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The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

Properly waking up takes more than a ringing chime on a phone. The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock instead wakes you up with the sounds and smells of brewing coffee at your bedside along with, most importantly, caffeination. Load it with grinds, water, and a bit of milk in a vessel — which is cooled and thus kept fresh overnight by a Peltier cooler — and go to bed. In the morning at the set time the Barisieur starts boiling the water, forcing it up and out over the grinds and stainless steel filter to brew a quick cup. Your milk is ready to go as is sugar if desired, the latter kept within a sealed drawer on the right side of the device alongside spare coffee. It’s easy to use and even to clean, with the whole walnut tray coming off to carry all washable parts to the kitchen.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $390

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Max Burton Portable Fridge/Freezer

Admittedly it’s a little retro-looking. But the Max Burton Portable Fridge/Freezer does something most coolers can’t: actively cool its contents, as its name would suggest. A side-mounted LED panel and controls allow you to set the temperature anywhere from -7° F to 53° F, the fridge’s built-in compressor maintaining the set temperature indefinitely — or at least as long as your vehicle’s engine still has some juice. When battery voltage gets low it’ll automatically shut off to avoid needing to boost the car later. The 53 quart unit isn’t quite as lightweight as most coolers, though, with a dry weight of about 47 pounds.

Find it at Hammacher Schlemmer – $650 [via]

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Wayv Handheld Microwave Oven

Microwave ovens are big, heavy boxes. But not the Wayv Handheld Microwave Oven. It’s about the same size as a large thermos and boasts a control pad and an LCD screen up top and a miniaturized 200-watt microwave oven within. A rechargeable battery provides enough power for about thirty minutes of heating, and a four minute session should be enough to get your grub nice and hot. Instead of traditional vacuum tubes, the Wayv features laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductors to evenly heat the entirety of its contents without the need for a rotating platter. This also means it’s lightweight and safe. We’re just wondering if it’ll pop popcorn.

Learn more at Wayv – $TBA

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Reese’s Stuffed With Pieces

As far as chocolate goes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are hard to top. But Hershey’s themselves may have done it with Reese’s Stuffed With Pieces, which are exactly what they sound like: delicious Reese’s peanut butter cups with Reese’s Pieces caked right in (we’ll spare you the evident Inception and Xzibit references). Additional information is sparse, but frankly it’s just about all we need to know. Besides the fact that they’re arriving in mid-July.

Until then, keep checking the Reese’s website obsessively – $TBA

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Filson Miti Camp Stove

The Filson Miti Camp Stove turns a log into more than just fuel: it actually becomes the stove itself. Quarter a log, affix the stainless steel stove to its top — which keeps the logs just close enough together thanks to four large nails that adjustably hang off its outside — then light it. The aforementioned log will slowly burn from the inside out, staying hot more than long enough to cook a fancy three course dinner in the middle of nowhere.

Learn more at Filson – $85

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Oyster-Jack No 7

Oysters giving you some trouble? The Oyster-Jack No 7 should get the job done. If we’re making parallels to breaking bike locks, this is more bolt cutter than wire cutter. The American-made oyster shucker gives you far more leverage thanks to a long, gripped handle and puts your unsuspecting oyster (or clam) between a plastic stand and a carbide-coated V-shaped  wedge. A bit of practice and you’ll be cracking open even the sturdiest oysters in seconds and with almost no effort. It’s also far less likely to stab you in hand, a plus. And if you and your guests are planning on eating a few bucket loads, it’s a no-brainer.

Grab one at Amazon – $75 [via]

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Flatev Artisan Tortilla Maker

Tortillas are like bread: the freshest you’ll eat, short of making your own, are at minimum a few hours (but far more likely a few days) old. You could bake your own, or instead fire a pod into the Flatev Artisan Tortilla Maker. With parallels to single-serve pod coffee machines, Flatev uses small recyclable dough pods that cost $0.79 each and that contain dough made of all organic, non-GMO ingredients that stay fresh in your fridge for up to six weeks. Pop one in, choose your degree of crispy/soft, and click either the corn or flour tortilla button. Your tortilla is ready in about as much time as it takes to toast a couple slices of bread, ready to load up with meat, salsa, cheese, cilantro, or whatever else you’ve got on hand. And with flavor options like cinnamon and chili, it’s basically guaranteed to keep things interesting.

Find it at Kickstarter – $200+

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M1 Grill

It was designed to be a top performing charcoal or wood grill. But the M1 Grill also masters smoking. It’s built and handwelded of thick 10 gauge steel that’s finished with baked-on industrial thermal paint and fitted with a Tel-Tru stainless steel thermometer. Underneath its 481 square inch cooking surface lies an adjustable-height charcoal grate that’s raised or lowered thanks to a stainless steel crank on the front of the grill, letting you adjust cooking distance depending on what you’ve got on the grill. Or, slide out the fire box basket and load with charcoal and wood: the M1 hits the right smoking temperatures with little adjustment. And if you need to load it with even more meat fill up its charcoal grate, giving an additional 328 square inches of smoking space.

Learn more at M Grills – $2,000

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Uniterra Nomad Review

There are about a thousand ways to brew a cup of coffee on the go. But espresso, specifically? That’s a little trickier, especially since multiple variables, notably pressure, need to be just right. For that reason (and because it’s one of the most unique espresso machines we’ve ever laid eyes on) we were itching to give the Kickstarter-launched Uniterra Nomad a thorough try to see how well it might fulfill our caffeine cravings both within and well outside of civilization. As it’s name hints the Nomad doesn’t rely on the electrical grid: instead you’ll need to heat some water yourself and pump its aluminum lever to get brewing. Read on for our full review.

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Jerry Can Bar Cabinet

They were originally designed to carry supplies like gasoline and water. And now they’ve been recycled and transformed to stash something far more valuable: liquor. The Jerry Can Bar Cabinet takes a genuine Jerry Can from World War II and has it cleaned, stripped of rust and paint, powder coated, and fitted with oak shelves and trim. Each handmade cabinet will fit up to three bottles of liquor alongside up to twelve glasses, and locks using included keys to keep kids out.

Find them in a variety of colors at AHAlife – $680

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