Tea Coffee

Uplift Tea Kettle

Now, if you like tea, you know a tea kettle is quite important. I’ve had an Uplift kettle before*, and liked the way the spout opens automatically when lifting the handle (hence, the name ‘uplift’), but this 10th anniversary version takes the cake with its cork handles. Cork insulates well, and provides a soft, nonslip grip, which makes it an ideal choice. And, it works nicely in conjunction with the stainless steel, of course. It’s a winner.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.99
Available from: Hectic Gourmet

Muuto Bulky Tea Set

There’s always time for tea, especially when you have a tea service like this one from Muuto. It’s a little whimsical in its large proportions, of course, so there’s no surprise that the designer (Jonas Wagell) was inspired by fairy tales. So, say goodbye to stuffy traditional sets and shout hello to friendly shapes and handles. Tea time should be enjoyable, after all.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00 - 100.00
Availability: Buy Muuto Bulky Tea Set here

Chemex Coffeemaker

Cyber monday, blah, blah, blah. I’m sure you’re busy clicking on all the deals flooding your inbox, and the best of luck to you. While you do that, some older posts will get some much needed updates here on BLTD, with current links and prices.

If I drank coffee, I’d make it out of this coffeemaker; there’s something awfully nice about the simplicity of no buttons or blinking lights. Made out of an hourglass-shaped glass flask, this coffeemaker was invented by a chemist, and therefore brews coffee by a chemically correct method. All that’s needed is coffee, hot water, and a separate Chemex bonded filter (sold separately).

Dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Set of 100 filters sold separately.
Designer: Peter Schlumbohm, 1941
Size: 9.5h x 6″diam.

(Originally posted Aug 27, 2009.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.90
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Friend or Foe Cup & Saucers

No need to share your opinion with these cups; just hand over the appropriate one to your companion and they’ll know exactly what you think of them. Or not. Handpainted by Polly George’s father, they’re not cheap, but they sure are fun. (By the way, if you’re in London or planning to visit soon, I suggest stopping by Luna & Curious, as it’s a nice little shop.)

Choose between: Minger, Scrounger, Friend, Foe, Nosey Neighbour, Weirdo

Purchase Information:

Price: £20.00
Available from: Luna & Curious

Tea Kettle By NORM Architects

This tea kettle pot by NORM Architects has a built in steeper that is secured to the top lid when brewing is finished, making the process a tad less messy. Plus, as the teapot is glass, you can see the brewing process and stop it once the shade is exactly to your liking. Looks like the good teapot for those of us that are particular about tea.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: GSelect

Coava Kone Coffee Filter

After moving out to the Northwest it didn’t take long to notice that people take their coffee pretty seriously out here, and I’m not talking about Starbucks or Seattle’s Best. A welcoming local cafe is always a stone’s throw away, catering to both the casual coffee drinker and as well as patrons of the most distinguised taste. In Portland, one of the most unique cafes I have come across is Coava in the Central Eastside district. Sharing a space with a bamboo plywood showroom, the interior is industrial chic (fancy enjoying your coffee at a tablesaw?) yet is warmed by a large, welcoming bamboo counter and of course the lingering aroma of coffee beans. Serving coffee via a Chemex pour-over brewer is their first choice for a rich tasting cup, however co-owner Keith Gehrke saw the single-use paper filters to be quite wasteful. Instead of just dealing with it he decided to design his own filter, called the Kone… (more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Coava Kone Coffee Filter here

Kupu Coffee Scoop and Bag Closer

This coffee scoop also functions as a bag sealer, which means less ‘stuff’ required to make your morning drink and maybe even a few seconds saved in the process. Designed by Teemu Karhunen, the Kupu is made in Finland with birch plywood.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Teaball Teapot

From our archives (originally published February 18, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

As a self-proclaimed tea junkie, it’s difficult to describe just how important certain tools in the tea making process can be. If you’re dealing in loose tea, some infusers can be irritating in that they’re hard to clean, and if they’re hard to clean, you’ll probably get fed up and not use them anymore (which is the case with several infusers in my top kitchen drawer at the moment). Now, this Teaball Teapot not only looks easy to clean, but it looks extremely nice to hold and use, and I’d say that’s almost as (if not more) important.

teaball teapot by freud uk
six-cup teaball teapot, 18/10 stainless steel with removable stainless steel infuser for leaf tea. dishwasher safe.
5.8″h; 33 ounces.
not for stovetop use!

Purchase Information:

Price: $114.00
Availability: Buy Teaball Teapot here

Camera Lens Mug

Camera-geek joy, indeed. This mug looks just like a 24-105mm lens. Buy several and call it a day, because this would be just about the best gift (ever) for anyone who likes photography. A lens-cap lid and rubber-grip focus and zoom rings completes the picture.

Plastic mug with stainless steel lining.
Holds 16oz of liquid
3.3″ diameter, 4″ tall
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Photojojo

Source: Craft

Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker

Mypressi, Mypressi, Mypressi! Not only do I love the concept of a handheld espresso maker, but as you can tell, I love the name too. Just put in your coffee, add hot water, and press. And it now ships with a free Mypressi Milk Frother!

-produces single or double shots from either fresh ground coffee or ESE pods
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker here

Source: PicoCool

Goodesign + DWSTW Coffee Mug Set

Spotted these mugs over on Notcot yesterday and I have a feeling that you’ll like them as much as I do.

“I will pay for good design” and “Design will save the world”
11 oz. ceramic coffee mugs, sold as set.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Artefacture

Source: not-cot.org

Whistler Cork Teapot

The Whistler Cork Teapot is part of Moma’s exclusive highlight of Portugese products. Made with traditional materials, this charming and quite affordable teapot has a large opening at the top for easy filling. Also, check out the Sugar and Creamer containers and Tea Cups that go along with the cork teapot.

Designer: Raquel Castro, 2009
Material: ceramic earthenware, cork.
Size: 7h x 5l x 5.5”w, 3.5 cups

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Whistler Cork Teapot here

Best Mug Ever

This really is the best mug ever, as you can write whatever you want in the blank. Could be a good way to start the day for yourself or your loved one (depending on what you write, of course).

Dry erase marker included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Best Mug Ever here

Source: Svpply

Carl Mertens Cappuccino Stencils

Make your cup of Joe even more special with Carl Mertens’ stainless steel stencils. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the stencil and onto your cappuccino for a cute graphic surprise.

Designer: Carsten Gollnick
5.1 x 4.1 inches

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Purchase Information:

Price: �13.50
Availability: Buy Carl Mertens Cappuccino Stencils here

Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

I forget how I found this thing, but the reviews, even the critical ones, say it makes a better-than-average cup of coffee with less acidity and no bitterness. And you don’t even need electricity to use it so take it camping if you like…Brokeback Mountain style, but with Juan Valdez and a happier ending.

Includes: Aeropress plunger, funnel, scoop, stirrer, and a year’s supply of micro-filters.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.99
Availability: Buy Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker here