About this project
Drinking coffee is a daily routine for us. We consciously choose how we drink it, where we like to drink it, and what blends we like to drink.
We believe that quality is achieved through every aspect of preparation - from choosing the best beans and storing them properly to anticipating and savoring every cup. So we designed Beton, a storage vessel for coffee that preserves the quality of your meticulously chosen coffee and resides fashionably on your countertop.
Beton is the optimal environment to preserve the quality and freshness of coffee. The vessel is made of concrete and cork, two materials that are naturally impermeable, allowing your coffee to be stored in an environment that prohibits moisture, air, and light from interacting with the grounds.
The cork lid is a rigid but soft material that allows for a snug fit when it is closed. On top of the cork nests the scoop, designed for 1 tablespoon of beans or grounds. Just enough coffee for a bold cup of brew.
Being avid coffee drinkers, we’ve experienced first hand what it means to seek out quality coffee brands. But the journey to quality doesn’t need to end there. While searching for storage vessels that are thoughtfully designed we found nothing really existed on the market. Displeased with this we decided to design our own vessel with all the features necessary. Beton is what we believe to be the perfect storage vessel for your coffee.
Coffee comes in a bag...we all know that. Coffee bags are not made for storage, they're made for transportation. Once the bag is open, the seal is broken. This exposes your coffee to air and moisture which degrades the freshness and aroma.
The vessel is made of concrete and cork, two materials that are naturally impermeable. This allows your coffee beans or grounds to be stored in an environment that prohibits moisture, air, and light from interacting with the them. The handle of the Beton is designed to hold 1 tablespoon of grounds and nest comfortably on top of the cork lid - or you can hang them up.
Typically, coffee grounds are stored in clear containers but too much exposure to UV light can have an adverse affect on the quality of the beans. We chose a concrete body to prevent this.
The insulating properties of concrete also maintain a consistent temperature - perfect for keeping the coffee fresh.
Beton has been rigorously tested and refined; we believe that materials should drive the process and design of objects.
The concrete vessel is custom mixed to have the perfect blend of strength and color. Each piece is individually cast. We mill the wood, and cut and route each base and cap to ensure quality and a tight seal. The base is made from walnut and the top of cork. The scoop is hand turned and the veneers are each chosen for their specific grains and colors. Each handle is made to fit a specific scoop. While the design of each piece will be the same, the hand crafted process makes each piece slightly different, each piece unique. The scoop of the Beton is designed to hold 1 tablespoon of ground coffee; it nests comfortably on top of the cork lid, or can be hung separately. The finished product is hand rubbed with a food safe oil mix. Over time, the oil from your hands will add to the patina, making this one of a kind container even more personal.
We plan to have an initial run of 25 Beton Coffee Vessels, with the capacity of producing more. If more people want to purchase a Beton for their coffee another run can be made with a later shipping date.
Risks and challenges
We are two industrial designers who are graduating this year, coupled with our thesis projects, our time is split.
We are comfortable with producing 25 Betons with the ability to produce more at a later date.
The only risk or challenge we face at the moment is time. With your understanding and our commitment to producing quality handmade products we assure you that you will receive a beautiful handcrafted design that will prolong the life of your coffee.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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