The Best Coffee Products to Buy for International Coffee Day


There’s no such thing as too much coffee. Ahead of International Coffee Day on September 29, here are the java products we’re stocking up on.

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System; $230

The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee System on a countertop surrounded by beverages.

It’s no secret that we love this coffee maker: It makes both hot and cold brewed coffee and tea, and it’s equipped with a frother, so you can make lattes and cappuccinos. It’s basically like having a barista in your kitchen.

Buy it: Amazon

Coffee Lip Balm; $15.50

Hurraw! Lip balm in three flavors: Green tea, chai spice, and coffee.

This lip balm is perfect for those times when you want the taste of coffee without the caffeine. This set of three also has chai spice and green tea flavors.

Buy it: Amazon

Vietnamese Coffee Portable Pour-Overs; $15

Vietnamese Coffee Pourovers
Uncommon Goods

Vietnamese coffee and sweetened condensed milk combine to create pure deliciousness—and now, you can make it easily with this kit created by Debbie Wei Mullin. Simply put the paper pouch in your mug and pour hot water over it three to five times; next, add condensed milk … and enjoy. If Vietnamese coffee isn’t your thing, try a lavender latte kit instead.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

Espresso Candle; $30

A 100 percent soy espresso candle from Wax & Wick on a white background.
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These wood-wicked soy candles throw off a subtle espresso scent for up to 60 hours.

Buy it: Amazon

Coffee Maple Syrup; $14

A black bottle of coffee maple syrup on a white background.
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Coffee and maple syrup are delicious separately—and even more delicious combined. Take your brunch to the next level with this sweet treat, which is handmade in Brooklyn.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

Reusable K-Cups; $11

Pink reusable k-cups stacked in a pyramid on a white background.

K-cups are clogging up landfills, and they’re pretty pricey. Once you’ve reused all your disposal K-cups, consider purchasing these reusable ones. The environment (and your wallet) will thank you.

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Reusable Coffee Cup Covers; $12

Black, pink, and teal reusable silicone lids.
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While you’re cutting down on your coffee-related waste, forgo the plastic coffee lid and buy one of these silicone tops, which come in pink, teal, and charcoal.

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Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $80

Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Uncommon Goods on a white background.
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If cold brew is the only kind of coffee for you—it’s less acidic and bitter than coffee made with hot water—this slow-drip brewer might be the only coffee device you need: It can make up to 20 ounces in four hours and the coffee will last up to two weeks.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub; $15

A brown tube of Purlisse's Coffee Body Scrub on a white background.

Get that perfect spa experience and a coffee fix in your very own bathroom with this coffee scrub, which is made with real coffee beans and coconut butter to gently exfoliate and moisturize. Consider pairing the scrub with the body butter for that one-two coffee punch.

Buy it: Purlisse

Coffee Beans for a Better World; $20

Kenyan Coffee Beans on a white background with boxes featuring artwork.
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Get your coffee fix while supporting a good cause. Buying these 100 percent Kenyan coffee beans—which, according to the description, have “rich burgundy undertones and citrus notes”—support female artisans and schoolkids in Kisii. Plus, each 1-pound bag comes with a handmade piece of art on dried banana tree bark.

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Scratch and Sniff Coffee Bean Stickers; $6

Stickers of coffee cups and bags of coffee beans that say "java."
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Get that freshly brewed cup of joe smell anytime, anywhere with these cute coffee-scented stickers.

Buy it: Amazon

Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Container; $26

Navy blue stainless steel Coffee Gator canister on white background.
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The special valves on these canisters keep coffee beans fresh by releasing the CO2 generated by the beans while simultaneously locking out oxygen. The large-size can hold 1.1 pounds of whole beans and a pound of grounds. On the lid is a calendar wheel so you can set the purchase or expiration date—the better to reduce waste—and it comes with a measuring spoon.

Buy it: Amazon

OXO Coffee Grinder; $100

OXO's black and steel coffee grinder on a white background.

The conical burrs on this grinder ensure a uniform grind—plus, it has 15 settings so you can get the grind that suits your preferences. One ex-barista reviewer says that it creates a “high quality, consistent grind” and that “the ability to clean the grinder is taken into account in the construction. No need to delicately deconstruct the whole thing and keep track of a bunch of itty bitty screws and springs. The top part of the grinder and the top burr simply turn-and-lift out, and then turn-and-lock back into place. So nice.”

Buy it: Amazon

Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker; $20

A glass pour over coffee maker from Target.
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It’s not a Chemex, but this 6-cup pour-over coffee maker from Target’s Made by Design is highly rated—and it’s roughly half the price. Its hourglass shape and grip make it easy to hold, and it comes with a metal mesh filter, paper filters, and a scoop. As one reviewer notes, “The instructions make a fairly strong coffee so be forewarned. It does require more time, patience, and care. Hand washing, etc. Sometimes, it's worth it.”

Buy it: Target

Cold Brew Face Mask; $3-$12

The Creme Shop's Cold Brew Face Mask
The Creme Shop

Give your skin a little caffeine boost with this sheet mask, which is infused with coffee extract. A single mask will run $3, but you can get a pack of four, and get one free, for $12.

