The Ratio Six puts you at one simple button-press away from barista-level coffee

The guys who designed the Ratio Six have a saying that goes like this, “All the taste, none of the work”. The Ratio Six is built to embody those seven words and give you better-than-nespresso coffee with an easier-than-nespresso interaction, because the Ratio Six requires just a single push of a single button to brew what Ratio prides in being some of the best coffee on the planet.

The Ratio Six comes from true coffee aficionados who wanted to build great coffee-brewing gear that could replace the expert coffee barista. After creating numerous award-winning coffee machines, they designed and built the Ratio Six, a relatively compact pour-over coffee machine with a single button interface that brings the power of great coffee to your kitchen countertop.

Operating the Ratio Six is as simple as pouring cold water into the machine, placing coffee grounds over the filter, and pressing a button. Push the button and Ratio Six immediately begins heating the water to the exact temperature, before using a fibonacci-spiral shower head to pour the hot water evenly over the coffee grounds, getting the concoction to bloom to perfection. Lights above the control button guide you through the blooming, brewing, and drip process, letting you know when your coffee is ready in the Ratio Six’s double-walled stainless-steel thermal carafe, ready to be poured and consumed. Ratio Six’s brewing process emulates that of a skilled barista, and Ratio’s past flagship coffee machines have found their into the professional kitchens of Top Chef contestants and coffee professionals, as well as Palm Springs’ hotel suites. The Ratio Six brings that very quality of expert coffee brewing into the domestic kitchen, within a small, affordable device.

At just over a foot tall, the Ratio Six is Ratio’s effort to condense expert coffee-making into a small and stylish, kitchen-friendly device. Its stainless steel construction also gives it a visual edge over most plastic coffee makers in its price range. Designed to hold 1.3 liters of water in its clear BPA-free water reservoir, the Ratio Six can make up to eight cups of coffee in a single go, giving your entire household its caffeine fix… and a damn good one too!

Designer: Ratio

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Ratio Six Coffee Maker: Better Coffee by Design

The Ratio Six Coffee Maker is a modern, convinient one button coffee maker, at a price point that more people can afford. “Coffee matters. It can provide the basis of a quiet bit of solitude to start your day, or a drink to share with a new friend, or a finale to a great dinner with those you love,” Mark Hellweg, Ratio Founder

One Button Simplicity

Simplify your coffee routine to the touch of a button. The Ratio Six’s Bloom, Brew, and Ready phases run in sequence, delivering a perfect (and easy) cup of coffee every time. Sometimes you need to quickly make great coffee. Ratio will handle the extraction for you. Just add cold water and freshly ground coffee.

Delicious, Perfectly Extracted Coffee For Everyone

The Ratio Six emulates a skilled barista pour over process, precisely metering water flow through both the Bloom and Brew phases. All of the taste. None of the work. Trusted by those with great palates.

Fibonacci Spiral Shower Head & Bloom

After the button is pressed, Ratio gets to work on brewing great coffee. First, the powerful heating element sends hot water bubbling up through handblown glass supply lines to the stainless steel spiral shower head. Water is distributed over the ground coffee, causing a bubbly interaction called a “bloom.” The control board allows the Bloom to settle before delivering the rest of the hot water, slowly, near the ideal temperature (200º). The result? More evenly extracted grounds and a more amazing cup of coffee.

Designed for Today And tomorrow

The Ratio Six is designed for longevity with precision formed stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and high end BPA-free copolymers. Every inch is built to last and covered by a 5-year warranty.

Compact Size and Full Performance

The Ratio Six will fit in most kitchens without taking up too much countertop real estate.

Technical and Simple

Designed in Portland, Oregon, every Ratio Six machine is meticulously assembled by hand from components that are manufactured with overseas partners. While common appliances often have a built-in obsolescence and 1-3 year life span, every Ratio Six is built to last and covered by a 5-year limited warranty.

