This Portable Coffee Machine Makes Cold Brew in Four Minutes Flat

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If you've ever made cold brew coffee at home, you know that though it's an easy process, it takes a long time. Like, really long. But what if your craving for a refreshing glass of iced coffee wasn’t immediately dashed away by the realization that, if you wanted cold brew, you would’ve had to start making it at least 12 hours ago?

With the G-Presso, you’ll never have to feel that disappointment again. The innovative coffeemaker, available now on Kickstarter, uses a gyro-pressed extraction method to transform your water and coffee grounds into summer’s hottest cold drink in an impressive four minutes flat.

All you have to do is add coffee grounds (a fine grind will create a bold, intense flavor, while a medium grind will give you more mild coffee) and up to five cups of water. Then press the power button on top of the machine and watch the G-Presso work its magic.

Here’s how it does it: The porous container with the coffee grounds inside spins rapidly, while the water above filters through it. The pressure created by the centrifugal force releases the coffee’s full-body sweetness and flavor in a fraction of the time it would take for that process to happen on its own. Your coffee will also be topped with a rich crema, similar to what you see on top of an espresso shot (which you don’t normally get with regular cold brew).

You might think that such a fast-paced, energy-filled process would generate a lot of noise, but the developers at Camfron Co. wanted to make sure they didn’t ruin your tranquil summer mornings (or afternoons) with a buzzsaw-esque whirring, so they created a noise-blocking silicon pad for the G-Presso to sit on.

The G-Presso is powered by three AAA batteries, making it perfect for bringing to a friend’s house, on vacation, or anywhere else you might need a cool, caffeinated pick-me-up but don't have room for a full-on coffee machine. For cold weather or frigid apartments, you can certainly opt for hot coffee instead—just use boiling water.

But you don’t have to limit your choices to cold or hot coffee. The G-Presso comes with a milk whisk that magnetically connects to the detachable control stick from the water container, giving you the ability to froth your way to the latte of your dreams.

Prices for the G-Presso start at $64 (which includes one machine, one extra basket, and 90 grams of ground coffee) for August delivery. You can view additional buying options on Kickstarter.

While you wait for your G-Presso to arrive, check out some other home-brewing coffee hacks here. And if you plan on drinking a lot of cold brew this summer, you may want to invest in a tumbler and reusable straws to make your coffee addiction a little more eco-friendly.

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Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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Why Do We Say ‘Spill the Beans’?

This is a Greek tragedy.
This is a Greek tragedy.
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Though superfans of The Office may claim otherwise, the phrase spill the beans did not originate when Kevin Malone dropped a massive bucket of chili at work during episode 26 of season five. In fact, people supposedly started talking about spilling the beans more than 2000 years ago.

According to Bloomsbury International, one voting method in ancient Greece involved (uncooked) beans. If you were voting yes on a certain matter, you’d place a white bean in the jar; if you were voting no, you’d use your black bean. The jar wasn’t transparent, and since the votes were meant to be kept secret until the final tally, someone who accidentally knocked it over mid-vote was literally spilling the beans—and figuratively spilling the beans about the results.

While we don’t know for sure that the phrase spill the beans really does date all the way back to ancient times, we do know that people have used the word spill to mean “divulge” at least since the 16th century. The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest known reference of it is from a letter written by Spanish chronicler Antonio de Guevara sometime before his death in 1545 (the word spill appears in Edward Hellowes’s 1577 translation of the letter).

Writers started to pair spill with beans during the 20th century. The first known mention is from Thomas K. Holmes’s 1919 novel The Man From Tall Timber: “‘Mother certainly has spilled the beans!’ thought Stafford in vast amusement.”

In short, it’s still a mystery why people decided that beans were an ideal food to describe spilling secrets. As for whether you’re imagining hard, raw beans like the Greeks used or the tender, seasoned beans from Kevin Malone’s ill-fated chili, we’ll leave that up to you.

[h/t Bloomsbury International]