Buying Guide: Gear for Better Coffee

Good coffee tastes amazing, can be a great comfort, and is fun and easy to make well with the right tools. Coffee is also good for you, having been shown to make you smarter, help you lose weight, keep you alive longer and kickstart your exercise routine. Today we’re going to knock down coffee’s barrier to entry by… »4/16/15 3:15pm4/16/15 3:15pm

Add a Brain Cell Boost To the Long List of Ways Green Tea Is Good for You

Great news for those of you who opt for tea in the morning instead of coffee. In a study published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal, researchers have found that a key antioxidant chemical in green tea, epigallocatechin-3 gallate (or EGCG for short), boosts the production of neural progenitor cells… »9/05/12 5:00pm9/05/12 5:00pm

Sleek Thermos Is a Tribute To Cutting-Edge 1980s Computer Graphics

When computer graphics was in its infancy—well before CG dinosaurs appeared—a simple 3D model of a teapot was used for testing software and new rendering techniques. And the simple lines of Normann Copenhagen's Geo thermos is reminiscent of that time when CG was comparatively primitive to what we see on screen today. »8/29/12 3:00pm8/29/12 3:00pm

Be the Banksy of Beverages With a Spray Can Water Bottle

Before you get too excited at the prospect of conveniently spraying hot coffee or other beverages directly into your mouth, this $16 insulated water bottle masquerading as an aerosol can is actually lacking any kind of propellants. So what could have been a revolution in refreshment, ends up being nothing more than a… »8/27/12 12:00pm8/27/12 12:00pm

Powdered Beer and Soda Makes Roughing It Not So Rough

Contraptions like the SodaStream let you mix up your own carbonated beverages at home, but the devices are far from portable. And carrying a six-pack or bottle of soda when camping is extra weight you don't need. Thankfully an enterprising gent named Pat has created a powdered beer and soda alternative that can be… »8/09/12 1:40pm8/09/12 1:40pm

Pepsi's Social Vending Machine Would Be Kinda Great—If Pepsi Weren't a Terrible, Terrible Beverage

The clincher in Pepsi's new "social" vending machine platform is the ability to gift Pepsi beverages—and retrieve your gifted beverages—which is kind of awesome, putting vending machines at the same level of 2000s-era commerce as other electronic stores, say, iTunes or Amazon. »4/28/11 10:40am4/28/11 10:40am

Fizz Saver is Like a Beer Tap...but for Soda Bottles

For those of you who have an unhealthy obsession with bar style beer taps, but also want to avoid becoming a functional alcoholic, you might want to check out the Fizz Saver. Basically, you screw the Fizz Saver onto your 2-liter bottle of soda, place the base on a flat surface, and voila—you get a soda dispenser. And… »11/27/08 1:00pm11/27/08 1:00pm

Eco-Friendly 360 Paper Bottle Concept Makes Tetra Paks Look So '60s

I tend to avoid bottled water—my tap-water's fine and way cheaper—but since millions don't think the same, this concept from designers Brand Image would be a way to reduce the eco-impact of all those nasty plastic bottles. The 360 is a paper bottle, molded from 100% recyclable, food-safe paper, and its simplicity… »11/26/08 7:51am11/26/08 7:51am