With days as short as they are, it's important to start them the right way: with a healthy dose of caffeine. Everyone has their own way to get coffee into their slurping cavern: black as night and sweet as sin, buried under a layer of whipped cream, in a vacuum-walled and commute-dented carafe, or spattered across one's busiest tie. We're also looking for non-standard methods of ingesting coffee, so meat rubs, alcohol mixers, and cupcakes are all fair game as well. If it's made with coffee, it's eligible

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Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK and Australia. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, February 13, 2012.

The Coffee Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

9 PRIZES

Grand Prize (1 winner)

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Breville Barista Express BES860XL machine with grinder and an Instructables Prize Pack.

First Place (3)

Three First Place prize winners will receive a Baratza 585 Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder and an Instructables Prize Pack.

Second Place (5)

Five Second Place prize winners will receive a Cuisinart DCC 2600 Central Programmable Coffeemaker and an Instructables Prize pack.
HOW IT WORKS

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Dec 26, 2011 and Feb 13, 2012 (11:59pm PT).

Enter

Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Coffee Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.

Accepting

Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.

Voting

Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.

Judging

A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.

Winners

When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.