Coffee is a staple of many people's daily routines. Whether you cool off in the summer with a large iced coffee or add an extra shot of espresso to jump-start a particularly sleepy morning, if you love coffee, you know just how important it can be — and entrepreneurs know it, too.
It seems like there's a café on every corner, but coffee shops aren't the only way entrepreneurs are using your love of coffee to their advantage. These businesses are putting a unique spin on coffee and brewing their way to success.
Do you ever wish you could have a latte delivered to your office? Joyride has your back — well, sort of. Joyride won't deliver your usual Starbucks order, but it does deliver high-quality café-style beverages and equipment to businesses. The company even has a line of "Craft on Draft" office kegerators that serve iced teas, cold brews and kombucha on tap, and will create customized coffee programs to fit your business's needs.
If you've ever wondered how you can use coffee to spread kindness, Nack is the startup you need. Nack is an iOS and Android app that allows people to participate in what the company calls "random acts of coffee." Users can buy coffee for others (including strangers) with the app, encouraging people to pay it forward in a simple — and tasty — way. [See Related Story: Small Business Snapshot: Hardy Coffee]
Ever wonder what all that coffee you're drinking does to your body? If you're a Jawbone UP user, you can track your caffeine intake and its effects with Jawbone's free iPhone app, UP Coffee. UP Coffee tracks how your body reacts to the caffeine you drink throughout the day, and can even tell you how long it will be before your body goes from "wired" to "sleep ready."
Does the ambience of your favorite coffee shop help boost your productivity? Coffitivity is here for you on days when you can't make it to the café. The free app helps bring the perfect coffee shop vibe to you wherever you are. The app offers several different audio tracks with the ambient sounds of a coffee shop. It even allows you to listen to your favorite music at the same time, so you can pretend you're at the café with your headphones on.
Beanhunter is perfect for the caffeine-obsessed traveler. If you're always on the go, you can use the Beanhunter app (it's free and available on Android and iOS devices) to find the best coffee shops nearby, wherever you go. You can search by location or even by brand of coffee, filter by features like equipment and brew methods, read reviews and view photos — it's like Yelp, but exclusively for coffee lovers.
Jiva Cubes are cubes of instant coffee that are portable and perfect for taking on adventures like backpacking expeditions and camping trips. Jiva's instant coffee cubes are high quality and all-natural and come in many different flavors, like caramel, French vanilla, mocha, hazelnut and more. The cubes dissolve easily in hot water, so you can have delicious coffee even when you're nowhere near your favorite café.