Outdoor Retailer Winter Market '05 Trends: Caffeine heads rejoice

If you've attended Outdoor Retailer, winter or summer, in the last five years or so, chances are you're one of thousands who have stood in line during the opening hours of the show to get a take-home insulated mug from Pacifica Cornetta with your coffee purchase. Consumers of outdoor retail products are no different. It appears we all have a java jones and we just can't get enough cool containers to deliver the caffeine fix we crave.
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If you've attended Outdoor Retailer, winter or summer, in the last five years or so, chances are you're one of thousands who have stood in line during the opening hours of the show to get a take-home insulated mug from Pacifica Cornetta with your coffee purchase. Consumers of outdoor retail products are no different. It appears we all have a java jones and we just can't get enough cool containers to deliver the caffeine fix we crave.

Purchased as gifts or for personal use, the coffee mug has become a somewhat ubiquitous expression of a customers' individuality. The same person that drives an SUV is looking for other extensions of their outdoor lifestyle, real or imagined, that put them in the moment like a favorite fleece pullover or a Gore-Tex jacket -- we know, waxing philosophical about coffee is just wrong on so many levels so please forgive us. Here are four companies and their caffeine-inspired products that the SNEWS® team -- and no, we were not on a latte binge at the time -- felt worthy of attention:

The Buzz Line by Planetary Design
Finally, a multi-tasking commuter coffee mug and leave it to the folks who brought us the Big Sky Bistro several years ago to deliver coffee innovation yet again. The new Double Shot coffee press mug is ideal for those who take their coffee or tea on the road. Take a cup with you and make two more cups of brew when you get to where you're going. The bottom of the press cup screws off to provide storage for extra coffee or tea. The indentation on the bottom fits in a car's coffee mug holder. The Double Shot holds 14 ounces of liquid and comes in delicious colors -- pink, mango, iris, wasabi, cornflower blue, as well as chrome and black for the non-risk takers (wait, did we just call colors delicious? Arggggg!). A 20-ounce Chug Press with a wide base for stability and a 20-ounce Desk Press are also available in cool colors. Check them out at www.planetarydesign.us.

GSI Outdoors
The company unveiled a cool assortment of camp kitchen supplies including four different varieties of mini-espresso makers. But what really caught our eye was its new manually operated coffee grinder. Made of Lexan resin, the GSI coffee grinder features an adjustable ceramic grinding element attached to a collapsible handle. It is designed to fit directly onto any of three different-sized GSI Javapress coffee makers and each of several mugs made of Lexan or stainless steel.

Sigg Switzerland
Typical of a Sigg product, the company reveals an elegant design in its new Metro Mug. The stainless-steel, double-walled vacuum insulation is designed to keep beverages hot for six hours. More like a thermos bottle than a mug, the Metro mug features a pressure release screw top that allows steam to escape without leaking before opening. But once sealed you can drop it in your daypack or leave it in your car. You'll have a hot drink waiting when you're ready.
   
Jetboil
Ahhh, thank you Jetboil for something that every coffee delivery system should have: it's own heat source. The company that brought you virtually instantaneous boiling water does you one better with a French press attachment. The whole kit and caboodle breaks down and stows, along with the fuel canister and stove, into the pot which serves as a carrying compartment. The one-pot wonder won't fit in your standard driver's side cup holder, so don't count on the rapid brew commute. But this baby is definitely meant for that outdoor adventure coffee drinker who won't deprive himself of those precious things that matter most -- on demand caffeine shots.
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