This iPhone Case Will Brew You a Cup of Espresso

Mokase
Mokase

Today's smartphones can do just about anything, whether it’s transforming into household object for the visually impaired or testing fertility. But your iPhone can’t help you out with one of the most important of morning rituals: making coffee. But a new phone case supposedly can, according to designboom.

The Italian-made Mokase case allows you to pour a shot of espresso right out of your phone. The case (which does not appear to be a parody) comes with coffee filter inserts, which look like a cross between a K-cup and a Nintendo 64 cartridge. The filters, which are available in three different roasts, fit into the side of the case, and then all you have to do is open the app to start brewing.

A USB-rechargable battery heats up the 0.84 (25 mL) ounces of water inside, spitting out that teeny cup of coffee through a tube that runs up through the top of the phone case in just a few seconds. It also comes with a collapsible cup from which to drink your beverage. In a world of unicorn frappuccinos, this isn't the craziest coffee "innovation" on the table.

A line drawing of the Mokase's inner structure
Mokase

The contraption costs around $55 on Kickstarter, and is scheduled for delivery in September—if the project meets its goal; as of May 8, the Kickstarter has only raised $4200 of its $82,285 goal.

[h/t designboom]

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

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Wikimedia Commons//Public Domain

Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

In this episode of Food History, we're digging into the history of chocolate—from its origins to the chocolate-fueled feud between J.S. Fry & Sons and Cadbury and much, much more. You can watch the full episode below.

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