Like disciples of any new industry, speciality coffee converts are a resilient bunch.
We’re prepared to endure growing pains a trends arise involving dubious drinks and concepts. We still understand that the fragile industry has to evolve to survive.
Occasionally however, a trend takes off that seems so obvious and so consistent with the ideals of the speciality scene that we overcome our insecurities about participating in a conspicuously elitist movement.
One of those trends is now upon us, so lets roll out the welcome mat to the potters and ensure they stick around. Ceramics is having a moment. Pottery courses across London are filling up and my Instagram feed is full of gorgeous glazes and pure porcelain forms.
BBC 2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down introduced many of us to the endless range of techniques deployed by potters. But more to the point, a number of potters have collaborated with coffee companies to produce beautiful work.
Londoners were introduced to this trend last year with collaborative works involving Square Mile and Workshop. The options for cafes and roasteries looking to commission cups are endless.
In fact, potters work in such a range of styles and methods its often difficult to know where to start. Square Mile coffee commissioned Figgjo, a well established Norwegian manufacturer, for its attractive set of cups.
Workshop, in the meantime, worked with east London potter Tsouni Moss.