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Published on September 26, 2017

10 Best Coffee Makers that Make Amazing Coffee Anywhere at Any Time

10 Best Coffee Makers that Make Amazing Coffee Anywhere at Any Time

When you want a cup of great coffee, you’re likely to go to the coffee shop. After all, it’s easier to let others make a good one for you (and maybe even add a design on top) than to do it yourself. It’s also convenient and leaves you with nothing to clean up.

Even if you like to make your own coffee, time doesn’t allow for it. When you’re rushing out the door already running behind, a quick stop at a cafe is quicker than going through the steps in your own kitchen.

Having your own good coffee maker at home is ideal, but it can be difficult to choose the right one or get the right amount of use.

This list of coffee makers is handpicked by the coffee lovers of the Lifehack team, and will solve every problem you have thought about making your own good coffee at home (and anywhere you want). With these coffee makers, you can make good coffee portable.

1. GINO Pour-Over Collection

    Pour-over coffee is as delicious as it is beautiful to watch. This GINO Pour-Over set offers the experience without a bulky setup.

    Ideal for: Coffee connoisseurs who love the taste and process of pour-over coffee and would like a setup they can easily pack for a weekend trip.

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    Set includes One GINO server, One GINO dripper, One box of 100 GINO paper filters.

    GINO Pour-Over Collection – $74.95

    2. Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper with Wood Stand

      This attractive setup comes with looks and functionality. The glass carafe is made from borosilicate glass, ensuring your coffee never tastes stale.

      Ideal For: The coffee drinker who wants the look of a professional setup at an amateur price.

      Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper with Wooden Stand $33.01

      3. CUB 15-Minute Cold Brew Coffee System

        While this Kickstarter project didn’t meet its funding goal, it’s still on the list for wishful thinking! Cold brew coffee, really good cold brew coffee, is delicious and ideal for summer days. But have you ever made it yourself? It takes forever!

        This nifty invention makes highly caffeinated, less acidic, smooth tasting cold brew in just 15 minutes.

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        Ideal for: The cold brew lover who doesn’t have time to wait.

        Support this 15 minute cold brew system on Kickstarter.

        4. Cold Brew Coffee Pitcher System

          Unlike cold press coffee which can leave a bitter taste and acidic feel, this coffee pitcher system provides great flavor by extracting all the natural flavor of coffee or tea.

          Ideal for: The sharing coffee maker. This set makes up to six cups at a time, making it the perfect set for entertaining caffeine loving guests.It can also be used for iced coffee, and cold brew loose leaf tea.

          Cold Brew Coffee Pitcher System – $19.95

          5. Hario Small Coffee Grinder

            Coffee lovers know that no matter how you make your coffee, if you’re using low-grade coffee grounds, it just isn’t as delicious as you want it to be. This compact grinder allows you to grind your favorite high-quality beans to use with whatever method you prefer.

            Ideal for: The picky coffee drinker who likes to incorporate the process into kitchen decor.

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            Hario Small Coffee Grinder – $29.98

            6. MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

              This adorable espresso maker is practically pocket sized. A must for every espresso addict.

              Ideal for: Espresso enthusiasts who want the ability to make espresso from anywhere.

              MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker – $52

              7. Cafflano Kompact Coffee Press

                This multi-tasking coffee press makes hot coffee, cold brew and even tea using loose leaves. It’s compact, portable and super light.

                Ideal For: The traveler who never wants to be without their favorite beverage.

                Cafflano Compact Coffee Press – $64.94

                8. Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle for Pour Over Coffee

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                  Electric kettles are nothing new, but this one is a game-changer. It’s specially designed to provide slow, controlled flow of water. This is ideal in extracting the most flavor when you brew coffee or tea using the pour-over method.

                  It heats up quickly and independently, allowing you to walk away while it works. As a safety measure, it has an automatic shut-off feature to power down.

                  Ideal for: The coffee drinker who likes to multitask. Tend to household chores while this kettle heats up, and don’t worry about getting hurt; the spill-free lid ensures your hands are safely away from the hot water.

                  Willow and Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle – $44.99

                  9. Tripresso Portable Coffee Machine

                    This handheld 2 in 1 extraction system uses Barsetto capsules and ground coffee. With a weight of 1/5 a household coffee machine, it can conveniently be used anywhere.

                    Ideal for: The caffeiated traveler. This machine only requires 80ml of hot water and 7g coffee powder or coffee capsule. You can use it just about anywhere!

                    Barsetto Portable Espresso Coffee Machine – $74.90

                    10. KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

                      This cold brew coffee maker looks great in your kitchen, and it’s super simple to use. Fill it with coffee and cold water and wait for the steeping to complete.

