Coffee Compass cofounder Michael Butterworth is launching a new company. Etkin Design is a new Istanbul-based firm designing and manufacturing porcelain coffee makers and accessories. Its first product is the Etkin Dripper– a large format coffee dripper optimized to make up to a liter of coffee. The dripper is a collaboration with Selim Caner Eldeniz of the Istanbul design studio Modesign.
The product is now live on Kickstarter, where the start-up is trying to raise $10,000 to help cover the initial production run of Etkin Drippers. Backers will be amongst the first in the world to receive the new brewing device. The product recently debuted at the SCA Expo in New Orleans to an enthusiastic reception.
“Most pour-over drippers tend to clog at larger brew volumes, causing brew times to go too long. This produces more bitterness in the cup. Our design produces a sweeter cup with less bitterness,” says Butterworth.
The dripper is made from the highest quality Turkish porcelain in Kütahya— Turkey’s porcelain capital. The inspiration for the Etkin Dripper was born out of sheltering in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Like most of us, I spent much of 2020 lock-downed at home. More than ever, brewing coffee by hand became an important ritual each day. But since my wife and I can drink a lot of coffee I often was brewing 3-4 pour-overs a day,” says Butterworth. “I looked for a larger format coffee dripper, but was disappointed I couldn’t find a flat-bottom one.”
The Etkin dripper is compatible with 8-12 cup basket filters, though the company is also developing their own custom filters, along with mugs and a carafe.