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Gifts for Coffee & Tea Lovers

For a lot of us, the day doesn’t officially start until that first cup of brew. There’s just something about the aroma, the ritual, the caffeinated jolt that gets us going even on a sleepy Tuesday morning!

So, in honor of our beloved beverages, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for the coffee and tea connoisseur in your life (even if it happens to be you!). Who needs the coffee shop when you can be your own barista right in your kitchen?

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1. DeLonghi Nespresso Capsule Espresso/Capuccino Machine, 2. Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System, 3. Le Creuset Whistling Kettle, 4. Krups XP2280 Programmable Precise Tamp Combination Coffee Maker, 5. KitchenAid Four-cup Personal Coffee Maker, 6. Breville You Brew Coffee Maker

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Tips & Picks for Game Day Entertaining

As the dust from the playoffs start to settle, and the last two teams standing face each other for the big game, football fans across the country congregate to enjoy the competition, food, friends and of course, those awesome commercials!

If you’re planning on hosting a game day party to root for your favorite team (or just enjoy this last hurrah of the season if your team didn’t make the cut!), here are a few tips to get you prepared along with some of our top picks for football fun at home:

It’s all about atmosphere. Make your home more festive than any bar in town by incorporating team colors—napkins, paper plates, serving bowls, pennants, balloons… It IS a party after all! Try having a football ready to toss around between guests during halftime. It’ll get everyone in the touchdown spirit!

Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! Chips and dip are a great game-day go to. Since this IS the biggest game of the year, why not elevate your selection of dips by whipping up something special in a slow cooker? Mom’s chilli anyone?

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1.Mitchell & Ness NFL® hats, 2. Waechtersbach Fun Factory Serving Bowls (Set of 2), 3. Krups Beer Tender, 4. Spiegelau Beer Glasses (Set of 2), 5. DeLongi 5-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker, 6. Highbury Whittier 3-Section Tray, 7. Waring Pro Buffet Server, 8. Wilson NFL Game Ball, 9. Bodum Picnic Charcoal Grill

Tailgate favorites are always a hit. An at-home football party calls for BBQ classics, wings and ribs! They keep hungry guests happy…even if their team is on the losing end. Set up a buffet-style table with a heated server, some colorful serving plates and some stick-to-your ribs recipes.  

Cheer on your team with a selection of beverages. Beer and soda are the obvious must-haves for football parties, but make sure you offer lots of cold water, too! If you really want to impress your guests, bring the bar home by serving a traditional foam-topped beer from your personal beer draught tap!

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Juicers 101: A Healthy Start to Your New Year

You’ve probably heard of all the great benefits of juicing as a way of consuming fresh, raw foods in your daily diet. Sounds simple enough, right? Extract all the nutrients inside fruits and vegetables, drink them and reap the health benefits. But selecting the right kind of juicer can be a bit tricky for the juicing novice.

We’ve broken down three of the most common types of juicers on the market to find the one that works best for you:

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1. Breville Juice Fountain Compact, 2. Omega Nutrition Center Heavy-Duty Juicer, 3. Krups Silver Art Citrus Press

Centrifugal Juicers: This is generally the most affordable kind of juicer and therefore the most popular type on the market. They’re great for juicing most fruits and vegetables quickly and efficiently. However, they’re not as effective at yielding high volumes of juice from grassy and leafy plants such as wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce and other greens.

Centrifugal juicers usually have large feeding chutes allowing you to take the whole or half the fruit without the need for cutting them into smaller pieces.

The juice from these types of juicers typically has a very short shelf life and should be consumed right away to get the most nutritional value.

Masticating Juicers: Also known as single-gear juicer, this breaks up the plant cells resulting in more fiber, enzymes and trace mineral yields. These are generally more efficient than Centrifugal juicers in extracting more juice (i.e. the pulp comes out drier), and are great at juicing greens/leafy vegetables. However, they are more expensive than centrifugal juicers.

