You could say that the glass you’re drinking your spirits out of doesn’t matter, but we’re inclined to disagree. They’d probably taste better out of a set of Diamond Whiskey Glasses. Shaped with steep angular edges like their namesake, these stunning tumblers lay tilted for swirling your booze around freely. They’re also made of borosilicate glass and unfortunately aren’t meant for any journeys through the harsh climates created by your dishwasher.
Grab a pair at Cool Material’s Shop – $26 for two
Striving for the top spot in any niche requires an obsessive involvement with process. And the methods used at the Wellington Chocolate Factory for making their craft chocolate bars can only be described as obsessive. The best farmers are hand-picked from around the globe to deliver single-origin beans, which are then roasted, cracked, winnowed, conched and tempered, all in-house using artisanal methods of several centuries prior. Unsurprisingly, the results are exciting, with flavors such as Chilli Lime Nuts (hints of Kaffir lime, chilli, peanuts, and ginger), Salted Brittle Caramel, a Craft Beer Bar (with Gladfield toffee malt and Nelson Sauvin Hops), and, of course, a range of more traditional single-origin chocolates. Each is then hand-wrapped in packaging adorned with designs by local New Zealand artists.
Learn more at Wellington Chocolate Factory – $11.50+ [via]
As their name suggests, Onehundred’s Fave Knives ambitiously aim to become your favorite, go-to knives. The Fave 3 and 4 utility knives are crafted of full tang high carbon 420 stainless steel and fitted with reclaimed hardwood handles made of gorgeous walnut, cherry, mahogany, or maple pulled from furniture restoration cast-offs. And with their contemporary design, US manufacturing by an experienced knife-maker, and a wicked sharp blade, these knives may just pull it off.
Find them at Kickstarter – $55+
Wean off your reliance on bottled water with Hydaway, a sturdier and more portable alternative to bladder-style and rigid bottles, respectively. Made of food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic, Hydaway collapses down to a 1.25-inch tall disk thanks to engineered hinges across its surface. When expanded, the small version holds 12 fluid ounces while the large packs away 21 fluid ounces, keeping its contents taste and odor free. It’s also entirely watertight, cleans easily thanks to its screw cap (and even easier in a dishwasher), and boasts both a carry handle and a flip-out spout for convenience.
Find it at Kickstarter – $20
Smoother and creamier than traditional cold brew, Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew Coffee is now available in canned format from Stumptown retailers and select cafes. As usual Nitro starts as high quality coffee brewed in the cold over 12 hours that’s then double filtered. Nitrogen is then infused into the brew using a process not dissimilar to that used for draft beer, resulting in super smooth coffee that cascades when popped. And to further aid the process a nitro widget, like the one found in cans of Guinness, is added to the can, ensuring your brew is still packed with minuscule nitrogen bubbles when you’re ready to pop the top.
Learn more at Stumptown – $5
Surprisingly light at 14.1 ounces — especially considering its windscreen — the Snow Peak Geoshield Stove is the perfect choice for cooking in windier environments. The Geoshield sets up into a solid stove in minutes from its collapsible components, including a wrap-around windscreen that protects your flame while still upkeeping oxygen flow. It’ll also easily accommodate larger pots, boils water in just over 3 minutes, and works with Snow Peak’s GigaPower fuel canisters in both upright or inverted positions.
Learn more at Snow Peak – $100
Feeling experimental? Carbonate any and all liquids with the Yves Behar-designed Sodastream Mix. The countertop Mix stands on a sturdy metal base and employs an intuitive touchscreen interface for selecting the appropriate level of carbonation depending on the beverage. Then, the machine kicks into gear, stirring copious minuscule air bubbles into your drink in seconds. It’s also equipped with dozens of flavorful mixed drink recipes should your carbonated coffee experiments fail to yield promising results.
Learn more at Sodastream – $TBA
It mightn’t look like much, but if you’re craving your fix in the woods you’ll be glad you brought along a GSI Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker. This flat-packing device weighs about half an ounce, uses a flexible, food-safe FDA-compliant polyester for the drip segment, and works with conventional paper filters. Just clip the three legs to your mug to hold the filter up cleanly, pour over hot water slowly, then enjoy a fresh cuppa in the wilderness, where it tastes even better.
Pick one up at Amazon – $10
Sriracha already balances heat and sweet, and now Vermont Maple Sriracha provides the latter using pure Vermont maple syrup instead of typical refined sugar. This small batch made sauce also contains fresh peppers and garlic, enhancing virtually every meal doused with it. It’s also devoid of preservatives, sulfites, and gluten, meaning just about anyone can — and will— enjoy the stuff.
Grab an 8 ounce bottle at Amazon – $15
You don’t need Lorraine to tell you what you can store in any given container (or how many of whatever can fit), but the container can make all the difference. The BlenderBottle GoStak is the advancement in portable nutrition transportation you’ve been waiting for. These durable jars secure tightly to carry anything from powders to snacks, twisting and locking together for ease in portability while being specifically designed to fit inside your BlenderBottle Classic or SportMixer for compact travelling. The Eastman Tritan material is both BPA and Phthalate free, resists stains and odors, and, most importantly, is dishwasher safe.
Pick one up on Amazon – $12