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Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy

For a holiday party gift, Twinkie Chan crocheted this frustrated octopus cozy. Why is he grumpy? He probably hasn’t drunk enough coffee from his cup yet. Link -via That’s Nerdalicious!

Up Balloon Table Defies Gravity

Christopher Duffy’s UP Coffee Table appears to be suspended in midair by helium-filled balloons. But the structural support actually comes from steel rods shaped like balloon strings. Duffy is making a total of twenty tables, priced at £5,800 ($9345 USD) each. Link -via OhGizmo!

Elephant-Poop Coffee Goes for $50 a Cup

If the infamous civet-poop coffee is too mainstream for your caffeine-intake needs, good news is here from the hills of Thailand, where a small herd of elephants are in full-time production of Black Ivory Coffee, the latest in weird gourmet food and drink. From Newser: Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the [...]

The Physics of Coffee Rings

(YouTube link) This video shows us the strangely fascinating process behind the formation of coffee rings on a surface. As the water evaporates, the solid particles of coffee rush to the edges of the spill. The research was done by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Because we all know that scientists are [...]

Coffee Chair

Sometimes simple is best. Korean designer Sunhan Kwon created a clever "Coffee Chair" that’ll fit perfectly in your favorite local cafe: Link – via designboom

Handsome Coffee Roasters

(YouTube link) The Apple Sisters meet the Handsome Coffee Roasters in this flirty retro musical ad. It sure makes me want a “hot” cup of coffee! -via Daily of the Day

Perk Up: It’s International Coffee Day!

Look sharp, java monsters. It’s joe’s big day! While the holiday’s origins are a little murky, we do know that an annual bean-themed event began in Japan in 1983 and has since spread to at least 16 countries that import or export the globe’s favorite hot beverage. The holiday falls on various dates around the [...]

How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee Beans?

There are a number of ways to cut the eye-opening power of a cup of joe, but the methods are basically pretty similar. First, processors use water or steam to swell the green beans, then they extract the caffeine using a solvent. Water, ethyl acetate, methylene chloride, or highly pressurized carbon dioxide strip the caffeine [...]

The Starbucks Diet

Losing weight may be as simple as going to your neighborhood coffee shop. At least, that’s what worked for Christine Hall, who lost nearly 80 pounds by eating only Starbucks food: A law librarian with [...]

Modern Freaks

From Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man, here is Modern Freaks: Link – via Laughing Squid. I dare say I’ve actually had/met 5 out of the 7 listed. How ’bout you?