Sometimes you come across design that really stands out from the crowd. These drip coffee makers and tea making systems belong out, front and center, to make dessert-time show-time.
bi. du. haev.
I met these guys from Taiwan at a trade show and was just blown away by the creativity and beauty of their coffee-making systems. They really turned the whole process into a work of art. The name of the company, bi. du. haev., translates to Be. Do. Have. Their minimalist designs are focused on function, and made with craftsmanship and quality materials. It’s a call to slow down, sit back, and enjoy the process.
One of their gorgeous designs focuses on cold brewing (seen in the photo at the top of this post). If you are not familiar, the way it works is coffee steeps overnight, resulting in a very smooth cup, with a less acidic taste. Their Cold Brew Coffee System design is a lesson in restraint. It takes up practically no visual or physical space. The brewing system is completely enclosed, thereby sealing in flavor, and allowing no dust or debris to enter. When done brewing, the glass carafe at the bottom comes with a seal-tight cover, to house in the fridge. Present this at your dessert buffet for a smooth savoring of iced coffee. Available on amazon.
TOAST Living Design
Another company from Taiwan designs coffee and tea makers with the same amount of artistic vision. H.A.N.D Coffee Drip System is a stunning design, with wire copper accents, that lend a certain beauty to coffee serving.
The slick and glamorous Kettle, in copper, boasts a thin spout that enables water to flow slowly and predictably, even with small amount of water. Holds 27 oz. The copper Filter Holder is the star of the set, and fits standard V60 filters. The open design of the filter holder stops coffee grinds from clogging the system. The copper Stand holds the filter aloft, making for a nice presentation.
The H.A.N.D Coffee Dripper Set includes the coffee dripper, carafe, kettle, and mugs in 3 colors. The stand can also be used to pour directly into cups, instead of the carafe.
The system comes with a choice of two sizes of carafes, one 300ml, the other 600ml. The carafe has double insulated walls, keeping heat in and the outside cool to the touch. toastliving.com
Toast Living Design’s tea brewing system comes accented in beautiful copper as well, and harks back to traditional tea rituals, but with a modern twist. Weaver Teaware comes with a Small Teapot, also known as Gaibei, which represents a quintessential style of tea culture. The method for brewing goes like this: add tea leaves and little bit of boiled water to the teapot. After a few seconds, use the copper infuser to transfer the tea into the glass cup. Repeat this another 4 to 5 times until the teacup is 80% full. The philosophy is that the slow, steady movement gives tea leaves the time and space to extract its best and most balanced flavor. The geometric pattern on the glass showcases the golden color of the tea.
The ceramic lid on the Tea Jar is designed to absorb extra humidity, keeping the inside air of tea jar dry.
Tea Infuser This is the tool to use when drinking tea in a mug. Inspired by the traditional Asian noodle boiler, the pretty drop-shaped element that holds the infuser can also be used as a handle, and to clean it after use. toastliving.com
Drink the Moon coasters are a little bit of magic. When you place a hot mug onto the surface, the black will fade out and the moon will appear. Depending on where you place the cup, you can see a crescent moon, a rising moon, or a full moon. us.spextrum.net