Rethink whatever you're using to brew and hold tea, and pick up the beautiful, functional Blomus Sencha Tea Maker & Warmer ($110). The large, easily-filled strainer lets you put in plenty of loose-leaf tea for steeping, and you can serve tea without removing it. A generous 33-ounce capacity lets you brew plenty of tea, whether you're sharing with the office, or drinking all day — and the built-in tea-candle holder keeps it warm. It features a modern design and clear glass and stainless steel construction that looks great and lets you conveniently wash it in the dishwasher.
If you're like most of us, the stuff in your kitchen is mostly a cobbled-together assortment of hand-me-downs, odd items from the secondhand store, and a cheap set of knives from Target. While that probably gets the job done, you'll feel a lot better about cooking if you update your cookware with the Malle W. Trousseau Kitchen Set ($5,800). Typical of products from the MoMA Store, these are carefully designed items that highlight the beauty in everyday objects. Included in the set are various pots, pans, knives, cloths, towels, containers, dishes, cutting boards, assorted tools, and a leather apron — nearly everything you need for a well-appointed kitchen.
With any luck you've experienced the delightful taste of a cup of coffee made in a Chemex — these pour-over coffee makers create a better cup than your drip machine any day, but unfortunately, they're not very portable. The Pour Mason ($29) solves the portability problem, so you can have delicious poured coffee whether you're camping, boating, or backpacking. It's made from a simple aluminum funnel attached to an aluminum lid that fits any Ball Mason jar. All you need to do is boil water, and gently pour it over ground coffee through a filter for a perfectly-brewed cup anywhere you go.
If you're a homebrewer, cheese maker, baker, or backyard grilling aficionado, you know that proper temperature makes the difference between delicious, and terrible. In spite of this, we still haven't seen many advances made to the simple kitchen thermometer — that is, until the Range Smart Thermometer ($59). Available in two forms, a three-inch, pointed thermometer with a long cord perfect for meats, and a six-inch, dull thermometer made for working with deep pots, it plugs directly into your iOS device, letting you get smarter about temperature. Push notifications, alerts at multiple temperatures, and recipe graphs are just a few of the features that make it so useful.
Tea drinkers know what a pain it can be to take their beverage with them when they leave the house — traditional travel mugs aren't made with tea in mind, and always leave you with a used bag and nowhere to put it. Steep ($30) solves the traveling tea drinker's problems by providing an insulated cup with a screw-on lid and a space to keep your leftovers. Made from ordinary ceramic material, and designed to fit traditional mason jar lids, it's threaded on the top and bottom, so you can keep things securely contained. Safely microwave yours and stick it in the dishwasher when you're done.