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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The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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This Nifty Potato Chip Bag Hack Is Amazing the Internet

Keep that crispy, crunchy freshness inside the bag—no tools needed.
Keep that crispy, crunchy freshness inside the bag—no tools needed.
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If you don’t have enough chip clips to keep your snack bags shut—or if you have a habit of misplacing them—there’s no shortage of household items you can use instead. Clothespins, binder clips, rubber bands, and ponytail holders all get the job done, and you could even use an especially durable paper clip or bobby pin in a pinch.

But, as many people on the internet just discovered, all you actually need to seal your half-eaten bag of potato chips is the bag itself. Last week, actor and host of Bravo’s Top Chef Padma Lakshmi posted a video on Twitter of her tightly closing a bag of Fritos without any makeshift chip clips.

First you fold the two sides of the bag down as far as they’ll go, so the top of the bag is shaped like a triangle—similar to how you’d wrap a present. Then, roll up the bottom of that triangle a few times until you’ve created a pocket, under which you can tuck the triangle’s point. After that, simply roll the top of the bag down a few times, and you’ve successfully sealed the bag.

At the end of the video, Lakshmi turns the bag upside down and gives it a few shakes to show everyone just how secure it is. She tweeted the hack with the caption “How am I just finding out about this now?” and, considering that the video has been viewed more than 10 million times, it’s safe to say that she’s not the only one who didn’t know about the hack.

Wondering what other life hacks you might be missing out on? Find out how to chill a soda in three minutes, remove scratches on CDs, and more here.

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