Save Money on Your Coffee Habit With These 12 At-Home Products


If you’re a coffee aficionado, odds are you’re spending hundreds of dollars (at least) per year getting your caffeine fix—if you always go out to the local café, that is. Whether your drink of choice is a latte, Americano, or plain ol’ piping-hot cup of joe, there are plenty of gadgets out there designed to help you save some serious dough by making your favorites at home. No matter if you prefer your coffee hot or iced (or both), these 12 handy products will help you live your best caffeinated life. Plus, your wallet will thank you.

1. Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $22


This cold brew coffee maker from Takeya has over 11,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it made of durable, shatterproof plastic (read: no more accidental spillage), but it’s also incredibly simple to use. All you have to do is add 14 to 16 tablespoons of your favorite coarsely ground coffee into the filter. Next, pour in some cold water and let it chill in your fridge for up to 36 hours. Then, drink away.

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2. Primula Melrose French Press; $28


This chic French press lets you brew your own barista-style coffee right at home. Enjoy flavorful coffee in just three steps: Remove the plunger and add the desired amount of ground coffee, pour in hot water, and let it brew for around six minutes. Its stainless steel plunger filter allows you to brew smooth and flavorful coffee without the hassle. Pro tip: Add vanilla or cinnamon to your French press for a delightful burst of flavor. You can also use it to brew tea.

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3. Bialetti 6-Cup Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker; $50


You can’t go wrong with the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker, which has been a staple in kitchens since the early 1950s. Brewing your own smooth, velvety espresso has never been easier. Fill it up with water, add in ground coffee, and tightly twist the top to close it. While it comes in 11 colors, we especially love the bright red shade, which adds a perfect pop of color to any kitchen.

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4. Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Grinder; $20

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To make the best cold brew and French press coffee at home, you need to coarsely grind your beans to allow for a slower extraction of flavor. And for just around $20, you can get this Mr. Coffee grinder with a selection of different settings (fine, medium, and coarse) and cup sizes to make the whole process foolproof. Plus, the grinder itself is easy to take apart and clean once you're done.

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5. Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine; $198


While this two-in-one Nespresso machine is a splurge, it’s worth every penny, especially when you calculate how much you spend on takeout espresso every year. The machine also includes a set of 12 capsules (all of which brew smooth, velvety coffee) as well as a handy milk frother. Choose from three cup sizes and enjoy fresh coffee with the touch of a single button.

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6. SAWNZC Diamond Ice Cube Molds; $7


Life is too short for boring ice cubes. Add some sparkle to your basic iced coffee or cold brew with these diamond-shaped cubes. The silicone molds are easy to fill and safe to use. Plus, they’re freezer-, microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe.

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7. CrateJoy Coffee Subscription Services; Prices Vary

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CrateJoy offers dozens of coffee subscription boxes from around the world—from Puerto Rico to Seattle to the UK and everywhere in between. A majority of the boxes (each of which is chock-full of flavors) feature sustainable, artisanal, and single-origin roasts you probably won’t find in your local coffee shop, while others support local charities or specialize in specific drinks like cold brew.

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8. Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $19


Enjoy your iced coffee on the go with this compact, portable cold brew coffee maker. To use, simply fill the filter core halfway with your favorite ground coffee. Next, pour two cups of cold water until the coffee is fully soaked. Then, stir the filter core for around 30 seconds before sealing the pitcher and storing it in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.

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9. Stojo Collapsible Coffee Cup; $20


This reusable, space-saving, and travel-friendly silicone coffee cup from Stojo is great for both hot and cold coffee, so you can take your homemade joe on the road and ignore those café prices altogether. The cup also includes a straw, and it’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe, as well. Additionally, its leak-proof seal prevents any unexpected mess or spillage. Once you finish your cup, just collapse it and store it away in your bag. Choose from an array of colors, like mint green, coral, and black—plus 18 other shades.

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10. Stanley 20-Ounce Coffee Mug; $20


If you want to go for something a little bigger, try Stanley's 20-ounce coffee mug, which is double-insulated to keep iced coffee chilly for up to 20 hours and hot coffee steamy for five hours. And since it's built with stainless steel, this travel mug is perfect to bring your coffee along on long hikes and camping trips.

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11. Aerolatte Milk Frother; $20


This lightweight, stainless-steel milk frother makes it easy to enjoy rich, creamy, and frothy beverages almost anywhere (no electricity required). It can be used in both hot and cold drinks and is great for dairy milk, almond milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or any other non-dairy milk you can think of. To clean, simply hand-wash with soap and water.

