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Nothing makes teatime feel fancy like an intricately painted tea cup made from china. It hits a magical level when that tea cup is inspired by Sailor Moon. This matching tea cup and saucer set from Premium Bandai and Noritake is made from fine bone china and features a Sailor Scout bow, symbol, and Sailor Moon’s name written in script.

The only uncool thing about this beautiful set that will be out in April is that it’s tricky to order if you live outside of Japan.

Take a closer look at the cup and saucer after the break.

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You may be familiar with the Handpresso, but it looks like a Hong Kong startup called Wacaco, has developed an even smaller, pocket-sized espresso maker called the Minipresso.

It uses a cylindrical system that features a scoop for measuring and tamping coffee grounds, a tiny serving cup and a small built-in thermos for holding hot water. A small hand pump is used to cycle water through the grounds.

Watch the Minipresso in action after the break…

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Until today I’ve only seen tea bags in two shapes: circles and squares. Charm Villa is making the product kitschy with their goldfish-shaped tea bags. The bags go through a 16 step manufacturing process and when they’re dunked in your mug of hot water, they actually look like swimming fish. The tea bags are beautiful and just a tiny bit weird.

Watch the tea bags swim around in a cuppa after the break.

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If you’re a fan of Cyberdyne’s work–I mean, those Terminators are very good at what they do–then you might want to show off your love for the company’s handiwork by picking up this Cyberdyne mug.

Also, if you want to pretend that you work at other fictional corporations and/or branches of local government (like Detroit’s OCP or the Amity Police Department), then you can pick up some of Last Exit To Nowhere’s other logo mugs. Check them out after the break…

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dancing groot mug

As someone who is firmly of the opinion that there is no such thing as too much dancing baby Groot, I’m in love with this new figural mug by Entertainment Earth.

Groot’s mini pot is actually a mug. Plus, you can put the top on to keep the coffee warm. Seems like the perfect mug to keep by your side when you’re working.

It’s not in stock until May of next year, but you can pre-order now.

Product Page ($14.99)

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It’s hard work fighting off the alien hordes, but caffeine helps. Thankfully, there’s this 16-ounce Space Invaders mug to help quench your thirst. It’s an officially licensed Space Invaders product with aliens printed all over the outside and a handle that looks like a joystick from the classic arcade game.

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This nifty mug features a detailed compilation of all the different ways that coffee can be made. It includes everything from automatic drip to Chemex brewers.

The mug is double the size of the average coffee cup, and it’s an absolutely perfect gift for that coffee fiend in your family.

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Coffee comes in large cups and espresso comes in small cups, but now you can have one cup for both drinks. This clever glass mug will hold 5.5 ounces on one side or you can flip it over for a tiny 1.5 ounce espresso cup. Just think how much space you’ll save in your kitchen cabinets.

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Starbucks has an officially sanctioned “secret” drink for Halloween: a Franken Frappuccino! “Secret” being kind of a misnomer since it’s officially sanctioned and there’s signage. So not really secret at all.

The frosty beverage is only available through October 31st, and according to Starbucks Melody, this is how it’s made:

Start with a green tea Frappuccino
Add java chips
Add 3 pumps of white mocha sauce
Add 3 pumps of peppermint syrup (and substitute that for the classic syrup – there’s no classic syrup in the Franken Frappuccino.)
Top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Don’t be surprised if the cashier and barista can’t stop themselves from cringing if you order one.

(via Eater, photo by Jade Evans)

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Japan has lots of cat cafes (like this Studio Ghibli cat cafe), and now we finally have one in the US. Cat Town Cafe is now open in Oakland, California. Owners Ann Dunn of Cat Town Adoptions and Adam Myatt want it to be a place where people can relax with their cats and maybe even find one to adopt. According to the website:

The Cat Town Cafe will feature an area called the Cat Zone, where our cats will be free roaming and available for adoption. Visitors can spend up to an hour in the Cat Zone, and free walk-ins are welcome as space allows. For a $10 donation, you can make a Cat Zone Reservation ahead of time, which ensures your visiting time is available, and supports a great cause.

If you’re in the Oakland, California area, make a reservation to hang out with some cats and maybe even take one home.

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