Coffee is a specific indulgence. It should be no surprise that we have evolved into a society that requires a menu board for coffee drinks. What was once a simple equation with sugar and milk being the only variables has transformed into a gigantic industry where consumers have options galore. Whether you get your caffeine fix from a cappuccino or a latte, chances are you like said coffee exactly the same, every time. While cream, soy milk, sugar and the like may be the first considerations to any cup of coffee, temperature also plays a large role.
There's a scene in the Steve Martin classic movie "The Jerk," where Navin Johnson, the character he plays, pours himself a glass of wine--from a 5-gallon outdoor water cooler. Wine on tap may have been a novel idea back in the '70s, but in the here and now, it is not only a reality, but also a convenient way to serve and store wine.
The n2Vin wine refrigeration and preservation system uses five dispensing taps to keep your favorite wines chilled and ready to pour. The refrigeration system keeps not only your five active bottles ready, … Read more
In the effort to go green, I'm focusing on small changes that add up to big wins. I've owned up to the fact that I'm not going to give up using my dryer, for example, but I have stopped buying paper towels. Napkins are up next. I'm also encouraging my children to use real plates and silverware when we're at home, and to save the disposable things for picnics and school lunches.
However, with the beautiful summer weather upon us, I love eating outdoors. I love the mess-free kitchen after a meal eaten outside, and … Read more
"It's a home brew kit!" He shouted from the other room, possibly intuiting the puzzled look on my face from the opposite side of the wall. "You use it to make your own beer!" From that day forward, everyone who visited the home brew house got to sample the latest flavor. … Read more
When I lived in Colorado, I drank water from the tap with abandon. It wasn't until I tried tap water from other places that I realized I had taken the crystal clear and fresh-tasting Rocky Mountain tap water for granted. I clearly remember drinking tap water that tasted like dirt once on vacation and recoiling in horror.
Now that I live in a big city with areas that are notorious for polluted water or old plumbing systems, I stand confidently behind my tap-mounted water filter and my filtered water pitcher. My complaint about the screw-on tap filter is that … Read more
I am always onboard when it comes to a different way to brew coffee. If whatever method I choose lets me make a pot without plugging into the wall, all the better; pre-coffee mornings can be rather hazardous in my household. The Hourglass Coffee Brewer is a cold-brew coffee system that allows for the main benefit of reduced acid content in your joe. For those this may not matter to, well, it's also just kind of neat.
The idea is to set up your morning coffee the night before (something that always appeals to me and my morning motor … Read more
A good pot of tea requires just enough steeping to brew a pleasant cup, but not so long that tea leaves turn your drink bitter. It takes perfect timing--and you have to make adjustments for just what kind of tea you're brewing. The Teaspot Automatic Teapot brews tea with perfect timing, and eliminates the need for you to worry about getting tea just right. The process is simple: you add your hot water and tea leaves to the teapot and set the built-in timer for the type of tea you're brewing (black, green, or herbal). When the timed … Read more
One part of the country whose local fare I rarely have a chance to enjoy is the south. As it turns out, people in the northeast don't eat sweet potato pie and host crawfish boils, and if they do, they're usually lacking in authenticity. Thankfully, there's … Read more
The soda siphon pumps carbonation into any liquid of your choosing by adding pressure to it. Contrary to the more common one-glass models, it makes an entire carafe of fizzy refreshments for your family, kid's birthday party, or the next time you invite guests over for dinner. The carafe is placed inside the siphon and the … Read more