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16 Smart Ideas to Improve Your Coffee Moments

Coffee is nectar. To hold, smell, sip and savour a warm cup of coffee on a cold winter’s day is to find a modicum of happiness in the smallest of things. Coffee is a liberating revolution and a revelation. The independent boon in coffee supply and demand, in sourcing and roasting, in cupping and tasting has been unprecedented. The genuine push to improve living and working conditions for coffee farmers and a sincere concern for the environmental impact of coffee consumption has enlightened the minds and senses of coffee aficionados the world over.

Coffee is part of an all-round experience, and that experience is informed by various elements: the setting, ambience, design, furniture, paraphernalia and of course, the cup. For coffee connoisseurs, the festive season is a time to ask old St. Nick for something new that will deepen those cosy coffee moments. Here are just a handful of smart ideas:

Paraphernalia

Moccamaster

Designed by Gerard C. Smit, the Moccamaster KBG 741 AO has changed little since its launch in the late 1960s. This high-end, handmade, midcentury-style coffee maker comes from family-owned Dutch firm Technivorm and is considered one of the best electric home brewers.

The Moccamaster KBG 741 AO in turquoise. Image © SØBY´S.
The Moccamaster KBG 741 AO in turquoise. Image © SØBY´S.

V60 copper kettle and dripper

Increasingly, the pour over is the go-to choice for the coffee cognoscenti. The V60 copper kettle and dripper from Japanese company Hario are elegant pour over coffee makers.

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V60 copper kettle and dripper. Image via Prima Coffee Equipment. 
V60 copper kettle and dripper. Image via Prima Coffee Equipment.

Collar coffee set

Designed by Something. design studio for Danish brand Stelton, the Collar coffee set is a contemporary expression of a traditional way in which to brew coffee. For the design-conscious coffee connoisseur, the Collar collection includes an espresso brewer, grinder, milk jug and sugar bowl.

Collar coffee set. Image © Something.
Collar coffee set. Image © Something.

Hario electric V60 coffee grinder

The new Hario electric V60 coffee grinder is a handsome addition to any serious coffee drinker’s kitchen.

Hario electric V60 coffee grinder.
Hario electric V60 coffee grinder.
Hario electric V60 coffee grinder.
Hario electric V60 coffee grinder.

Images via First Crack Coffee.

Coffee Tables and Seats

621 Table

The 621 Table was designed by Dieter Rams in 1962 for Vitsœ. Injection-moulded in Britain, the modest 621 is available in large and small versions, in black and off-white. Dieter Rams asserts that plastic is a “noble and long-living material”; as such the 621 is designed to last.

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621 Table. Image © 2016 Vitsœ.
621 Table. Image © 2016 Vitsœ.

Colonial Coffee Table

Ole Wanscher´s OW449 Colonial Coffee Table was designed in 1964. Manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn in oak and walnut, the table is visually striking and simple.

Colonial Coffee Table. Image via Carl Hansen & Søn.
Colonial Coffee Table. Image via Carl Hansen & Søn.

Coffee Table Two

The Coffee Table Two by British craft maker and manufacturer Another Country cleverly synthesizes a traditional countryside vernacular with a contemporary design form.

Coffee Table Two. Image via Another Country.
Coffee Table Two. Image via Another Country.

Dot™ Stool

The modern, bijou and stackable Dot™ stool was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1954 and is entirely prepossessing in its appearance. The Dot™ stool is made by Fritz Hansen.

Dot™ stool. Image © Republic of Fritz Hansen 2016.
Dot™ stool. Image © Republic of Fritz Hansen 2016.

PK22™ Lounge Chair

Poul Kjærholm designed the PK22™ lounge chair in 1956. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen since 1982, the chair remains one of Kjærholm’s best-loved works.

PK22™ in steel and canvas. Photo by Egon Gade and © Republic of Fritz Hansen 2016.
PK22™ in steel and canvas. Photo by Egon Gade and © Republic of Fritz Hansen 2016.

Cups

Coffee cups. Image © SØBY´S.
Coffee cups. Image © SØBY´S.

Acme & Co.

Acme & Co. designs and manufactures its coffee cups in New Zealand. They are the staple of coffee shops from Belfast to Budapest and Sydney to Singapore.

Acme & Co. coffee cups. Image © 2009-2016 Sprudge.com™.
Acme & Co. coffee cups. Image © 2009-2016 Sprudge.com™.

Moomin

The Arabia Moomin winter season mug (2016) features Moomintroll, Hemulen, Sorry-oo and the Snowhorse, from the book ‘Moominland Midwinter’. The image is depicted on a Kaj Franck Teema mug.

Moomin winter season mug (2016). Image © Fiskars Finland.
Moomin winter season mug (2016). Image © Fiskars Finland.

Vipp Coffee Cup

The Vipp coffee cups are part of a ceramics collection, made in collaboration with Danish ceramist Annemette Kissow. The interior surface of each coffee cup is glazed and the exterior is polished by hand to achieve a matt finish.

Vipp ceramics. Image © 2016 Vipp.
Vipp ceramics. Image © 2016 Vipp.

Coffee Table Books

'A Book of Things' by Jasper Morrison. Image via Jasper Morrison.
‘A Book of Things’ by Jasper Morrison. Image via Jasper Morrison.
'Border' is a photographic travelogue by Maria Gruzdeva that documents the "rare and often undiscovered" frontiers of Russia. Image via Creative Review.
‘Border’ is a photographic travelogue by Maria Gruzdeva that documents the “rare and often undiscovered” frontiers of Russia. Image via Creative Review.
'Wegner: Just One Good Chair' by Christian Holmsted Olesen. Image via Strandberg Publishing A/S.
‘Wegner: Just One Good Chair’ by Christian Holmsted Olesen. Image via Strandberg Publishing A/S.

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