Pourover stands come in many shapes and sizes. The beautiful and simple “Clive Stand” from Clive Coffee is made from salvaged Oregon Black Walnut, and hand made in Portland. The Hario Acrylic Stand is similarly shaped, made of clear acrylic, allows for a transparent brewing experience, and is specifically designed to fit snugly onto a Hario Drip Scale.
Landing somewhere in the middle of the two is a brand-new prototype from the folks at Craighton Berman Studio. Boasting a glass, double-walled casing , and a solid wooden base, the MANUAL Coffeemaker is “designed to be left out on a counter for fast access, less set up, and aesthetic consideration.”
This isn’t just a stand with a hole in it, either—the conical design is such that it encourages a slower extraction time, akin to an immersion method such as a French Press. A bit more from the Craighton Berman site:
Similar to a pour-over stand used by coffee shops, brewing happens directly into the final drinking vessel. The glass construction allows full visibility of the process, while the “double-wall” design retains more heat which helps maintain ideal extraction temperatures. The wooden base is designed to provide a ‘home’ for the glass piece, as well as fit over a kitchen scale. The base insulates the mug from thermal loss and catches any errant drips during the process, over time developing a patina, like that of a cutting board.
Prototypes are currently being tested and a Kickstarter campaign (of course) is in the works. Stay tuned for more details on the Craighton-Berman Studio Website.
Hat tip to DunneFrankowski. All photos are originals from the Craighton Berman website.
Bucket, a design and build studio out of Portland, Oregon is throwing their hat into the ring of beautifully designed coffee equipment. Basing their design around a mason jar and natural elements, they recently released a Crowd Supply campaign to fund their latest creation, “The Portland Press.”
The Portland Press is essentially a French Press that screws onto the top of a mason jar, and features a design buildout of wood, wool, and steel. Besides the beautiful aesthetic these elements combine for, they also give the traditional French Press and plunger a unique, exciting and sturdy design. Plus, the mason jar itself gives the Portland Press an added level of durability rarely found in a traditional French Press—no need to worry about shattering your French Press and then buying a new one or finding a new carafe online—if you break your mason jar, just pick up any other mason jar for a couple bucks.
I can’t vouch for the steel mesh filter at this point, and admittedly haven’t tried the Portland Press as of now—but if all goes as planned, this would be a great addition to any coffee lover’s arsenal. The French Press is in need of a bit of a refresh and Bucket’s design could give it a shot of energy and excitement. The easily removable top and durable mason jar bottom would make this a great travel companion as well.
Check out the video and their Crowd Supply page and decide for yourself.
The Portland Press is made in the state of Oregon from products sourced entirely in the U.S. and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
In case you’ve been living off the grid, the Specialty Coffee Association of America is hosting it’s annual expo this week in Boston, MA. There’ll be symposiums, the USBC, more barista competitions, new gear from the biggest names, networking, parties, and probably even a Sprudge puppet—a Spruppet—if everyone gets lucky.
If you can’t be there like me, you can follow along on @sprudge, or just check out the hashtag #SCAA2013. There will be a lot going on, and it’s sure to be a great time.
Today’s doodle is inspired by all the fanfare and hooplah that surrounds the event, and features a Pirate Ship, a USBC staircase, and the city of Boston.
Sadly, I just polished off the last of my coffee from Workshop—I had the privilege of visiting on a recent trip up to London. I’d visited once before, as Workshop was making the transition from St. Ali to their now (beautifully) designed brand and identity, and couldn’t wait to get back.
Workshop successfully an seamlessly merges the ideas of a great coffee spot, fantastic food stop, and roastery into one space on Clerkenwell Road. With a large square bar in the center that focuses mainly on coffee, and a roasting space and green wall behind it, the entire aesthetic is both welcoming and well-designed.
For the last two months, I’ve had the privilege of interning with the guys over at Sprudge. Each week, I doodle up a little doodle, and provide a brief recap stew of stories from around the world of coffee.
This week’s doodle is a shout out to Cafe Imports and the gang of 2012 US Regional Barista Champions who just got back from running around Costa Rica, learning about coffee and having an amazing experience. If you do anything on Instagram this week, go check Sprudge and the #KostaFreaka hashtag—there were some amazing pictures coming out of Costa Rica.
I started this website last January because I loved to draw, and I loved coffee, and I wanted to learn more about both. A lot of the Draw Coffee project has simply been about the creative inspiration that surrounds coffee, as well as a visual way to learn more about it.
As it turns out, I’m not the the only one who loves coffee and loves to draw. Last year, a talented illustrator released a book that many of you have heard about, read, seen, or even own—A-Z Coffee.
Lars Huse’ illustrations in the book are absolutely fantastic, and give the book a unique and intimate feel. His coffee artwork isn’t limited to the book, as Lars has been doodling and drawing about it for some time now. Lars runs his own Illustration operation fittingly named “Illustration and Coffee.”
You can check out more of Lars’ impressive work on his portfolio—be sure to grab a copy of the A-Z Coffee book too, it’s a fun read with awesome illustrations.
I’m excited to feature a recent filter doodle Lars did for this site—inspired by Espressini, a local shop Lars visits in Falmouth, UK. The filter features brew methods of all sorts, and coffees from Has Bean, Workshop, and Kaffa.
I’m typically not all that impressed with Guatemalan coffees—not that I don’t think they’re good, I just don’t find many that stand out (Kuma also put out a great Guatemala over the summer).
This Guatemala Hunapu from Sweden’s Koppi breaks the trend. It’s a beautifully sweet coffee that leaves its mark with a deep berry finish (gooseberry, to be precise).
I’m really impressed with Koppi’s new packaging and the great card that comes with it, featuring their most recent t-shirt design.
I’ll be taking this coffee, a Porlex grinder, and an Aeropress when I head to the Austrian Alps tomorrow.