Coffee inspires creativity—this is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.
June 7, 2013

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.

May 20, 2013


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.


May 5, 2013

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January 3, 2013

I love continuity. Having some sense of fluidity in a process—whether in designing, crafting, or creating—is extremely appealing and something that gives a sense of closure to the entire process.

Brewing coffee is no different. Even though the functions of the brewing tools matter more than the form, having that continuity present between each step of the process is fulfilling.

With Hario, each step of the process is covered—from grinder to kettle to pourover to server to glass.

Recently, they’ve even thrown a beautiful scale into the mix (see a great overview of it here, courtesy of DCILY).

Here’s a doodle I did that summarizes a portion of the brewing process. If you’re thinking of getting into manually brewing your coffee, Hario is a good place to start.

Kettle: Hario Buono
Pourover: V60
Server: Hario Range Server
Hand Grinder: Hario Skerton
Glass: Hario V60 double walled glasses


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August 10, 2012

Back in April, I flew out to Portland to spend some time visiting with Mark Hellweg, owner of Clive Coffee, and to visit some of the local shops I’d heard so much about. I instantly fell in love with the comfortable, unique, and neighborhood-like feel of the city, and was exposed to some great coffees and spaces laced throughout the city.

The main reason for my trip, though, was to work on a film project with Clive. The premise of the video was to explain some of the differences between home espresso machines, and to visualize some of the benefits and qualities you should be looking for when approaching espresso machines for home use.

The video starts off with a Venetian style coffee house—symbolizing the first time you ever fell in love with espresso. From there, the video walks through the thought process of trying to figure out how to get the same experience at home.

Highlighting some different espresso machine styles—from the simplistic and cheap plastic models to the over-complicated Rube-Goldberg style with unnecessary bells-and-whistles, the video finally lands on some good quality options to use at home.

The whole experience was really fun for me—getting to travel to Portland and immerse myself in some of the coffee scene out there was an added bonus, but getting to work with Mark and the gang at Clive to put this together was a real highlight. Great people doing great things—I really appreciate the oportunity to work with them and look forward to connecting with them again in the future.

Be sure to check out the entire page to learn a little bit more about different espresso machines and boiler types.


**Also, I learned a lot about drawing and myself while I was out in Portland. Being filmed while drawing really adds a strange dynamic to my thought process. I really started to over-analyze every movement, and started worrying about things like staying out of the way of the camera, lighting, subtle movements, etc. Needless to say, I don’t think the drawings in the video are my best work, but they sure did a great job with the video as a whole, adding in some nice B-roll and annotations.**


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April 10, 2012

So excited to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with a great, new startup “ZPM Espresso” – check out the pictures of the finished shell. Can’t wait to see it with all the innards.