                      Ideal for: The cold brew aficionado who likes to stay well stocked. It makes up to 14 servings without taking up much counter space, and the 28oz of coffee concentrate can stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

                      KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker – $99.99

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                      Published on September 14, 2018

                      25 Ideas for Delicious and Healthy Lunches You Can Take to Work

                      25 Ideas for Delicious and Healthy Lunches You Can Take to Work

                      Preparing and bringing meals to work can feel awkward when you’re accustomed to running out and grabbing a meal on break. This habit can really start to put a dent in your wallet and your health when choices are limited to cheap fast food or fresh but expensive, made-for-you meals.

                      Try balancing the scale a bit and prepping a couple meals for lunch each week.

                      If you’re stuck on what to make, here are 25 ideas of healthy lunches you can bring to work without breaking the bank or sucking too much time from your routine.

                      1. Sweet Potato Hummus

                        Hummus is a nutritious dip or spread that can go with just about anything! Making your own gives you the know over exactly what’s in your meal.

                        Pack a small dish with your homemade dip, fresh carrots, celery, and grapes, with whole grain chips, pitas, or sliced bread for a cafe-style lunch box.

                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                        2. Chicken, Rice & Veggies

                          It sounds all too easy, but why pay for a rice bowl when you can make one fresh from home? Simply cook your rice and steam your favorite vegetables ahead of time.

                          Add chicken, steak, or grilled tofu on top. Sprinkle with parsley, cumin, or curry according to your palate.

                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                          3. Slow Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Stew

                            Curry is a profound spice with a multitude of health benefits. With this stew, you give your digestive system a bit of a break from heavy meats and meals.

                            It’s a great option if you’re trying to stick to a cleanse or reset before Fall arrives. This recipe makes it easy on you to prep and let the crockpot do the rest!

                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                            4. Spicy Tuna Sandwiches

                              Only a few ingredients are needed to complete this quick mix in under 15 minutes.

                              Tuna is a good source for protein and essential fatty acids. This recipe kicks it up a notch with protein powered beans and a little heat.

                              All that’s left is to choose your favorite bread or hoagie, (whole grain is recommended). Top with fresh tomato, avocado, and even bacon to take this everyday sandwich over the top.

                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                              5. Steak Fajita Salad

                                Fajitas are fun to eat and simple to cook. Using fresh produce for your meal utilizes the powerful effects they have when freshly ripened.

                                Onions are strong detoxifiers and bell peppers are hydrating and provide vitamins unique to their colors. Steak is a great source for protein, but try to go grass-fed if you can!

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                                The same dish can be made with alternative proteins, and even salmon or shrimp if you’re craving seafood.

                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                6. Turkey and Mashed Potato Casserole

                                  This nontraditional casserole is great for when the weather starts to cool down.

                                  Potatoes catch a bad carb reputation, however if you’re really busting your tail during the week, extra carbs will support your efforts, not kill them.

                                  For variety, mix in seasonal veggies before you bake it. Then, you can enjoy leftovers or bring it to share with your coworkers!

                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                  7. Tofu Lettuce Wraps

                                    This easy lunch barely requires any cooking and serves your body with lightweight nutrients to keep you running through the rest of your day.

                                    You can also swap the tofu for grilled chicken, or add lightly diced and grilled veggies to mix up your leftovers for the following day.

                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                    8. Thanksgiving Waffles

                                      This dish will be sure to satisfy a few up and coming cravings as we welcome Fall season and holidays.

                                      Turkey naturally boosts your body’s happy chemical- serotonin, and cranberries are a powerfully cleansing fruit packed with vitamin C. I’d recommend making your own waffle mix with gluten-free flour, like coconut or almond flour. All around, this may be one of the best recipe ideas ever.

                                      Get the recipe here!

                                      9. Southwest Chicken Wrap

                                        Wraps are perfect options for a busy day. They are easy to make, store, and eat on the go while providing you with enough fuel to conquer your schedule.

                                        For really fresh flavor, I’d hit the farmer’s market to buy your corn and peppers. But if needed, frozen veggies work just fine!

                                        You can grab a cooked rotisserie chicken to make it even easier on yourself, too! Vegans may enjoy the same dish with a creamy garlic and almond cream dressing and alternative cheese.

                                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                                        10. Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Stir-Fry

                                          With only a couple of ingredients, this dish is fairly quick to make. Lemon juice helps to preserve foods and keep them fresh longer.

                                          You can change out and mix up your rice for couscous, quinoa, or noodles.

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                                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                                          11. Apple, Almond Butter, & Granola Sandwiches

                                            If you ever find yourself craving sweets at lunch time, these sandwiches may be your new best friend.

                                            Apples are energizing and contain cleansing properties to boost your metabolism, while almond butter is a rich source for healthy fats. Pairing these with whole grain granola provides a balanced and inexpensive meal for your lunch hour.

                                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                                            12. Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

                                              Hummus spreads have caught a lot of hype, and for good reason! It’s a delicious way to get in protein and fiber, as well as minerals that support your nervous system.

