August is National Coffee Month. Well, okay, it's not been established as an official "national" holiday by the Congressional Record or a Presidential proclamation (heck, I can't even find out how it started). However, since I love my java, it sounds like a good reason to celebrate by listing some of our favorite coffee-related iPhone/iPad apps at the Apple App Store:
° The free Starbucks app (also available for the Apple Watch) lets you pay for your drink without cash or a credit card. You can even include a tip in your payment. Plus, you'll get a free drink at participating stores (alas, some restrictions apply) when you join My Starbucks Rewards and sign up for email rewards.
° Speaking of Starbucks, Sepia Software has served up Secret Menu for Starbucks. It informs you about "secret items" that aren't listed on the coffee shop's menu.
° Intelligentsia Coffee lets users quickly browse through Intelligentsia’s lineup of coffees. They include steps for using an Aeropress, and a brew calculator so users can get the information they need to make a great brew.
° Coffee Order ($0.99) helps you get everyone's order right when buying coffee for a group.
° Spro is a $1.99 app designed to help you brew great coffee at home. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to brew 14 espresso-based drinks such as Macchiato, Americano, Latte and Afogato.
° Find Me Coffee is a free iPhone/iPad app that shows you coffee shops near your location — or any other location in the world.
° Beanhunter is a free app that lets you track down great coffee shops and cafes. You can read and write reviews, view and add photos and save your favorite places for later.
° Coffee Maker ($2.99) offers an introduction to the most popular espresso-based drinks. It also provides some interested details about each drink.
° Coffee Cafe is a free game that lets you serve a variety of coffee drinks and cupcakes to your customers. Over 100 different order types are available.
° Barista ($1.99) is similar to Coffee Cafe. You serve up coffee drinks for your customers, but have to do it quickly and well to earn tips.