Developed considering the shape of a fluted wine or champagne glass, along with a double-walled design that allows you to enjoy the hot coffee without burning your fingers. The Kruve EQ can help change your speedy morning fix of caffeine into a multi-sensory gourmet experience.
Innovative developments in coffee accessories typically seek to improve the techniques people employ with regard to preparing and brewing coffee. Toronto-based coffee equipment-maker Kruve takes a different approach, skipping to the end and refining the end result of these techniques.
The idea is absolutely not new, as glasses for alcoholic beverages are already made with very much the same principles in mind, however the coffee industry specifically was missing something to further improve the aroma and flavor profiles of the coffee brew for coffee drinkers.
The drinking glasses are designed in different ways to accentuate or minimize different attributes of brewed coffee, similar to an audio equalizer that allows listeners fine-tune specific tones and frequencies in the music they take pleasure in.
Just like wine glassware, coffee glassware does not and cannot have a one-glass-fits-all solution. However, unlike wine, coffee glassware cannot be paired to a particular bean. As Michael Vecchiarelli, CXO and Co-founder of Kruve says, “Instead of matching a glass to a certain type of coffee bean varietal, we developed complementary glasses that will either amplify or soften certain flavour notes – just like an audio equalizer – and put you in control of your sensory experience!”
Each Kruve EQ glass varies when it comes to liquid surface area, which in turn influences the rate of oxidation, and thus softens or amplifies tannins and acidity. Additionally they vary regarding the rim shape, which has an effect on the flow and distribution of coffee on the tongue. At the same time, the glasses’ unique inner design and volume of headspace is said to influence the drink’s aroma. The clear, thin borosilicate construction also lets you appreciate the color of the coffee.
Kruve’s Excite glass features a bulbous shape and large liquid surface area. This traps and circulates aroma, while softening acidity and enhancing sweetness. It reportedly pairs well with “full-bodied, chocolatey, nutty, or dark roasts”. The Inspire glass features a narrow inner glass shape and smaller liquid surface area. This focuses and funnels the aroma, while enhancing acidity. This is said to complement fruity, citrusy, or light roasts.
The glasses, carafe and the whole set are fully funded on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. A pair of glasses will set you back around $50 and a set with a caraffe is $100. Kruve says its specialist coffee accessories appeal to a worldwide market, with its biggest customers being the USA, Europe and the UK.