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This French Press Brews Coffee In Your Car Or With Solar Power

Photo courtesy of GoSun

If you’re camping or on a road trip, a steaming pot of coffee is one of the things many of us look forward to in the morning. A new crowd-funded device could make it possible to brew your coffee from your car, or entirely on solar power.

This new coffee maker comes from GoSun, a company known for making solar-powered cooking tech — like stoves powered by the sun. Their new GoSun Brew, which launched recently on Kickstarter, combines a French press and a coffee brewer together while making power options easily accessible.

If you have a car charger port, the coffee maker can plug into that to charge. You then just need to add coffee grounds and water, heat up the device, and plunge to get that French press coffee experience.

GoSun also has a solar-charged power bank that can charge or power the coffee maker as well as charge a bunch of other devices, making it clutch for when you need your phone in the wild.

Both of these products are available as part of GoSun’s Kickstarter, which is fully funded but still actively running. The GoSun Brew is available at a pledge of $59 or more, and has a suggested market price of $99. Getting the power bank thrown in requires a pledge of $269 or more, with a suggested retail price of $499.

It’s definitely expensive in terms of both coffee makers and power banks, but the solar powered aspect, allowing you to self-charge whenever the sun is out, comes in clutch. Plus, there’s not exactly a Starbucks on every street corner when you’re on a trip — so what’s that phone charge and coffee worth to ya?!

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TREND REPORT: Kimchi is Actually More Popular on Social Media Than Cronuts + Sriracha Combined

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Food trends are a fickle beast, as highlighted by our own Charisma Madarang in her trends piece last week citing that Grilled Cheese was actually more talked about on social media and blogs than Cronuts, Poutine & Juicing, combined.

The correlation proved so interesting that I was curious to go a few levels further. The surface level buzz around blogs, Twitter and Facebook seems indicate that  Sriracha and Cronuts are trending above all else, but with data at our fingertips, it’s evident this is no longer the case.

Utilizing Microsoft’s new social listening tool and gleaning data on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, we were quickly able to aggregate and analyze both share of voice and sentiment towards a select group of food terms that interested us. We picked: Juicing, Ramen, Kale, French Press, Cronut, Poutine, Grilled Cheese, Sriracha and Kimchi.

Here are the high level conclusions we were able to glean from the data we got back:

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More people are talking about ‘Kimchi’ than the cumulative total of people talking about ‘Cronuts’ and ‘Sriracha’

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People currently love Ramen and continue talking about it positively. Of our sample set, it was hands down the most talked about item:

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While Grilled Cheese was the third-most discussed item, people talked about it more negatively than any other item on our list:

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Juicing had the highest sentiment of anything on the list. People love juicing, they love talking about it, and they talk about it positively:

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70% of Ramen mentions came from a website or blog, the heaviest non-social media presence of any term we searched

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People still love Kale. It was the second most talked about item on the list, and had the second highest sentiment behind juicing:

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Health items like Juicing + Kale are the most positively talked about items on the list:

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Here’s the complete infographic from our Microsoft Social Listening report:

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Research Shows More People Are Talking About ‘Grilled Cheese’ than Cronuts, Poutine & Juicing Combined

Apparently, if you’re still craving Cronuts and tweeting about it, you’re part of the 1% of netizens that still care. The rest have moved onto ramen-crusted chicken wings and grilled cheese sandwiches — the next unspoiled “foodie” territory being conquered.

How did we come to such a pretentious conclusion? We got word of a new tool dubbed Microsoft Social Listening, which pings Facebook, Twitter and blogs (sites with a url) for buzzwords in order to determine what’s trending on the internet. Sentiment for a food term is graded by keywords within an article and headlines, ranging from “positive” words like delicious and wonderful to “negative” words like bland and overrated to grade overall opinion.

However, our dataset was limited to the food terms we chose to rate against each other, rather than all food terms in internet existence. That being said, we plugged in terms we talk about a lot on Foodbeast:  ramenkalejuicingfrench presscroissant donutpoutinegrilled cheesesriracha, and kimchi. We let the fancy technology run the numbers from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 and in the end, this is what we got:

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Foods with the most “Share of Voice,” aka the one’s being talked about the most:

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From highest to lowest:

1. Ramen

2. Kale

3. Grilled Cheese

4. Juicing

5. Kimchi

6. Poutine, Sriracha (Tied)

7. French Press

8. Cronut Croissant Donut

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Foods with the highest “Sentiment,” aka the one’s with the most positve “feels”

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From highest to lowest:

1. Juicing

2. Kale

3. Croissant Donut

4. Poutine, Ramen (Tied)

5. Kimchi

6. Sriracha

7. French Press

8. Grilled Cheese

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Note, while “Grilled Cheese” was one of the top foods being talked about, it’s sentiment was the lowest — the most negative — on the list. Which leads us to think… people must be mad hating on that cheesy, melty goodness.

Peek the infographic for more slick nuances and let us know what you discover in the comments.