Minimalistic, Modern-Designed Tools for Coffee Brewing

Minimalistic, Modern-Designed Tools for Coffee Brewing
Arts & Culture

Exquisite custom brew bar is made from copper and cherrywood components

Ross Brooks
  • 26 september 2014

JoEllen Depakakibo is an entrepreneur who went from Blue Bottle barista to the owner of stylish San Francisco outpost, Pinhole Coffee. Now she’s collaborated with Toronto-based Monarch Methods to create a custom range of coffee-brewing goods for her store. Inspired by the principles with which she runs her business, the brew bar includes handmade copper kettle and cherrywood drip bar. These exquisite one-of-a-kind tools would be at the top of any coffee lovers wish list.


The principles that root the designs are precision and warmth – both of which were expressed through the details, materials and fabrication of the brew bar. A unique piece of cherry wood with immediately recognizable grain and depth of color was used for the base. Compatible with a variety of manual brewers, its three recessed scales are also built into the base to allow for real-time monitoring of the drink’s weight.


Speaking with CoolHunting about the experience, Monarch Methods founder Chris Chekan says, “I’ve heard many people say this is a more accurate way of maintaining brewing parameters and is no doubt easier logistically speaking in a cafe environment.”


Depakakibo also sheds some light on the name of the store, Pinhole Coffee:

Although it might seem like Pinhole is based directly on pinhole photography, it’s symbolic of taking something physically small and producing something big. In the whole process of manifesting Pinhole, it’s been reflected back to me of how particular I am with detail.

This ethos was also reflected in her choice of interior design, which features colored art wall of acacia wood by Leah Rosenberg, handwoven pillows from textile crafters Petel Design, ceramics from Mitsuko of Tsuchikara Pottery, and of course, coffee from Blue Bottle and Verve.

If you live in San Francisco or have any plans to visit in the near future, then head on down to 231 Cortland Avenue where you can indulge in a delicious cup of coffee and stare longingly at the brewing tools that were used to make it.

Pinhole Coffee / Monarch Methods

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Images by Monarch Methods

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