We like our coffee here at Uncrate HQ. In fact, we need it. So it should come as no surprise that we're lusting after the Miele CVA615 Coffee System ($TBA). It's an in-wall unit that handles everything from grinding the beans to frothing milk. It features fully automatic controls, letting you set your grind preferences and just press a button. That's it. About a minute later, you have a fresh cup of joe, brewed on demand. Excellent. [Thanks, Alex!]
As much as we try not to drink too much soda, there are always times — parties, open bar, etc. — that it's nice to have some two-liters around. Alas, they seem to go flat before your very eyes — until now. The FizzKeeper ($4) is an ingenious little gadget that goes on top of your bottle, replacing the cap. When you're temporarily finished with the bottle, give a few pumps of the ball on the top of the 'Keeper, and your fizzy drinks will taste just as fresh as when they were opened.
Make fresh fruit or vegetable drinks at home with this pro-quality, 1000-watt juicer from Breville. The Italian-made 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite ($300) is super powerful and durable, offering a die-cast steel housing, titanium-plated cutting disc and 115 individual knives to grind up pulp. The machine also has a circular three-inch stainless feed tube for processing whole fruits and vegetables without pre-cutting, and a built-in electronic smart chip that regulates power to the blades, depending on what you're trying to juice.
Sure, you could get a cheap one, but with Armageddon upon us, why not spend the last of your savings on a professional shaved ice machine and accessories? The helpful folks at 1-800-Shaved-Ice.com recommended the Snowie 3000 ($2,350) for it's ease of use and speed. You'll also need flavor syrup ($25/gallon), cups ($5/case of 1000), and spoonstraws ($8/pack of 400). And if you want to make a career out of it, be sure to order the Shaved Ice Business Manual ($13), some signs ($100), and cart ($3,300) or trailer ($14,260).
We all know and love knife blocks, but sometimes the counter real estate is more important than the proper storage of your cutlery. Magnetic Knife Holders ($60) take your knives from the counter to the wall with a set of four magnets that keep your blades securely stored and easily accessible. Each pod holds up to two knives, so you can get about eight knives out of your way.