BoingBoing Gadgets highlights a new gizmo that heats water for your cuppa in three seconds. Not exactly sure why it’s necessary — my electric kettle only takes a minute or two to heat up my water, and I’ve never felt unduly put out by those 57 extra seconds — but if you’re an extravagant spender, or incredibly impatient, or a collector of all things tea-related, I suppose the Tefal QuickCup’s sorta neat.

… but still not lazy enough to necessitate the purchase of a pot I don’t have to lift.

While Lotte Alpert’s design may be sleek and stylish, I’m still not sure its function is meaningful.


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NYT offers a neat piece on the siphon bar, a glorified coffee-brewing machine from Japan that retails for $20,000.

I’m happy with my Aeropress (a bargain at $25.95!), but the artisanal brewing fad is intriguing. One question — just how much does a single cup cost?