These operate at lower RPMs (rotations per minute), meaning there’s less foam and heat conducted, increasing the shelf life and nutrition yield per serving. Masticating juicers are also more versatile since they can homogenize foods to make sauces, baby food, ice cream, sorbets, nut butters, etc.

Citrus Presses: An electric citrus press works similarly to manual ones but more quickly and yields more juice per fruit. Some of the benefits of fresh-squeezed citrus juice versus the store-bought kind are: a fresher taste, fewer or no additives and preservatives, and more nutrient integrity. Remember, as soon as the juice hits the air, oxygenation begins to degrade the nutrient content. That’s why treating yourself to fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice every day with a balanced breakfast is by far the healthier option!

Drink up for a healthier you in 2013!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

Who doesn't love a gift that keeps on giving? If you thought Zappos only carried shoes, allow us to introduce you to some of our amazing home brands this holiday season!

Whether it’s for the perpetual hostess, the newlyweds, or the new college student on your gift-giving list, we’ve got you covered with these handy gift ideas.

Check out a few of our top picks below, just in time for holiday gatherings and guests! For even more home gift options, visit our Housewares section on Zappos.com!

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1. Krups XP 1500 Coffee & Espresso Machine, 2. Cuisinart Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Set, 3. Bodum 4-Piece Coffee Gift Set, 4. Breville ikon 4-Slice Toaster, 5. Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Signature Round French Oven, 6. Omega Vert Low Speed Juicing System, 7. Riedel Overture Magnum (Set of 8), 8. Shun 10th Anniversary 8" Chef Knife, 9. All-Clad Stainless Steel 3 qt. Saute Pan, 10. Emeril by All-Clad 8" & 12"  Hard Anodized Fry Pan Set, 11. SHEEX Performance Queen Sheets Set, 12. Aerobed 18" Premier Queen Mattress w/ Headboard

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Krups Can Help You Jumpstart Those Early Mornings

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If you’ve ever had to wake up too early in the morning to face a very long and hectic day, then you probably know the importance of morning fuel. Every early bird knows that starting the day off with the perfect cup of brew or, if you’re the more healthy type, the perfect protein shake, is essential to jump starting a busy day.

Krups makes the kitchen appliances that make those early mornings much more bearable, not to mention, more efficient. Take their versatile KM7000 Pro Grinder and Brewer for instance; this multi-tasking coffee maker automatically grinds coffee beans, or you can use pre-ground coffee as well. It has the capacity to make ten cups of coffee (for those mornings when you really need it!), and it also lets you adjust the coffee strength to your liking. It’s one morning companion you’ll be happy to see at 6 A.M.!

Some of you may prefer to start off your day with a healthy, on-the-go breakfast, especially when lunchtime typically consists of a quick bite over your laptop. Use the Krups KB720 Blender to create a quick and easy breakfast smoothie using a whole banana, soy milk, plain frozen yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and protein powder (soy or whey protein are both good choices).  This high-performance, 5-speed Krups blender makes quick work of breakfast; no need to break out the skillet! It even has a built-in measuring tool in the lid.

No matter how you choose to start your early mornings, Krups can make life a little easier with their high-performance, high-quality blenders and coffee makers.

 

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KRUPS Blows The Breakfast Competition Away

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Each KRUPS product has been developed, designed, tested, re-tested and fine-tuned to achieve a level of perfection that is without peer. So that perfectly shaped waffle, that golden slice of toast and that superbly-tasting cup of coffee is the expected result every time.

Speaking of waffles, the KRUPS Waffle Chef makes deliciously perfect waffles every time. It only takes four minutes to bake thick Belgian waffles. The foolproof operation includes a ready light to indicate when it’s time to pour in the batter. The nonstick cooking surface makes cleanup a snap. Sink your teeth into a tasty waffle next time you’re shopping for housewares on Zappos.com.

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Housewares, Housewares!

Check out some new houseware items and brands that are coming soon to Zappos.com