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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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Make Breakfast for the Family in a Flash With the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker


The number of ways you can eat eggs is limited only by your cooking ability and imagination. Now, thanks to the foolproof Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, even that doesn't have to hold you back, because you'll be able to prepare your eggs exactly how you like them in just minutes—no flipping, stirring, or frying required.

Weighing roughly 1 pound and measuring 7.5 inches across, this egg cooker is the perfect size for a shelf or countertop. Its design accommodates a variety of egg preparations, so if you like your eggs boiled, you can fit up to six of them on the tray at once and cook them until they're soft-boiled, hard-boiled, or somewhere in between. The cooker also features trays for poaching eggs and making omelettes.

Rapid Egg Cooker.

The device comes with a measuring cup showing how much water you need to cook each style of egg, and it buzzes and shuts off automatically when they're done. That way, you can make your perfect breakfast even before you've had your first cup of coffee.

The gadget is super popular with breakfast-lovers. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, and the online retailer lists it as one the most-loved items on the site. You can purchase it on Amazon today for $20.

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