The Tias Kettle by Os Tableware
The Norwegian-made, timeless-looking Tias Kettle by Os Tableware isn’t just any kettle. It’s designed for brewing what’s called kokekaffe (don’t ask me to pronounce it), a traditional Scandinavian kettle-steeped coffee sometimes referred to as “cowboy coffee”. It’s also a kettle with a bit of history:
Internationally renowned industrial designer Tias Eckhoff received a design award for his original kettle back in 1964. However, his product ended up only being produced for a few years. His kettle is now being brought back to life in a refined version through a collaboration between Tias’ daughter, Sigrid Eckhoff and coffee professional Ola Brattås.
The brewing process for this kettle is actually similar to what happens inside a French press: You mix some coffee into the water boiling inside, let them get to know each other a few minutes, then serve. You’re probably thinking, “Wait, wouldn’t you just be pouring the grounds directly into your cup?” Good question, but no. The Tias Kettle has a removable plastic flow restrictor in its spout, which prevents grit from entering the cup while still letting all those tasty coffee oils through.
I’d like to share a couple videos. The first is Tim Wendelboe’s side-by-side comparison between brewing with the Tias Kettle and a French press:
Then we have James Hoffmann’s overview of the Tias Kettle alone:
This would be a gorgeous addition to any kitchen, and a novel way to brew coffee for you and any guests you have over.
As far as I’m aware, for North American customers the Tias Kettle is only available for $220 from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland, OR. For those of you in Europa, Asia, and Africa, check Os Tableware’s international retailer list to find one more locally.