Coffee & Tea
By Lorrie Baumann
Expect a wide variety of practical items to augment the working kitchen of the everyday cook at this year’s International Home + Housewares Show. The show will feature the same four expos as it has in the recent past, with Dine + Design moved into the North Hall. Tom Mirabile, the International Housewares Association’s trend expert and the Senior Vice President, Global Trend & Design at Lifetime Brands, will once again offer a keynote speech in which he will explore the latest findings on American consumers, while Leatrice Eiseman, IHA’s color expert and the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, will speak about this year’s consumer color preferences. A banquet of industry insights will be spread each day in the Innovation Theater, and the line-up of celebrity chefs scheduled to appear includes Geoffrey Zakarian, Tyler Florence, Stephanie Izard, Todd English and Rick Bayless, among others.
More than 2,100 exhibitors will be in the exhibit hall to show off this year’s innovations for today’s home cooks. Housewares manufacturers are responding to a culture in which consumers have more choices than ever before about how they’ll obtain and prepare their daily food, and home cooks range from those who cook almost every day to those who use their kitchen appliances only rarely. Americans spend about 45 minutes a day shopping for their food, about an hour a day preparing their meals and cleaning up after them, and just over an hour a day eating and drinking, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Americans are increasingly likely to buy their food already prepared and bring it home to eat it or to buy their dinners from a meal kit delivery service that gives them the opportunity to cook their meals without devoting much time or effort to either shopping or ingredient preparation. Despite that, the vast majority of Americans still say that cooking at home is their preferred way to prepare their meals, and more men are in the kitchen than ever before.
Especially for Millennial-generation consumers whose enthusiasm about cooking at home may outrun their skills, Zyliss has spent two years developing its new Control knife set, which is designed to perform well no matter how the cook holds it. A high-quality German steel blade, contoured handle, an accommodating bolster, a handle with antimicrobial protection and dishwasher safety all combine to work well for inexperienced home cooks. “We’re not asking consumers to learn to use this knife. We’re meeting them where they are,” said Associate Marketing Manager Bridget Cundelan. “Whatever way you want to hold it, it fits…. You can use the pinch grip, but you can also hold it the way you do it, and it’s comfortable. You don’t feel like you’re going to cut yourself.” Control is offered in open stock and a range of sets, with 16 pieces in a knife block retailing for $179.99.
The knife block offers sheathing inserts in one size to fit any of the slots and to fit any of the knives. They’re removable to go into the dishwasher, and they feature the same 99.9 percent effective antimicrobial action as the knife handles. A small block with five slots retails for $39.99, which the 17-slot knife block retails for $69.99.
Emile Henry is debuting the La Marmite Stockpot, a new soup pot for cooking and serving that’s made in France from burgundy clay. It’s based on a dutch oven design, but it’s taller and a little sleeker, so it’ll work well with an immersion blender for pureeing soups, and it goes on the stovetop as well as in the oven. The upturned rim is designed to avoid spills during cooking or drips from a ladle, and the snug-fitting lid helps retain heat at the table. It’s dishwasher safe. Capacity is 4.25 quarts, and it’s available in Burgundy and Charcoal. The La Marmite Stockpot will retail for $130, and it’ll be available to ship at the time of the show.
T-fal is coming out with an extra-wide peeler with an extra-sharp micro-etched blade that’s great for peeling large or hard vegetables like a butternut squash or for shaving curls of hard cheese off the block. It will retail for $10.99.
Microplane is introducing several new products at this year’s IH+HS, including the Ultimate Bar Tool, which like one of those all-purpose tools that hangs from a handyman’s belt and does a bit of everything, depending on what he needs to do. It has a peeler, a muddler, a cocktail stirrer, a knife blade, a channel knife for making long twists of citrus zest, a zester and even a scorer to help with the peeling of tough-rinded citrus. With a comfortable soft-grip handle in black with white accents, the Ultimate Bar Tool will be available in March and will retail for about $14.95.
