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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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                      Last Updated on May 5, 2020

                      10 Brain Vitamins for Enhanced Brain Power

                      10 Brain Vitamins for Enhanced Brain Power

                      Your brain is the house your mind lives in. The brain is the most high-powered organ we have and requires the right amount and type of fuel to work properly. When we don’t give our brain the right fuel, it slows us down, dampers our focus, makes us more unhappy and unmotivated.

                      If you want to maximize your brain power so as to increase your focus, think more clearly and live a happier and longer life, then pay attention because this article will give you the top nutrients you need to maximize your brain power and what foods to include in your diet in order to get them.

                      Here are what your brain needs and where to get them:

                      1. Omega-3’s

                      Your brain is made up of 60% fat so if you want a healthy and optimally performing brain, you need to ensure you’re giving your brain the right building blocks and fat is one of the most important. Fat has been vilified over the years as being the big villain of health, but in reality, high-quality fat is not only good for you, it’s essential for your brain power and health.

                      Some of the most important fat to give your brain are Omega-3’s. Omega-3’s such as DHA are the essential nutrients that form the outer layer our brain cells. In fact, not getting enough omega-3’s in your diet can affect normal brain development and cognition. It has also been shown to be implicated in premature brain aging and cognitive decline.[1]

                      Getting healthy sources of omega-3’s from your diet is critical for optimal brain power.

                      Foods Rich in Omega-3’s: Walnuts, chia seeds, sardines, salmon, flaxseed, eggs, fish oil

                      2. Magnesium

                      Magnesium is an essential mineral that is critical for brain activity and has been known to calm the brain and nervous system to the point it has been called “Nature’s Natural Valium.” Magnesium is essential for hundreds of metabolic processes within the body and brain yet it is still the second most common nutritional deficiency in the world.

                      Magnesium helps the brain by:

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                      • Providing antI-inflammatory benefits
                      • Lowering stress hormones
                      • Increasing neuroplasticity
                      • Relaxing the nervous system
                      • Helping to lift depression
                      • Reducing anxiety

                      Foods Rich in Magnesium: Almonds, spinach, cashews, avocado, black beans

                      3. Vitamin B1: Thiamine

                      Many B vitamins are known to be beneficial for brain health and well-being but for this article, let’s focus on some of the critical B vitamins.

                      B1, also known as thiamine, is needed for a large number of metabolic processes in the body including the processes that manage your energy. Your brain uses tremendous amounts of energy throughout the day. Having low levels of thiamine can rob your brain of the vital energy that it needs.

                      Thiamine can boost your mood, energy, and alertness by providing the energy your brain cells need to work effectively and keep their strength up.

                      Low levels of thiamine have been associated with:

                      • Nerve damage
                      • Nerve inflammation
                      • Fatigue
                      • Loss of short-term memory
                      • Confusion
                      • Irritability

                      Having enough vitamin B1 (thiamine) is essential for optimal brain performance and health by providing your brain the energy is needs to get through the day.

                      Foods Rich in Vitamin B1: Seaweed, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, lentils, black beans

                      4. Vitamin B6

                      Vitamin B6 is critical for helping to improve your mood to make you feel happier but is also important to combat mental fatigue. B6 is a critical component of building the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine.

                      Serotonin is known as your happy neurotransmitter and is vitally important for improving your mood. Norepinephrine helps your brain stay focused and alert.

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                      Symptoms of B6 deficiency include:

                      • Irritability
                      • Loss of focus and concentration
                      • Fatigue
                      • Memory trouble
                      • Muscle pains

                      Foods Rich in Vitamin B6: Grassfed beef, pistachios, tuna, turkey breast, avocado

                      5. Vitamin B9

                      Vitamin B9 is known as folate. Folate is especially important for normal brain development. Folate is an important component in creating many neurotransmitters that the brain uses to communicate and regulate our immune system. Folate is also a natural antioxidant and studies have shown that it can help preserve brain function and memory.[2]

                      Low levels of folate can be detrimental to the brain. Low levels of folate have shown to lead to increased degeneration in the cerebral cortex as well as cognitive impairment and decline.[3]

                      Symptoms of low levels of folate include:

                      • Lowered immune function
                      • Chronic fatigue
                      • Increased irritability or anxiety
                      • Brain fog

                      Food Rich in Vitamin B9: Spinach, beef liver, broccoli, asparagus, romaine lettuce.

