This Three-in-One Coffee Maker Lets You Make Cold Brew, French Press, and Pour-Over Java

UncommonGoods
UncommonGoods

There are so many ways to enjoy a cup of coffee—you can go for the standard hot cup on a cold day, some slow-brewed French press on a lazy weekend, or an iced brew as the temperatures outside start to rise. But buying all the different machines and contraptions necessary for all those varieties is costly, and worse, they take up a lot of precious counter space.

This three-in-one coffee maker from UncommonGoods ($140) is here to solve that by providing the necessary tools to make cold brew, French press, and pour-over coffee all in one pitcher. And you don't need to be a seasoned barista to get your brew exactly how you want it, either.

For pour-over coffee, simply put the dripper in the carafe, add a filter (standard 8–12 cup filters work) and your favorite ground coffee beans, and pour hot water over the beans. Preparing pour-over coffee gives you a lot of control over its strength and taste. While you may need to brew a few batches to figure out the ratio you like, Counter Culture Coffee recommends 1 tablespoon of coffee for every 4 ounces of water.

If you’re in the mood for French press coffee, simply fill the pitcher with your preferred ground beans and water that's just below boiling (2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water) and let it sit for four to six minutes. Once the time comes, use the cork plunger to push the grounds to the bottom and pour the coffee into your cup. 

For cold brew, just add coarsely ground coffee beans and water to the pitcher (same ratio as French press) and let it sit in the fridge overnight (10-12 hours). In the morning, push the French press plunger down on the whole thing to filter the grinds out and pour yourself a cup. The pitcher’s double insulation will help keep your cold brew, and other beverages, nice and chilly.

While this three-in-one maker may seem like a costly investment, making your coffee at home can help you save a lot of money. Business Insider estimates that the average person spends $1–$5 a cup at a coffee shop, whereas it normally costs you between 16–18 cents to make your coffee at home. Now think about how often you get coffee out, and you'll see how much this can save you every year. 

Still working on making the perfect brew? Check out these 11 tips on how to make better coffee at home.

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Put Shakespeare's Best Insults On a Poster, Coffee Mug, or Even Some Bandages

Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Curious Charts Commission/Three Rivers Press/Amazon

If you’ve ever struggled to find the words to describe how angry or frustrated someone is making you, perhaps William Shakespeare, iconic writer and master of insults, can help.

Adorned with 100 insults from the Bard's many works, this poster from Curious Charts Commission (Amazon, $25) is the perfect reference piece to hang in your home or office for when you're struggling to think of the perfect takedown for anyone who crosses you. To help you get started, the 18-inch-by-24-inch poster is broken up into sections that include food and drink; types of individuals; inanimate objects; bodily qualities; creatures; and—of course—personal attributes and traits. Once you’ve decided the optimal route to take, you have a wide array of put-downs to choose from, ranging from “Were I like thee, I’d throw away myself,” to slightly simpler ones like, “You egg!”

The only drawback to the poster is that you can't take it everywhere with you. But the 14-ounce Shakespeare insults mug ($16), on the other hand, is the perfect choice for snark on the go. So next time a chatty co-worker tries to tell you about their weekend before you've even had your Monday morning coffee, you can simply look up and call them the "anointed sovereign of sighs and groans."

A mug decorated with Shakespeare insults.
Shakespeare insult mug from Unemployed Philosopher's Guild.
Unemployed Philosopher's Guild/Amazon

If, after all that, you’re still struggling to find the words, Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit ($12), a book of 5000 slights pulled from 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, can be of assistance. Or, you can help heal a physical wound by dishing out an emotional one with these Shakespearean insult bandages ($6). You get 15 in a pack, and each box comes with a prize inside. 

Shakespeare Insult Bandages.
Shakespeare insult bandages found on Amazon.
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Beyond a repertoire of insults, Shakespeare also coined many words we still use today. Check out the full list here.

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These Eco-Friendly Bags Are Organic and Break Down in 18 Months or Less

A-Zero
A-Zero

If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics in your life, then reach for these fully compostable organic bags.

The A-Zero bags (which are available on Kickstarter here) may look a lot like their plastic counterparts, but they’re actually made from vegetable starch. According to the campaign, these totes are 100 percent organic, are harmless to nature, and can break down in a matter of 18 months—unlike plastic bags, which take hundreds of years. Each bag also features unique designs created by different artists from all over the world.

When it comes to sizes, you have a few different options. The smallest bag, ideal for snacks and sandwiches, is leak-proof and freezer-friendly, and can even be used in the microwave. A-Zero also makes leak-proof trash bags, grocery bags that can hold up to 18 pounds of food, and a refillable bag dispenser that can hold 20 or more grocery bags and can clip onto a backpack or purse.

You might be thinking that you already have a reusable tote at home, but unfortunately, these also have a detrimental effects on the environment. A 2011 British government study [PDF] estimated that with all the water and energy it takes to create a cotton bag, each one has a carbon footprint of 598.6 pounds of CO2, compared to a plastic bag’s 3.48 pounds.

With $22,522 raised, A-Zero bags already surpassed its original $8000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own eco-friendly bags by heading here. Pledge tiers start at $29, and the campaign will be live until April 11.

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