Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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Jabba the Hutt Leaves Tatooine for Your Front Lawn

Amazon
Amazon

From life-sized Yoda LEGO sets to a pair of comfy Chewbacca slippers, Star Wars fans are always showing their love of the blockbuster franchise in unique ways. But now, you can outdo them all by decorating your lawn with a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt, which you can find on Amazon for $110.

Measuring 6 feet in height by 8 feet in length, this plasticized Jabba isn’t nearly as intimidating without Bib Fortuna by his side—nor as disgusting without a bowl full of Klatooine paddy frogs to snack on—but he lights up! He’s also got a built-in fan for easy inflation and comes with a set of stakes so that, just like in Return of the Jedi, he stays firmly planted. Unfortunately, digging your own Rancor pit for Jabba to lord over probably goes against most municipal building codes, but this intergalactic gangster works great as a solo act.

Think you know everything about Star Wars? Check out this list of 50 facts you might be surprised to learn.

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You Can Now Buy a Scarf Inspired by Those Preposterously Long CVS Receipts

Kathryn Hughes/Etsy
Kathryn Hughes/Etsy

CVS is known for being a one-stop shop for medications, grocery items, toiletries, and, of course, comically long receipts. Naturally, people have taken advantage of these absurdly long pieces of paper in a number of ways: in 2018, one Twitter user went viral because he used his CVS receipt as a replacement window blind, while another customer blew his receipt up and turned it into a Halloween costume.

Now, one industrious artist named Kathryn Hughes is using those never-ending paper receipts as inspiration for a line of handmade scarves, which you can find on Etsy for $20. These scarves measure at 58 inches long by 10 inches wide and look just like the real thing; however, because they are handmade, their sizes can vary slightly—much like real CVS receipts.

CVS receipt scarves
Kathryn Hughes/Etsy

The length of a real CVS receipt comes down to whether or not you're a CVS ExtraCare member. These members get added coupons and sales announcements tacked onto every receipt, resulting in lengths that can stretch to more than 4 feet. And Hughes's scarves are true to form: ExtraCare members will recognize coupons like “15 percent off with $50 purchase,” “30 percent off deodorant,” and “$1 ExtraBucks Rewards" printed right onto the scarf.

If you’re not a CVS shopper, Hughes also makes a scarf inspired by those long (but not quite CVS-long) Rite Aid receipts for $20. Hughes stresses that these scarves are novelty items and "won't save your life if you are stranded in Antarctica." But for anyone who has ever bought a pack of gum only to leave CVS with a receipt longer than a second grader, you can now turn your struggle into style.

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