The new 2-in-1 Core & Peel from Microplane features a serrated stainless steel coring blade and two sharpened edges to separate and extract an apple or pear’s core easily. There’s also a straight peeler on the bottom of the handle. The soft-grip handle is bright red with white accents. The 2-in-1 Core & Peel ships in March and will retail for $12.95.
There’s also a 3-in-1 Twist & Zest from Microplane, which eliminates the need for multiple gadgets to squeeze fresh juice, as well as zest, peel and create garnish twists from oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruit. A clear protective cap is included for the twist tool for safety when not used and during storage. Twist & Zest will retail for $12.95 and has a green handle with white accents.
Kuhn Rikon has a nifty little Click ‘n Curl Spiralizer that comes as a set of a julienne peeler and a straight-edge peeler and two cones that click around the blade to guide vegetables into the blade. To use it, the vegetable is fitting into the cone, and then the peeler is twisted to make vegetable noodles or ribbons. A large cone can be used for zucchini, potatoes or cucumbers, while the smaller cone is for carrots, parsnips or broccoli stalks. It will be available this summer to retail for $18.
Kuhn Rikon also has a handy Utensil Caddy that holds up to 25 cooking utensils and tools. The caddy spins to make tools easy to reach, it comes apart for easy cleaning, and silicone feet on the base help hold it steady on the counter. It’s shipping in March and will retail for $30.
Dexas is offering 15 skus in The Mix Collection of cutting boards, made of eco-friendly bamboo paired with polyboard inserts in granite and marble finishes that are friendly to blades and food-safe. The boards are designed for both prep work and the beauty of wood for food presentation. They’ll retail for $29.99.
And because people aren’t the only ones walking around in the kitchen, Dexas has come up with the MudBuster™, a gentle paw washer for the family dogs. An array of soft, gentle silicone bristles inside a tumbler gently brushes mud from the dog’s paws into warm water in the tumbler. The device comes in three sizes, it’s easy to use, and it’s already a hit at pet product shows, so it’s worth taking a look at in booth #S138 at IH+HS.
Finally, the e-PEBO siphon coffeemaker from Bodum, which has an electrically powered base that heats water added to the bowl of a carafe. Grounds are added into the bowl of a glass funnel, and as the water is heated, it’s forced as steam up the stem of the funnel to the coffee grounds. Then when the coffee reaches 201 degrees Fahrenheit, a vacuum formed in the pot draws it back down to stay warm until it’s served. The entire cycle takes 12 minutes, and since the coffee is actually brewed with steam rather than boiling water, additional oils are extracted from the beans to make a coffee with a very smooth flavor, and the aromas circulate through the coffee as it brews for an extra dimension of flavor. “It’s a seamless way of making coffee, and it’s very, very convenient,” said Daniel Kvist, who does marketing and sales for Bodum.
Dorothy Belshaw, President Gift+Home Décor, International Market Centers, has been working overtime since she joined the organization upon her departure from the company that produced the NY NOW trade show to improve the selection of gourmet housewares and giftware that’s offered in the Las Vegas Market’s showrooms. Over the last year or so, we’ve seen those efforts come to fruition with expansive displays in the temporary booths in the Pavilions, a collection of exhibit spaces across the courtyard from the three main buildings that house the Market’s permanent showrooms as well as Building C, the permanent home of many gourmet housewares, tabletop and giftware collections. This year’s Winter Market offered an impressive array of hot new products.
Frieling launched the CASO German Design VC300 Vacuum Food Sealer, which the company is positioning as the premium quality choice for fresh food storage and sous vide cooking. The system provides an airtight seal every time, and a double sealing bar with electronic temperature control ensures the seal’s durability. The vacuum pump offers both power and precision, and the unit offers a vacuum roll storage box that eliminates clutter and simplifies use, while a snap-out bag cutter makes it easy to customize bag size. The unit retails for $199.99.
Frieling is also offering the CASO Air Fryer, a sleek countertop appliance that uses high volume hot air circulation technology to fry food with little or no added oil. The Air Fryer features digital touch controls with six presets for popular fresh and frozen comfort foods and a large LED display. Temperature is adjustable from 140 to 400 degrees F, and there’s a 60-minute timer with automatic shutoff. The removable parts are all dishwasher safe, and the stainless steel interior wipes clean. The unit retails for $199.95.
Capresso showed off its froth MAX Automatic Milk Frother, which offers patented frothing technology that delivers maximum milk froth at the touch of a button. There are three temperature settings and a large capacity – 8 ounces for frothing or 12 ounces for heating without frothing. The machine comes with two frothing disks and one heating disk and retails for $59.99.
The Capresso 8-Cup Perk features durable stainless steel construction with a glass view-through lid. It can brew four to eight cups of coffee in less than a minute per cup and has an automatic keep-warm function. The drip-free pouring spout and detachable power cord simplify serving, and it’s countertop-friendly, with a heat-resistant base that’s safe for any surface. It retails for $59.99.
The Kuhn Rikon Easy Cut operates with a pull mechanism that rotates the blades in the four-cup container to slice and grate cabbage, potato, carrots or cheese. This energy-efficient design is safe and incredibly fast, and the high-quality stainless steel blades on the cutting discs stay super sharp. The Easy Cut retails for $80.
The Kuhn Rikon Wine & Champagne Bottle Sealer is dependable enough to allow the wine bottle to be stored on its side. The sealer is made of stainless steel with an expandable silicone gasket that keeps flavor in and air out. It’s 1.5 inches in diameter and 3.25 inches high and retails for $10.
Peugeot’s Tahiti Duo Mills are now available in a fresh new color palette inspired by the seasonal colors of nature. Each set features gracefully curved 6-inch pepper and salt mills made from beech wood in France. Each set includes one mill with its mechanism optimized for pepper and one for salt. These mechanisms are highly efficient and fully adjustable, offering a consistent high-output grind. At $65 per set, they come in Spring (green and yellow), Summer (blue hues), Autumn (two shades of orange) and Winter (chestnut browns with red undertones). See them along with the Peugeot Whisky Set and Peugeot’s Mahe Mill, which features Peugeot’s iconic spice-specific mechanism in a simple design that has no shaft, which allows more room inside for a greater quantity of peppercorns or sea salt.
RSVP International, Inc. offers its Old Benson Bottle Butler. Available in chrome and brass finishes, this is a remake of a 1930s classic inspired by Rollin Kirby’s political cartoons of Senator Andrew Volstead, father of the Volstead Act that ushered in Prohibition. The RSVP Old Benson Bottle Butler is 6-1/2 inches tall and features a corkscrew and bottle opener that will provide a humorous focal point in gin joints, speakeasies, bars, kitchens and homes. Zinc alloy construction provides strength and resistance to corrosion, and it’s dishwasher safe. The Old Benson Bottle Butler retails for $16.95.
Endurance® Pilsner Glass from RSVP is made of dishwasher-safe 18/8 stainless steel with satin exterior and mirror interior and has a 16-ounce capacity. It retails for $19.95. For further information about the RSVP products visit www.rsvp-intl.com or email Krista Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Menus and Music was at the Winter Las Vegas Market with “Dining at Great American Lodges,” a cookbook with recipes from legendary lodges, national parks lore and wilderness art along with a music CD that blends bluegrass, country, western swing and jazz inspired by traditional American songs. Perfect for those who like to dance around the kitchen while stirring the stew and enjoying a nip of the cooking wine, “Dining at Great American Lodges” comes gift-boxed. For more information, visit www.menusandmusic.
Abbiamo Tutto brought new patterns in its ceramic glasses and coaster set collections, which now include 11 patterns. The glasses are 6.75 inches tall, and the coasters also act as lids. They’re designed by Donna Marie Territo, founder of Abbiamo Tutto, and made in Italy.
Widgeteer’s Rotating Vegetable Peeler is a smart peeler that adapts to the user’s preferred method of peeling and converts from a vertical position to a horizontal position with a simple sliding motion. Its stainless steel swing blade provides quick and effortless peeling for any kind of vegetable, and a built-in extractor removes potato eyes with ease. Comfortable to use, it’s also dishwasher safe. It retails for $12.99. For more information, visit www.widgeteerinc.com.
catstudio offers original designs featured on embroidered pillows, dish towels and drinking glasses. [Image: catstudio tumblers] The original Geography Collection by catstudio is comprised of all 50 states and an ever-expanding list of cities, international and favorite vacation destinations. The new, licensed Collegiate collection features a growing number of university campuses. In all, there are more than 200 designs.
The pillows retail for $158 to $228, the dish towels for $20 and the glasses for $14.75 to $16.25. You can find the company at www.catstudiosales.com.
The collections from B by Brandie include dinnerware and stainless steel flatware in designs that combine elegance with drama and the innovative Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass pictured here. [Image: BbyBrandie] Each of the items exemplifies luxury presentation and a host who dares to stand out in a crowd. The five-piece flatware place settings retail for $84, the Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass retails for $64 and prices vary for the dinnerware items. Visit email@example.com for further information.
byDesign Toasting Bottle Socks from DEMDACO protect and insulate wine bottles. They’re made with double knit construction and turn a bottle of wine into an inspired gift. They retail for $9. Also look for the Uncorked & Unwind wooden wine lanterns that elevate the wine gift bag by doubling as lighted home decor and wine gift packaging. See more at DEMDACO.com. [Image: Demdaco]
WellnessMats’ new Studio Collection challenges preconceptions about the “anti-fatigue mat” with striking scalloped and semi-circle shapes in stunning designs and a myriad of colors. WellnessMats are inherently antimicrobial, easy to clean and stain resistant, so Studio is ideal for the kitchen, especially for a smaller kitchen, but these mats will also work in any other room in the home. See them at www.wellnessmats.com.
Farmhouse Inspired Flour Sack Dishtowels from Park Designs are made of 100 percent cotton. These flour sack fabric dish towels feature designs that pair nicely with the trend for farmhouse-style living. There’s a Duck, Rooster, Pig and a Cow, each themed with the lyric from a nursery song. They each measure 19 inches by 28 inches and retail for $8. Visit www.parkdesigns.net.
Vestiges offers a kitchen towel collection featuring geographical designs created in collaboration with students from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. These 100 percent cotton pique towels are printed with environment-friendly inks for high quality products that can help you add local flavor to your product assortment. Get more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bloom Apron, designed by Bonnie Christine, from Peking Handicraft Inc. is hand printed on 100 percent cotton and features dart detail on the front. It measures 28 inches by 32 inches and retails for $29. The Bloom Kitchen Towel, also designed by Bonnie Christine, carries out the cheerful spring floral theme and features crochet trim. The suggested retail price for the towel is $10. Email email@example.com.
CDN makes it easy to brew to perfection with its Tea Timer (TMT1). The timer is pre-programmed with steeping times for green, white, black and herbal teas. Clearly marked buttons help you select the correct time. Multiple channels allow you to time different teas at once, with each channel having a different alarm sound.
The CDN Tea Timer retails for $19.99.
For further information, call 800.338.5594.
A unique integrated scale automatically measures the amount of coffee added to the brew basket of the Hamilton Beach TruCount. No more counting scoops or inconsistent pots of coffee. Simply pour ground coffee into the brew basket, and the display will show how much coffee has been added. Achieve the desired brew strength every time. Since the ground coffee is measured each time, coffee will be at its optimal ratio for your personal taste. Up to 16 tablespoons can be used for a stronger flavor.
Choose regular or bold brew strength depending on taste. A special setting for 1 to 4 cups ensures a small batch tastes just as good as a full carafe of 12 cups. This coffee maker is programmable up to 24 hours in advance. Auto pause and serve lets you pour a cup before the brewing cycle is complete. The carafe can definitely serve a crowd. It holds 12 cups of coffee and features a mess-free spout for easy serving.
De’Longhi has announced the launch of three new products to its portfolio, including the latest De’Longhi Eletta Fully Automatic Espresso and Cappuccino Machine with LatteCrema System™, Digital Coffee Grinder and Combination Pump Espresso/Drip Coffee Machine.
Coffee enthusiasts depend on De’Longhi’s products to create the highest-quality beverages and barista-worthy espresso beverages from the comfort of their home. For years, the brand’s Italian-designed espresso and cappuccino machines have been produced to deliver an authentic espresso beverage every time, with an emphasis on simplicity, authenticity and quality of milk preparation.
“De’Longhi is continuing to solidify its leadership position in the espresso category by delivering the highest quality, simplest at-home beverage experience to discerning espresso enthusiasts,” said Mike Prager, De’Longhi Group NA’s President and CEO. “This year, we’ve designed our offerings to make the products even easier to use, with new functionality that brews each new cup to perfection using an intuitive brewing system that espresso drinkers will love, paired with our unmatched LatteCrema System.”
The new De’Longhi products will all be available at retail in 2016:
The De’Longhi Eletta Fully Automatic Espresso and Cappuccino Machine with LatteCrema System brings beautiful simplicity to De’Longhi’s fully automatic espresso machine lineup. The new product features a single cappuccino button that, when activated, instantly prepares the perfect cup tailored to the liking of the user, resulting in a fully customizable experience.
The patented LatteCrema System lets the user design the ultimate cappuccino or latte in just one touch, with dense, rich, long-lasting foam in every cup. It includes an integrated milk carafe with auto-clean function that produces steamed milk for latte and frothed milk for cappuccino and Italian macchiato. The milk carafe is detachable, allowing it to be placed in the refrigerator between uses, so no milk is wasted. Eletta also features a Milk Menu, providing access to additional milk-based drink recipes on its visual sensor touch display, including cafe latte, flat white and more.
The machine features two separate heating elements, one for cappuccino preparation and one for milk preparation, ensuring the perfect temperature and measurement every time. The new Eletta model also has an integrated stainless steel burr grinder with 13 adjustable settings and tubeless technology, which grinds fresh beans every time to ensure maximum freshness in every cup.
The De’Longhi Eletta Fully Automatic Espresso and Cappuccino Machine with LatteCrema System is available starting September 2016 for $1,999.95.
For espresso and drip coffee lovers alike, the new De’Longhi Combination Pump Espresso/Drip Coffee Machine offers the best of both worlds. This all-in-one machine prepares coffee, cappuccino, espresso and even lattes or hot chocolate to perfection using an innovative preparation system with simple steps for the at-home user.
The new machine can brew two drinks at once, with a full cappuccino system on one side and a drip coffee machine on the other. It features 15 bars of pressure for drawing the most flavor and desired temperature in each cup of espresso, delivering customized, quality flavor every time. It also features a frontal loading system, which allows you to load water and coffee from the front of the machine without having to move it from under the cabinet, and a 24-hour programmable timer allows the user to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you want it.
The Combination Pump Espresso/ Drip Coffee Machine will be available starting October 2016 for $299.95.
For coffee lovers that put extra care into their desired beverage each day, De’Longhi is debuting a new Digital Coffee Grinder for at-home use. The product uses a high quality stainless steel conical grinder for the best performance no matter the kind of brew you’re looking for.
The grinder features a digital LCD display and 18 variable coffee and strength settings for Espresso, Drip Coffee/ Pour Over and French Press, so users can easily customize their perfect brew. The coffee grinder will be available in September 2016 for $199.95 and offered in a premium brushed metal finish.