Looking for a good cup of joe? Angels' Cup is a coffee subscription box

When it comes to trying new things, most people are a little wary about wasting their money. Once someone finds something they enjoy, chances are they would rather stick with it than gamble with something new. This is especially true when it comes to something as commonly enjoyed as coffee.

Angels’ Cup Coffee is a subscription box service that encourages coffee drinkers to reach outside their comfort zone. By sending blind tasting samples, users have no way to judge a flavor with preconceived notions. This allows them to taste new coffee blends without bias.

Depending on how much coffee a person drinks, they can choose between The Cupping Flight service, with four one-ounce samples for $10 per box or The Black Box subscription, with four three-ounce samples for $22. Boxes can come weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for up to 208 different coffees per year.

With the newly launched Black Box service comes a new companion app for smartphones, tablets, and web browsers. After sampling one of the unknown coffee samples, users can record notes on their tasting experience and enter a code to compare their flavor palette with the Angels’ Cup “roastmaster.” Only then does is the coffee blend revealed to the customer. If they liked it, a whole bag can be ordered directly from the roaster.

Controlling the app is designed to be straightforward. Easy-to-use tools such as a flavor wheel help coffee tasters visualize distinct aromas and tastes. Notes are saved for later so subscribers can develop their tastes and make informed decisions when purchasing their next coffee blend.

Angels’ Cup’s main objective is to help customers develop their palate, assisted by the companion app, and to provide people with better, more affordable, and environmentally sustainable coffee.

Of course, to really take advantage of the blind coffee samples, it’s important to brew it right. For those who want options, this smart coffee maker can brew in three different ways. It even has a built-in scale so each cup of coffee can be prepared in a scientifically accurate manner. To complete the whole experience, the HuskeeCup that is itself a mug made out of coffee. By using old coffee husks, the maker of this mug recycles hundreds of tons of waste materials from coffee production.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Our favorite coffee makers make flavorful cups of joe from the comforts of home

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.

The Apple iPad Air is the power-packed tablet for everyone

The iPad Air is the less serious cousin to Apple's iPad Pro range, and it's the perfect addition to your coffee table. But it's no less powerful. Here's everything you need to know about the iPad Air.
Smart Home

Is your Keurig making gross coffee? Might be time for a cleaning

No one likes a dirty, scaled, or smelly Keurig, but how are you supposed to clean them? Before you throw yours out the window, here is a quick guide on cleaning your machine out thoroughly.
Smart Home

Lutron’s Fan Control makes ceiling fans smart, but has some turnoffs

Lutron recently came out with a smart switch that controls ceiling fans, the Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch. How does it stack up? Here's a first-hand review of the Lutron Fan Control switch.

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

Traeger’s latest wood-pellet grills are smoky, smart, and spacious

Traeger is famous in the world of barbecue and heavy-duty grills for its signature pellet grills and now the company is expanding this year by adding three new brands of redesigned
Smart Home

The five best teeth-whitening kits you can buy on Amazon

Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. You don't necessarily have to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened though. Here are the best teeth-whitening kits you can buy.
Smart Home

Which is better, the original Echo or the Echo Dot? We compare them

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
Smart Home

Viral porch pirate videos freak people out, cause unrealistic concern

Viral porch pirate videos convince others crime is more prevalent than facts indicate. According to polls, even though FBI reports show property crime rates are at historic lows, more people worry about crime today than ever before.
Smart Home

Sony’s Aibo robot dog can now patrol your home for persons of interest

Sony released the all-new Aibo in the U.S. around nine months ago, and since then the robot dog has (hopefully) been melting owners' hearts with its cute looks and clever tricks. Now it has a new one up its sleeve.

Amazon slashes $77 off the iRobot Roomba 690 multisurface robot vacuum

This special offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. The Roomba 690 robot vacuum sucks up dust, dirt and pet hair — all while you're away at the office.
Smart Home

Get sweaty with the best smart home fitness gadgets on the market

Are you looking for smart fitness devices that will really help your workouts, no matter where you like to exercise? These smart home gadgets are designed to help you analyze your workouts and keep track of how you are doing.