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The path to perfection often requires the help and guidance of others, even when that path leads to a cup of coffee. These ten apps will help you find your path to the perfect cup.

Cup Of Coffee

Once you taste a good cup of coffee, you will most certainly want to find it again. Remembering your own favorite coffee recipe is hard enough, but try remembering it for someone else, or a whole group of people; forget it.

Fortunately there are several apps that can help you manage your coffee addiction. Buying, browsing, or brewing, the following guide will help turn any iPad or iPhone into your own personal barista.

Buying coffee, one friend or two

StarbucksStarbucks (Free, iPhone) With the Starbucks app, you can make payments and manage your loyalty points directly from within the app or using the iOS Passbook. You can even keep track of you and your friends’ favorite recipes. One shortcoming of the app is that it does not manage the Starbucks Treat Receipt promotion, you still have to get a paper receipt in order to return to the store for a discounted cold drink later that day.

Dunkin' DonutsDunkin’ Donuts (Free, iPhone) Similar to Starbucks, the Dunkin Donuts app also turns your iPhone into a mobile payment device. Integrated with Passbook on iOS, you can pay for your coffee and donuts without pulling out your wallet. It also shares common features with the other coffee franchise buying apps like finding store locations, listing promotional offers, and sending gift cards to your friends. There is however no recipe management for favorite coffee or donuts.

TimmyMeTimmyMe (Free, Universal) Tim Hortons’ app focuses more on the social aspects of a coffee run than making purchases directly from your iPhone. Called a TimmyRun, you can send an alert to your TimmyMe friends indicating that you are ready to head over to a local Tim Hortons to grab a cup of coffee. While you cannot use the app to make purchases directly from your iPhone, you can manage multiple Tim Cards transactions and view there balances.

Coffee OrderCoffee Order ($0.99, iPhone) Not affiliated with any coffee shop directly, Coffee Order helps you manage all of the different coffee combinations for times when you are heading out to buy coffee for a group of your closest coffee loving friends. With over 5 million different coffee combinations, you will be hard pressed to find a coffee drink you cannot manage.

Browsing coffee, try something new

CoffeeGuruCoffee Guru ($1.99, iPhone) Every local coffee house cannot have a dedicated app or electronic loyalty card to manage transactions, but some of these coffee houses have the best coffee to offer. Fortunately Coffee Guru has a database of over 7,000 independent coffee houses to choose from. Awarding social reviews with badges, you can submit and read reviews from coffee lovers that have actually sampled a cup from across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Ireland.

BeanhunterBeanhunter (Free, iPhone) With more of a following in Australia and Asia, Beanhunter is another popular social coffee-house review app managing coffee houses located around the world. When you are traveling outside the range of Coffee Guru, you should defiantly give Beanhunter a try. You can read and write your own reviews as well as view and post your own images of your favorite coffee art.

New York's Best CoffeeNew York’s Best Coffee ($0.99, Universal) Focused on locating coffee houses in New York City, New York’s Best Coffee manages a listing of local coffee houses that are frequented by the app development team themselves. By focusing on local flavors, more professional editorial reviews are offered up to patrons of the app. You can even use the app to see where certain coffee houses get their beans from, in case you want to try brewing a cup of your favorite brew at home. There is also an app by the same developer focusing on London.

Brewing coffee, the perfect cup

BaristaBarista ($2.99, iPhone) Featuring step by step instructions for making the most common espresso drinks, Barista will help you select, store and grind your beans to help maximize the best flavor possible. With a glossary of terms you can use to understand the art of espresso making, the instructional videos only complement this coffee learning app.

IntelligentsiaIntelligentsia Coffee (Free, iPhone) Listing current offerings from its online store, Intelligentsia Coffee can help you decide which particular roast is best for you. Offering up how-tos for different brewing techniques like cupping, pourover and chemex, Intelligentsia Coffee will help turn anyone into a coffee expert.

Coffee ArtCoffee Art ($2.99, iPhone) Sometimes it is all about presentation.  With movies that show off the art of pouring, etching and fudge art, this app will help turn just about anyone into a coffee artisan.

  1. I will sound like a snob, but not a single one of these (except maybe Intelligentsia) would produce really good coffee. Why not just stick to Foursquare recommendations, which are on Android, iOS and Windows Phones?

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  2. Thanks for the recommendations. I think any of these apps can only give you recommendations and what you’ll choose mostly depends upon proximity of the location. Perfect cup or not, one is likely to choose Starbucks just because it’s standard and proximity. My favorite Blue Bottle frequently disappoints by serving lukewarm coffee, whereas every single Starbucks is consistent in producing average quality espresso drinks.

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  3. The big problem with the Starbucks app is that each purchase only counts for one star, regardless of how many drinks you are buying. I only learned this recently, but now whenever I buy a drink for myself and my wife, I have them ring it up separately.

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  4. Nice list. I also like the Cuppings app in its simplicity and pureness. A couple coffee geeks curating coffee spots for fellow coffee geeks.

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  5. Anyone who pays for an app that tells you how to brew coffee may as well pay for reading a blog.

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  6. Checkout http://caffepdx.com – A curated list of the “best” coffee & cafes in Portland. Bare with me though, it’s not mobile friendly, and there’s no app. Both are works in progress… I’m one of the very amateur developers behind it.

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  7. Coffee Lovers Mag Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Anything you want to do at present can be done in the apps of your iPhone or iPad. This is because we are now in a digital world and most people are connected through their mobile devices online. The only way you can’t do is drinking coffee through the apps. But anyway, if you are a coffee lover and want to experience coffee in another way, you may check out as well this Coffee Lovers Magazine (http://www.coffeeloversmag.com/theMagazine). It is all about the love and experience of coffee – about the lifestyle inherent in the local cafe, and in having coffee with friends. It also brings cool videos about coffee, reviews of coffee and coffee machines/tools, interviews with folks in the coffee industry, and much more.

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  8. Brandon Hawkins Thursday, September 5, 2013

    If you want to rate and track which coffees you’ve had and liked – especially if you’re a home brewer – Caffeine (iOS/Android) is the app for you. Think “Untappd” for coffee http://caffeine-app.com

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