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.


April 30, 2012

Not too long ago, Joyce Tombran-Tink got into hand-turning pens on a wood lathe. Joyce happens to be my mother-in-law, and it quickly became evident to those of us around her that she has a natural talent when it comes to working a wood lathe.

Joyce has turned some incredible pens over this past year, and uses unique materials in her work. She seeks out rare and exquisite materials to turn into pens – any where from a simple curly maple wood, to a block of green Jade from Tibet, to a rare, fossilized mammoth tusk excavated from Siberia. It’s become a bit of a running joke, because it’s not uncommon to hear her say “I want to turn that.” You never know what she might turn into a pen next.

Recently, she approached me about doodling on some pen blanks she had turned. She turned the wood and gave them to me to draw on – once finished she put them back on the lathe to finish with a few layers of acrylic, and topped them off with the pen fittings. THey came out pretty nice.

Thanks to Joyce for thinking of me – be sure to look for her work online in the near future. Check out the pictures below, including a really nice bowl she finished last week.






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April 21, 2012

I’m in the beginning stages of what could turn out to be an extremely fun and fulfilling project. My mother-in-law is a wizard on a wood lathe, and has made it her hobby to turn pens and bowls out of anything she can find. She’ll make pens out of anything from a normal piece of oak, to a nice piece of ebony, all the way up to a fossilized wooly mammoth tusk.

She approached me and asked if I would doodle on some of her pen blanks she recently turned. Tonight, I made my first attempt and am relatively happy with the results. A bit sloppy and busy, but I learned some things and am excited to work on some more of these.

Who knows, maybe she’ll turn me a handle for an espresso tamper.




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