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Mr. Coffee brews and blends

Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe Maker

One of the best things about coffee is that it can be enjoyed hot or cold. Start the morning off with a nice hot cup, and by the afternoon keep the caffeinated train going with an iced version. If there is any lull between cups of coffee, and it gets hard to concentrate or pay attention, Mr. Coffee has your back.

The Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe Maker is a simple to use coffee-making gadget that brews and blends in three minutes time. Just add ingredients and press a button. The 20-ounce capacity blending jar will soon contain enough magic elixir for you to make it through the day—or at least until the next cup of coffee.

October 26, 2009   No Comments

Making coffee making as easy as can be

Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker

Making coffee couldn’t be made any easier. Heck, it would take more effort to crawl down to your local caffeinating hole than to use this coffee maker. The Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker is a perfect solution for those that enjoy freshly ground brewed coffee first thing in the morning. Having some experience with groggy coffee making, I can assuredly say that the relatively easy process of brewing coffee is not so easy without the help of coffee. It’s like a Möbius strip or the chicken-or-the-egg paradox: to make coffee one must have coffee. Or at least in my case. Needless to say, mornings are not so pretty around these parts.

With a 24-hour programmable timer included on this coffee maker, all morning mishaps can be avoided. Complete with an integrated burr grinder in the set up, mornings can be accident free and delicious. Other features included on this miracle machine include a charcoal water filter and a gold-tone permanent filter. Oh, and at the end of the day, when you are delightfully caffeinated? As a final nod to the forgetful and the occasionally inept, this coffee maker includes an automatic shut-off.

August 11, 2009   No Comments

Iconic NYC mug survives the test of time

We Are Happy To Serve You

It wasn’t long ago that New Yorkers could everywhere be found sipping coffee out of iconic blue coffee cups. Those days may be threatened, but the icon will continue. The We Are Happy To Serve You cup lives on in ceramic form. The Grecian inspired design was created in the 60’s and quickly became the go-to to-go coffee cup for NYC delis and coffee vendors. Cheaper alternatives may be pushing the famous cup out of the marketplace, but for $12, you can still grab a little piece of history. The design is licensed exclusively from the Solo Cup Operating Corporation, so like NYC itself, you know you’re getting an original.

July 15, 2009   No Comments

Flying the caffeinated skies with the TuGo Cup Holder


Once upon a time, coffee was abundant but really not that good. Then along came the coffee craze and suddenly everybody was drinking well-crafted coffee drinks. More importantly, everybody was drinking coffee suited exactly to their tastes. As the nation became entranced with the beverage, it became imperative for us to get our coffee fix anytime, anywhere. The coffee chains were only too happy to oblige.

Running concurrently with this phenomenon was an increase in the ever-exacting standards of the airline industry. It only makes sense; efficiency is next to safety when we take to the skies. No longer would the passenger who insisted on stuffing all of their luggage into the overhead bins be tolerated. The size of carry-on luggage became quantified and baggage companies stepped in to create TSA approved bags.

Fast forward to 2009 and we have the inevitable conclusion: airports full of travelers all balancing a cup of coffee while struggling with their nearly identical carry-on bags. Clearly, something had to be done. Enter the TuGo Cup Holder. Simply attach in-between those two bars (don’t tell me you use something different!) that comprise the handle on your luggage and rest your double soy latte half cream mocha right on in there.

(Via bookofjoe)

June 29, 2009   No Comments

i-Roast your own coffee beans

i-Roast 2 Coffee Roaster

Serious coffee lovers are always looking for a new way to enhance the experience. I know from a personal standpoint, I have tried every type of coffee maker imaginable. Lately, I have centered on the stovetop espresso maker, but I’m always open to anything that might make my morning brew better. Perhaps it’s time to look past the method and focus on a different step: coffee roasting.

If you are drowning in a sea of megabrew, it might be time to take your coffee game to the next level. The i-Roast 2 Coffee Roaster is a home device capable of producing fresh roasted coffee beans right on your countertop. With features such as five stages and preset roasting curves, your coffee-roasting game can be off and running immediately.

When you find your perfect roast, the machine can store it (along with nine other preferred roasts) in the on-board memory. The included timer and temperature gauge allow for consistent results. With a little experimentation, you can achieve quality results every time. Oh, and if you want to have ultimate precision with every cup of joe, check out some advanced tips and tricks, here.

(Via Home Appliances)

April 16, 2009   No Comments

Handpresso: Espresso to go…anywhere

Handpresso Wild Portable Espresso Machine

If you’re like everybody else (and really, who isn’t?), then you are sure to have more than a mild appreciation for coffee. Unfortunately, there is not always a coffee house nearby to fuel our caffeine needs. The Handpresso Wild Portable Espresso Machine solves this problem by working without electricity. With only hot water, an ESE coffee pod and some elbow grease, you could have espresso style drinks anywhere.

All you need to do to enjoy espresso anywhere is pump up the machine until the pressure indicator is at 16 bar, and then press the start button. Up to 1.5-ounces of smooth espresso is served in an instant. As we all know: when it comes to coffee, soon can never be soon enough.

March 24, 2009   No Comments