Ask any self-confessed java-junkie what the worst thing is about visiting a strange town, and the most common response – maybe after “I don’t know where I’m going” – will surely be: “I don’t know where to get a good cup of coffee.”
Coming to our rescue, MagnoSphere Software’s latest app “Where Is Coffee?” attempts to mitigate such a possible caffeine drought by pin-pointing just where the best mug-of-joe can be found no matter where you find yourself.
The concept is quite simple, and is similar in practice to other social navigational apps that rely on user input to provide any real worth. App owners, after perhaps enjoying a particularly good brew or even just wishing to show their support for their favorite local barista, are invited to tag coffee establishments anywhere in the world with a rating and a few choice words. And if you just so happen to be in the vicinity of said establishment and are looking for coffee, you’ll be privy to a number of these first-hand recommendations.
Using your iPhone’s GPS ability and the power of community – not to mention some people’s almost zealous affection toward their favorite coffee-houses – Where Is Coffee? not only provides a great service, it’s a telling insight into the minds of fellow coffee-freaks. There’s a real sense of glimpsing behind the curtain after honing in on a stranger’s personal favorite bean-house and then partaking in what they believe to be the best coffee in town. And, of course, you can always add a retort of your own. What better way to enjoy your new-found coffee hang-out than by sipping on a (possibly) wonderful latte while confirming or disagreeing with another person’s opinion?
The interface is clean and easy to use, with a warm umber aesthetic that a coffee lover will find alluring and attractive with both satellite and normal map modes offered.
If there is one issue we can find at fault about Where Is Coffee? is its understandable reliance on user-generated content. So far there are over 23,000 coffee-houses and their kind rated, but if the app is to be a success, this database needs to flourish or the quoted locations become a mere rag-tag collection of possible iPhone-owning café owners flagging their own site as the best place around.
So, go buy it. If you’re into your coffee and are interested in what the best – and sometimes underground – java haunts are in your city and the cities you may soon be visiting, Where Is Coffee? is a godsend and comes highly recommended; especially at such an attractive price.
Where Is Coffee? is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires OS 3.0