Folgers commercials used to depict coffee-lovers being lured out of bed by the smell of freshly brewed coffee, no alarm clock needed. I don’t know about you, but that coffee would have to be very close to my bed for the smell alone to get me up in the morning. I have considered putting a coffee maker of some kind in my bedroom before, and the Barisieur might just be the solution to my problems. This nifty gadget, designed by British designer Josh Renouf, is an alarm clock that starts to brew you a perfect cup of coffee as soon as it goes off. It has a vintage look that conceals some very slick technology.
A beaker of water sits on top of an induction burner that turns on when the alarm goes off. The burner heats up stainless steel balls inside of the beaker, which will cause the water to boil and will also make a subtle noise that will rouse you from your sleep gently. The steam will travel up a tube and condense to pour out over fresh grounds, and you’ll have a perfect pour-over at just about the moment you are ready to get out of bed. I can’t wait to get one myself, but unfortunately they’re not on sale yet. The projected price is £150-£250, which is a bit steep but could very well be worth it for giving you the perfect way to wake up in the morning.
Comic-Con just ended for this year, and I’ve been watching some of my friends on Facebook posting pictures of themselves, friends-of-friends and their favorite characters all weekend long. I couldn’t help but think of them when I first saw this Strong Brew Sword Tea Infuser, because it definitely wouldn’t be out of place at an event like Comic-Con even though that isn’t exactly a tea-centric event. This nifty infuser is shaped like a broadsword and looks like it popped right out of a video game. The sword pops apart so that you can easily fill it with your favorite loose-leaf tea. The blade of the sword is hollow and contains many small holes that let water flow in and out easily as your tea steeps, while the hilt fits snugly into the blade to keep the tea in place. The whole gadget is made of food-grade silicone, so it is easy to handle and won’t get too hot to handle – even after a long steep in a mug of very hot water. You probably will want to buy at least two of these, not just one, since the temptation to engage in a little swordfighting (albeit on a small scale) is irresistible after you’ve used one. Just be sure that all of the hot water is drained out of the sword before you take your first swing!
Most pour-over gadgets aren’t very visually exciting to look at. They’re ceramic, glass or plastic objects that look a lot like the reusable filters that you might pop into a drip coffee maker. They get the job done – and they come at various price points – but they’re utilitarian. This Rocket Fuel Coffee Brewer is anything but, as it has a funky design that will put a smile on your face in addition to putting coffee in your cup! The bright red plastic (BPA-free) coffee brewer is shaped like the base of a rocket ship, and a delicious kind of “rocket fuel” brews inside when your fill it with freshly ground coffee and hot water. It uses a standard #2 filter and the fresh coffee will stream neatly out of the base of the rocket into a mug below. The fins of the rocket will hold it in place over the mouth of your mug, so you don’t need to worry about any mis-launches while you’re getting your coffee ready.
There was a time when I had a single sugar bowl as part of my coffee service, but so many people take various artificial sweeteners in their coffee and tea these days that my sugar alternative bowl is bigger than my sugar bowl! I still stick with regular sugar when I want to sweeten up my drinks and I suspect that having an unusual sugar service just might convince friends who are used to those pink, yellow and blue packets to switch back to sugar. This Hourglass Sugar Dispenser just might be the thing I need to convince them. The plastic dispenser is 8 inches tall and it looks just like those old timers you used to use for your board games as a kid – only it is filled with sugar instead of with sand. The openings on each side allow you to pour sugar easily into your drink no matter which way the “sands” are spinning, and it’s fun to play with (because we all know that it is fun to play with your food at any age!) while you’re enjoying your drinks.