Unsatisfied with the quality of coffee created by your average drip machine, Bodum went about re-inventing it as only they can. The result is the Bodum Bistro Pour Over Coffee Machine ($250), which aims to replicate the tedious yet tasty pour over process. It uses a spiral heating element to get the water as close to boiling as possible before transporting it over to the fine-mesh, titanium-plated coffee filter. It then passes though a shower head to ensure even distribution, while the filter lets through all the flavor and none of the grit. Finally, the double-walled thermos ensures the stuff stays warm, yet still opens with a simple press of a button. [via]
Some of our favorite salsas and sauces come in plain, reusable jars — but unless you're running a country-themed bar, they aren't so useful for drinking out of thereafter. Unless you've got a Cuppow ($9). This brilliant little tool acts like a coffee cup lid, working with most normal wide-mouth canning jars to turn them into efficient, reusable, spill-free travel mugs — although it still won't stop you from burning your hands should you decide to fill it with hot coffee.
Get all the flavor of a french press with none of the grit by brewing your coffee with an Espro Press ($85). This precision coffee brewer can make about 30 oz. of joe per pot, using a unique double-stage filter to keep grit and grounds out of your coffee, leaving only smooth, rich, flavorful coffee in its wake. If you're on the fence, consider this — the price will go up to $100 once the Kickstarter project ends in a couple weeks.
Coffee machines don't have to hide under the counter to make good coffee. Many of our compatriots swear by the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker ($26), an affordable machine that beats the pants off more expensive models. The secret is its brewing method, which uses a combination of ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure to brew single cups of joe or double shots of espresso that are low in acidity and bitterness but high in taste. A great last-minute stocking stuffer for the Starbucks-addicted.
Looking for a last-minute gift for the coffee lover on your list? The Frieling Ultimo French Press ($60) is a solid choice. Featuring double-wall construction of 18/10 stainless steel, the Ultimo keeps your coffee or tea warm after brewing, and also offers a comfortable, full-length handle, and an all-metal mesh plunger that works great with coarse coffee grounds or loose tea leaves.