App That May Help You Get More Sleep

One rainy night as I was browsing through new apps on my phone, I found one that has intrigued me for the past few weeks called UP Coffee. Now this is not a typical coffee recipe book, but instead a coffee bio of yourself. It has been a cool way to keep track of myself and how my coffee is affecting me throughout the day.

UP Coffee 1

Once the app was downloaded is was easy to get started by imputing some basic information about myself and my caffeine sensitivity. I set a goal time of when I wanted to go to bed and then plug in when I drink coffee throughout the day. Not only does the app give you options for coffee and tea, but it also lists some places (like Starbucks) that you may had purchased it from in order to give you a more accurate caffeine level. This handy app gives you visual aids to help you see what times you are typically drinking your coffee and what your energy level is. If you drink more than your used to, UP Coffee will even ask you if you want to have that cup of coffee because it may make you feel edgy.

UP Coffee 2

The more I play with this tool, the more surprised I am about my coffee habits that had otherwise gone unnoticed. To help you further understand yourself, UP Coffee even offers little news tidbits to help relate to why you should be more conscience of your coffee and tea consumption. After a period of time inputting your coffee and tea on a regular basis, it gives you a horoscope-like description on how you take your coffee and around what times. Mine says I am a Traditionalist. Download the app and tell us what yours says or if you have any other great apps related to coffee and tea. I am always up for a new app to try out!


Smartphones and Coffee (Don’t Spill!)

Coffee and SmartphoneAs I sit down in the morning for some breakfast and coffee, I often pull out my smartphone and browse its endless capabilities. Who hasn’t gotten sucked into an app and totally lost track of time? {Umm…Facebook or Twitter…need I say more?} I began thinking what things my phone could do with coffee. Obviously I don’t mean stir my coffee with it, but instead what kind of apps are available to accompany my coffee experience.

Newspapers have become less and less common among people now that online versions have become available. CNN, NBC, FOX, New York Times, and even NPR are some of the many news sources available for free download on your phone. I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal as I have a subscription for it, but now that I learned there was an app I am hooked! It is so easy to read and keep constantly up to date. Some networks like FOX and CNN have also paired with local TV providers so your can link your accounts and watch news videos all from your device.

There is an app for EVERYTHING, right, so why stop at just news? Coffee is such a staple that there must be coffee apps out there so I did a search on my smartphone…the amount of apps available were endless! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Instant Barista – It provides recipes for coffees, espressos, and even teas. It showed me different techniques and ingredients that I otherwise would have looked over. It kind of gives you the feeling of having all the secrets of a coffee shop. One of my favorite parts about the app is the latte art section. While mine don’t turn out so much like the picture, it is still fun to try.
  • Intelligentsia Coffee – This app was much more intense but promises to deliver the absolute best cup of coffee if you follow their EXACT directions. This app was no joke as it lays out everything you need and even gives you a timer to create the perfect brew. This is fun to read during the week but definitely needs some time to complete so it actually takes action over the weekend.
  • Coffee Guru – My friend in New York uses this quite often as it has led them to their favorite coffee shop. This app has a large listing of indie coffee shops that promote direct and fair trade for the farmers they get their beans from. It gives you a map of nearby shops, a place to save your favorites, and even provides a flavor wheel to help describe your coffee, but you don’t need that after our Coffee 101 lessons!

It is amazing how technology has opened a world of instant information and immediate gratification. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy checking Twitter or playing a little Candy Crush but there is so much more out there. :)

Did you try one of the apps I mentioned or have you used a different app?  Let me know, I am always game for trying something new!