The Details

– Brews up to 40oz. (eight 5oz. cups)
– 5-year warranty
– Powerful 1400 watt/110 volt (230 volt releases early 2020)
– Dimensions: 13.5″ deep x 6.75″ wide x 14.25″ tall
– Weight: 8 lbs
– Cantilevered top made of precision stamped stainless steel with a satin finish. The stainless has a satin finish that will resist fingerprints and wipe up easily with a wet towel.
– Laboratory grade borosilicate water lines
– BPA-free copolymer water tank
– Carafe holds flat bottom basket filters such as Melitta

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Kitchens and homes of the future: Everything in store at Electrolux’s 2019 product showcase

As we prepare to head down to Stockholm to see what Electrolux’s plans for our future homes and kitchens are, here’s what we know. Considered one of the biggest names in home appliances, Electrolux has, for long, had an approach that is best described as design-forward. As an organizer of the Electrolux Design Lab, a competition that encouraged innovative designers to help Electrolux envision the future of home technology, the company has always had an affinity for conceptual designs that push boundaries, resulting in products that have redefined categories. We got a look at how Electrolux redefined home and kitchen appliances with their showcase at IFA 2018 (under their German sub-brand AEG), with everything from ovens you could control with your voice, induction plates that could turn off when your food’s cooked, and some of the most incredible design details one could imagine in a refrigerator.

Electrolux’s 2019 showcase in Stockholm aims at solidifying its place in every house and kitchen, with products that combine remarkable tech with remarkable usability. Their Intuit range of kitchenware aims at bridging the gap between artificial intelligence and expert cooking. This bridge allows users to rely on AI to assist in meal preparation. The all-knowing AI helps with multitasking, knowing and optimizing cooking processes for taste, and even guiding the user through the process of meal preparation and cooking. Electrolux’s Intuit Range comprises a series of smart-kitchen appliances, featuring the SteamPro oven that’s capable of cooking with steam (an essential for baking soft, delicious bread) as well as performing sous-vide operations to sheer perfection. The oven is even designed to work with Google Assistant, allowing you to simply tell the oven to preheat itself before you use it. Voice commands allow the AI to perfectly execute tasks without having the user to interact with a complex, feature-filled interface. Electrolux’s CookView oven allows you to take your confectionery skills to the next level by remotely viewing what’s happening inside your oven using the oven’s inbuilt camera that lets you keep an eye on your food on a mobile device, even while not in the kitchen.

The SensePro induction hob also forms an integral part of Electrolux’s vision for the future, with a wireless food thermometer that actively tells the induction plate when to increase/decrease the temperature, or when to switch off the stove completely. Imagine never undercooking or overcooking your meat ever again, because the stove ‘keeps an eye on itself for you’. That’s exactly how smart the SensePro aims at being.

The SensePro induction plate even pairs with Electrolux’s Hob2Hood chimney that can intuitively switch on or off depending on what the induction hob tells it. The hob comes with a feature that allows it to distinguish between boiling, steaming, roasting, frying, grilling, and other tasks, giving it the ability to know when to power the hood and clear the kitchen of smoke or smell.

Forming an integral part of Electrolux’s intuitive kitchen is its refrigerator, resplendent with rotating shelves that make sure you don’t forget about stuff kept in the back of the fridge, along with modular containers to mount on the fridge’s door, detachable trays that you can carry to your kitchen counter, and the new UltraFresh+ fridge-freezer that keeps ingredients fresh for longer by offering smart temperature and humidity adjusting capabilities to preserve perishables for longer.

We’re especially excited to see the iF 2019 Award winning ComfortLift dishwasher, that sits on the ground level, but utilizes a clever mechanism to allow the door to open upwards, lifting the trays to an optimal height so you can load and unload the dishwasher without bending down. Using their technical prowess as well as their knack for problem-solving, Electrolux’s products are functional in many ways, offering ease-of-use as well as having a keen eye for small interaction problems that we’ve lived with for years, be it something as taxing as bending down to load or unload the dishwasher, or as critical as leaving the oven on for too long and burning your food to a crisp. We’re headed to Stockholm not to just see Electrolux’s latest products, but to actually use them too. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bake bread with their voice?!

Kitchenware Designs to simplify and speed up your cooking process

Kitchen tools are a very interesting design study. Many of the elements we use in the kitchen are classic, may it be a spoon, fork, knife to even the stove we use for cooking, all of these objects have largely remained unchanged over the centuries, almost since their inception, that is until now. Imagine a cooking station that is mounted on the wall, and using a hob for cooking only as required. Now, this is one of the designs we have shortlisted as a part of our curation of kitchen tools that are designed to redefine your kitchen as well as your cooking process. Let us know how these designs inspire you to innovate and reinvent your kitchen to suit your design style.

