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Arctic Cold Brewer

Cold brewing rids coffee of its acidity and bitterness. More than that though the Arctic Cold Brewer also wants to rid you of the need to brew up fresh coffee every day. Fill Arctic’s micron filter with ten to fifteen tablespoons of coffee, submerge the grounds in cold filtered water, cap it, then place the whole borosilicate carafe in your fridge overnight. The next day you’re left with about 50 ounces of a caffeine-packed coffee concentrate that can be diluted to taste, for example mixing 1:2 with cold water or even with hot water to warm up in the winter months. The concentrate stays fresh in a fridge for up to two weeks so regardless of consumption each brew should last awhile.

Hit up Kickstarter for more info – 44+

GET IT: $44

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Spinn Coffee Maker

The Spinn Coffee Maker is as convenient as a Keurig machine while resulting in far better coffee. One single machine can make either Espresso, Lungo, Americano, or a carafe full of standard drip coffee with a touch of its capacitive front panel. Its name — Spinn — insinuates what lies within the machine: a centrifugal brewing core varies in speed between 500 and 6,000 rpm depending on the selection of coffee and during the brewing process for optimal extraction. Alongside this is an instant flash heater, a nano water filter, a conical burr grinder with variable grind coarseness, and a reservoir for your whole beans. It’s also connected through Amazon’s Alexa and your smartphone (via an app) to start a brew or schedule one from anywhere with minimal effort, always making just as much java as you need and not one cup more. Higher end options include a larger XL bean reservoir and a milk frother.

Hit up Spinn for details – $300+

GET IT: $300+

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Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper Brewing Set

A good pour-over dripper doesn’t absolutely require a stand, but for a few extra bucks, why not? The Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper brewing set includes Osaka’s reusable laser-cut stainless steel cone ($25) — that’s doubled-up to avoid grids making their way through — as well as a 20 ounce borosilicate glass carafe and a wire stand. The latter boasts a base made of treated wood (for water resistance) in either black, mahogany (shown), or natural, matched by the wooden handle and lid of the carafe for a slick-looking setup overall. All that’s missing is a good pour-over kettle (and perhaps a bit of skill refining).

Grab one at Amazon – $36

GET IT: $36

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Steamm Espresso Shots

Quicker than Nespresso yet still resulting from hot steam forced through finely ground coffee beans like at your local cafe, Steamm Espresso Shots are made of true espresso, only it’s done before they get to you. Each of these ready-to-go shots comes in a convenient blue glass bottle and packs 130mg of caffeine to give you energy for hours. It starts with organically farmed beans that are solar roasted in small batches and hand pulled, not mass produced. They’re also steeped in Peruvian cacao for a hint of chocolate and lightly sweetened with cane sugar or Stevia.

Learn more at Steamm – $20 for six

GET IT: $20

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Gina Smart Coffee Instrument

Brewing coffee is only an art once you’ve got the science down pat. And Goat Story’s Gina Smart Coffee Instrument can actually help you perfect your technique. An integrated Bluetooth scale allows you to optimize the coffee to water ratio, using your phone (and an accompanying app) for its display. It’s custom valve can be left wide open for pour-over, completely closed for immersion brewing, or even tuned to a slow drop for making cold drip. Gina also comes with a ridged ceramic funnel and cover, a borosilicate glass pitcher, a smaller glass module and filter for use with cold drip methods, and an app which does everything from guiding you through the brewing process to doubling as a drip meter for your cold brewing setup. All its other materials are rock solid too including a heat-resistant silicone pad plus both stainless steel valve and frame.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $160+

GET IT: $160+

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Libra Coffee Pourtables

Instant coffee’s reputation needs some work. Libra Coffee’s Pourtables aren’t actually made of instant coffee but they are nearly as fast and convenient to prepare, especially while camping, and require no special coffee making equipment. Pourtables start with quality coffee that’s sourced by Libra, small batch roasted in-house, and flushed with nitrogen while sealed in a foil pouch to greatly delay oxidation. Tear the latter open, then tear open the smaller fabric pouch inside, set it over your mug, and pour about 7 ounces of hot water over the grind. The result is a cup of joe could have just as well been made by your local cafe and that’s far superior to the instant swill you currently drink when you need a quick pick-me-up.

Grab a ten pack at Amazon – $20

GET IT: $20

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Concrete Pour Over Coffee Maker

Tailored to coffee junkies and purists brewing up just a couple cups at a time, SmartConcrete’s Concrete Pour Over Coffee Maker boldly claims a spot on your kitchen counter or, hell, your desk. It boasts a ruggedly handsome concrete base that’s surface-sealed to shield against coffee stains and that’s topped with natural cork as a cup holder. Rubber feet protect the table surface underneath while its glass funnel sits high up, suspended by a copper pipe. Just add small coffee filters, coffee, and hot water.

