Brew your coffee at the micron-level!

Many have tried to perfect the grinder. Kruve perfected the grind. It makes sense, that instead of refining a process, or developing new products that do the job better, sometimes one should have the foresight to create a new product that gets added to the existing process. An extra step, if you will.

That’s what Kruve does. The triangular sieve helps regulate the size of your grind, making it more consistent, so that the flavor gets extracted the way it was intended, or the way you want it. An inconsistent grind often results in particles that are of uneven sizes. This leads to undesirable flavors in your coffee, because the water remains in contact with differently sized particles for the same amount of time, meaning that larger chunks get ‘under-brewed’ while smaller particles get ‘over-brewed’. Compare it to cooking vegetables or meats of different sizes for the same amount of time. You’re going to be left with large raw pieces, and/or small over-cooked pieces. In coffee parlance, this would result in your brew tasting sour/acidic and bitter.

Kruve avoids that with its 3 layered design that traps the large chunks of the grind at the top, the perfectly sized particles at the middle, and the smallest grains at the bottom. The sieves used come with highly precise meshes, going into microns, to make sure your cup of coffee is made with the kind of precision no grinder can ever achieve. The Kruve comes with multiple sieves, so you can choose how precisely ground you want your beans. Use a coarser grind for your french-press, or for cold-brews, and a finer grind for stronger coffees like espressos. Here’s a chart to make things easier to grasp!

The simplicity of Kruve is that even though it adds an extra step to your brewing process, it works with any coffee grinder, and it absolutely uplifts the taste of your brew… but don’t go by my word. Try the Kruve for yourself… because ‘sieving is believing’!

Designer: Marek Krupa

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[The Kruve was initially called the Rafino at the time of its debut and has since then re-branded itself.]

A Hammer-inspired dryer for those ‘bangs’!

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While hammers and hair-dryers have virtually nothing in common apart from being hand-held, it’s an interesting exercise to borrow an idea from one and implement it in the other.

Jang Junyoung’s Hammer Dryer gives the hair dryer’s design some volume… not like the kind you’d associate with hair, but literal mass! The handle serves as nothing but a cylindrical gripping area (and the wire passes through it). The Hammer Dryer’s blower unit is given full focus with its heavy looking shape, and even the controls are shifted onto the hammer’s body, giving it functional focus too.

Whether this would result in a significant center-of-gravity shift, or whether it may make the hair-dryer easier or more difficult to use still remains to be discovered, but it sure makes for an interesting aesthetic, and it even allows the hair-dryer to be rested in a rather unique fashion!

Designer: Jang Junyoung

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If Elvis Were a Motorcycle

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Mind the title… but that’s all I can see when I look at this custom BMW build by Kingston Custom. It’s like Elvis’ white, bedazzled jumpsuit morphed into a motorcycle!

It’s called the White Phantom and it’s actually all 80s on the inside! The donor bike was a 1980s BMW tourer. After some chopping, however, it’s a much slimmer version of its original self, save for a protruding turbocharger from that 798cc engine. It has some kick to it, sure, but without any significant wind screening, you can bet it’s strictly for looks.

Designer: Kingston Customs

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A Tailless Toothbrush

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Notice anything different about this toothbrush setup?! Hint: it’s not about what you see… it’s about what you don’t. This smart twist on the electric toothbrush ditches the power cord to keep your limited bathroom real estate clean and clear of any cumbersome cables!

Unlike the wired dock of many existing electric models, this features one that you plug directly into the outlet. It’s designed to support the brush unit and keep it upright, elevated, and out of the way. The result is extra counter space that’s easier to clean and a more polished look that’s cable-free!

Designer: Stéphane Pietroiusti

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