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DRY’s Five Best Finds: June 2013

We come across a lot of amazing stuff on the internet every day and always make sure to pass it along on Twitter and Facebook. However, some of that amazing stuff really rises above the rest. With that, here are the top five things we found and shared this month in food, design, sustainability, creativity and more.

Cafe Accepts Kisses As ‘Payment’ For Coffee

In the dating world, generally coffee (dates) will lead to smooches. At Metro St. James in Sydney, Australia, the opposite is true. The cafe accepts real, legitimate loving kisses in return for a cup of coffee that must be validated by one of the cafe’s smooching experts (servers). This video made us way too happy, because if there’s anything that we love here in Seattle, it’s love and coffee.

Coffee Chain Prints Customers’ Faces on Their Lattes

As if coffee couldn’t get any better than in the video above,  a Taiwanese coffee chain has introduced the ability to print portraits onto the surface of your latte using cocoa powder. Flirty idea for your next Taiwanese coffee date: get coffee portraits printed with your sweetheart and then tell that person that they’re cute enough to drink. On second thought that sounds weird. Never mind. We’re sure you’ll figure something out.

Multnomah County Inmates Helping Raise Vegetables for Area Food Banks

Inmates at the Multnomah County jail in Oregon may be doing time, but at least they’re putting that time to good use. As a part of an effect to trim costs, improve management and help benefit local food banks, the inmates planted, tended to and are now harvesting their first crop from the jail’s garden. This program has helped dozens of inmates acquire classroom and hands-on gardening skills and cultivate positivity in a typically bad situation. Love.

How Cutlery Choices Affect Your Flavor Perception

A study from the University of Oxford in the UK has shown that our tastes and perception of food can be affected by the cutlery with which we eat it. The findings are absolutely fascinating – such as yogurt tasting denser and more expensive when eaten with a plastic spoon – and could eventually lead to improvements in cutlery that encourage diners to subconsciously snack on healthier food.

Pub Shows How Bitcoin Will Work for Retail

At one particular bar in east London, you may only need to bring your phone (and probably an ID). The Pembury Tavern has adopted a bitcoin payment option which allows patrons to pay for their night out with digital currency. Might this pub be seen as a pioneer in the digital payment world once the bitcoin moves from novelty to mainstream use?

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