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Cafino Coffee Maker

The Cafino Coffee Maker ($165) is a lean coffee brewer with a tasteful aesthetic meant to ease the daily grind. Made of borosilicate glass (thermal stress resistant — think Pyrex) and stainless steel, this Tassilo von Grolman designed brewer utilizes a steel mesh sieve to reduce waste while extracting the perfect flavor. After brewing, remove the…

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Got Bad Milk?

The Milkmaid Smart Milk Jug

Classy as it may be, sniffing a milk carton to see if its contents have spoiled isn’t terribly precise. That pensive moment right before the sniff (or worse, taste) is downright Neanderthal. In an attempt to get us beyond this is the Milkmaid, winner of a Quirky and GE sponsored innovation contest. Basically, the Milkmaid…

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Make hoarding look good

Menu A/S Juuri Storage Containers

Juuri Storage Containers from Danish homewares design company, Menu A/S, are made of very durable and heat-resistant borosilicate glass and stripped of unnecessary decoration or adornment for a very masculine aesthetic. A flexible silicone collar placed between the glass sections creates an airtight integrated container, perfect for dry goods, while the top and bottom can…

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Adventures in molecular merrymaking

Cuisine-R Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set

Are you having trouble getting a rez at WD50? Did your connections at elBulli or The Fat Duck across the pond fail to pan out? Well, you could own kitchen into an experimental food lab this weekend with the Cuisine R – Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set ($60). Yes, with some time and a little experimentation,…

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Any excuse to cut things...

Curtis Stone Workbench Cutting Board

Featuring one part cutting board and one part food storage unit (with a waste disposal unit to boot), the Curtis Stone Workbench slicing and dicing the most exciting part of your meal — in the off chance it wasn’t already. Made from an Australian grown Victorian ash wood (from an eco-sustainable plantation), there’s no need…

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Elevated coffee, courtesy of gravity

Bodum PEBO Vacuum Coffee Maker

Behold: a coffee maker that would make both Norman Foster and Bill Nye the Science Guy proud. Bodum has, as usual, done it right with their PEBO Stovetop Vacuum Coffee Maker ($80). With a form that’s as elegant as its function, this brewing device boasts a stovetop-safe borosilicate glass which is extremely strong, scratch and…

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Appliance Envy

SodaStream Source

Move the Salad Shooter and make some room on your countertop. SodaStream recently partnered with Yves Béhar, founder of design and branding firm Fuseproject, to give the home soda maker not only a facelift, but a complete redesign. Long attempting to fight the burgeoning problem of plastic bottle waste, the irony of SodaStream has always…

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K-Cup, The Next Generation...

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

We’ve previously discussed the virtues of the Keurig brewing system and its thankfully-ubiquitous K-cup as a handy solution for a quick fix of caffeine. Now after years of success, it’s time to introduce K-cup’s second act – the Keurig Vue ($212). Gone are the days of having only one “brew” choice, and only physical buttons. Now…

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Stick to it

Kudu Fridge Magnets

Owning something unmistakably yours has been a tradition for centuries. It could be a simple iPhone cover or shirt monogram, to something more elaborate like  Da’Vinci experts claiming that the Mona Lisa is actually Da’Vinci himself painted as a woman. Well, you might not be Leo D, but thanks to Kudu Fridge Magnets ($50+) you…

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Behold, the ultimate wedding registry item

Stem Citrus Juice Sprayer

Like a lot of discoveries on Quirky, we’ve filed this away under “unnecessary, but cool”. The Stem ($5) is the latest bit of esoterica from the online incubator, and its design and purpose are both simple, straightforward and a bit ingenious: plug the plastic stem (see what they did there?) into your citrus du jour,…

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Espresso for show. Otto's for pros

OTTO Stove Top Espresso Maker

The Atomic Espresso Machine, designed by Giordano Robiatti in 1947, is lauded by many espresso fans as a mid-century masterpiece. The OTTO stove top espresso maker (~$852) pays direct homage to this legendary machine (or outright copies it depending on your perspective) and has been somewhat of a Moby Dick of the coffee world. After…

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Tastey Travel Tubes

Plant Studio Mobile Organic Spice Kits

Do right by your taste buds and support those less fortunate than you by purchasing a Plant Studio Mobile Spice Kit ($20). Each organic kit is assembled in Poughkeepsie NY, by a team of workers at the Hudson Workshop for the disabled. Four versions are available including a more general set for the mobile foodie,…

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Better for you and the earth

Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

We’ve blabbered more than Scatman Crothers about how to manually brew better coffee, but if you still can’t wean yourself from the convenience of the K-cup, foodie and tech writer Matt Buchanan points out that the Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter ($19) offers some reasonable middle ground. This exclusive filter for the K-Cup system…

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Gunmetal Great

Le Creuset for Garden & Gun

Le Creuset’s wares have always been a staple of upscale kitchens, but we’ve never particularly liked their boisturious color options. This exclusive gunmetal gray version ($300) of their classic 7.25-quart round french oven done in collaboration with one of our favorite Southern publications, Garden & Gun, however, provides a tasteful upgrade to the deep black…

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Chills beer in just five minutes