Buy it: Creme Shop

Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Carafe; $40

The stainless steel cold brew coffee maker and carafe.
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This device doesn’t just make your cold brew—it’s also a carafe that keeps your coffee cold for a solid day. Once the coffee is brewed—which requires 12 to 14 hours—you simply press the button, which fills the carafe; add milk or sugar if you’d like, then pop on the leak-proof lid and hit the road.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

Literary Mugs; $16

Literary mugs featuring the writers Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, the Bronte Sisters, and Jane Austen.
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You’ve got all this delicious coffee—now, you need something to drink it from. These literary mugs—featuring the likenesses of the Brontë sisters, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and Lewis Carroll—are microwave- and dishwasher-safe and cute to boot.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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8 New Skills You Can Learn at Home

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Ridofranz/ iStock via Getty Images Plus

Whether you're looking to give your career a boost or simply want to enrich your life a bit, the easiest place to start is by learning a new skill. And with the recent boom in online courses, it's never been easier to add a new line to your resume without even leaving your home. Check out these convenient courses you can take from Rosetta Stone, Udemy, Coursera, and edX.

1. The Science of Well-Being; $49/month

Taught by Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos, this course is all about building up productive habits that can lead to positive changes in life, while pointing out the self-sabotaging thoughts that can sometimes get in the way. By learning about the science behind how we perceive happiness and our own well-being, this course aims to build a better, more informed mindset to help you reach your goals. The individual courses are technically free, but if you want a certificate at the end, you'll have to pay for Coursera's $49-per-month plan.

Buy it: Coursera

2. Writing Short Stories: The Essential Guide; $19-$95

Writing a short story is about more than just coming up with a plot and some characters—if you want to sell it, you need to understand the literary marketplace and how to properly pitch to an editor. The on-demand videos and downloadable resources offered by this course guide you through writing fundamentals like tone, tense, and proper endings, as well as the realities of the business, such as payments and, perhaps most importantly, dealing with rejection.

Buy it: Udemy

3. Complete Guitar System: Beginner to Advanced; $30-$200

This course is led by Erich Andreas, who has over 30 years of experience teaching guitar lessons. The class features over 300 lectures, 34 hours of video, and over 100 downloadable resources to help you learn step-by-step methods for mastering chords, songs, scales, and much more.

Buy it: Udemy

4. Introduction to Python Programming; $396

Python is one of the world's most widely used computer programming languages, and this self-paced certification will teach the basics with no experience required. Estimated to take about five months, these classes cover the fundamentals of the Python world, like code writing and revisions. As the classes grow more complex, you'll learn about advanced control structures, data structures, and algorithms. It's the most intense certificate on this list, but with the robust job market available to computer programmers, these skills may prove to be invaluable.

Buy it: edX

5. Learn a New Language; $79-$300

Rosetta Stone's language-learning software allows you to take classes in Spanish, German, Italian, and plenty more, on your own time and on whatever device you want. With interactive exercises, games, and stories to read, this is a great way to take language classes while still keeping your busy work and social schedule intact. The cost varies based on your subscription preference, and you can check out the updated pricing options here.

Buy it: Rosetta Stone

6. Introduction to Self-Determination Theory; $49/month

Like anything else, self-determination is a skill that you can learn and perfect with the right practice. This course will go into the science of motivation and psychological development and explore how both of those aspects are influenced by those around you. From there, you’ll learn how to practically apply self-determination to your education, work, and much more.

Buy it: Coursera

7. G Suite Administrator Fundamentals; $49/month

Google's cloud technology and digital services are becoming a vital tool in business, and with this course, you'll learn how to manage the complete offerings of the company's G Suite, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, and more. But you'll learn more than just how to use each one; this certificate is all about becoming a G Suite administrator for large groups. So you'll learn how to create and delete accounts on custom domains, how to manage those accounts, how to spot potential security breaches, and the best way to use all of these tools for your particular business or project. The course itself is offered by Google, and you can take it at your own pace on whatever device you wish. With four classes total, as well as a hands-on project, the G Suite Administrator Fundamentals certificate should take around a month or so to complete.

Buy it: Coursera

8. Essential Cooking Skills; $19-$45

Cooking at home helps save money and can lead to better nutritional choices, but first, you'll need the right set of skills. In this series of courses, you'll get instructions on culinary foundations, like blanching vegetables, making stock, perfecting an omelet, and more. Once you've built up this body of basic knowledge, you can combine it all to give your homemade dinners a bit more flair.

Buy it: Udemy

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This Card Game Lets You Bring The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest to Your Living Room

What Do You Meme/Amazon
What Do You Meme/Amazon

Each week, The New Yorker releases a cartoon without a caption and calls on readers to submit their ideas. If you’re looking to hone your skills for your next entry, or you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to judge a competition, you can do both in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Game. It’s available now on Amazon for $30.

The game is suitable for three to 20-plus players. To start, the oldest player draws three cartoon cards from the deck of 200 and picks their favorite one. They then place the card on the included easel, covering the actual caption. The players write and hand in their best ideas, and the judge reads them out loud to decide the winner. A new judge will take over at the beginning of the next round, so it won't just be one sense of humor dominating the game.

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Game on Amazon.
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Made by the same company that created What Do You Meme ($30), the game can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Along with the easel and 200 cartoon cards, a complete set comes with 300 pieces of paper to write on, instructions, and six pencils.

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