Just in case you've been wishing for an espresso machine that's shaped like a car engine, we bring you the Espresso Veloce V12 Machine ($TBA). Limited to just 500 pieces, this insane machine is handcrafted from common automotive materials like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, and features a filter that resembles a coffee filter, dispensers that resemble tailpipes, and other little touches that tie the Veloce to its racing inspiration. Perfect for the garage, racing-themed man cave, or just a standard kitchen that happens to use a Ferrari as a dinner table.
Have a habit of slicing up your fingers when you grab the knife out of the drawer? These Magmate Magnetic Blade Guards ($25) are the perfect protection. Your blade is sealed inside a plastic fortress, with cushy foam to make sure you don't lose that sharp edge, and magnets you can count on to make sure it's closed. Which brings us back to the knives. You haven't cut yourself yet, right? [via]
Make some extra room in your kitchen by ditching pre-packaged sodas and picking up the Samsung SodaStream Refrigerator ($3,900). The first fridge to ship with a carbonated water option — powered by SodaStream tech — alongside a traditional water and ice dispenser, it also offers a kid-friendly, counter-height Flex Zone drawer, dual doors for the main compartment, and a freezer on the bottom. Other features include Twin Cooling Plus technology, LED lighting, and an ice maker capable of cranking out 10 lbs. of the frozen stuff per day. [via]
You won't be finding these in your nearby chain kitchen store. Cut Brooklyn Knives ($350-$575) are handcrafted in a Brooklyn workshop by owner/operator Joel Bukiewicz, who takes as much time as necessary with each piece to make sure it's worthy of the company name. While the selection of currently available knives might change from day to day, you can be sure that each one is made from high-quality steel and comes with a cutting edge sharp enough to cut through any food you want.
Up 'til now, wood-fired pizza ovens have been the domain of restaurants and the rich. The Uuni Pizza Oven (£160; roughly $250) is looking to change all of that. Made from stainless steel, it's compact, weighs just 5kg, and - most importantly - cooks a fantastic pizza, thanks to an integrated furnace that gets up to 800° F, or hot enough to cook a pie in just 3 minutes.
Feel like your kitchen isn't looking enough like a Mr. Wizard set? The Hario Bonmac Siphon Coffee Pot ($110) should be able to fix that. To use it, you fill up the lower bulb with water, and place your coffee grounds in the upper container. Place the alcohol lamp burner under the lower bulb to boil the water, which becomes steam, rises to the top, mixes with the grounds, and finally ends up back down in the lower bulb as one of the best cups of coffee you've ever had. Safety goggles not included.
Do you like tea? Do you really like tea? Then you should consider picking up the WMF SmarTea Teapot ($135). This sleek set features a 1.5 quart glass teapot, a removable stainless steel infuser good for loose leaf, bagged, or flowering teas, and a stainless steel lid. The real highlight, however, is the stainless steel stand that has a tealight candle holder to keep your tea warm and ready to drink for hours.
The fingerprint recognition system on the Philips Saeco Xelsis Fingerprint ID Espresso Machine ($3,200) isn't meant to keep anything more secure — unless you consider your personal drink preferences a well-guarded secret. Able to store up to 6 unique profiles, the Xelsis also features Saeco Brewing System technology that lets you dial in just the right strength and consistency, an integrated, automatic milk carafe for perfectly frothed milk, an adjustable, built-in ceramic grinder, protective coffee bean hopper, and removable 54-ounce water tank. All of which helps you save a grand per person per year over hitting up the local coffee shop.
Consider yourself a coffee geek? Then you should consider a Blossom One Coffee Maker ($TBA). Alongside the most complete temperature control ever put in a coffee brewer, the Blossom also lets you adjust everything from grind size to extraction time, allowing you to brew a cup to your taste. If that wasn't enough, it also features built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.3MP camera for scanning QR codes, letting you instantly download and share brewing recipes specific to the beans you have on hand. You might never stop at Starbucks again.
With no moving parts, electronics, or other unnecessary niceties, the Chemex Coffee Maker ($37) is brewing at its purest. To brew, simply place the grounds in the cone-shaped filter at the top and pour hot water over them — the resulting joe should offer rich flavor without the bitterness that you've like become used to. Once it's done, grasp the polished wood collar, pour, and enjoy. It's really that simple.
Do you — or someone you know — have to have each little piece of ingredient perfectly, uniformly chopped before you can proceed with cooking? The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board ($30) was made for you. This clever 9" x 12" beechwood cutting board features built-in guides for batonnet, allumette, julienne, small and medium dice, brunoise and fine brunoise cuts, as well as guides for cutting on 30º, 45º, and 60º angles. It might not help your actual cooking, but it should give your presentation a boost.
Single-cup coffee makers are all the rage these days, but most of them have a hard time trying to recreate your coffee house favorites. Which is why they make the Starbucks Verismo ($200-$400). This new single-cup machine uses individual pods to brew espressos and coffees, and separate milk pods to create drinks like Caffe Lattes, all brewed to Starbucks standards thanks to Swiss-engineered high-pressure technology. It's kinda like having a Starbucks in your house, minus the Baristas.