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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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                      Published on March 27, 2020

                      20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

                      20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

                      I’m sure you’ve heard of a million different smoothie recipes for weight loss, right? Let’s be honest…they are quick, easy, flavorful, filling, and so delicious! On top of that, you can easily adjust smoothies to meet your macros. Plus, they can make incredible low-calorie subs for some of those sweets you might be craving. 

                      Maybe you’re wondering, are smoothies good for weight loss?

                      Yes and no. Smoothies can be great meal replacements and a way to sneak in extra protein! However, they also can lead to lots of unwanted calories if used incorrectly.

                      You’ve probably heard it said before: Don’t drink your calories. In a lot of cases, that can be true. It’s not necessarily that smoothies or liquid calories are bad, but it can be hard to justify a smoothie as being a meal, even if it has the calories of one. For that simple reason, some people trying to lose weight might use smoothies more as a snack than a meal, and with that could come unwanted weight gain.

                      That being said, smoothies are generally healthy and can be amazing at curbing cravings! On top of that, the macro profile (portion of carbs, fats, and proteins) can be spot on as well. Sometimes it actually makes more sense to reach for a copy-cat smoothie version of your favorite dessert (made out of whole ingredients that will keep you satisfied) instead of reaching for a dessert that will spike your blood sugar.

                      Because of these differences, we need to make a distinction between smoothies that are used as a meal vs ones that can be snuck in as a snack:

                      Meal Smoothies

                      These should have a mix of fiber, protein, carbs, and fat. These types of smoothies should generally be used as a meal substitute. An 8 ounce smoothie of just fruit isn’t enough to satisfy most people for long. However, this blend of macro-nutrients will ensure your body feels satiated until your next meal.

                      Why is that? Fiber, protein, and fat tend to be slower to digest, so your body gets a steady trickle of nutrients that will last a longer time. In contrast, pure fruit is easily digested and will quickly boost your blood sugar only to drop it soon after.

                      Snack Smoothies

                      These are lower calorie and nutrient dense. In contrast to meal smoothies, these light and fresh smoothies can give you a quick boost of energy. These smoothies are an amazing way to sneak in extra greens and super-foods. However, they aren’t likely to keep you feeling full for long.

                      Use snack smoothies between meals or when you need a pick-me-up. But be mindful! Too much snacking of any kind throughout the day could still lead to too many calories.

                      Now that you know the difference between snack and meal smoothies, dig in to my top 20 smoothie recipes! With options ranging from decadent desserts to light and fresh pick me ups, you’ll find everything you need below! It’s time to satisfy your cravings the healthy way!

                      1. Snickerdoodle Smoothie

                      Snickerdoodle Smoothie @spabettie

                        Is there anything better than that sweet and unique tang of a snickerdoodle cookie? I grew up with this cookie as an infamous family dessert (we even named our rabbits after this favorite treat). However, if you’re looking to bring back that taste without the calories, all hope is not lost! This snickerdoodle smoothie registers at under 400 calories and rings in 14 grams of protein. If your looking to lower calories and sugar, there are also modifications to use stevia or monk fruit as a sweetener instead!

                        Check out the recipe here!

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                        2. The Best Green Smoothie

                          Okay, let’s be real. We all want to add a little more green into our lives. However, sometimes it can be hard to gag down. Change all of that with this 5-star smoothie recipe. Not only is this smoothie incredibly delicious, but it’s also packed with nutrients. Chug those greens the easy way!

                          Check out the recipe here!

                          3. Detox Smoothie

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                            This smoothie is fresh, light, and green, giving your body the nutrient boost it needs. In addition to that, it packs a bonus boost of cilantro, which is said to aid in reducing heavy metal toxicity.

                            Check out the recipe here!

                            4. Detox Smoothie #2

                            Detox Smoothie

                              This incredible smoothie recipe not only gives you the ingredients, but also a step-by-step guide to designing your own fantastic smoothie recipes! Once you get a taste of this, you will never want to go back!

                              Check out the recipe here!

