Standard coffee energizes your mind. As does AlphaMind Coffee, but this forward-thinking java does more than simply stimulate your neurons. AlphaMind’s single origin coffee is made using 100% Arabica beans from Guatemala, Costa Rica, or Colombia. They’re then charged up with B vitamins, iron, and electrolytes like potassium and sodium amongst other trace minerals, all important for energy production and distribution involved in mental and physical activity alike. They come in six profiles — three flavored and three without — that’ll each satisfy the palates of even the shrewdest coffee aficionados.
Grab a bag at AlphaMind – $12 for 12 ounces
When it comes to just about anything backcountry-related, smaller is better, and it’s difficult to top Snow Peak’s GigaPower Stove with regards to size. GigaPower’s four collapsible legs fold up compact enough to slide the unit away into the included carrying case yet set up quickly when needed, performing admirably at temperatures as low as 14°F (-10C°). It runs on Snow Peak’s proprietary GigaPower fuel mix canisters, can rapidly boil or be dialed down to a true simmer for actually cooking, and comes in both manual and automatic models, the latter which includes a built-in piezo auto-igniter.
Grab one in auto ($50) or manual ($40) versions (or fuel here).
We’re for topping pretty much anything edible — including strips of bacon — with more bacon, so its little surprise that Bacon Jams’ Bacon Spread is right up our alley. These spreadable bacon jams contrast sweet and salty, pairing well with a variety of foods including crackers, burgers, omelettes, and much more (i.e. basically everything). They also come in three mouthwatering flavors: original, black pepper, and red chile & garlic, each delicious in its own right.
Grab a can at Amazon (or get all three) – $16
Put a bullet in fatigue with the Noir Coffee Maker, a gorgeous black-on-black aluminum moka pot styled after a handgun with a muzzle and heat-resistant nylon handle. The Paolo Metaldi-designed coffee maker also goes hand-in-hand with his porcelain espresso cups, inspired by bullets and finished in gold.
Find the Noir coffee maker and cups together or separately at Viceversa Italy – roughly $90 [via]
If pizza — either homemade, frozen, or both — is a staple in your home, the CuiZen Pizza Box Oven can put your conventional oven to rest. This 1,200 watt pizza box-shaped oven closes shut over your pizza and uses top and bottom elements coupled to a rotating pan to cook it perfectly evenly every time. It’s also got a built in timer that clocks up to 30 minutes, an adjustable thermostat up to 525 degrees Fahrenheit, and room for up to a 12-inch pizza. You’ll just have to tighten the belt and set aside a few pizza deliveries’ worth of cash first.
Check it out at Amazon – $60
Children are repeatedly told to stop playing with their food, but as adults we can do whatever the hell we like. And investing in a machine that prints pancakes is as wise a decision as they come. Essentially a 3D printer that uses pancake batter instead of PVC, PancakeBot uses a patented batter dispensing system to precisely print directly onto its included griddle. Just load an image in its included software, trace the key lines, fill it in, and save it onto an SD card. Then, plug that card to the device and watch it print your design, with the lines drawn first becoming darker for shading. Designs are also shareable online or with friends, so even non-creative types can enjoy artfully printed pancakes three times a day.
Hit Kickstarter to pledge – $180
Handles are overrated, or at least Paul Loebach’s Ora Teapot thinks so. This double-walled borosilicate glass teapot stays cool to the touch even when filled with piping hot tea, keeping it warm longer than would regular wares. The chemistry lab inspired set also boasts a cork lid and a removable wire tea infuser that keeps leaves where they belong — in the teapot itself. Of course, you can’t put it on a stove top to heat or re-heat, but then with water boilers as ubiquitous as they are, who would even need to?
Find it at Amazon along with its accompanying cups – $36
Need to have cold, fresh beer on tap, and lots of it? Then it’s hard to top DrinkTanks Juggernaut Growler. The Juggernaut is equipped with a massive 128 ounce (1 gallon) capacity, double walled vacuum insulated stainless steel walls that keep its contents cold for up to 24 hours, and an oversized, overbuilt polymer handle. It’s also compatible with DrinkTanks’ Kegulator CO2 auto-regulator which easily dispenses your beverage while keeping it fresh and carbonated. It can also force carbonate small batches of craft beer using standard CO2 cartridges and boasts a psi gauge for precision, altogether sparing you the need to bottle condition.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $70+
Frankly, the tools used in most kitchens are rudimentary, relying on direct sources of imprecise heat to — more or less — cook our food. In comparison, sous vide machines are revolutionary, and now the Cinder Sensing Cooker aims to improve upon the process, and all without the use of water and vacuum sealed plastic bags. Cinder delivers precise heat to its dual aluminum plates, attaining an evenness that’s maintained within two degrees across the entire surface thanks to extremely accurate temperature sensors. Use their smartphone and tablet app to select what you’re cooking, how you like it, and then customize it to your precise liking. Cinder then gets to work, cooking your food — steak, fish, vegetables… in short, just about anything you’d normally prepare on a cooktop or pan — to perfection, afterwards holding it at an optimal temperature until you’re ready to enjoy it.
Learn more at Cinder – $500
We shudder thinking about what sort of stuff goes into making typical store-bought beef jerky. The New Primal’s Jerky, on the other hand, is as simple as it gets. The involved animals — grass-fed beef and free-range turkey — are all ethically raised without hormones or antibiotics. Then, the jerky is stripped by hand, marinated, and smoked to perfection over hickory chips in an intensive, days-long process. Finally, they’re sweetened with a touch of pineapple juice and honey, imparted with hints of pepper, onion, and ginger, and optionally seasoned with cayenne and jalapeño peppers.
Buy four-packs at The New Primal or singles on Amazon – $9+