LG Super-Capacity French-Door Refrigerator

Technology is constantly striving to indulge our inner sloth. Manually setting reminders on your phone was deemed too arduous, so now you can speak them. Pulling out keys, inserting them into the ignition, and twisting was just pointlessly strenuous, so now we just push a button. Going to rent a movie at Blockbuster defined drudgery,…

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Stuff in a box

S-Box Knife Box

A practical way to store not just knives but also spices, keys, power-outlets, iPods or even a small TV, the S-Box (costs vary) can be installed into any surface with cabinet space beneath. Think: end of a kitchen island, breakfast bar or near the primary workspace you like to do your best Mario Batali. With…

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Double Kitchen Agent

Design Spotlight: Scoop Measuring Spoon

Spoons, forks and knives, have admirably served western eaters well for centuries — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for innovation. Following in the prestigious footsteps of the spork, the product think tank at Quirky has devised a new eating utensil that combines the shoveling benefits of a spoon with the spreading skills of…

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Im-press-ive

Kickstarter: The Espro Press

Compared to standard drip methods, the French Press (or cafetiére as it’s known in the rest of the world) does an excellent job of brewing a great tasting cup of coffee. But it isn’t perfect. In fact, many java-elitest feel the process results in overextraction and dislike that used grounds often wind up thwarting the…

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Never over cook again

SousVide Supreme

Sous-vide (pronounced soo-veed) is a rather nerdy, but effective cooking submovement in the world of haute cuisine. The term literally translates to “under vacuum” in french, and involves sealing food in airtight plastic bags which are then placed in a precisely maintained hot water bath for extended periods of time. Typically the water temperatures are…

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Chuck the plastic, toast the steel

Nau x Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Pints

If you weren’t one of our eagle eye readers that spotted them in yesterday’s Tasting Notes feature (there’s a hint after the jump), this should make things a bit more obvious. A collaboration between Nau and the BPA-free boffins at Kleen Kanteen, these stainless steel ($39) chalices are made from food-grade stainless steel and feature…

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Blended Blender

DeLonghi 12-Cup Food Processor with Blender

DeLonghi’s new 12-cup food processor with blender ($300) is designed to combat the kitchen gadget sprawl that plagues many yuppie households. Thanks to a dual-drive motor system, the die cast metal base unit supports speed variations found on most blenders and food processors. With that power issue out of the way, users just have to…

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Chef by a thousand cuts

Microplane Easy Prep Meat Tenderizer

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No Average Joe

GP Primer | Skip the Drip: How to Manually Brew Better Coffee

Auto-drip coffee is entrenched in American culture for three reasons. It’s cheap, easy to make, and has a relatively consistent taste wherever you order it, apart from the random Chicory-spiked landmines you can stumble on down south. Those benefits have been compounded now that the process of measuring grounds, water, and finding a filter has…

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Scoop de Ville

Kapu Coffee Scoop

Sure, your tablespoon does a fine job toting grinds from the bag to your jo-ppliance, but that’s not quite enough now is it? The Kapu Coffee Scoop ($26) takes what might be an otherwise ordinary piece of birch plywood and applies a fine dose of Finnish design, but this scoop isn’t just a one-hit wonder….

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Party Foul Proof

Silipint

Most people will take beer in any container they can get it in. Purists, however, tend to place the traditional pint glass above all us. The Silipint ($10) is an indestructible incarnation of the popular cup (sadly it’s the American 16 oz, not a 20oz British Imperial). Made from flexible, food grade silicone, it can…

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Easing the Daily Grind

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew

The intelligent new Breville BDC600XL YouBrew ($280) is a grinder and brewer designed to dish out the perfect amount of coffee your jittery caffeinated-heart desires (as long as it doesn’t exceed 12 cups at a time). Yes, you can do this today by adjusting the amount of coffee and water in your standard dripper, but…

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Time To Make The....

Automatic Mini Donut Factory

Typically we avoid covering anything that could anchor a 45 minute infomercial at 4:00 a.m. Based on your response to the King Arthur mini donut maker last spring, though, we had to share this automatic mini donut factory ($180) — which takes a vastly improved assembly line approach to creating the addictive breakfast staple. Simply…

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Kramer Vs. No One

Bob Kramer x Zwilling J.A. Henckels Carbon Steel Knifes

Kramer, who holds the title as the only chef in the U.S. certified as a Master Bladesmith, has spent 20 years forging raw materials into custom artisan knives sought after by the pros. His custom knives, which take several years of waiting and cost thousands of dollars don’t exactly equate to an easy acquisition for…

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Dropping It Like It's Hot

Gaggenau Lift Oven

The Gaggenau BL 253 Lift Oven ($3,000+) is the hoopty of the appliance world that was originally released back in 2007. Instead of forcing cooks to deal with opening doors and reaching into an oven’s heated core, this appliance features a LiftMatic glass ceramic base which lowers down from the oven. This allows users to…

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Brain Freeze Ready

Nostalgia Electrics Retro Snow Cone Makers

There’s nothing groundbreaking about snow cones. They’re just shaved ice topped with colored syrup. Still, shaving ice at home isn’t the easiest task in the world. That’s why we had to share Nostalgia Electric’s Retro Series Snow-Cone Machines ($45). The enterprising kids on our block may put a price on our heads for spilling the…