                              5. Easy Weight Loss Smoothie

                              Easy Weight Loss Smoothie: Zucchini, Kale, Buckwheat, Baobab, Carrots, Green Grapes

                                If you aren’t a fan of bananas, then this one is for you! Instead, this smoothie uses zucchini as a thickening agent and buckwheat to keep you full and satisfied all day long! And for you celiacs out there…yes, buckwheat is gluten free!

                                Check out the recipe here!

                                6. Creamy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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                                  Part of the struggle with trying to lose weight and create healthier habits is the struggle of having to give up some of your favorite foods, like chocolate. Say no more. This chocolate mint smoothie is the perfect blend of protein and chocolate to satisfy your cravings for good! Why avoid what you love when you can indulge the healthy way?

                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                  7. Creamy Cacao Avocado Smoothie

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                                    Speaking of chocolate, give this smoothie a go! The blend of avocado and chocolate will keep you feeling satisfied and healthy all day long. Not to mention, the creaminess of this one will blow your mind.

                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                    8. Copy-Cat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

                                    This easy, healthy homemade Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino recipe is low calorie, vegan, and so delicious! Even better than the original and perfect for coffee frappuccino lovers. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

                                      Have you ever gone to a coffee shop and felt the agonizing sting of realizing you can’t order anything but a black coffee? I feel your pain. Personally, I am a huge frappuccino girl, and life without my blends sounds agonizing. Is it a smoothie? Technically no. But this recipe could easily double as one! It’s lower in calories, healthier, and still delicious. Feel free to add some collagen for an added protein boost!

                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                      9. Frozen Fruit Smoothie

                                      A glass of frozen fruit smoothie in crushed ice, garnished with berries and mint.

                                        Sometimes, you don’t need to venture far past the basics to find your ideal smoothie. With a base of apple juice and yogurt, this smoothie provides the best blend of sweetness and creaminess!

                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                        10. Strawberry Keto Smoothie

                                        Strawberry Avocado Keto Smoothie Recipe with Almond Milk - The best strawberry avocado smoothie recipe needs just 4 INGREDIENTS! You're going to love this paleo keto smoothie with almond milk. And, it's ready in a just a few minutes.

                                          Yes! You can still have smoothies while on a keto diet. As it just so happens, berries are very low-carb! In addition to that, this smoothie uses avocado to add an extra boost of creaminess and healthy fats. This one is sure to keep you burning fat all day long!

                                          Check out the recipe here!

                                          11. Real Fruit Smoothie

                                          Real Fruit Smoothie

                                            Stick to the basics to get a maximum boost of nutrients! This smoothie gets straight to the point by using the best fruit medleys to blend you the ultimate weight loss drink.

                                            Check out the recipe here!

                                            12. Citrus Energy-Boosting Smoothie

                                            pre workout smoothie

                                              Feeling tired and run down? Instead of running to the coffee pot when you first wake up, try running to the blender instead! This amazing smoothie mix is an incredible way to give your body a nutrient boost while giving you the energy you need to get through the day.

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                                              Check out the recipe here!

                                              13. Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

                                              Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie -- only 3 ingredients in this healthy recipe & it tastes like dessert!

                                                This vegan recipe will have you drooling for more! It’s vegan, low calorie, and delicious! What makes it different than any regular strawberry smoothie? The secret is in a butter extract that gives it a rich pastry flavor while keeping it low in calories. If you feel like leaving your chair to blend this one up right away, you are in good company.

                                                Check out the recipe here!

                                                14. Banana Split Smoothie

                                                Glass of our amazing Vegan Banana Split Smoothie with Coconut Whipped Cream and a cherry on top

                                                  This rich and decadent smoothie will have you feeling like you’re indulging at an old fashioned ice cream parlor. This recipe is absolutely delicious and will have our cravings flying out the window. It stays deliciously smooth and creamy with the banana base and dates for an extra touch of creaminess.

                                                  Fair warning: this smoothie does have a slightly higher natural sugar content. However, it is much lower than going crazy and diving into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. Of course, if you feel like having a lighter version of this same drink, you can always sub a little banana and dates for zucchini and stevia.

