One of the defining traits of Nordic coffee culture is its emphasis on black, filter brewed coffee. In the last few years, we have seen a reappraisal of black coffee outside of its social role: from a ubiquitous beverage to the expression of an origin and the hard work of a wide range of people.
At the same time, coffee brewing has also been re-thought, or in many cases, de-thought. Radical simplification has been the guiding principle, emphasising high quality ingredients – coffee and water – as well as precision in brewing.
The pour over method of brewing is one of the best examples of this trend: it is slow, with ritualised movements closer to tea brewing – a complete departure from the push-button office coffee makers we are all familiar with. It is low-tech, requiring only a funnel, a filter and the knowing hand of the person brewing. It forces you to slow down, and in turn appreciate your coffee more.
No wonder then, that a brewing method as transparent and honest as this became an instant hit in the Nordic countries: it reflects two of the guiding principles of not only our approach to coffee, but our approach to life itself.
The Wilfa Svart Manuell is a natural evolution of this trend: understanding that the level of control and the manual nature of the brewing process are important aspects of pour over, and adding a supplementary – not restrictive – layer of technology. On its own, a beautiful object; falling away and becoming an extension of the user as he or she brews. It is a recipient of the Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council.
Svart Manuell takes nothing away from the pour over brewing method. In fact it adds a way to control the flow of water, something that previously required switching funnels: an adjustable aperture.
It is developed in cooperation with Tim Wendelboe, aiming to create a device that would help people hand brew with added ease, but most importantly – brew fantastic coffee. An important part of that mission is to emphasise the importance of quality ingredients, the correct brew ratios and the simple but essential 7 steps to better coffee.
It is available from major retailers starting now.