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.