HomeMade Modern: Copper Coffee Maker by john cheng

I know for sure there are plenty of you out there that would take the time to make this DIY Copper Coffee Maker. Especially those of you who love pour over coffee. Check out this awesome tutorial by Ben Uyeda from HomeMade Modern to create said copper coffee maker and start planning your weekend project now!

This is the first video of our CoffeeScapes series that will features different ways to make the things that make our coffee. This copper pipe pour over device is held together with epoxy so soldiering equipment and skills are not required. Copper pipe can be cut with a tube cutter making this project possible without a single powertool.

Latte Motion by john cheng

Japanese company Ajinomoto General Foods used 1,000 cups of coffee to promote, Maxim Stick. That's quite a bit of latte! 世界初!1000杯のラテで作られた、ラテアート・アニメーション(ラテモーション)! The world's first latte art animation(latte motion) created with 1,000 cups of latte!! 1杯1杯丁寧に手作りされたラテアートで繋いだ濃厚でクリーミーな物語をお楽しみください。 Please enjoy the rich, creamy story connected by carefully handcrafted latte art one by one.

Whiskey Barrel Coffee by john cheng

I love my whisk(e)y and I love my coffee. I believe I must now try Whiskey Barrel Coffee. They take green coffee beans and age them in bourbon barrels to infuse them with the taste of whiskey and then roast them. Not only does this sound delicious but the packaging, oh what beautiful packaging!

Sekinoichi Coffee Beer Bottle design by Nendo by john cheng

7-sekinoichi-coffee-beer-bottle-design-by-nendo This is some genius packaging by Nendo. They have really taken the needs of their client into consideration and molded it into their favor. Often times when approached by clients with a big ask and little to no budget, we as designers get discouraged or pass on the project, but here is an excellent example of what can come about from restrictions.

Anchor Coffee, a coffee business in Kesennuma, a small city in northern Japan, and a Japanese sake and beer brewery Sekinoichi of Ichinoseki, another small city in the same region – both areas were devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, so the beer is a charity project to fundraise for disaster relief – have created a coffee beer drink, inviting Nendo to create the packaging for the new product.


For this collaboration they wanted to keep the costs down, so they ended up using existing bottles that they already had and using what I see as an iconic coffee bean illustration as labels that are hand placed. This type of attention to detail really says a lot about Nendo's design thinking process. Their ability to re-purpose what they already have as well as figure out a unique way to cut down on printing but at the same time give a unique twist on things, really encourages me to think in a way where not everything needs to be brand spanking new. We don't need to always design from the ground up, we can take what we already have and remodel/re-purpose it. Agree or disagree?