From getting the day started, to planning, to getting things done, here are a few items and ideas to help you GO, GO, GO! Most of these products were created by small-business entrepreneurs, and we hope they’ll help the next entrepreneurs along.
2. Coffee: Three Ways Once you’re out of bed, you’ll likely need some coffee. Today, we will discuss three possible routes of caffeine delivery—in order of ease.
UEL ZING coffee is a midwest start-up by a New York barista, niched-down to the cold brew method, bottling and shipping cold brew coffee to anywhere across the country. “Cold brew” coffee is a new-ish form of brewing that not everyone is familiar with, so here’s the lowdown: the coffee is brewed using cold water for up to 24 hours, yielding a super strong yet smooth concentrate that is about 60% less acidic than hot brewed coffee. UEL ZING’s focus product is the ‘ready-to-drink’ 12 oz. bottle, a single smooth iced coffee serving, diluted just a bit from the concentrate state. And they do also offer the concentrate straight up, if you’re real serious like that. The cold brew is simply two ingredients, triple-filtered water and freshly roasted coffee, in a BPA-free plastic bottle. Just grab one out of the fridge for immediate caffeine that you can throw in your briefcase or backpack, no prob.
The Keurig coffee machine and its K-cups are built for speed, brewing single cups of hot coffee in an easy, hands-off way. Basically, stick a K-cup in the slot, push a button or two, and make sure you put your mug underneath. There are a ton of flavors to choose from, spanning not only different coffee blends, but also hot cocoa and teas. Now, the actual coffee in the little plastic cup has been roasted and ground for who knows how long, so on a coffee-snob level, the freshness is just the first of many gripes. But for a quick & easy, hot cup of coffee, the Keurig gets the job done.
Invented by Stanford professor and entrepreneur Alan Adler, the Aerobie Aeropress is widely considered by the specialty coffee industry as one of the best, quickest, and easiest methods to manually brew coffee. With a grinder and hot water, the versatile instrument can brew espresso-like coffee in less than a minute that can then be diluted with more hot water for an American-style black coffee. For the serious coffee drinker at home or traveling, all it takes is the AeroPress, a scoop of coffee, a mechanical (hand) burr-grinder (or even just pre-ground coffee, for utmost convenience), and a few ounces of hot water. There are a few different kits available that have everything you need. The AeroPress is really a superior hybrid of brewing methods: it combines the full-bodied feel of a French press without the all the grit, filtered through paper like a smooth drip coffee, and pressurized for a faster and even extraction, like espresso. Plus, clean up is super easy, too.
Full disclosure: blog post by Samuel Sveen, Uel Zing Owner... for his brother Think Entrepreneurship Owner