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Verizon lets you send Starbucks via Messages

Verizon lets you send Starbucks via Messages

If you don’t use Verizon Messages, you might want to start. Most of us probably migrate toward other chat services for our needs, even if we have a Verizon phone, but there’s a really good reason to start using Verizon Messages this winter. Especially if you forgot to give a gift, and apologies just aren’t your thing. You can now send Starbucks eGift cards via Verizon Messages to the tune of $5, $10, or $25 to any other Messages user you like.

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Chemex gets lazy with Ottomatic coffee brewer

Chemex gets lazy with Ottomatic coffee brewer

Chemex may normally be one of the more labor-intensive ways of making coffee - not to mention one of the more popular - but lazy caffeine addicts can now automate the process with the Ottomatic maker. The new brewer keeps the hourglass-shaped Chemex flask, but replaces the brewer's hand (and their hot-water kettle) with a heating system and "Greedy Cup" sprayhead, that still takes into account factors like pre-infusion time.

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Espresso finally arrives on the ISS

Espresso finally arrives on the ISS

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoferetti has made it to the International Space Station along with the rest of Expedition 42, but it may be the Italian's luggage that prompts the most excitement on the orbiting research platform. Among the equipment being brought up to the ISS is a special espresso machine, the first designed to work in zero-gravity, dubbed ISSpresso: handiwork of coffee stalwarts Lavazza and aerospace engineering firm Argotec, it needed to work around some significant environmental issues, like the fact that hot espresso couldn't be relied upon to drip down neatly into a cup.

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Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Coffee is a serious matter to a whole lot of people, but what would persuade you to spend upward of $7,000 on an espresso machine? La Marzocco may already have a huge legacy in professional coffee making, but the company's ambitions aren't ending there. Starting with the coveted GS3, it's launching a new degree of customization while simultaneously hoping to connect directly with coffee fans. I caught up with La Marzocco's marketing chief Scott Callender to find out why the historic brand believes it's the right time to make an official play for the kitchen.

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Belkin and Mr. Coffee create WiFi enabled coffee pot

Belkin and Mr. Coffee create WiFi enabled coffee pot

I know a lot of people that can’t function well in the morning until they have a couple cups of coffee in their system. If you are that sort of person, you might want to be able to get that coffee brewing before you ever step foot out of bed in the morning. You could go with the old-fashioned alarm clock style coffee pots that start brewing at a specific time in the morning, but what if you want more control over brewing than having it ready at 6:00.

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Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

A periodic trip to Starbucks is a daily grind for many, but the coffee chain is looking to streamline that with the ability to not only order a drink through its app, but have it delivered too. The service - which will include both drinks and food items - is expected to launch in the second half of 2015, Starbucks confirmed, with chief exec Howard Schultz describing it as "our version of e-commerce on steroids." It's not the first attempt to use the Starbucks app in non-traditional ways, though the heat is on with the company failing to meet investor expectations.

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Could psychic coffee make you use mobile payments?

Could psychic coffee make you use mobile payments?

Mobile payments systems like Apple Pay promise to make your time at the checkout briefer, but what if they could even further accelerate the most important purchases: like that first cup of coffee in the morning? Square's new Square Order system aims to do just that, using a personalized favorites list and geolocation so that cafes and restaurants not only know what you want, but when you'll be stopping by to pick it up so that it can be ready and waiting on the counter.

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Starbucks for Android updates: Shake to Pay and tipping

Starbucks for Android updates: Shake to Pay and tipping

Starbucks aficionados with Android phones could easily have felt left out of the app fun, what with the iPhone version getting all the recent updates, but that's changing today with a new app for Google's OS. Fresh to Google Play today, the new app now supports digital tipping, a feature iPhone users have been taking advantage of since March, as well as Shake to Pay functionality.

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Keurig 2.0 DRM already cracked for coffee freedom

Keurig 2.0 DRM already cracked for coffee freedom

Keurig 2.0, also known as "Keurig tries to lock out rival pod-coffee suppliers by applying DRM to its new machines", has seemingly hit a stumbling block, with the lock-down system apparently already cracked by rival brands. The system, revealed back in May and a feature on Keurig's current range, borrows from the printer ink market in preventing brewers from working with unlicensed pods and instead forcing them to buy Keurig's "approved" supplies.

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Starbucks goes on Gold card kill-spree over age goof

Starbucks goes on Gold card kill-spree over age goof

Starbucks could be facing a number of angry Gold Card holders this morning, with the coffee chain unexpectedly canceling accounts today over birthday confusion. Several Gold-status customers were notified by email that their cards have been deactivated because the Starbucks database lists them as being under the age of thirteen.

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Starbucks order-ahead pilot this year for quicker caffeination

Starbucks order-ahead pilot this year for quicker caffeination

Starbucks is aiming to allow coffee drinkers to order ahead of time, with the cafe chain planning to kick off a pilot scheme later in the year. The trial was announced by Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks, today, and would presumably build upon the company's existing mobile apps.

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La Fenice coffee machine promises groundbreaking brewing

La Fenice coffee machine promises groundbreaking brewing

Coffee and crowdfunding aren't new bedfellows, but an Italian project to rethink the espresso machine, La Fenice, may be the most ambitious we've seen so far. The chrome and wood brewer may look retro at first glance, but it claims to house some seriously new tech - in coffee making terms, anyway - relying on electromagnetic induction to heat water almost instantaneously, give incredible control over its temperature, and even save electricity by avoiding keeping a boiler up to temperature all the time, along with some other sprinklings of geek-appeal.

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