso to the drinker’s mouth, by exploiting their abilities as “capillary wicks,” which draws the coffee along the walls of the container as the drinker sips. When you bring it to your lips, he explains, “it makes a capillary connection such that when you remove liquid into your mouth more liquid is drawn along the interior corner in a way of resupply.”

(via Gizmodo)

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We all know that Thor loves coffee (I mean, he smashed his coffee mug for a reason, right?), so it would make sense for the Australian coffee chain The Coffee Club to create this artistic homage to Thor (or Chris Hemsworth). It took roughly 2000 coffee cups to make this image, and I have to say that it’s pretty spot on. What do you think?

Check out some more pics after the break…

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This Double Heat Changing Skull Mug changes quite a bit once you pour in some hot or warm water. If you add in warm water, the skull changes to red, and if you add in something hot, it changes to white. It’s kinda like the skin is melting off the bone.

Product Page: ($19.99)

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The best part of waking up is a little mercenary in your coffee cup. Twitter user Sugi shared a photo of this Deadpool latte art, and I can’t get over how much detail there is. He looks like he would tear you up in from the inside if you tried to drink him.

(via John Farrier)