                                              If you’re not a fan of sprouts, try using fresh bell peppers or sliced cucumbers for a refreshing pop.

                                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                                              13. Taco Salad in a Jar

                                                Made with ground turkey rather than beef, this recipe is much lighter on your stomach and easy to pack the night before.

                                                You can also add fresh salsa with mango and parsley, baby Kale instead of romaine lettuce for a superfood boost, and alternative cheese for an allergen friendly choice.

                                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                14. Apricot & Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich

                                                  Chicken salad is an easy go-to when you’re short on time or want to prep for the week.

                                                  Apricots pack a serious punch when it comes to digestive and circulatory health. They are especially great for women’s reproductive health.

                                                  Almonds help to burn excess fats and rebuild muscles mass, making them a perfect blend of nutrients as well.

                                                  For a vegan option, use grilled tofu instead of chicken.

                                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                  15. Shrimp and Grits

                                                    Shrimp are a light source of protein and are easy to prepare for this slow-cooker idea.

                                                    You can change out a few ingredients to make it dairy-free, using nut-milk alternatives for the butter and creams.

                                                    You can also add hearty veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes instead of grits for a rich source of healthy carbs to keep you full and focused.

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                                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                    16. Sesame-Ginger Noodles

                                                      Another light dish with multiple choices to mix and match ingredients to your liking.

                                                      You could use veggie noodles for extra nutritional boost and top with various seeds, almonds, avocado.

                                                      Add lightly grilled chicken, tofu, or steak on top for satisfying protein and you’re good to go!

                                                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                      17. Sun-Dried-Tomato & Pasta Salad

                                                        Tomatoes are an excellent source for vitamin C. Pair them with a delicious pasta, whether its whole grain, brown rice pasta, or even zucchini noodles, and you’ve got a meal that will help you stay lean without missing a beat.

                                                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                        18. Wheat Berry & Citrus Salad

                                                          This lunch recipe can go just about anywhere with you. It doesn’t require much to make and can be cooked in larger batches so you can get the most from your leftovers.

                                                          A dairy-free version can be made without the Feta cheese, or by swapping for a vegan alternative.

                                                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                          19. Miso Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl

                                                            Sweet potatoes are great sources for carbs because they are rich in vitamins and minerals that support your digestive system and a healthy metabolism.

                                                            Broccoli provides rich green nutrients and helps to cleanse your body and support your immune system.

                                                            Combining the two creates a delicious, guilt-free lunch that works to keep you operating at your best and brightest!

                                                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                            20. Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Feta Salad

                                                              Chickpea contains muscle-building amino acids, protein, and healthy fats that also support weight goals and mental performance.

                                                              To make this dish totally vegan or vegetarian, simply nix the feta and go with a vegan cheese for the creamy effect.

                                                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                              21. One-Pot Pesto & Pea Pasta

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                                                                If you’ve only got one pot to spare, it’s all you need to cook this dish in under 30 minutes.

                                                                You can purchase pesto from the store or try your hand at homemade. Making your own pesto with freshly picked Basil leaves is a wonderful way to connect with your food.

                                                                Still feel like it needs a little something more? Add cherry tomatoes, olives, and chicken for an even more fulfilling meal.

                                                                For gluten-free options, you can also try the same recipe with brown rice pasta or veggie noodles.

                                                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                                22. Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

                                                                  Mix up your traditional pasta salad with homemade avocado spread!

                                                                  You can definitely stretch this as a side for a few lunches, pairing each with a different protein like a garlic-lemon chicken or top it off with baked salmon!

                                                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                                  23. No-Bake Oat, Peanut Butter, & Granola Bars

                                                                    If you know your day is going to be non-stop, these easy granola bars may be your saving grace! You only need to mix together 4 ingredients and chill the bars to firm.

                                                                    Delicious, healthy, and easy for any day of the week. And the kids love them, too!

                                                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                                    24. Cucumber-Lox Toast

                                                                      Here’s another quick fix made with only five ingredients! This recipe gives you about 12 grams of protein, plus the health benefits found in yogurt like natural probiotics.

                                                                      If you choose whole grain bread, the whole meal with remain very low in fat and boost your energy for the second half of your day.

                                                                      If you only want to bring one or two slices, it would pair well with a side of fresh berries, sliced apples, or banana chips.

                                                                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                                      25. Blueberry-Orange Parfait

                                                                        Parfaits don’t have to be just breakfast or dessert, they can make filling lunches. This one is made with fresh and energizing fruit.

                                                                        You can add almonds, granola, and even more fruit for a larger portion.

                                                                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                                        With these 25 healthy lunch recipes, you can spice up your lunch break without breaking the bank. From now on, you can get the most from your lunch break with fresh and healthy lunches!

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