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Velopresso – Coffee Cart On Wheels

If you’re going to spend a lot on fancy coffee, you should at least get that coffee in a fun and/or interesting way.

Enter: The Velopresso

Velopresso

The Velopresso is a coffee cart on wheels, designed to stay off the grid while enabling a single barista to run the entire operation. The cart itself was designed from the ground up around a custom rear-steer tricycle, a unique pedal-driven grinder, and a robust gas-fired lever espresso machine. The result is a fusion of human power, sensory pleasures and technology – old tech meets new tech, pedal power meets caffeine power, and engineering meets aesthetics.

And since there’s no motors to run or electricity needed, the Velopress doesn’t make a lot of noise, meaning you can have your coffee in relative silence as you enjoy the scenery around you.

If you’re interested in buying your own Velopresso, they’re taking pre-orders in early Summer of 2013, though the company is based out of the UK, so you may need to factor in some shipping if your coffee dreams take you elsewhere.

[The Velopresso]

…Kotaku loves energy drinks?

Pure Energy DrinksThe game loving guys over at Kotaku decided to take on the challenge of comparing energy drinks to see what would take top spot in terms of pure energy as well as taste.

In addition, they also examine the common ingredients in these bottles of liquid fuel, and a bit of history for the buff inside every one of us.

If you’re a caffeine fiend, or if you’re just looking to start a new habit, then definitely check it out, as nothing beats the surge or the crash and burn of energy in a can.

[Kotaku – Pure Energy: A Critical Look At Energy Drinks]

…Soda flavored candies look tasty?

Brach’s Soda Poppers

If you’ve been looking for a new way to get your soda fix, then check out Brach’s Soda Poppers.

Featuring four officially licensed flavors (A&W Root Beer, Dr. Pepper, Crush, and 7-Up) they have a hard candy outside and a “firm goo center”.

Now if only they’d find a way to fill these with caffeine…

[Candy Blog – Brach’s Soda Poppers]

…Caffeine can help you nap better?

Caffeine Nap

If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, try taking a caffeine nap.

Here’s how:

  1. Right before you crash, down a cup of java. The caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, giving you time to nap before it kicks in.
  2. Close your eyes and relax. Even if you only doze, you’ll get what’s known as effective microsleep, or momentary lapses of wakefulness.
  3. Limit your nap to 15 minutes. A half hour can lead to sleep inertia, or the spinning down of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which handles functions like judgment. This gray matter can take 30 minutes to reboot.

[Wired – Cheat On The Need To Sleep]

[Via: Lifehacker]

…Your Starbucks coffee comes with music?

Apple - iTunes - Starbucks

To get folks to try out the new Starbucks-Apple iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, Apple will be giving away $50 million in “Song of the Day” cards to coffee customers from October 2 to November 7.

The cards will be good for a hand-picked song from the iTunes library, which might sound limiting, but with artists like Bob Dylan, Joss Stone, Dave Matthews, Bebel Gilberto, John Mayer, KT Tunstall, John Legend, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Keith Urban, Paul McCartney, Sia, Band of Horses, Hilary McRae, Frederico Aubele and Sara Bareilles, it’ll probably be something worth hearing.

It might not pay for the $5 coffee, but at least you get something with your daily caffeine fix.

[Apple – iTunes – Starbucks]

[Via: Apple Insider]