As with many developers, I love to tinker with new technologies. Much like Dustin, I'd long admired CouchDB for it's novel approach, the fact that it matches the way we think about data and its simplicity. It was hard to contain the excitement of bringing these things together.
Membase is "on the wire" compatible with any memcached server if you connect to the standard memcached port (registered by myself back in 2009), so that you should should be able to access membase with any "memcapable" client. Backing this port is our membase proxy named moxi, and behind the scene it will do SASL authentication and proxy your requests to the correct membase server containing the item you want.