OXO Gourmet Coffee

OXO’s countertop pairing brings a no-frills experience to prosumers. The conical burr grinder, with an hourglass silouehtte, creates a uniform grind through a push of a button. The ground’s full flavor then is unlocked by the rigorously-tuned gooseneck kettle.

Project completed while at Smart Design, 2016
Role: concept and development lead

Grind: Conical burr grinder

Distilled to quality essentials

OXO’s conical burr grinder creates uniform grinds through a timer-based interface. Its contrasting graphics and hourglass form gives a timeless countertop presence. Simplified dial interface grinds beans from upper hopper into grounds in lower cup. The inherent beauty of this design is in its thoughtful simplification and priority on function. Our approach was to source premium-quality internals, while reducing decorative cosmetic parts. Bold graphics were designed in place of unnecessary lights and electronics. A delightful detail is in its grounds-cup design, which allows for a one-step coffee transfer, and minimizes mess from static grounds.

Spill-free bean hopper with locking mechanism

Brew: Gooseneck pour over kettle

Analog kettle with thermometer and convenient digital kettle

Making the best pour

The art of pour over coffee is in unlocking the ground’s flavor potential with a steady stream of water. We co-created with expert baristas from the most acclaimed coffee houses in New York to find the perfect spout geometry and balance handling. We iterated through rigorous physical prototyping – vacuum-forming water-tight bodies, grinding and bending spouts, and adjusting handle positions. The result is a kettle that measurably surpasses competitors in its perfect pour and balanced handling.

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