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12. Jordan's Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup; $8


You don’t need to go to Starbucks or Dunkin’ to enjoy a delicious pumpkin spice latte. In fact, you can make your own PSL right at home—all year long—with this 25-ounce bottle of pumpkin spice-flavored coffee syrup. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also sugar-, calorie-, and carb-free. Use it all year long in your favorite coffee drinks.

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Mental Floss's Three-Day Sale Includes Deals on Apple AirPods, Sony Wireless Headphones, and More


During this weekend's three-day sale on the Mental Floss Shop, you'll find deep discounts on products like AirPods, Martha Stewart’s bestselling pressure cooker, and more. Check out the best deals below.

1. Apple AirPods Pro; $219


You may not know it by looking at them, but these tiny earbuds by Apple offer HDR sound, 30 hours of noise cancellation, and powerful bass, all through Bluetooth connectivity. These trendy, sleek AirPods will even read your messages and allow you to share your audio with another set of AirPods nearby.

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2. Sony Zx220bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (Open Box - Like New); $35


For the listener who likes a traditional over-the-ear headphone, this set by Sony will give you all the same hands-free calling, extended battery power, and Bluetooth connectivity as their tiny earbud counterparts. They have a swivel folding design to make stashing them easy, a built-in microphone for voice commands and calls, and quality 1.18-inch dome drivers for dynamic sound quality.

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3. Sony Xb650bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones; $46


This Sony headphone model stands out for its extra bass and the 30 hours of battery life you get with each charge. And in between your favorite tracks, you can take hands-free calls and go seamlessly back into the music.

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4. Martha Stewart 8-quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker; $65

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If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying a new pressure cooker, this 8-quart model from Martha Stewart comes with 14 presets, a wire rack, a spoon, and a rice measuring cup to make delicious dinners using just one appliance.

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5. Jashen V18 350w Cordless Vacuum Cleaner; $180


If you're obsessive about cleanliness, it's time to lose the vacuum cord and opt for this untethered model from JASHEN. Touting a 4.3-star rating from Amazon, the JASHEN cordless vacuum features a brushless motor with strong suction, noise optimization, and a convenient wall mount for charging and storage.

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6. Evachill Ev-500 Personal Air Conditioner; $65


This EvaChill personal air conditioner is an eco-friendly way to cool yourself down in any room of the house. You can set it up at your work desk at home, and in just a few minutes, this portable cooling unit can drop the temperature by 59º. All you need to do is fill the water tank and plug in the USB cord.

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7. Gourmia Gcm7800 Brewdini 5-Cup Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $120


The perfect cup of cold brew can take up to 12 hours to prepare, but this Gourmia Cold Brew Coffee Maker can do the job in just a couple of minutes. It has a strong suction that speeds up brew time while preserving flavor in up to five cups of delicious cold brew at a time.

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8. Townew: The World's First Self-Sealing Trash Can; $90


Never deal with handling gross garbage again when you have this smart bin helping you in the kitchen. With one touch, the Townew will seal the full bag for easy removal. Once you grab the neatly sealed bag, the Townew will load in a new clean one on its own.

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9. Light Smart Solar Powered Parking Sensor (Two-Pack); $155


Parking sensors are amazing, but a lot of cars require a high trim to access them. You can easily upgrade your car—and parking skills—with this solar-powered parking sensor. It will give you audio and visual alerts through your phone for the perfect parking job every time.

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10. Liz: The Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle With UV Sterilization; $46


Reusable water bottles are convenient and eco-friendly, but they’re super inconvenient to get inside to clean. This smart water bottle will clean itself with UV sterilization to eliminate 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria. That’s what makes it clean, but the single-tap lid for temperature, hydration reminders, and an anti-leak functionality are what make it smart.

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20 Fall Harvest Words and Their Origins


Thanksgiving originated as a way to celebrate, and enjoy, all the fruits and vegetables harvested this time of year. But the fall harvest doesn’t let word lovers go hungry: it yields a cornucopia of etymological roots as well. Feast on the bounty of these seasonal word origins.

1. Artichoke

Artichoke ultimately comes from the Arabic al-harshuf, “the artichoke.” The word, and plant, passed into Spanish, Italian, and then English, as archicokk, in the 1530s. Speakers tried to explain its unusual name with folk etymologies: The plant’s center would choke anyone who tried to eat it, or it chokes the growth of other plants in the garden. These folk beliefs are preserved in the modern spelling.

2. and 3. Scallion and Shallot

Scallions and shallots may be two different species of onion, but they share a common root: the Vulgar Latin cepa escalonia, the “Ascalonian onion.” Ascalon is modern-day Ashkelon, an Israeli coastal city and a historically important seaport, apparently, for trading the likes of scallions and shallots. The Latin cepa, for onion, is also the source of another name for the scallion, chive.

