Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What's Really Hot at Housewares Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What's Really Hot at Housewares Show

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TEA, ANYONE? Starbucks, Gloria Jean's and Seattle's Best notwithstanding, a great deal of attention was focused on that very traditional brew at the 100th International Housewares Show earlier this month in Chicago.

Also sharing an inordinate amount of space among the 70,000 products at the show, presented by the National Housewares Manufacturers Association, were sleeker but more powerful microwave ovens and several variations on bread machines.

The products at the show may not be in stores now, but are scheduled to m be out later this year. Tea was brewing at many of the booths. The Chef's Choice line from EdgeCraft Corp. covered all the bases with three tea-related products. TeaMate (about $120) steams loose or bagged tea before steeping and, like most electric teamakers, lets users control the strength. The Deluxe Cordless Electric Teakettle, with separate power base/warming plate, also costs about $120. The International Cordless Electric Hot Pot (about $80) automatically shuts off when the water boils. Cuisinart got into the act with its Perfect Tea Steeper, an electric teamaker with an 8-cup capacity that costs about $60. "There's been a huge resurgence in tea," said Mary Rodgers of Cuisinart. "Last year alone, tea consumption increased 10 percent." Mr. Coffee, which popularized the trend with its Mrs. Tea several years ago, presented a more compact line extension - Mrs. Tea for Two, which brews three cups, for about $30. But there was no shortage of coffeemakers and espresso makers, either. Krups' Novo4000 Programatic espresso/cappuccino machine (about $300) offers more options - one or two cups, short or tall, with flavor controls. For diehard coffee aficionados, the compact Larosta home coffee roaster from Unisar (about $150) lets you roast several cups of green coffee beans in about 10 minutes. Many of the Housewares Show products were designed to make life in the kitchen easier. sk That was the case with many new models of microwave ovens. …

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