Designer Craighton Berman reveals a new prototype coffee brewer in a recent blog post. His vision is to create a manual brewer that’s a complete system and lives on your countertop:

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Current pour-over coffee maker forms are primarily inspired by pitchers and funnels, while MANUAL aims to be an appliance. In the spirit of kitchen appliances, MANUAL is designed to be left out on a counter for fast access, less set up, and aesthetic consideration.


Some have suggested that this new product borrows too much from the form of the Hario V60. Your Sprudge Editors thinks it looks like an inside-out Chemex. Have we entered the age of the brew device echo chamber? It’s a beautiful prototype, but ultimately, how does the coffee taste?

MANUAL has been designed to have a slightly slower extraction speed than that of its pour-over contemporaries. This was a purposeful choice, to allow the water and grinds for a single cup preparation to come in to contact for a longer period of time—like that of an immersion method, such as a French press.


The prototypes will be further tested and refined for a Kickstarter launch in late Summer 2013. Join Mr. Berman’s mailing list for the launch announcement.

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