                      6. Vitamin B12

                      B12 is essential for many aspects of our health and wellbeing including building strong bones, hair, skin, nails, immune system and heart health. B12 is also extremely important for your brain and mental wellbeing.[4]

                      B12 is necessary for many aspects of mental performance including being able to memorize and stay focused. It also plays an important role in producing serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine is your motivation and reward neurotransmitter.

                      Having low levels of B12 can have some serious consequences including:[5]

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                      • Brain fog
                      • Memory loss
                      • Depression[6]
                      • Anxiety
                      • Confusion
                      • Depression
                      • Hallucinations and Schizophrenia (severe cases)

                      B12 is commonly found in many animal products and meats, so vegetarians and vegans should pay special attention to their B12 to make sure they are getting enough of it in their diet from plant sources or supplementation.

                      Food Rich in Vitamin B12: Beef liver, sardines, wild salmon, eggs, nutritional yeast

                      7. Vitamin C

                      Vitamin C is a very powerful and important antioxidant for your brain. Your brain consumes a lot of energy and oxygen in order to do its job. Antioxidants like Vitamin C protect the brain from the wear and tear of doing its job.

                      Vitamin C is also needed to produce important neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are important regulators of your mood, so without Vitamin C to produce these important neurotransmitters, your mood may suffer.[7]

                      Food Rich in Vitamin C: BroccolI, citrus fruits, bell peppers, watermelon, spinach

                      8. Vitamin D

                      The “sunshine” vitamin is arguably one of the most important vitamins that many people miss out on. Vitamin D is usually associated with bone health and heart health but it’s been shown in research that Vitamin D may play a critical role in your brain performance. Several studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D can impair cognitive function and performance.[8]

                      Fewer people are getting outside in the natural sunlight leading to more cases of vitamin D deficiency than ever before. The best part about Vitamin D is that you can get it for free or extremely cheap. Just a few minutes a day of natural sunlight can make a big difference in your Vitamin D levels.

                      Food Rich in Vitamin D: Natural sunlight or find a Vitamin D supplement.

                      9. Vitamin E

                      Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are critical to help our bodies fight off oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a metabolic process that occurs in the body that wears and tears on our cells. Antioxidants fight against this wear and tear to keep our cells youthful and optimally functioning.

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                      Vitamin E is an often overlooked vitamin for brain health. It prevents oxidative stress from damaging an important component of our brain cells, DHA. DHA forms the outer membrane of our brain cells and Vitamin E works to prevents oxidative stress from damaging our brain cells to keep our brain young, energetic and high-performing.[9]

                      Symptoms of Vitamin E deficiency include:

                      • Cognitive impairment
                      • Diarrhea
                      • Muscle weakness
                      • Balance issues

                      Food Rich in Vitamin E: Almonds, kale, Swiss chard, parsley, olives

                      10. Zinc

                      Zinc is essential for neuron growth and performance. The highest concentration of zinc is located in your brain, particularly in your hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in regulating your limbic system, the region that regulates emotions. Neurons require zinc in order to communicate effectively to one another.[10]

                      Low levels of zinc are associated with:

                      • Attention and focus problems
                      • Lowered immune system
                      • Acne or rashes
                      • Diarrhea

                      Food Rich in Zinc: Pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, cashews, mushrooms, spinach

                      Keep Your Brain Sharp With Brain Foods

                      Your brain works hard and it takes plenty of nutrients and fuel to keep it working well. Getting the amount and type of vitamins, minerals and nutrients can make the difference in feeling energized or feeling sluggish throughout the day.

                      How would you fuel a Ferrari? You wouldn’t put the cheap gas in a Ferrari. It’s a high-performance machine, so you need to put in high-octane fuel to ensure optimal performance.

                      Eat a wide variety of foods that include a vast array of the top brain nutrients to ensure your brain is getting plenty of the resources it needs to work efficiently. If you want more brain power, make sure you give it brain power foods.

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