This Portable Coffee Machine Makes Cold Brew in Four Minutes Flat

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If you've ever made cold brew coffee at home, you know that though it's an easy process, it takes a long time. Like, really long. But what if your craving for a refreshing glass of iced coffee wasn’t immediately dashed away by the realization that, if you wanted cold brew, you would’ve had to start making it at least 12 hours ago?

With the G-Presso, you’ll never have to feel that disappointment again. The innovative coffeemaker, available now on Kickstarter, uses a gyro-pressed extraction method to transform your water and coffee grounds into summer’s hottest cold drink in an impressive four minutes flat.

All you have to do is add coffee grounds (a fine grind will create a bold, intense flavor, while a medium grind will give you more mild coffee) and up to five cups of water. Then press the power button on top of the machine and watch the G-Presso work its magic.

Here’s how it does it: The porous container with the coffee grounds inside spins rapidly, while the water above filters through it. The pressure created by the centrifugal force releases the coffee’s full-body sweetness and flavor in a fraction of the time it would take for that process to happen on its own. Your coffee will also be topped with a rich crema, similar to what you see on top of an espresso shot (which you don’t normally get with regular cold brew).

You might think that such a fast-paced, energy-filled process would generate a lot of noise, but the developers at Camfron Co. wanted to make sure they didn’t ruin your tranquil summer mornings (or afternoons) with a buzzsaw-esque whirring, so they created a noise-blocking silicon pad for the G-Presso to sit on.

The G-Presso is powered by three AAA batteries, making it perfect for bringing to a friend’s house, on vacation, or anywhere else you might need a cool, caffeinated pick-me-up but don't have room for a full-on coffee machine. For cold weather or frigid apartments, you can certainly opt for hot coffee instead—just use boiling water.

But you don’t have to limit your choices to cold or hot coffee. The G-Presso comes with a milk whisk that magnetically connects to the detachable control stick from the water container, giving you the ability to froth your way to the latte of your dreams.

Prices for the G-Presso start at $64 (which includes one machine, one extra basket, and 90 grams of ground coffee) for August delivery. You can view additional buying options on Kickstarter.

While you wait for your G-Presso to arrive, check out some other home-brewing coffee hacks here. And if you plan on drinking a lot of cold brew this summer, you may want to invest in a tumbler and reusable straws to make your coffee addiction a little more eco-friendly.

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The Disputed Origins of Publix’s Chicken Tender Subs

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Josh Hallett, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

After Popeyes released its new chicken sandwich last week, a heated battle broke out on Twitter over which fast food chain offers the best one. Favorites included Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, and KFC, but the Publix chicken tender sub was mostly absent from the dialogue. Maybe it’s because Publix is a supermarket rather than a fast food restaurant, or maybe the southern chain is too specific to Florida and its neighboring states to warrant a national ranking.

Either way, the chicken tender sub is a cult culinary classic among Publix customers—there’s even an independently run website devoted to announcing when the subs are on sale (they aren’t right now), and affiliated Facebook and Twitter accounts with tens of thousands of followers. So whom do sub devotees have to thank for inventing the Publix food mashup from heaven? A Facebook user named Dave Charls says, “Me!,” but Publix begs to differ.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that in May of this year, a man named Dave Charls posted a message on the “Are Publix Chicken Tender Subs On Sale?” Facebook page recounting his origin story for the menu item, which allegedly took place in 1997 or 1998. At Charls explains it, he and his co-worker Kevin convinced their friend Philip, a deli worker at the Fleming Island Publix location, to assemble a sub with chicken tenders and ring it up as one item—something that deli workers had refused to do for Dave and Kevin in the past. According to Dave, Philip then convinced his manager to make it a special, publicized it via chalkboard sign, and the idea spread like hot sauce.

“You’re welcome,” Charls said. “It was actually Kevin’s idea and Philip brought it to life.”

Publix, however, told the Tampa Bay Times that its recorded documentation for a chicken tender sub recipe and procedure goes all the way back to 1992 or 1993. Based on that information, Publix spokesperson Brian West confirmed that Charls's heroic account of the origin is more fairytale than fact (though West, unfortunately, doesn’t have an equally thrilling origin story—or any story at all—with which to replace it).

Charls didn’t respond to a request from the Tampa Bay Times for comment, so we may never know how much of his claim is actually true. It’s possible, of course, that Publix’s 1992 (or 1993) chicken tender sub recipe hadn’t gained momentum by the time Kevin’s moment of culinary genius struck in 1997 (or 1998), and the lack of date specificity suggests that neither party knows exactly how it went down. What is incontrovertible, however, is the deliciousness of Publix's beloved sub sandwich.

"I'm just happy to live in the same timeline as this beautiful sandwich," says die-hard Pub Sub fan (and Mental Floss video producer/editor) Justin Dodd. “Copyright claims aside, it's truly a wonderful thing."

This London Pub Might Be the Most Ethical Bar in the World

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Pub owner Randy Rampersad is doing his part for sustainability. In June, he opened the Green Vic—a play on the fictional Queen Vic pub in the soap opera EastEnders—in the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Telegraph reports it’s aiming to be the world’s most ethical pub: Rampersad eschews plastic and paper straws and opts for gluten-free wheat “straws.” He sources the bar's 100 percent recycled toilet paper from green-minded company Who Gives a Crap, and the communal wooden tables are upcycled.

“I wanted to make the world a better place and run my own business, but I was waiting for that eureka moment,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. He discovered no one had done anything like this before.

There’s no meat on the menu—the food is totally vegan, healthy-ish pub grub. You can add CBD oil to the “chkn" bites appetizer, and the burgers are made from ingredients like soy, seaweed, and sweet potato. The beers are produced by ethical brewers, too: Toast Ale uses unsold loaves and crusts of bread; Good Things Brewing crafts its beer from 100 percent renewable energy; South Africa’s Afro Vegan Cider donates money to an organization that funds equal pay for female farmers; and Brewgooder donates to water projects.

In fact, everything the Green Vic does has charity in mind. “We don't care about the money, I’m planet first and profit after,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. Up to 80 percent of its profits will go to charitable causes, including local food banks. As for the staff, one in four are from marginalized groups. The Green Vic plans to operate as a three-month pop-up pub while scouting for longer term investment.

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