We love our apps and we love our coffee.
So we took a cold hard look at the over 150 apps available for coffee lovers.
And we chose the 10 very best, below.
Well we got carried away, here are 12.
Apps for Making Coffee
KoHi, by KoHi Labs, comes out at the top of the list for those who make coffee professionally (or just in a super geeky manner at home). The “brew calculator, timer, and recipe manager” lets you select what type of pour-over method you’re using (Chemex? French press? AeroPress?) and will help ensure that your coffee is in tip-top shape. It means no more guessing about your beans-to-water ratio and how long you should let them infuse. Just put in how much coffee you want to brew, how you’re going to brew it, and KoHi will work out the rest.
Well-known Chicago specialty coffee roaster Intelligentsia’s app includes brew guides for different methods, a timer, and a customizable brewing calculator. To use the timer, you choose your brew method, then enter the weight of beans you are using, and the app tells you how much water to use. Of course, Intelligentsia is in the business of selling coffee, so you can purchase their beans directly in the app. The other aspect that I like is that there is information about all of the coffee that Intelligentsia sells. Even if you don’t buy it, this is a great way to learn about different types of coffee — where they come from and the stories behind them.
Spro is for those of you with an espresso machine on your hands. There are step-by-step instructions for 14 different espresso drinks, as well as helpful diagrams. You’ll have that cortado mastered in no time.
Videos with clear step-by-step instructions on how to make popular espresso-based drinks and drip coffee in an Aeropress, French Press and Chemex by an expert barista
Apps for Coffee-Loving Travelers
Beanhunter is a website dedicated to cataloging user-rated coffee experiences and making them available to the public, with listings and ratings of thousands of independent cafes around the globe. Checking out Sydney and want to know where to go? Beahunter will pull up a list of all the top-rated spots near you. Listings are predominantly in Australia, but you’ll find information for cafes in other cities around the world here, too, like Los Angeles and Singapore.
6. UP Coffee
From Jawbone, known for making health-monitoring devices, this app has nothing to do with how you make coffee. Instead, it’s focused on the effects of coffee on your body — specifically, on how you sleep. You tell it what you’ve had to drink and how much, and the app estimates about what time you will be ready to sleep and how edgy you currently feel. Essentially, it’s the app to tell you when you’ve had enough coffee, and remind you that it’s time to stop. Because yes, unfortunately, there is such a time.
Love working in a coffee shop but don’t have the money to spend on cappuccinos? Coffitivity is a cool website that allows you to create the ambient noise of a coffee shop at home. Studies have shown that this ambient noise can actually improve your creative cognition. The app helps you take those sounds with you no matter where you are.
So, you’re the one in the office that got stuck doing the coffee run? Instead of writing down all your coworkers’ orders, use this app instead. There’s even an option for noting down which donuts they want.
Popular Coffee Chains
No one in the specialty coffee business has done a better job of ordering and paying through an app from Starbucks. It has every feature you could want: pay quickly, order in advance and pick your drink up at the bar, replenish your gift card, instantly find the nearest Starbucks, earn rewards.
Want the secret to ordering a Starbucks Snickerdoodle Frappucino or a Burnt Marshmallow? A Banana Chocolate Chip Frappucino or an Apple Cinnamon twist? This app has literally hundreds of recipes, many submitted by fellow coffee lovers. On the iPhone app store 99% of its nearly 400 reviews are 5-star, many starting with the word “AMAZING!”
Remember that Howard Schultz founded Starbucks after working at Peet’s. Now Peet’s is playing catchup. Major catchup. It has 1/100 the store count of Starbucks. Its coffee app allows you to pay instantly at the counter, and earn Peetnik rewards. It isn’t nearly as complete as Starbucks’ app, but if you prefer the artisinal coffee of Peet’s, this is the app for you.
Forget about Plenty 0′ Fish and Tindr. Try CoffeeMeetsBagel. Each day at noon, guys receive up to 21 matches – known as “Bagels”. They are given the option to either LIKE or PASS. Then, Coffee Meets Bagel curates the best potential matches for women among the men who expressed interest. Does this have anything to do with coffee? Well, no! But since about half the people in the world go on a coffee first date, this app might be perfect for you. And you’ve got to love an app with the headline “Meet Your Everything Bagel Today”