A coffee set that combines Mexican and Colombian rituals

Photo by Carlos Gutierrez.

Photo by Carlos Gutierrez.

Colombian designers Fango Studio and Vrokka in collaboration with Mexican designer José Bermúdez have teamed up to create a coffeeware set aimed to unify the two cultures’ coffee rituals.

Named after a coffee-producing region in Colombia, Samaná comprises a set of utensils and their corresponding container, a cantina that doubles as a mini-countertop for preparing the beverage.

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Minimalist plates, spoons, and a pour-over dripper handcrafted from oak encourage the traditional method of preparing the drink manually, an act that returns texture and warmth to a ritual that has become a predominantly mechanized experience.

Meanwhile, the coffee cups, coffee and sugar receptacles and their respective tops are made from ceramic that is sealed with enamel made of coffee grinds, a familiar process for Colombian studio Fango, who previously experimented with milk sealers for a breakfast set recalling the Antioquia countryside.

The container, which can be opened up to store the utensils inside, recalls the height of most Mexican cantinas, or traditional Mexican bars that serve as a meeting point for drinking and conversation.


The container’s interior is lined with brown leather while the top is made of steel to mimic the functionality of a countertop. And crafted from ash hardwood with curved edges atop a slender metal frame, the container’s shape is inspired by the wooden boxes traditionally used by coffee growers when selecting the best coffee beans.

Photo by Carlos Gutierrez.

Photo by Carlos Gutierrez.

Uniting the fields of food design, culture, and the increasingly elusive sensorial experience, the Samaná collection was showcased in the past edition of the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño design fair in Mexico City. jose-bermudez.com; vrokka.com