Introducing the Wilfa Svart Manuell

Introducing the Wilfa Svart Manuell

By Chris Kolbu

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.

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