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Tea Pot by Norm Design

Norm Design Tea Pot

There are a million different coffee gadgets and gizmos to help you get the most from your beans, but when it comes to tea, there are only a select few ways to brew that really stand out.

Norm Design’s new Tea Pot is one of those, with a cleverly crafted glass kettle that features an integrated tea ball that can be pulled out of the way when it’s time to pour.

[Norm Design – Tea Pot]

…Car-puccino runs entirely on coffee grounds?

Car-puccino

It’s not pretty, but this 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco, nicknamed the “Car-puccino”, runs entirely on coffee grounds, and goes to show that with enough determination, you can get a car to run off of just about anything.

The car is more proof of concept than actual gas alternative, since it only gets about three miles out of a kilo of ground coffee (56 espressos per mile), but it will manage up to 60mph on the freeway, and is expected to take the makers from Manchester to London on a few tanks of beans. (Though the 210 mile trip will take the equivalent of 11,760 espressos…)

Car-puccino Detail

If they can get the science down though, Starbucks just might have a new means of bean transportation.

[Via: Daily Mail]

…Espresso is intense?

Espresso

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the perfect pull of espresso, from the bean to the grind to the water to the pour, then this short, called Espresso, is for you. Watch as Kyle Glanville of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea explains his entire process and the reasons behind each step:

Who knew there was so much to it?

[Via: Boing Boing]

…It’s Movie Monday: Black Gold?

Black Gold

Black Gold is “a story about coffee and trade”.

    Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.

    But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

    Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

    Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

It looks like a fascinating film, and definitely brings light to an issue that few Americans consider while waiting in line at the local Starbucks.

[Black Gold]