4. Onion

If we peel back the etymological layers of onion, we find the Latin unio, which named both a pearl and a type of onion. Unio probably sprouts from unus, Latin for “one,” the idea being that this vegetable’s layers all comprise a single whole.

5. Fennel

Fennel looks like an onion, but it’s actually in the carrot family. Appearances, though, are still the key to the origin of this word. Fennel, which is documented in English as early as 700, comes from a diminutive form of Latin faenum, for hay, which the plant’s feathery foliage and aroma evokes.

6. Carrot

Speaking of carrots, this orange vegetable is rooted in the Greek karaton. The origin of the Greek word is unclear. It could be from an Indo-European root ker, for horn, thanks to its shape. Ker could also mean head, possibly alluding to the way the carrot grows—and making a red-headed carrot-top etymologically redundant.

7., 8., 9., and 10. Kale, Collard, Kohlrabi, and Cauliflower

These seasonal superfoods have a super-etymology. Latin had a word caulis, for stem, stalk, or cabbage, which produced quite the lexical bumper crop.

Old Norse borrowed caulis as kal, source of the word kale and the cole in coleslaw. In English, cole itself was an old word for cabbage as well as other leafy greens, like colewort, which American English speakers came to pronounce as collard, hence collard greens.

Kohlrabi literally means “cabbage-turnip” in German, cultivating its kohl from an Italian descendant of the original Latin caulis. And cauliflower, from Modern Latin cauliflora, is simply “cabbage flower.”

11. Cabbage

If Latin’s caulis means cabbage, what does cabbage mean? Head, from the Old French caboce, in turn from the Latin caput. It doesn’t take too much imagination to understand why the Romans so named this heavy and round vegetable.

12. Turnip

A turnip is a neep that looks like its been “turned” into its round shape, or so some etymologists guess. Neep comes from the Latin napus, a kind of turnip.

13. Parsnip

This vegetable was once believed to be a kind of turnip, and so was made to look like turnip as a word. (The parsnip is actually related to the carrot while the turnip is related to the cabbage.) Parsnip stems from pastinaca, the Latin name for the vegetable, which may be related to pastinum, a two-pronged tool used to harvest tubers like parsnips.

14. and 15. Radish and Rutabaga

The roots of these roots are “roots.” Radish comes from the Latin radix, a root, both botanically and metaphorically, as we can see in derivatives like radical and eradicate. This radix, according to Indo-European scholars, grows from a more ancient soil: wrad, believed to mean root or branch. Wrad is featured in another vegetal word: rutabaga, which English took from the Swedish rotabagge by the 1780s. Rotabagge literally means “root bag,” with bag a kind of bundle in Old Norse.

16. and 17. Pumpkin and Squash

If you thought turnips and parsnips were all mixed up, then have a look at pumpkin. English immediately carved pumpkin out of French and Latin roots. The word’s ending, -kin, is influenced by a Germanic suffix for "little," also seen in words like napkin. The ultimate root is the Greek pepon, meaning “ripe” and related to its verb for "cook."

A Greek pepon was a kind of melon enjoyed when ripe. And the word melon, squashed from the Greek melopepon, literally means “ripe apple.” So, etymologically, a pumpkin is a melon, which is an apple. Early British colonists applied the word pumpkin—which, to make things more confusing, is technically a fruit—for the type of squash they encountered in the Americas.

Squash has nothing to do with smashing pumpkins. The word is shortened from the Algonquian askutasquash, literally “green things that may be eaten raw,” as the Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology glosses it.

18. Potato

You say potato, I say batata. Christopher Columbus is said to have brought the word batata back from his voyages. The batata, probably from the Haitian Taíno language, was actually a kind of sweet potato. Later, Spanish conquistadors brought what we commonly think of as the potato back from South America, where it was called papa in the Quechuan language. Botanically, sweet potatoes and potatoes are completely unrelated, but that didn’t stop English speakers from confusing them by using the word potato as a common term.

19. Yam

Sweet potatoes aren’t a type of potato—and nor are they yams, even if we insist on calling them so. Yam crops up as inany in 1588, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, a borrowing of the Portuguese inhame or Spanish igname, possibly from a word in West African languages meaning “to eat.” Because of the slave trade, yam may have been directly borrowed from a West African language in American and Jamaican English.

20. Beet

Beet comes from the Old English bete, in turn from the Latin beta. These words just mean, for a refreshing change, beet. But even the humble beet has its baggage. The word was common in Old English but disappeared from the existing record until about the 1400s. It seems the English language didn’t much want to eat its vegetables in the late Middle Ages.