It’s one of the most popular beverages in the world, and many of us rely on it to stay awake every day. But not every cup of coffee is created equal. From the bean to the brew, science can help you get the perfect cup. This week, Reactions goes on a quest for better coffee through chemistry
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Hipster Sound is an online soundtrack that plays ambient coffee shop noises to help anyone used to working in a coffee shop stay focused and help productivity. Users can select from “Busy Cafe,” “Cafés de Paris,” or “Quiet Resto” to hear familiar chatter, sipping, and clinking of mugs.
image via Hipster Sound
Caffeine. It makes us light up. It excites us. The thought of that first cup of coffee can really get us moving in the morning, literally and figuratively.
Much as caffeine particles pass into our bloodstream and make us bounce off walls, so, too, the particles from solar winds pass through the Earth’s magnetosphere near the poles and share energy, causing a spectacular display in the upper atmosphere. When these particles collide with oxygen in particular at lower altitudes (up to 150 miles), the photon released appears green or yellow, giving a similar light show as to the one captured on this mug when you fill it with warm liquid.
image with ThinkGeek
NYU Gallatin professor Louise Harpman and her business partner Scott Specht of Specht Architects have worked together to compile one of the world’s largest collection of disposable plastic coffee lids. In the informative video from New York University, Harpman talks about a few of her favorite coffee lids from over 550 that she and Specht scavenged over the years. Louise and Scott go into even more detail with their in-depth analysis for CABINET where they explore some of the challenges coffee lid designers run into and how they overcome them.
images via Louise Harpman
PostCups are an adorable collection of postcards, created by designers Ink Julep and Jenn Perng, that are only completed when you stain them with a coffee ring. The packs of seven different postcards (Bicycle, Boy and Balloon, Cat, Ferris Wheel, Panda, Planet, Snowman) are available to purchase on Etsy.
Can’t go without coffee?
We’ve bean there.
That’s why we brewed up PostCups.
Seven postcards that only come to life after a cuppa.
(Much like you on Monday mornings.)
Each card is a coaster* for your java.
With a drawing you complete with coffee stains.
So you can espresso self in a greeting.
And make someone special smile latte.
What are you waiting for?
Give it a (double) shot.
images via PostCups2016
Gear Patrol takes a look at the various types of disposable coffee cup designs found in New York City.
By and large, New York City is not the place where people “stay” for coffee. They drink it in transit, in subway cars and yellow cabs; and even when stationed at their office desks, New Yorkers are partial to the disposable cup.
via Coudal Partners
Footage taken with a thermal imaging camera by Scott Sorensen captured his process of preparing coffee, toast, and an omelet for breakfast. He also filmed himself doing the dishes afterwards.
The Coffee Drip Printer by Ted Kinsman is a printer that creates images with small drops of coffee or other liquids. The device was developed by Kinsman at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Kinsman claims that, “This machine prints with and on anything.”
photos via Ted Kinsman