For the minimalist coffee lover in you, there's the Canadiano Coffee Maker ($60-$80; includes one pound of coffee). Carved from a single block of cherry, walnut, or maple wood, this coffee maker is truly as simple as it gets, featuring a metal filter that never needs to be replaced. Each variety is meant for a specific sort of coffee — with walnut made for darker roasts, and maple or cherry made for nuttier, more citrusy beans. All you need to do is place it over your mug, add in two scoops of coarsely-ground beans, and pour over hot water. With two to four minutes of brewing, and stirring to suit your preference, you get a personalized single cup of coffee every time, without all the waste of other single cup methods.
While, admittedly, not everyone is going to necessarily find everyday applications for a product like the Searzall ($65), if you're a serious home cook (or small-time professional chef), you'll wonder how you ever did without it. It's a fixture for a standard blow-torch, making it much better suited for use with food by helping eliminate the torch-taste commonly found in foods seared with a torch. It works by forcing the flame through two layers of heat-proof mesh, largely reducing the flame to radiant heat, and letting it perfectly sear sous-vide foods, foie gras, fish, steak, burgers — really anything.
If normal brewed coffee isn't always enough of a jolt to get you rolling in the morning, but you still don't like spending your mornings in long lines waiting for a latte, you should consider brewing your own espresso. The La Cafetiere Stovetop Espresso Pot ($30) easily brews six shots of espresso at a time on gas, electric, and radiant cooking surfaces. The soft touch handle makes it easy to use, even when it's hot, while the durable aluminum body endures years of brewing. It's the perfect way to brew strong espresso at home or at work, and avoid all the frustrations of the coffee shop — now all you have to do is learn to make your own triple venti soy no-foam latte.