Food & dining

Ceramic coasters protect tables and absorb moisture

CoasterStone’s ceramic coasters combine all the features you want in a coaster. The manmade stone tops absorb condensation from drinks and their cork backings protect surfaces from scratches. The coasters are 4.25 inches square, a convenient size for drinks, and come boxed in sets of 4 ($17.99 a set). They’re decorated in a large assortment of designs, from bugs and butterflies to Irish pubs. The coasters can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. For stubborn stains like wine or coffee, directions on the side of the box suggest how to remove them. Available at Botanica, 374 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-413-9580; Kitchen Outfitters, Acton Woods Plaza, 342 Great Road, Acton, 978-263-1955; or JEAN KRESSY