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.
Wax & Wick/Amazon

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.
Uncommon Goods

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.
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $80

Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Uncommon Goods on a white background.
Uncommon Goods

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.
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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.
Coffee Gator/Amazon

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.
Uncommon Goods

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.
Uncommon Goods

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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This All-In-One Tent Can Transform Into a Sleeping Bag, Air Mattress, Hammock, and More

Rawpixel/iStock via Getty Images
Rawpixel/iStock via Getty Images

For an activity that's supposed to get you back to basics, there’s a surprising amount of gear involved in camping. There's the tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, pillows, and plenty of other essentials. All this equipment gets expensive, and just thinking about lugging pounds of gear on your back into the woods might squash your desire to camp before you even hit the trail. But the Crua Modus, a 6-in-1 camping system, takes all of those essentials and crams them into one convenient pack.

Made by Crua Outdoors, the Modus already raised over $177,000 on Kickstarter in under two hours, crushing its original $20,000 goal. But you can still back this product until January 9, 2020. Pledges start at $199, and “early bird” backers will receive the Crua Modus for $329—40 percent off the regular retail value.

The Modus is broken down into parts:

  • The Footprint: This waterproof tarp offers your tent extra protection against damp ground. And it also functions as a place to sit, so you stay clean and dry.
  • The Base: This self-inflating air mattress and pillow is insulated with a waterproof base. It also comes with a zip-on quilt, which, according to the company, is beneficial, because “when you sleep on a traditional sleeping bag, you are crushing the very fibers that are supposed to be insulating you, making them useless.”
  • The Inflatable Poles and Bug Mesh: The bug mesh attaches to the air mattress and is supported by two inflatable poles that blow up quickly. If it’s a nice summer night, you don’t even need to use the cover, allowing you to look out at the night sky.
  • The Flysheet: This waterproof flysheet has you covered in case your camping trip is hampered by the elements. But it does more than keep you dry during surprise rainstorms; the sheet is also reflective, so you won't overheat on particularly sunny days. And if it’s too cold, reverse the sheet and it will help keep heat inside.
  • The Hammock: Want to take a nap outside? No problem. The flysheet also functions as a hammock. Simply remove it and use the adjustable straps to hang it between two trees.
  • The Picnic Blanket: By night, the quilt keeps you warm, but by day this multi-use blanket can be used for having a picnic or just sitting on the ground. The opposite side is waterproof, so it won’t get wet.

When you’re ready to head home, this tent folds up into a 29.5-inch by 8.5-inch bag that weighs 8.5 pounds. So not only does this make for a light load, but it won’t take up too much space at home.

Now that you’ve got some room your pack, check out these other essentials for tackling the great outdoors. And if you still need a little extra convincing to go camping, check out these scientific benefits of going outside.

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11 Gifts for the Curious Kids in Your Life

The Play Gym by Lovevery
The Play Gym by Lovevery

No matter their age, you want to find gifts that will keep the kids in your life entertained, stimulated, and give them a sense of accomplishment—even during playtime. Luckily, these 11 gifts will do all of that, and will encourage their curiosity to grow.

1. The Play Gym by Lovevery; $140

Baby playset
Lovevery / Amazon

Specially designed by experts to stimulate infants for their first year, this play mat grows with your favorite baby. It has five developmental zones and multiple activities—like teethers, mirrors, and colorful flash cards. And, when baby becomes a toddler, the mat converts into a tent fort for further imaginative play.

Find It: Amazon

2. Real Insect Superpowers Comic Book; $18

Follow the adventures of the Supersonic Assassin, the Malevolent Mimic, and other insect superheroes as they smash, zap, hypnotize, and sting in this 88-page book that's part comic, part nature encyclopedia.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. Droid Inventor Kit; $100

This is definitely the droid you’re looking for. Recommended for kids in grades eight years and up, this customizable robot comes with an app that defines more than 22 missions as well as easy block-based coding activities. And for any Star Wars fans, the Droid makes 20 different sounds, just like from the movies

Find It: Amazon

4. Solar System Chalk; $40

Solar system chalk
Uncommon Goods

This nine-piece chalk set features all the planets in the solar system, along with Pluto. Each piece has multiple colors, which represent the planets' cores, layers, and crusts. And for each set sold, $2 will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support autism research.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. Jr. NASA Rocket Scientist Lab Coat; $20

Jr. NASA coat
Aeromax / Amazon

Get kids excited about science early with this lab coat, which comes in sizes for boys and girls. Alongside three pockets, the jacket also has the NASA logo and the words “Rocket Scientist.” When your astronaut-in-training is done playing, the coat can be tossed in the washing machine.

Find It: Amazon

6. 3Doodler 3D Pen Set; $50

This wireless pen allows kids to freestyle draw in the air—the eco-plastic filament cools in place quickly, giving kids plenty of practice with spatial reasoning without the costs of a full 3D printer.

Find It: Amazon

7. Giant Coloring Poster; $19

Giant coloring poster
O'Kroshka / Amazon

If your kid is going to color on the wall, you may as well give them a designated place to do so. Children can use pencils, markers, and paints on this 33''x 45'' poster that depicts all types of animals in a zoo. This gift will not only encourage creative expression, but it can also help kids work on their motor skills.

Find It: Amazon

8. Root-Vue Farm; $39

A little girl poses behind the Root Vue farm
Young Explorers

Whether they join FFA or not, kids can get a head start on understanding horticulture with this indoor garden system. Plant the included seeds—for carrots, radishes, and onions—and watch them obsess over the underground view of their harvest.

Find It: Amazon

9. Geosafari Jr. Kidnoculars; $9

Kid-proof and specially designed for tiny hands and faces, these binoculars can help preschoolers get to know the world around them. Play a game like “I Spy” and have them find squirrels in trees, clouds in the sky, or all those Cheerios they spilled behind their bed.

Find It: Amazon

10. Dimpl Baby and Toddler Learning Toy; $13

This brightly colored sensory toy holds a young one's attention with 100% food-grade silicone bubbles they can press and poke—perfect for keeping kids occupied in a stroller or car.

Find It: Target

11. Otamatone; $30

The face on this highly kawaii ribbon synthesizer is made of rubber, and by manipulating it with one hand you can make cool sounds (the other hand controls the pitch along the ribbon controller). With a bit of practice, you can even play real music—check out this entertaining cover of "Take On Me."

Find It: Amazon

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