Reaching for a second cup of coffee (or third...) never requires much effort. However, making a second pot of coffee usually is a much more complicated affair, and no, it's not just because of the jitters. Traditional drip coffeemakers are necessarily somewhat bulky as they have an onboard reservoir system. Water goes in one place and comes out coffee in another. While this transformation may be the engine that drives everyday activity, it cannot be started until the coffee and the water are added to the machine. Best to make that process as easy as possible.
There is no doubt that brewing coffee at home is easier than ever. The flip side of that coin, however, is the seemingly contradictory fact that making the perfect cup at home is more complicated than ever. The paradox can be resolved (preferably while sipping a hot cup of joe) when you consider how many options exist for the home; it can be overwhelming. At some point, decisions get made, and some type of coffeemaker is added to the kitchen arsenal--and then you realize it doesn't make the exact coffee drink that is desired.
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This week, we get all Crave-y over a new boombox from TDK with a sweet design that belies the company's low-tech roots. Also, a fake coffee bot makes us yearn for the days when "The Jetsons" becomes a reality; some creepy crawlers get made over into flashy, USB-powered robots that are just ripe for holiday stockings; and we check out a tutorial on how to install your own "Star Trek"-worthy pneumatic doors. Plus, an utterly expensive--yet awesome--steampunk flash drive catches our eyes, as does a rather emasculating motorcycle ripped straight out of "Tron"--but for entirely different reasons. Finally, a shout-out to a local eatery in this week's "This is Why You're Fat" segment.
Imagine having your morning cuppa joe served by a charming little humanoid robot--just like in the neat ad above and below.
"What can I get for you?" Brewbot asks in the TV commercial after performing an impressive transformation from ordinary kitchen appliance to bipedal robo-barista.
Kraft Foods' Tassimo Brewbot is a coffeemaker that can whip up seven beverages including coffee, espresso, and latte. It uses single-serve "T-discs" from makers like Maxwell House and Twinings; the discs have brewing instructions embedded in barcodes.
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Coffee convenience is almost as important as the coffee itself. The continuing proliferation of coffeehouses can attest to that. Though it is certainly easy to simply walk into a cafe and order a coffee drink, that method doesn't necessarily represent the apex of coffee convenience; you still have to manage to get to a cafe, after all. About the easiest way to get a cup of coffee--other than having somebody go get it for you--might just be a particular honor saved for single-serve capsule coffeemakers.
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Gone are the days when it was hard to shop for someone who was labeled "the person who has everything." Nowadays, with so many gadgets in existence, it's just too unlikely. Sure, your hard-to-shop-for targets may have a quesadilla maker, but one of those and a doughnut hole maker? Probably not. And if they do, well, there are a million other kitchen-related gadgets and accessories that may not be so common. So with the "person who has everything" dwindling away to a statistical improbability, what's a shopper to do? Luckily, we have enthusiasts to … Read more
Caffeine behemoth Starbucks on Tuesday finally unveiled its revamped Web hub, a landing page that's only accessible from its in-store Wi-Fi networks in the U.S. Teaming with the likes of Yahoo (the main technology partner), The Wall Street Journal, GOOD, The New York Times, iTunes, LinkedIn, and Foursquare, Starbucks has packed the new site full of news both local and mainstream (including content that would normally be behind paywalls), free music download promos, local information like weather and bike trails, and movie trailers.
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There's no getting around it: coffee is everywhere. Which is a good thing, because though having an endless supply of fuel available to power our daily activities may be a dream to modern society as a whole, but to an individual coffee-drinker, it is essential for just making it through the day. However readily accessible the beverage may be, its ubiquity isn't always all encompassing. Every weekend, households everywhere wake up to the realization that the particular cup of coffee they want is more than a pair of slippers and a robe away.
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The effects of coffee are well documented as a morning eye-opener and as a pick-me-up throughout the day. However, the caffeinated elixir has another associated trait that makes it enjoyable for coffee drinkers: it has ritual attached to it. Considering the amount of varieties that exist and the steps it takes to brew a pot, it is not surprising that the process is steeped in precision.
Precision is usually best handled by a machine, and for coffee-drinkers, there is the Saeco Bean To Brew 10-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker And Burr Grinder. Available with either a thermal or glass carafe, … Read more
An economy of motion in the morning is a survival technique many coffee drinkers innately understand. As we find our way to the kitchen, there is no time for any wasted movements; to do so would just increase the time it takes to get to the magic elixir. If it so happens that the timer on the coffeemaker was not set the previous night, this efficiency becomes paramount as we stumble through the motions of producing a pot of coffee.
Making it easy to get to the important parts, the DeLonghi DCF2210TTC 10-cup thermal carafe drip coffeemaker provides a way … Read more