Tag Archives | Temperature

Coffee Joulies – Magic Beans For Your Drink

Coffee Joulies

Coffee Joulies are magic beans that keep your coffee (or any other hot beverage) at the perfect temperature.

First, they absorb extra thermal energy in your coffee when it’s served too hot, cooling it down to a drinkable temperature three times faster than normal. Next, they release that stored energy back into your coffee keeping it in the right temperature range twice as long.

Coffee Joulies are currently available as a project on Kickstarter, but with the interest that they’ve already generated, they shouldn’t have any problem getting the funding they need to become a real product.

Get a set of five now for just $40, and you’ll even save yourself 20% off the final retail cost.

[Coffee Joulies]

…Luis and Clark make carbon fiber instruments?

Luis And Clark

Depending on the weather, Yo-Yo Ma may not take the stage today at President Obama’s Inauguration with the instrument that we’d all expect: His $2 million 1733 Montagnana cello.

Instead, he may use a $7,139 cello that’s only slightly less impressive.

That’s because his other option is a cello made entirely of carbon fiber from a company called Luis and Clark, since it’s designed to withstand the cold much better than a priceless wooden piece of history. The carbon fiber cello, which is just part of the carbon fiber suite of instruments that Luis and Clark makes, including a viola, violin and bass, was also in the hands of the Joint Service Orchestra’s string section during Sunday’s “We Are One” concert, the first time ever a major orchestra had exclusively used carbon fiber string instruments in concert, and will probably be seen more as musicians discover the benefits of the futuristic material.

Unlike a wooden cello, the Luis and Clark carbon fiber cello has a single-piece body, neck and peg box with no scroll at the top, and is designed to resist the effects of temperature and humidity without loosing the sound that top cello players demand.

[Luis and Clark]

[Via: New York Times]

…It’s TGI Friday: Lemonade?

LemonadeYou know what they say about life and lemons…

This weekend, as the temperatures continue to rise, and you’re suddenly well aware of the fact that it is summer outside after all, grab a glass, add some lemons, pour on some sugar, finish it off with a splash of water, and make your own lemonade.

You don’t need to stick to the classics though, as Real Simple has put together some fantastic recipes for remade lemonades.

Featuring the Ginger Zinger, Tropical and Farmers’ Lemonades, and the Lemon-Mint Cooler, it’s the perfect compliment to that day of well-deserved relaxation that you’ve been planning for weeks now.

[Real Simple – Lemonade, Remade]