kitchen gadgets

Modbar coffee machine: third wave espresso’s new poster-child

Modbar coffee machine: third wave espresso’s new poster-child

The days of mysterious espresso brewing behind hulking machines may be over, if one coffee startup, Modbar, has its way, burying all but the glamorous end of the process under the counter. Revealed today at the opening of the SCAA's (Speciality Coffee Association of America) annual expo, Modbar is a striking, modular series of espresso groups, pour-over taps, and steam arms which can be hooked up in multiple numbers and configurations, with the promise of greater temperature control, a cut in prep time, and even geek-friendly features like touchscreen operation and support for temperature monitoring in Kelvin.

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Your Pod Coffee Tastes Bad

Your Pod Coffee Tastes Bad

Coffee and geeks go together. Yet, given geeks can be the most obsessive about getting the very best user-experience, it's surprising how many are content to drink bad coffee. I'm talking about pods, pads and K-Cups, and the shiny, alluring machines that fire hot water through them. Like many people, my morning wouldn't be complete without at least one cup of coffee, but what really frustrates me is when people who I know love coffee just as much talk in hushed and reverent tones about their latest "heavenly" pod experience. Those super-convenient little Senseo pads, or the Keureg K-Cups? They're selling you stale coffee.

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Food Finish turns your food an edible chrome

Food Finish turns your food an edible chrome

Is that chicken dipped in gold? No, but it sure looks like it is, and because it was sprayed that way with what The Deli Garage calls Food Finish, it's completely safe to eat, too. Ever wanted the Midas touch, and not just with your household appliances, with all of your tasty treats as well? That time has come, ladies and gentlemen, and although you can't quite buy this spray here in the USA yet due to some sort of shipping regulations, you can sit in wait while the spray gains popularity internationally.

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Canon 24-105mm Lens Crafted of Ceramic Brings Liquid Satisfaction in a Snap

Canon 24-105mm Lens Crafted of Ceramic Brings Liquid Satisfaction in a Snap

If there's one single photo related to photography itself that's so meta, so amazingly ingenious it's amazing it hasn't been done a thousand times over, it's the big expensive lens turned into a coffee cup. An artist by the name of DERELIQ has decided to take this awesome idea another step back, smaller and further away in a shotglass made in the form of a Canon lens, complete with all the knobs, settings, and red ring rim you've come to expect.

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Titanium drinking straw for the neurotic geek

Titanium drinking straw for the neurotic geek

I used to work with a woman that was weird. She had an unnatural fear of balloons and always brought her own straws to work. Apparently, she didn’t trust the balloons to not pop on her randomly and getting a straw out of a box was gross. What that woman needs is this titanium drinking straw. You can cram it into just about anything you want to drink from oranges to milk cartons.

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S’mores Maker lets you make s’mores sans fire

S’mores Maker lets you make s’mores sans fire

S'mores is some good eatin'. My kids love s'mores, but I can never get the marshmallow just right over a campfire. They always end up too burnt so it's like eating a charcoal and chocolate sandwich. Cook them a little less and you end up with a nicely toasted outside and a solid inside that won't properly squish between the graham crackers. S'mores making is partly science and partly mess avoidance for me.

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Cornobi (Wan): The picnic’s only hope

Cornobi (Wan): The picnic’s only hope

I bet when the Jedi have their annual picnic each year, this is the corncob holder that they use. This thing is really cool, yet weird at the same time. I almost had a stroke trying to figure out how to meld Star Wars jokes and Beavis and Butthead references into one post. You truly would be the Great Cornholio with one of these. This is a concept product from Shed Samovar and it should be made.

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Crazy corkscrew for the rich wine drinker

Crazy corkscrew for the rich wine drinker

I'm not rich and I don’t have the kind of money it takes to start to consider versions of trivial things in life that are massively more expensive that what you can buy things for down at Walmart. For instance, you could walk into Wally World and walk out with a new corkscrew if you are a wine drinker for a few bucks. It will get the bottle of $5 port you picked up at the local liquor store open with minimal bits of cork in the drink. It won't open your wine with much style or say, "I'm rich" like this fancy corkscrew from Core-38.

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Baratza Esatto and Vario-E want to revolutionize your coffee

Baratza Esatto and Vario-E want to revolutionize your coffee

If you take coffee seriously, then you'll know there's more to a premium brew than a huge, shiny espresso machine. In fact, the grinding process makes the biggest difference to your eventual cup, and part of that is getting the exact dose right. Enter Baratza and the Esatto, reports CoffeeGeek, a weight-based dosing system that promises accuracy down to 0.2g variance for the company's existing grinders, as well as the Baratza Vario-E, a full weight-based grinding system in one.

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