Trying to grab a scoop of ice cream out of a hard slab is about as effective as trying to talk to a wall — unless, of course, your have this Serrated Ice Cream Scoop ($10). It features a die cast head with a serrated edge for cutting into hard ice cream and a textured inner scoop for easy release, and even packs in a soft-grip handle to relieve stress — as if the ice cream wasn't enough to take care of that on its own.
Give your next tea party a taste of the Dark Side with this Death Star Tea Infuser ($20). Made of stainless steel, it's officially licensed by Lucasfilm, opens easily to let you fill it with loose leaf tea, and even features a TIE Fighter on chain for easy removal — no exhaust port trickery necessary.
We typically like our iced coffee like we like our regular coffee — ready to drink not long after we start making it. For those of you with more patience, the Bodum Bean Iced Coffee French Press ($45) offers a smoother drink in exchange for a much longer brewing time. Just load your ground coffee into the jug as usual, add cold water, and let it hang out in the fridge overnight. In the morning, press it down, and you've got incredibly smooth iced coffee, no (more) waiting required.
Expand your collection of display-worthy kitchen gadgets with the Eva Solo Ice Tea Maker ($90). Designed by Danish studio Tools, it features a glass carafe, a stainless steel tea filter, a flip-top lid that opens automatically when pouring, a colored silicone neck sleeve for a secure grip when pouring hot or cold liquids, and a one liter capacity. You can spoon tea leaves directly into the carafe for indefinite brewing — the filter will keep them from escaping into your drink — or place them inside the filter to brew for just a couple minutes, then press the plunger and pour.
Brew coffee-house worthy cups of caffeine-laced goodness on your stovetop with the Otto Espresso Machine (AU$800; roughly $850). Designed in Australia, it's based on Giordano Robbiati's classic Atomic, made almost entirely of stainless steel for dependable operation year-in, year-out, can brew two cups at a time at up to three bar of pressure, and includes a built-in steam wand. It doesn't look too shabby, either.