Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
The appearance of mythical beings and fantastical creatures staring out from the side of your beer bottle might ordinarily suggest you’ve had rather too much to drink. But for Midwest brewers Oliphant, these manifestations are quite the norm. The head of the Oliphant, the imaginary creature that gave the brewery its name, now watches over its range of boutique ales.
Inspired by ancient Mesoamerican cultures and Egyptian hieroglyphics the hand-drawn creature is a fitting guardian for a strange menagerie of craft beers – these include other curious beasts such as Milkman Man-Baby, Dorkness and Land Eels vs Sea Snakes.
We reckon there’s a caution here. If you do over-indulge, look in the mirror the next day and you might see a terrifying snaggle-toothed, bug-eyed creature reflected.
It’s an established ritual in the kitchen. When the recipe demands you add a lug of oil, or perhaps a drizzle, you reach for the familiar bottle and wave it around enthusiastically like an aspiring Jamie Oliver.
But now, with the launch Aromissimo flavoured oils, home chefs in Russia are being invited to add a squeeze of oil instead. The range appears in squeezable tubes rather than traditional bottles, adding a premium, almost cosmetic quality to the product.
Hand-drawn images of garlic, mushrooms, lemons and peppers on the tubes identify each flavour variant. They also serve as a useful reminder that these oils are intended for cooking. After all, you wouldn’t want to apply them to your face. Especially the pepper variety.
Inching your way through early morning traffic can be a pretty bruising start to the day. Not on the roads. Or even on the subway. But before you make it out of Starbucks. Gridlocked between a breakfast panini and a pumpkin spice latte, you’re likely to get more than a little grouchy.
Deep breath. If you’re no longer prepared to stand in line for your caffeine fix, help is on the way. Starbucks is set to launch its own mobile ordering and payment system in the second half of 2015. Place an order on your device and your grande cappuccino will be delivered hot and frothy to your desk. Every day, if you so wish.
The delivery service is an almost inevitable extension of the company’s enthusiastic embrace of technology – more than 12 million customers are already using its mobile app.
As a way to avoid the morning bottleneck, it all sounds good to us. Wonder if they’ll deliver caramel waffles too?
The robots are coming! They’re taking over our cities! Our primitive weapons are useless against their superior technology! Oh, hang on, it’s OK… they just want to show us some cool coffee machines.
Meet Pepper, Nestlé’s android shop assistant. Pepper will be appearing in Japanese electrical stores from December to guide customers through the tricky decisions behind buying a new coffee machine. We know, it’s a process that’s fraught with emotion, but that’s OK. Pepper’s makers claim she’s the world’s first robot capable of responding to people’s feelings by reading their facial expressions and tone of voice.
Given this remarkable ability, we’re wondering whether Pepper will be able to detect irritation whenever extended warranties are mentioned.
Red and white. Red and white. Red and white. Royal purple. Shocking pink. Vivid turquoise. Hold on a second. What’s going on with Diet Coke? In a startling departure from the guidelines, Coca-Cola is offering consumers in Israel the chance to pick up their preferred variety of Coke sheathed in an entirely unique design.
According to Coke, the idea is to ‘convey to Diet Coke lovers that they are extraordinary by creating unique one-of-a-kind extraordinary bottles.’
A special algorithm is responsible for producing each variant and the number of designs possible runs into the millions. So far, 2 million have been produced and Coke’s ‘Stay Extraordinary’ campaign has spilled over onto billboards, each of which is also unique.
Whatever next? Coke goes green? Can’t see that happening anytime soon…