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Ripple Maker 3D printer makes coffee foam works of art

Ripple Maker 3D printer makes coffee foam works of art

A new bit of coffee tech may one day make it to your favorite coffee shop to bring a bit of caffeine and art to your morning cup of Joe. A new coffee machine has surfaced that takes advantage of 3D printing tech to make works of art in the foam at the top of a cup of coffee. The printer is called the Ripple Maker and it uses birth 3D printing and inkjet tech.

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Java, java! Three coffee makers to fuel your day

Java, java! Three coffee makers to fuel your day

Life is busy business and coffee is the fuel upon which it runs (for many of us, anyway). Coffee shops have their place, but discerning coffee drinkers know making their own cuppa is the best way to make sure it tastes just right...and that there's enough for a second or third cup when needed. Coffee makers are nothing new, but the three we've detailed are -- and they're smart, too, able to accommodate your tech-filled life. Fancy a cup? Read on.

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Fresh Coffee Jar auto-orders more coffee when low

Fresh Coffee Jar auto-orders more coffee when low

Coffee is coffee. You either love or hate it, and if you’re like most people, your feelings probably skew towards fondness. There’s never a cause to be out of coffee, necessarily — there are always cafes, of course, but if you prefer to brew your own cup, discovering you’re out of fresh coffee beans sets the mood for a disappointing day. Enter the ‘Fresh Coffee Jar’, which is a smart coffee jar that works to ensure you never run out of fresh coffee. When the level gets low, the jar detects that you need more and automatically orders some.

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Keurig is bringing back ‘My K-Cups’ later this year

Keurig is bringing back ‘My K-Cups’ later this year

Keurig’s K-Cups are a strange phenomenon in tech and coffee. Reviled by their creator, their DRM circumvented by creative coffee lovers, K-Cups stand as a necessary evil for many. Keurig’s reasoning for DRM K-Cups was control; they wanted to control the hardware, content, and output. As consumers grow weary of the games Keurig plays, sales are starting to take a hit (always the surest sign a company will re-position themselves). In their most recent earnings call, Keurig CEO says a fan favorite, refillable K-Cups, are coming back.

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La Marzocco Linea Mini embraces coffee geek mainstream (sorta)

La Marzocco Linea Mini embraces coffee geek mainstream (sorta)

La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with the arrival of the new La Marzocco Linea Mini, but it will bring the famous nameplate (and some of its most appealing qualities) within reach of a broader enthusiast audience. Distilling the style of the classic Linea - mainstay of many a coffee shop - not to mention its consistency and ease of use into a version scaled and suited to the domestic kitchen, the Linea Mini may still carry an eye-watering price tag but it's potentially a breakthrough in mainstream coffee geekery.

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Starbucks in-app ordering expands, now covers entire PNW

Starbucks in-app ordering expands, now covers entire PNW

Starbuck’s in-app ordering is great for when you’re on-the-go and need to be caffeinated in a pinch. Limited to Portland for a beta trial, the in-app coffee ordering has now rolled out to more of the Pacific Northwest, and includes Starbucks’ home, Seattle. Starbucks says more than 650 locations will now have access to the in-app ordering, which lets users order, customize, pay in the Starbucks app ahead of picking their coffee up at a retail store of their choosing.

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Even the inventor of K-Cups regrets his coffee mistake

Even the inventor of K-Cups regrets his coffee mistake

Pod coffee has proved controversial for its taste and its ecological impact, and no single-serve option has been more contentious than Keurig's K-Cups. On the one hand there's the convenience: drop in a pod, hit the button, and seconds later be drinking hot coffee. On the other, though, there are questions around freshness, the poor recyclability of pods, and - particularly in Keurig's case - the use of patents and DRM to lock consumers to a single brand. Turns out, even the guy who created K-Cups in the first place now regrets it.

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‘Freedom Clip’ gets you past Keurig’s K-Cup rules

‘Freedom Clip’ gets you past Keurig’s K-Cup rules

If you’ve recently purchased a Keurig coffee machine, you know that many third-party pods won’t work in your machine. Protected by DRM, Keurig tamped the cottage industry that popped up around their machines with their latest kit, to the dismay of just about everyone. A new add-on might get you around Keurig’s rules, though. The Freedom Clip snaps into your existing Keurig, and allows for those now-bootleg K-Cups to be used in your new Keurig machine.

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GE Café Series French Door fridge includes integrated Keurig coffee maker

GE Café Series French Door fridge includes integrated Keurig coffee maker

Coffee is a morning staple for many, and there are a few different ways you can get it. There are french presses and pour over contraptions for the discerning bunch among us, and there are drip brewers with nearly every function and design imaginable. Also popular are Keurig makers, which use K-cups and are exceptionally fast ways to get a cup. Speeding that latter process up just a bit more is GE's new Cafe Series French Door fridge, which features an integrated Keurig coffee maker in the door.

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ZPM drops automated coffee & Kickstarter backers

ZPM drops automated coffee & Kickstarter backers

ZPM’s PID-controlled espresso machine sounded too good to be true. Billed as “a home espresso machine that provides commercial quality temperature and pressure consistency at an affordable price”, the Kickstarter easily blasted through their $20,000 goal on the way to just under $370,000 in funding. That was three years ago, almost to the day. As backers waited, the company dragged their heels on delivery. Via an update to backers, we learn they’re ditching the product altogether, and won’t be issuing refunds.

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