What We Did.
We have re-designed our ceramic coffee pour over cone. We created delicate ridges on the inside that add to both the beauty and functionality of the Cimarron Coffee Pour Over’s design. The exterior appearance of the cone will remain the same. We think that the new ridges will not only improve the functionality of the cone and the resulting cup of coffee that it makes, but that it will also make the cones more attractive by adding graceful lines to the design.
How Does It Work?
The ridges hold the paper filter away from the surface of the cone enough to allow the water to pass through the bed of grounds more uniformly. This keeps the water evenly distributed amoungst the grounds instead of encouraging channeling. Channeling is where the water finds a smaller path through the grounds to the bottom of the filter. This can happen when the filter paper is clinging to the inside surface of the cone. When that happens, the bottom is the only place where the water can pass through the paper adequately. This channeling causes the over extraction of a small portion of the grounds that most of the water is traveling through to get to the bottom while leaving the rest of the grounds under extracted which often creates an unbalanced and/or bitter cup.
What’s Next For The Coffee Pour Over Cone?
We need to glaze the prototypes and give them a final fire in the kiln. Then we will test them to ensure that they make an outstanding cup of pour over coffee and that they add to the beautiful, sculptural, handcrafted design that has received so much attention. Design Milk’s” WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR 2015 FAVORITES”
We Can’t wait to finalize and launch the next version of this product!
Functional Handmade Art To Elevate Your Coffee Ritual
The individual pour over method of making coffee creates one of the most balanced, delicious cups while giving total control and flexibility in catering to individual tastes. The amount and coarseness of the ground beans, temperature of the water and speed of pour combine to create a wide variety of flavor and aroma profiles as well as different mouth feel and acidity.
I searched but could not find a product on the market that allowed me to enjoy this ritual and individualized brew at home. The products I could find had one or more of several issues that made the experience less that the relaxing, invigorating ritual I wanted.
- First, many makers sit on top of your mug making it impossible to see when it’s full without continually picking it up to check the progress, interrupting the pour and often ending in an overflow.
- Second, many makers that incorporate a stand to allow you to see the mug fill and remove it at the right moment do not incorporate anything to catch the excess when you pull your cup away, causing an inevitable mess that requires immediate cleanup.
- Third, the stands were either inconvenient to break down/set up or did not break down at all, requiring dedicated space.
Our stand is not only a beautiful, handcrafted piece of art, it also solves the above problems making it a relaxing pleasurable experience to make your perfect cup. Our stand provides ample room to watch your pour and remove your cup at the right time. Extra pour in the filter and drips are caught in the drain where there is ample room for overflow to be contained until you are ready to simply pick up the base and rinse. And finally, the stand easily breaks down into flat components for storage and sets up with a simple press fit between the arms and top. With a selection of wood species, cast concrete base colors and glaze options for the filter cones you can put together a set that will look great in your home.
We recently took Cimarron on the road to Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, and immediately following to WestEdge SF at Pier 27. What an exciting whirlwind it was!
We received incredible validation for our work. In particular, people were most drawn to our unique shapes and design ideas incorporating cast concrete and wood. They loved most Skylight, Lydia and Palumbo. People were drawn to Skylight and Palumbo because of the unconventional, yet clever incorporation of a well (Palumbo) and a concave top (Skylight). They were drawn to Lydia for its simplicity and elegance.
With Palumbo, the excitement was around the parties, the use of space for small SF dwellings, and the shape, texture and color combinations. With Skylight the excitement was for the possibilities and for the cobalt blue! It is a coffee table, but with the basin as it is, one could “put things in there” as people kept telling us. The ideas went from a pet turtle, to a zen garden to ice covered in raw oysters and champagne bottles (my personal favorite; for which a drain could be installed). As for Lydia, the love was for the clean lines, the zen-like quality, and the seeming bulk and strength, while remaining “lightweight” (it’s only 90lbs).
Eyes lit up each time Scott would demonstrate how he could put his entire body weight on Chameleon without the 1/2″ thick concrete (35lb) panel top breaking. Eyes also lit up for the fact that the blue panel was not leather, but concrete, and how one could literally ask us for any color they want. We loved that people liked to hear Scott geek out about how he can assure them no cracking, stain proof, and beautiful textures (helps to have a background in chemistry!).
Many fun projects were discussed and we are BUSY following up! Not to mention that we were inspired by the response and have ideas we can’t wait to try around benches, sideboards, and more!
Can’t wait to get started!