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


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


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


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]


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+


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


Pascal Press Coffee Maker

At first glance, the Pascal Press looks like a standard portable French press. But that’s until you take it apart and use it. Instead of using a simple plunger to compress grinds down to the base of a single chamber, Pascal Press is more of a hybrid mix of a French press, moka pot and aeropress: pour in the grinds as you normally would a french press, then the boiling water, and wait a minute. After, press the inner chamber down over the outer one to use air pressure and force the coffee — and only the coffee — through a 200 micron stainless steel filter and up a flow tube into the cup, from which you can drink right out of with no risk of over-extraction. It’s also double wall insulated to stay hot longer, completely leak proof, and brews quickly in about a minute.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $35


Go Cubes Chewable Coffee

Make no mistake: we’re not about to cut our coffee consumption down in the least. But where brewing up a fresh cup could be impractical, Go Cubes Chewable Coffee can conveniently caffeinate in an instant. Each of these chewy cubes is a nootropic stack containing 50mg of caffeine alongside 100mg of L-theanine, a few B vitamins, and other ingredients to boost mental acuity and diminish the effects of lack of sleep. They’ll give you the kick coffee delivers without the jitters and come in three flavors: mocha, pure drip, and latte.

Learn more at Amazon or Nootrobox – $59 for 80 cubes


Get It Right Voltaire Coffee Grinder

At the basics, making good coffee requires a grinder as good as your coffee machine, not to mention fresh beans. And the Get It Right Voltaire Coffee Grinder nails the grinder part. Conical ceramic burrs lie at the center of the machine, adjustable with a stepless adjustment collar that lets you fine tune your grain to obsessive precision. A high performance LiFePO4 battery keeps it grinding for over 3lbs total of beans per charge, cutting the cable. Also included are niceties such as an anti-static catch that’s illuminated by nine LEDs, an easy-t0-clean hopper, a digital timer, and a direct bean drop that minimizes heat buildup to protect the intended flavor. And for an extra fifty bones the device includes a sensing platform to measure a variety of bean metrics including volatile compound release, humidity, volume, and more that, in combination with roast date, style, and variety, can finally tell you how fresh your beans really are.

Find it at Kickstarter – $180+


Collected Coffee

Good coffee isn’t hard to come by. Only problem is you’re only exposed to the brands your local coffee joints feature, usually unchanging, for long periods of time. Collected Coffee offers an alternative to retail by bringing you 250 gram bags of whole beans from famed roasters around the world, exploring and taste testing various coffees using several brewing methods. When one makes the cut and is featured, the bags are sealed and shipped quickly to get them to you while they’re fresh.

Learn more at Collected Coffee – $25


The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

Properly waking up takes more than a ringing chime on a phone. The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock instead wakes you up with the sounds and smells of brewing coffee at your bedside along with, most importantly, caffeination. Load it with grinds, water, and a bit of milk in a vessel — which is cooled and thus kept fresh overnight by a Peltier cooler — and go to bed. In the morning at the set time the Barisieur starts boiling the water, forcing it up and out over the grinds and stainless steel filter to brew a quick cup. Your milk is ready to go as is sugar if desired, the latter kept within a sealed drawer on the right side of the device alongside spare coffee. It’s easy to use and even to clean, with the whole walnut tray coming off to carry all washable parts to the kitchen.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $390