Don't even talk to us before we've had our coffee.
Author ADAM K. RAYMOND Photography JOHN LAWTON
True bean-heads tend to be a very particular sort. Their java must be just so. But getting the right brew on the road can be a challenge. Enter the clever folks at Brookstone, whose Stainless Steel Single Cup Coffee Maker easily squeezes into a suitcase. Whip it out at the hotel, pour in your artisanal roast, and four minutes later the attached cup will be steaming with caffeinated bliss. If you prefer the manual route, try Bodum’s Travel Press ($20), which is maker and cup in one. And for those seeking a quicker fix, the Keurig Mini Brewer ($80), another one-shot wonder, uses single “K-cup” inserts. Sure, it’s a tad unwieldy, but with its custom tote you can think of it as your new pet — only without the dander.
Pay no attention to its midcentury walnut exterior — the Tivoli NetWorks radio is a modern marvel. By wirelessly connecting to the internet, it streams online radio or plays the music stored on your hard drive. For old-timers, it comes with FM, too.
$650 / www.tivoliaudio.com
Blocking noise is always a good thing; looking like an air-traffic controller isn’t. Ultimate Ears’ Superfi5vi noise isolating buds deliver hi-def sound with the same technology the company uses in its professional monitors, only in a smaller package.
$190 / www.ultimateears.com
For those who start to twitch if they go too long without a sudoku fix, the Puzzle Society offers its Pocket Posh Sudoku series. There are 100 puzzles packed inside of this pretty package.
$8 / www.upuzzles.com
The best thing about Moshi’s IVR alarm clock is not that it responds to voice commands or that you can turn off its alarm just by asking. It’s that when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and yell at the little guy, its feelings won’t be hurt.
$50 / www.moshilifestyle.com
Zipping through time zones is always rough on your body, but the makers of FlyRight, a jet lag formula made with “wild-harvested herbs,” claim to have come up with a solution. Then again, jet lag’s part of the fun, right?
$20 / www.jetlagformula.com
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