                                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                                  15. Skinny Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

                                                  (Skinny!) Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

                                                    And here we have it! Yet another healthy smoothie version of your favorite dessert! If you’re getting sick of eating oatmeal in the mornings, try using it in a shake instead! Because of the high fiber in oatmeal, it helps keep you feeling full and satiated longer while giving the smoothie a fun new texture.

                                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                                    16. Pineapple Kale Smoothie

                                                    Good for you kale smoothie in a glass made with ingredients like bananas, pineapple, and honey which have tons of health benefits

                                                      If you’re looking to sneak some extra greens into your day (and let’s be honest, aren’t we all!) this pineapple kale smoothie is for you! Not only are the ingredients incredibly nutrient dense, but they’re also light and fresh. Pineapple is known for helping digestion because of an enzyme it contains called bromelain. Just for that reason, this smoothie can keep you feeling light and energized after you sip!

                                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                                      17. Healthy Shamrock Shake

                                                      Tall milkshake glass with Shamrock Shake Mint Smoothie

                                                        You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy a good shamrock shake! Also, it turns out you don’t have to be unhealthy for it either! This shamrock shake is made of entirely healthy ingredients and even sports Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost. Have a bowl of yogurt or a shamrock shake? It’s your choice, but I know which one I would go for! And the ingredients turn out to be almost exactly identical at the end of the day.

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                                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                                        18. Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

                                                        straw with creamy Banana cinnamon roll smoothie sticking to it

                                                          Once again sporting Greek yogurt for a good protein boost, this smoothie could make an amazing low-calorie meal replacement. It contains yogurt, oats, chia seeds, and fruit, offering a great blend of fiber, protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Not only does it taste fantastic, but it could very well curb cravings while remaining relatively low-calorie and satiating.

                                                          Check out the recipe here!

                                                          19. Golden Glow Turmeric Smoothie

                                                          Golden Glow Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, easy to make!

                                                            The sound of having turmeric in your smoothie might make some of you cringe, but it is definitely worth trying. For one, pineapple has such a strong flavor in and of itself that the turmeric’s taste is almost completely masked. Secondly, turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory that everyone should try adding it to their diet. You might be surprised to find out that it is actually pretty tasty as well!

                                                            Check out the recipe here!

                                                            20. Copy-Cat Disneyland Dole Whip Smoothie

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                                                              If you really want to take a taste of magic home, try out this fantastic recipe! Made with only two ingredients, you will get that creamy indulgent taste you love without the sugar or extra calories. Curb those cravings the right way!

                                                              Check out the recipe here!

                                                              Bonus Smoothie Additions

                                                              For an extra weight loss boost, try these fun additions!

                                                              Greens

                                                              Sneak in greens wherever you can! Smoothies tend to be very flavorful, so you usually won’t even notice a few added greens in there. However, the nutrients will keep you feeling extra energetic throughout the day!

                                                              Protein

                                                              Add in a small scoop of protein powder to almost any smoothie. Especially if you are looking for a meal replacement, the simple addition of protein powder will ensure you’re staying full throughout the day!

                                                              Frozen Zucchini

                                                              Did you hear me right? Yes you did! Zucchini is actually a great thickening agent in smoothies. Translation: Less sugar and more fiber! Since zucchini is so low in calories and almost flavorless, you can use it in smoothies for a rich and creamy texture while keeping things low-calorie. Plus, the extra fiber will have you feeling like you had a full meal for way less calories.

                                                              Sweetener Subs

                                                              Most smoothies use extra honey, syrups, or fruit for their sweeteners. However, that can add up very quickly to unwanted calories. Instead, try subbing low calorie sweeteners like monk fruit or stevia once in a while to cut down on the high sugar count. That being said, avoid artificial sweeteners like Splenda. They won’t do you any good.

                                                              Sub Desserts

                                                              Try making healthy smoothie renditions of your favorite desserts. We’re only human, and it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet sometimes. Instead of giving something up, find a sub for your favorite meals! In this case, getting that amazing flavor you are craving in the form of a low-calorie smoothie could be just the thing for you!

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