One Silicon Valley startup — CafeX — is bringing you robot-brewed coffee. The Zume Robotic Mobile Pizzeria aims to do something similar with pizza. Instead of baking your pizza at a fixed location and commissioning a driver to bring it to you, Zume plans on finalizing the baking en route and just four minutes out from your house, guaranteeing that a fresh and crispy pie arrives at your doorstep. While there’s still a lot of human help in baking their pizzas, an ABB-designed robot arm loads the pizza into the oven and an automated slicer takes care of cutting eight perfectly even slices. Give it ten more years plus self-driving cars and Zume might go completely human-less, though there are no official plans for that just yet.
Giugiaro Design is best known for designing Italian supercars, amongst others. So it’s no surprise that Hurom’s Giugiaro Design Slow Juicers boast curves just as likely to be found on a Ferrari or Maserati. The two models — the H-AE and H-AF, which appear to be identical in every way except visual design — are a step above Hurom’s other products, with a slow spinning, quiet-running 43 rpm juicer that mimics hand squeezing, taste and pulp control that lets you decide how much pulp makes it to your juice, and relatively easy cleanup made easier by an inner spinning brush that rotates during juicing to keep both the chamber and strainer clean and clog-free. Each model comes in one color and features a distinct power button reminiscent of those found in luxury vehicles.
Learn more at Hurom – $700
Like the original the portable Uuni Pro Outdoor Oven lets one make pizzas and other oven-baked foods quickly just about anywhere. But the Pro isn’t just restricted to burning wood, running on that or pellets, charcoal, or gas (with an optional gas burner add-on), all while offering twice the cooking surface of the 2S. The added space makes this Uuni big enough for a 16-inch pizza or large loafs of bread as well as giant slabs of meat, fish, or trays of vegetables, and since it can reach temperatures as high as 900˚F in about 15 minutes it can cook very quickly (a pizza takes just 90 seconds so chain them to feed larger gatherings). Each also includes a Pizza Door that’s got an opening big enough to slide pizza in and out and that’s completely removable for cooking up the other, thicker aforementioned foods.
Find it at Kickstarter – $500
Brewing a coffee with a Nespresso machine is quick and convenient, but we can’t help but feel a little guilty every time we down an espresso shot after adding another pod to the trash. Colonna’s Compostable Coffee Pods ease feelings of wrongdoing by turning, as their name suggests, into compost in your home’s composter after use, sparing landfills. The coffee inside is a step above Nespresso’s offerings as well, with single-origin coffee from the Mi Bendicion farm in Honduras for now and more to come.
Learn more at Colonna – roughly $30 for 40 pods
Your food is shaped the way nature intended. Or the way you sliced, baked, or pried it. Complements Modular Chocolate on the other hand is made from 3D printed molds to the approximate shape of a tiny staircase, letting you stack these treats in various combinations to meld colors and flavors. Created in a collaboration between design studio Universal Favourite and chocolatier Bakedown Cakery, flavors include single origin dark and cookies & cream as well as more exploratory options like blackcurrant, fairy floss, shortbread, watermelon, and matcha. Hopefully available for purchase sooner rather than later, though right now your best shot at nabbing a box is to enter their giveaway and be a resident of Australia.
Read more at Complements – $TBA
It foregoes quantity for quality, making only one cube of ice at a time. The single cube coming out of W&P Design’s Clear Ice Mold, though, is nearly crystal clear, made possible by a slow, top-down freezing process controlled by the mold’s insulated sleeve. Less air pockets also means a slightly slower melting rate, diluting your drink less than traditional ice so you can really nurse it, should you choose to.
Find it at W&P Design – $35
They doesn’t come cheap, but if you need a cooler to keep your drinks very cold, very long —and one that’s way smaller and lighter than the competition — look no further than the Yeti Hopper Two Soft Cooler. These rugged soft-sided coolers bring improvements to the original Hopper, with a sleeker body for more comfortable hauling, a wider opening that improves access to the drinks or grub within, and ameliorated ColdCell insulation that outperforms the already impressive original. It’s still completely leakproof thanks to a beefy HydroLok zipper and just as durable. Available in three sizes.
Learn more at Yeti – $300
Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it won’t brew great coffee. The Brux Pour-Over Coffee System doubles as both the vessel and brewer, with a vacuum-insulated mug as its base that contains a retractible brew cone for portability. To brew, pull up the brew cone, add a filter plus ground coffee, pour over some boiling water, then remove the cone and drink — all in all no different in function than a traditional pour-over system but significantly more convenient. Also included is a cap for a grand total of three parts. And since there’s no glass it’s the perfect coffee-brewing companion for bringing to the beach or to camping, not to mention a practical way to dodge the inexpertly brewed drip coffee at work.
Find it at Boco Living – $70