Cold caffeine comfort
Watered-down iced coffee has been unnecessary since La Colombe issued Pure Black a couple of years ago. Now Philadelphians have a West Coast option, too, with these fist-sized, Cold Brew "stubbies" from Portland's Stumptown. Made from toddy-style coffee (steeped at room temperature for 16 hours, then strained), this ready-to-drink brew has the pronounced acidity typical of Stumptown's coffee - a brightness that cuts nicely through a splash of milk and sweetness.
- Craig LaBan
Stumptown Cold Brew, about $4 per 10.5-ounce bottle, available at One Shot Coffee, Whole Foods, and Di Bruno Bros.
These acrylic glasses are great for outdoor entertaining, or dining on the deck with children. Be warned, though, that they must be hand-washed, as putting them in the dishwasher causes cracking and discoloration.
- Maureen Fitzgerald
Cooler, 19 ounces, $3.95; double old-fashioned, $2.95, from cb2.com