Apps and Coffee Cups for Your Morning Brew

Apps and Coffee Cups for Your Morning Brew

Julienne Lin
Mar 24, 2011

No matter where you work, most people have one part of the morning routine in common: caffeine. Not everyone has the time to brew a perfectly brewed cup like Intelligentsia or have the tools to do so, but don't fret. That's when gadget apps and well-designed products come to the rescue.

Fortunately for us, most coffee brands have caught wise to the fact that mobile apps are key to getting consumers to their establishments. Here are the apps I find most helpful for my caffeine buzz:

Intelligentsia: For you ambitious coffee drinkers out there, Intelligentisia's app not only directs you to the nearest café, but also provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your coffee on different brewing devices, complete with nice illustrations for the visual learners.

Starbucks: When you're on the run, the easiest cup of coffee to get is usually Starbucks, mainly because there's basically one on every single block. The app was always useful in finding the closest joint, but their new mobile payment feature is where the real value is. It doesn't get any quicker than paying with your phone versus whipping out the wallet and card.

Coffee Buzz: If you're a coffee connoisseur and want to share your caffeine buzz activities, Coffee Buzz lets you share your perfectly brewed cup of coffee or see what your friends are drinking. This app is a perfect blend of social and coffee conversation. You can pair it with your Twitter account and of course find great places for coffee based on location.

For those of us who do have time to make our own cup in the morning, which coffee tools do you like to use? Here are a three of my favorites:

IKEA Vacuum Flask: Not only do I like the slender design on this flask, but the rubber vacuum inside keeps coffee warm so it doesn't turn lukewarm sitting on the kitchen table.

Keep Cup: Keeping the environment and your coffee needs in mind, the Keep Cup is the first reusable coffee cup that is designed to fit barista standards.

Order of Mug: A great one for typography nerds.

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