Coming In From The Cold

A warm, delicious alternative to hot chocolates and creamy lattes can be, as the British say, a spot of tea. But real tea enthusiasts never steep bagged varieties. Two for Tea, an online boutique featuring exotic, richly flavored loose international teas and complex blends from across the world, offers black, green, red, and even fruit teas with ingredients such as muscat grape; dried apples, cranberries and hibiscus; and even South African rooibos bush. Prices range from $4 to $8 for up to four ounces.

It won’t serve you cappuccino in bed, but the Impressa F8 from Jura-Capresso performs a variety of other functions. The sleek, silver metallic machine, equipped with two frothing systems, grinds, tamps, brews, and takes little time to self-clean. With a brewing chamber that holds five to 16 grams of ground coffee, the Impressa F8 provides up to 16 ounces of coffee as well as multiple cups of espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. $1,399; — Sonia Alleyne

Forget coffee shops — true connoisseurs brew their own java. Dubbed the “Cabernet of coffee” by The New York Times, the Sweet Unity Farms blend mixes Arabica and Peaberry beans from the southern highlands of Tanzania and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The coffee is produced by a cooperative of more than 300 farmers that was founded by David Robinson, son of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. A bag of whole or ground beans sells for $11.50. www.sweet — Alisa Gumbs