If you've ever given home brewing a try, you know how tough it can be to get everything right, from the proper measurements, to the right timing, to the precise temperatures — there's an awful lot you can screw up. And even if you get it all right, obtaining repeatable results can be really difficult. With Brewbot ($2,500) you don't have to worry about all the tedious parts of brewing. It takes care of water measurements, timing, and temperatures so you can focus on your recipe and ingredients. It pairs with your iOS device, letting you choose from and tweak a catalog of recipes, control, and monitor the entire brewing process. [Scouted by Edwin]
Get delicious smoky flavor in your meat and fish without the hassle using the Camerons Stovetop Smoker ($33). Made to work over just about any heat source, it works great on your gas or electric indoor range — so you won't have to do your smoking outdoors once the cold weather sets in. Its seamless stainless steel construction holds in the smoke, while cleaning up easily in the dishwasher. At seven by 11 inches, it's plenty big to hold a large piece of meat, or a filet of fish, but still small enough to fit on your stove. It includes a supply of wood chips, a recipe booklet, and a non-stick rack, so you'll be all set to get started.
Show the whole world that you're not ashamed of your beer snobbery — in fact you embrace it — with these Pretentious Beer Glasses ($170). You're a man who knows his beers, you know exactly what you like, and you know how you like it. That's why you won't settle for anything but the proper glass for your brew. This set includes everything you need to enjoy your beers as intended: a glass for hoppy beers, one for aromatic beers, one for malty beers, one for a subtler beer, and one for more traditional ales. Each one holds about 12 ounces, and has plenty of room for head.
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The buy one, give one movement is going strong with companies like Toms and Warby Parker — now Bogobrush ($40) has entered the mix. They offer a fairly-straightforward concept: a subscription service delivering a simply-made, environmentally- and socially-conscious toothbrush every three months (and for every one you get, an American in need gets one as well). The toothbrushes feature an entirely-biodegradable design, thanks to their bamboo construction. This helps you avoid contributing to the 450 million toothbrushes thrown away annually in the USA, all while helping spread good dental hygiene.
Everyone knows it's important to stay hydrated, but not every source of drinking water is clean enough to put in your body — make sure your daily dose of hydration is healthful with the Soma Water Filter ($50). The blown-glass container holds 48 ounces of filtered water, and the filters are made of environmentally-friendly materials like coconut-shell carbon, silk, and a plant-based casing. They're biodegradable and don't result in nasty bits of black charcoal in your water. Get fresh filters delivered to your door every two months with an available subscription service. Best yet, every filter sold helps provide clean drinking water through charity: water.
If John Wayne had time to do his dishes while crossing dangerous Apache territory, he would do them with Dish Whiskey Soap ($16) — but he was probably a little too busy protecting a stagecoach to worry about clean pots and pans. We're not saying something as simple as changing up your dish soap will make you as tough as The Duke, but it certainly couldn't hurt. This American-made soap is barrel-aged and charcoal-filtered, with a scent that conjures memories of your favorite bottle. It comes in a 16-ounce container perfect for resting next to your kitchen sink, or stuffing into your saddle bag.
You won't hear us judging you for your coffee addiction — even if you need to drink it all day just to function — we're right there with you. Keep your supply of coffee hot all day with the Stelton Vacuum Jug ($75), a one-liter, vacuum-sealed thermos that's as aesthetically attractive as it is functional. Made from ABS plastic with a glass filler, this jug is finished out in matte black. It's also washable and reusable, which gives it one up on all of those paper cups and cardboard sleeves filling your office wastebasket.
Whether you're concerned about your impact on the local landfill, or you just like the idea of carbonating your own beverages at home, the Sodastream Source ($130) gives you the bubbles you crave without all the excess plastic bottles. This elegantly-designed device lets you carbonate any drink, from tap water to soft drinks. The included plastic bottle has a metal base and top, is completely reusable, and will last a while — compare that to those disposable bottles you get from the local grocery. LED lights on the machine's face let you accurately gauge your level of carbonation.
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.
When you're into mixing up fine-quality cocktails at home, sometimes the only thing that stands between making a beverage appear professional or amateurish, is the ice — but no longer, thanks to the Neat Ice Kit ($50). This clever little kit comes with an ice mold that allows you to form a large chunk of ice, the top half of which is perfectly clear. The included ice chisel lets you split that block into a large usable chunk, or many smaller pieces. A Lewis bag and wooden muddler let you crush your ice, making it perfect for a delicious summer cocktail.
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.