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Coffeetopia would be an awesome name for a country, but it’s currently the name of a rather interesting social networking app. Anyone who makes it their goal to find the best coffee available will appreciate Coffeetopia and all it has to offer. Not only can users find and rate great coffee near them, but they can also share coffee with their friends and invite them out to grab a cup of Joe.
Coffeetopia’s main screen boasts that life’s too short for bad coffee. In order to get started, users can register within the app or link their Facebook account with just a few quick taps. Once logged in users can immediately begin adding their favorite places to Coffeetopia by tapping and holding a location on the map to make a pin drop.
When a coffee place is added it’s possible to include the name, a star rating, a review, and photo. Ratings can then be shared with friends through Facebook and Twitter. Rating places that serve coffee allows users to earn different ranks. For instance, rating 10 different locations earns the Coffee Groupie ranking; whereas rating 150 places earns the Coffee Virtuoso ranking. Ratings and reviews that others leave behind can be viewed by swiping the screen. Additionally, ratings can be liked by tapping on the heart; which also is a way to become friends with the reviewer. Users can also add friends by entering an email address or importing them through Facebook.
There are four icons at the bottom of the screen that allow users to see a top-ten list of an area, city, country and the world. It’s kind of interesting to see what places are trending, but that’s all dependent on how many people use the app.
Currently, Coffeetopia’s major downfall is that it doesn’t have huge fan base right now. The app relies on users and businesses to add themselves to the map. Since I live in a small town, there were no coffee places listed at all. Dropping the app price to free would help encourage more users to download and use it—especially since there is a $1.99 in-app purchase for businesses to advertise within the app.
Overall, Coffeetopia does have potential. The user interface is easy to navigate, the coffee rankings give coffee lovers an incentive to reuse the app, and the social media aspect is a convenient way to make coffee dates with friends. Coffeetopia has a lot working in its favor and I’m excited to see what the developer has in store for its future. Anyone who can’t live without great coffee should check it out today.