Coffee Product Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

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Espresso Maker Airpress – If you’re a fan of the Aerobie Aeropress than you simply must add this to your collection! It has its own unique markings on the side for easier dosing. Available from resellers on eBay for $21.99.

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The Tiamo Hand Grinder - Are you a big booster of the Hario Minimill? You might want to take a look at this Tiamo Hand Grinder. It looks just like the Minimill – but it’s less expensive! Available on Amazon.

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Tiamo has several products that look just like items from Hario and Kalita’s line-up. Take a look at their V01 Glass Coffee Dripper!

And then there’s this little ditty:

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Starbucks Premium Pour Over Brewer is the company’s first foray into home brewing furnishings. While this may look like a typical pour over stand – the Clive Stand, specifically – its stylings are of course uniquely Starbucks, and we are hereby not implying that the design has been ripped off.

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Now this here is a genuine Counterfeit Chemex (manufacturer unknown). We found this “Vintage Chemex” for sale at an antique shop, selling for $45. The glass work was shoddy, the device itself was very light, and there were imperfections all over the flask. Check out how the top lip slants to the left:

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Leans to one side.

Is the whole concept of intellectual property flawed in this day and age? Are some $20 four striped sneakers any better or worse than those $80 Adidas you’re sporting? And what about ripped off graphic design? Or ripped off web content? Does it matter in this post-Napster world of ours?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  1. says

    I know it may seem revolutionary, but pour over is pretty simple technology. There isn’t very much “intellectual” quality to a cone you put a filter and coffee in. It’ll be alright everyone. Innovation happens when a product becomes over-represented.

  2. says

    Tiamo’s product range is much deeper than Hario’s. sure some products are pretty identical to Hario and Kalita but they have plenty of original designs as well. Plus their kettles are far superior to the Buono (the spouts are narrower which gives the user much better flow-control.) I’ll choose a Tiamo kettle 10 times out of 10 over Hario.

  3. says

    Getting investment capital for any new “hard” (ie a real not a app or site) is almost impossible and so bringing out a knock off is considered by many just “good business”.

  4. says

    If you want buy a knock off, then pour (just off) boiling water in it, you really can’t blame anyone but youerself when its cracks and pours hot water everywhere. Imagine an “airpress” if it didn’t seal…

  5. says

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or is it the cheapest form? Honestly? Anyone that gives a shit about coffee and coffee equipment is most likely not going to purchase the knock off product. To those that don’t care? Go ahead, purchase all the cheap models. Anyone that is a smart consumer will remember that those knock off, Payless tennis shoes never last as long as the real deal. Where you choose to put your money is your problem, or reward.

  6. Madge Buckingham says

    I’ve seen my share of bootlegged brewers in my lifetime, let me tell you! When I traveled to Eastern Europe, you wouldn’t believe the gadgets I came across. It was many years ago and I have the pictures somewhere. You would just die!

  7. says

    Don’t get me started on knock offs. Don’t even get me started. Back in 1991, I invented the TomBrew, an automated brewing system that would revolutionize the way people brewed coffee and other hot beverages. A little cup filled with the ingredients, you pop it in the TomBrew, and then presto – as if by magic, with a touch of a single button, a bubbling brew in your mug. It was good, too.

    What happened? Some corporate muckity mucks stole my designs and patented it in seventeen countries – left me out on my ass like a bum. Moral of the story? Life sucks. Deal with it.

  8. Jules says

    CHEAP LAME ASS IMITATIONS ARE RUINING THE WORKING CLASS LIVES OF MILLIONS. CAN’T ANYONE READ BETWEEN THE LINES? WHEN WILL SOMEONE STEP UP AND LEAD OUR COUNTRY FOR ONCE? IT’S DUE TIME WE ALL BAND TOGETHER AS ONE AND FIGHT THE INJUSTICES IN THIS WORLD. OUR TIME HERE IN NEARING THE END UNLESS WE FIGHT.

  9. says

    Well has anyone actually tried the Tiamos? They’re probably even better. And cheaper. I listen to my bottom dollar – not a bunch of nerds.

  10. says

    I, for one, am sick and tired of all of those imitation brands. What ever happened to good old fashioned American ingenuity? Can’t anyone think of anything new?

    Sick and tired.

    • says

      Money Talks. If someone can produce it cheaper, I’m going to buy it. It probably means the original designer is trying to mooch off more $$$. *flame suit on*

      • says

        Research and development cost money. When you rip someone off, you don’t have to spend money on R&D, which means you can make a cheaper product. The original is more expensive for a reason!

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