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
Most travel coffee mugs aren't actually all that useful when it comes to getting takeaway coffee from your favorite coffeehouse. At best, you can typically pour coffee from the disposable cup that your barista hands you into your own mug. But the KeepCup was designed with takeaway coffee in mind. One of the biggest differences between the KeepCup and other reusable beverage containers is that it is sized to match the industry standards for espresso machines. The KeepCup comes in three sizes, all of which will actually fit under spigots and have enough room for the correct proportions of … Read more
There's an elephant happy to open your beer bottles for you: the Elephant Bottle Opener can handle both popping lids and twisting caps. The elegant bottle opener puts its trunk to work as a lever to lift off lids, while you'll need to flip it over to see the twist-off opener in its belly. You can fit this elephant in your pocket; it's a mere 2 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The Elephant Bottle Opener has a particularly attractive appearance and is made from aluminum, with a brushed-metal appearance that will catch eyes. The twist-off … Read more
Appliance giant Electrolux has been around for a long time yet is still keeping one eye on the future. Its Design Lab competition has given us snapshot glimpses of some appliances that we may be seeing in the future. Today, Electrolux unveiled two more designs based upon trends, of today and for tomorrow. While these are not actual products, Electrolux stresses that the technology is available today, and therefore these are closer to reality than they may appear at first glance.
The Rendez-vous table is designed with the idea in mind that the kitchen is a social gathering spot of … Read more
During hot weather, I drink iced tea by the gallon. I used to press my coffeemaker into service to brew enough iced tea during the summer, but between the odd after taste and the fact that I couldn't really control the strength of the tea, I decided I needed a dedicated tea maker. The Iced Tea Maker from Back to Basics is ideal for the purpose: it was designed with brewing tea in mind and offers several features that will help you to that end. One of my favorites is the tea brew-strength selector: I happen to like my … Read more
Along with toasters, blenders are an iconic part of the American kitchen. They look cool, are very useful, and don't take up much room. In the list of appliances to get, blenders are certainly near the top. Blended margaritas certainly wouldn't be the same without them.
The Oster Blender with eLume Touchscreen brings blender style to the 21st century. Featuring a control panel sans traditional knobs or buttons, the blender relies entirely on a touch-screen interface. Without any nooks or crannies to hold spills, the flat screen easily wipes clean. When not in use, the eLume lights turn … Read more
If you've read any of my blogs about coffee, you probably know that I'm in love with my French press coffeemaker. This isn't to say that I don't love all coffee, because I do, and will drink it regardless of where and how it was made. But my favorite cup of coffee comes from the French press, which gives it a rich and strong flavor that's hard to replicate in a drip coffee pot.
If you've ever used a French press before, you know that the downside of using them is that your cup … Read more
In spring and summer, drinks taste much better when they're icy cold, and manufacturers have come up with a vast array of ice shapes to add into your juice pitchers.
What I haven't seen yet, however, is anything like this tray of Ice Kabobs. Made out of silicone, it makes three kabobs out of ice in fun strings of shapes. You can use them as swizzle sticks for a party, cold spears in a water pitcher, or simply as an addition to your own personal glass when you're trying to cool off at home.
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Coffee lovers have it too easy. In order to enjoy their favorite brew, all they have to do is head down to the corner. Chances are there will be a caf? on one of those four corners (if not on the way). For those that prefer to make coffee at home, there are numerous ways to go from bean to brew, and once a method (drip, espresso, French press, etc.) is determined, usually all that is required is finding a consistent grind. Not so with tea lovers, the magic in tea is usually unlocked by temperature and steeping time. Since … Read more
Shot glasses come in every color and are available with just about any logo. The 12 Gauge Shot Glass still manages to stand out, however, with an appearance that isn't so different from a shot gun shell. This shot glass is red plastic, with a metal base, offering an advantage over other glasses; this shot glass is less likely to get broken when a friend slams one back. The side is stamped with the words, "12 Gauge Shot Glass," in white, and the glass appears similar to an empty shell--at least until you fill it up. The … Read more