Do you ever wonder when someone invented something cool to solve those niggling every day needs? Like a superior cup of java for instance. Think, for a moment, about coffee and its transformation from Camp chicory essence and Nescafe instant coffee granules.
What happened to coffee also happened to all the paraphernalia that accompanies the ritual of making and drinking that perfect cup of joe.
Corkcicle, based in Orlando, FL, caters to folks who adore practical, innovative, and attractive drink ware. They offer canteens, tumblers, kids cups, coffee mugs and much, much more. Their designs are desirable.
Although coffee shops have existed for centuries, they didn’t really catch on for all social classes until Starbucks opened theirs and they spread from the USA to the UK and Europe.
In 1998, most of us were still boiling the kettle and pouring the water over soluble granules of coffee extracted from beans.
My first proper coffee maker looked like this.
Now compare those to a scrumptious roasted, freshly ground, and brewed shot of java. Espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americano. The list goes on. And mocha, my favourite. Before real coffee caught on, I made do with an instant coffee and hot chocolate combination.
The quality and variety of manual and digital coffee makers is incredible. Our demands for coffee have changed astronomically over the last twenty-two years!
A brief history
In the 1920s, Brazilian bankers asked Nestle for a solution to their surplus coffee bean problem.
Brazilian bankers asked Nestlé to help find a way to increase coffee consumption and decrease the enormous surplus of coffee production in Brazil.
Nestle invented freeze-dried coffee in 1938. But it didn’t see popularity in the US until 1956 when commercial television hit viewers' homes. Folks in the UK were still brewing a pot of tea before and after public service TV programmes in 1936, but they beat the US to commercial TV with ITV in September 1955.
Instant coffee took off in the US when commercials appeared. The breaks were too short to brew a cuppa, so they switched to instant coffee. Nestle and General Foods took full advantage of this and advertised their instant coffee during the commercial breaks!
In 1946, Achilles Gaggia introduced his first espresso machine. This gorgeous model found at a bar in a small village in Eritrea, Italy.
Britain benefitted from Gaggia’s revolutionary machine in the 1950’s when he opened a mocha bar in London.
Starbucks first appeared in the UK in 1998. But really took off in the naughties. The British, in true competitive spirit, came up with their version. Costa Coffee.
Much like Starbucks, Costa Coffee started as a wholesaler of beans and branched out into coffee shops all over Europe.
Today's Big Coffee
Big coffee corporations also create, manufacture and sell their own branded accessories. I own two Starbucks flasks and a winter colour-change cup.
Of course, coffee machines have come a very long way. Joining hands with technology to make the most technically correct and delicious coffee. Any self-respecting cafe, bistro or restaurant will have their own techno masterpiece of a machine.
Meanwhile some coffee afficionados go a step further. Offering demonstrations of the various methods customers can buy and take home to use themselves.
Let’s look at how far Nescafe and technology have come together. They realised in the late 90s that coffee was very much in the public eye. People walking down the street carrying their Starbucks or Costa Coffee cup advertising their and their favourite coffee shop’s ingenuity.
By 2006 Nescafe had their own marriage with technology in the form of the Dulce Gusto coffee machine with its accompanying space age pods.
For industrial uses NESCAFÉ Alegria & Milano Commerical Coffee Solutions.
Getting back to Corkcicle, Orlando, FL
They sport an amazing, innovative array of drinkware.
After you’ve drunk all that coffee you’ll need water. Corcicle have the most gorgeous selection of hydration-ware imaginable.
Please tell me, who wouldn't want a Unicorn Magic Sparkle canteen? The company currently has an up to 40% off sale on selected items .
Pop on over to their website.