Find it at SmartConcrete’s Etsy Shop – $116 [via]

GET IT: $116

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Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground Coffee

Roasting the perfect coffee is complicated by the oxidation process that follows. Even whole beans don’t stay fresh long, but ground coffee typically fares much worse. Blue Bottle’s Perfectly Ground Coffee may have finally uncovered the secret to making ground, ready-to-use coffee stay fresh until it’s ready to use. The coffee is consistently ground and sealed in individually dosed airtight pouches that keep their contents fresh and tasting like they just came out of the grinder for a full six months. This process, which is likely more complex than we’re making it sound, was developed by Neil Day of Perfect Coffee, acquired by Blue Bottle early last year. Bean varieties include Bella Donovan, Decaf Noir, Giant Steps, and Three Africans, with more to come on rotation. Now you’ll just need to work on your brewing technique since the grind can no longer be blamed for a poor result.

Available tomorrow. Learn more at Blue Bottle – five pouches for $17

GET IT: $17

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Stagg Pour-Over System

Perhaps you’ve already got one of Fellow’s Stagg Pour-Over Kettles. If your dripper isn’t up to par to your kettle, though, check out the Stagg Pour-Over System. It starts with a dripper that’s vacuum insulated for improved heat retention while brewing, features drainage that won’t clog for consistent drip times, and has a steep slope to boost extraction. Drip it straight into the included double-walled borosilicate carafe and pour into the two tasting glasses, also borosilicate and also double walled. And if you’re getting started in the pour-over game and can’t get quite so perfect results, simply match the markings in the dripper and carafe to get your coffee-to-water ratio right every time.

Learn more at Fellow – $107

GET IT: $107

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La Colombe Triple Draft Latte

No, La Colombe’s Triple Draft Latte isn’t just a hot latte that’s been cooled and sealed in a can. It starts with cold-pressed espresso from specialty beans that’s mixed with lactose-free milk and sealed in a special Innovalve can. Crack the latter open and pressurized gas froths the melange nicely, producing a rich foam that’s worthy of the product of an actual café — and certainly far from what you’d expect of a drink coming out of your fridge. The new Triple Draft flavor packs in three shots of espresso for a more vibrant buzz, though other tasty and less caffeinated flavors include Vanilla and the original Draft Latte.

Learn more at La Colombe – $10 for four

GET IT: $10

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Sudden Coffee

If you can avoid instant coffee, good for you. To be fair, it still does a fair job of caffeinating, but we’d occasionally like something a little better than the standard swill. And Sudden Coffee is just that. Instead of tasting like garbage, Sudden Coffee is made from actually quality single-origin coffee beans that are roasted in tiny batches before being ground into instant powder via a top secret process likely to be in part revealed over time on their Instagram. Just add the contents of one conveniently-sized tube to a cup of hot water or hot/cold milk and stir it in well before enjoying. We’d expect no less from its creator, two-time Finnish Barista Champion Kalle Freese who also ranked 9th best barista in the world last year.

Learn more at Sudden Coffee – 8 for $24+ [image credit: Justin Kaneps]

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BeanPlus Cold Drip Coffee Brewer

Drinking cold brew on a hot summer day is a sheer necessity. But while it’s technically easy to make, most methods are the instant coffee equivalent of the real thing. The BeanPlus Cold Drip Coffee Brewer does it right, employing a slow dripping dutch coffee brewing method that results in smooth, flavorful coffee that’s less acidic and is ready in far less time (at about 4 hours) than tea bag-style cold brewing. A non-clogging drip mechanism is adjustable thanks to a slow drip valve that twists to set the optimal drip speed over ground coffee, which then slowly drips into the carafe as it makes its way through the grind. The carafe itself is made of reinforced glass, helping to store your flavorful coffee extract thanks to a sealing lid, and all parts disassemble for cleaning — even going in the dishwasher if you’re feeling lazy.

Hit up Indiegogo to learn more – $44+

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Grady’s Pour & Store Pouch

The summer heat is here to stay for a while, and hot coffee isn’t helping matters much. Grady’s Pour & Store Pouch lets you continue caffeinating but with refreshing cold brew instead of piping hot joe, and makes the brewing process exceedingly easy. Each pouch comes with twelve 2oz Bean Bags filled with ground coffee, chicory, and spices that need to simply soak overnight in cold water. The next morning chuck or compost the bean bag and keep the remaining three servings of cold brew, which stays fresh for two long weeks in a fridge. When you need some energy drink it straight, mix one part with an equal part milk, or splash in a little vodka to balance the buzz.

Learn more at Grady’s Cold Brew – $30