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.
You can easily carry your coffee cup in your hand when you’re walking down the street and cars have cupholders to hold your cups when you drive. Bicycles, however, are not ideal for holding coffee cups for you. If they are equipped with beverage holders of some kind, they’re usually designed for closed water bottles and mounted at an angle that is going to pour more of your coffee on the ground than it keeps in the cup. Fortunately, bicycle commuters can simply mount a shiny new Bicycle Coffee Cup Holder onto their handlebars and carry their coffee in style without spilling it all over the place. The holder is made of stainless steel and rubber hand has a tight clamp that keeps it in place while you ride. It’s ideal for paper cups and for paper cup-shaped ceramic/plastic cups, but it can fit tapered travel cup designs quite easily, as well. You will have to look out for bumps, at least until we start to see those new coffee lids designed to minimize splashing, but a few drops of coffee is a small price to pay compared to trying to bike on a busy street while carrying a cup in your hand.
Chicory is a root that has been roasted, brewed and used as an inexpensive coffee substitute for many, many years, but the most notable modern example of chicory use is in the coffee and chicory blend that is a staple for many New Orleans residents and Mardi Gras-goers every year. It’s a unique drink that becomes addictive once you’ve aquired a taste for it – and it is something that can be hard to find outside of New Orleans – especially if you want to make yours with high quality, freshly roasted chicory (just like your coffee beans!). Blue Bottle Coffee offers a New Orleans Iced Kit that will allow you to make your own delicious New Orleans-style coffee and chicory coffee blend at home. The kit includes their signature recipe, a pound of Blue Bottle’s New Orleans coffee blend and an envelope of pre-measured, roasted French chicory that is scaled for one pound of coffee. You will need to add your own milk, sugar, and ice to finish the recipe and complete your drink. BB recommends whole milk and organic sugar, which is what they use to make the drink themselves. It’s a taste of New Orleans (or at least, a taste of New Orleans via the SF Bay Area!) at home.