Not all coffee drinkers prefer the amped-up taste of Starbucks and the like. The Hario Cold Water Coffee Dripper ($265) uses the cold-drip method — which involves slowly dripping cold water through finely ground beans — to create a full-flavored concentrate that can be used to make hot cups o' joe, iced beverages, or coffee-tinted epicurean delights, without the acidity and bitterness of traditionally-brewed coffee, and without using a single drop of electricity.
What's better than having a brand-new, retro-style refrigerator? Having one with a beer tap built in. The Northstar Brew Master Refrigerator ($3,000-$5,300) comes in three styles — 1950, 1951, and 1952 — and arrives fresh from the factory with a through-the-door draught system pre-installed, including the tap dispenser, coupler, connections, CO2 cylinder, and drip tray. As a bonus, you can choose to have it set up for your preferred keg style, letting you decide how much usable refrigerator is left over.
It's a funny thing: architects are often times as good or better at creating common household objects as they are at designing buildings. One example is the Norm Tea Kettle ($80). Designed by Norm Architects — what, did you think it was named after George Wendt's character from Cheers? — this clear glass kettle lets you see the brewing process in action, while the built-in stainless steel steeper with silicone string keeps making the tea as simple as drinking it.