Ordine by Adriano Design 

The Deglon Meeting Knife Set by Mia Schmallenbach 

Volto 2-in-1 Seasoning Container by Mireia Rius Sol

Kinetic Soy Sauce Dispenser by Joshua Skirtich 

Pepper Pestle, a minimal, elegant storage unit for dried peppercorns that even doubles as a spice crusher by Nendo 

A collection of pastry and cheese knives made from dark walnut and salted pecan by JoeyOso Designs 

Cookacross by Zaviè Design Studio 

Prepdeck by Alexander Eburne 

Octo Citrus Reamer by Almond Studio  

The One-Piece Knife is created out of a single piece of flat stainless steel by Johanna Gauder 

The Supreme Worktop by Engin Akbaba is a hybrid product that combines air extraction with the induction hob.

These grooved cork discs act as coasters as well as air-tight container-lids

Nominated as a finalist for the prestigious James Dyson Award, the Montados are a set of lid/coaster hybrids made from recycled cork. Its unusual grooved design (with differently spaced grooves on the front as well as back) serves a pretty neat purpose. Not only do the grooves act as a collecting rim for any liquid that spills on it, making the Montados a great set of coasters, but when placed on the top of any cylindrical container, the Montados can securely fasten around the rim with a nice, air-tight seal.

The key to this unique, useful interaction is the spacing of the ridges on the cork surface. The ridges on either side of the lids are contrary to each other, so if the lid doesn’t fit on side A, just flip the lid over, and the ridge on side B should fit just fine.

The cleverness of the Montados is also in its choice of material. These lids could easily be made out of a thermoplastic polymer or silicone, but Marlene Bruch’s choice of cork is ideal, given its flexibility, eco-friendly nature, has the ability to withstand moisture, and most importantly, is an insulator, making it perfect for hot vessels. The Montados also offers an alternative to single use plastic foil and aluminum wraps, giving it the advantage of being reusable, recyclable, and green. And oh, the lids can nest within each other too, making them lock together for convenient storage and easy shipping!

Designer: Marlene Bruch

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Mind-bending Cutlery!

This mind-bending illusion may just result in your food going cold, as you attempt to separate the intriguing sculpture in order to release your cutlery!

Designed to be an engaging decoration for the table, JOIN presents the cutlery in an engrossing and truly unique manner. Constructed from a long-life, high-tech plastic, it can be used to leave your guests confused and frustrated for years to come, as they witness you ‘magically’ free their cutlery before their very eyes!

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been staring at this unique form for an embarrassingly long amount of time and I’m still no closer to understanding the solution to the frustrating puzzle! Are you able to enlighten me?

Designer: Rudolph Schelling Webermann

The Rivsalt Salt Grinder brings back the rustic pleasure of seasoning with your hands

Coming from a country that’s cuisine literally stands on spices, I can tell when Indian food is prepared with freshly ground spices versus pre-made spice mixes. There’s a complete difference in taste, and you’ll hear the same thing from gourmets, chefs, and food-lovers across the world. Pre-shredded parm tastes different from freshly grated Parmesan, and freshly ground pepper has a completely different aroma from pepper powder. The Rivsalt grinder brings that fresh distinction to salt too.

Unlike salt-grinders that use already pulverized pieces of salt, Rivsalt’s grinder allows you to work a whole block of pink Himalayan Salt. With a small platform that lets you rest your salt-rock and dock the grater, you can place the Rivsalt on any kitchen counter, or even on your dinner table. The stainless steel grater breaks the rock salt into small granules that then perfectly season your food. The freshly ground salt helps elevate the taste of what you cook and if you’re like me, you’ll never want to go back to using powdered salt ever again!

Designer: Jens Sandringer

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Here’s a multitool spatula for the multipurpose chef

We usually have a tendency to take things for granted, until someone proves us wrong. I guess I’d never look at a spatula and go, maybe this could be better than what it currently is, but somewhere, a designer saw potential in uplifting the spatula to make it much more functional and useful than it currently is. This is the FlipFork Boss, and it’ll blow your current run-of-the-mill spatula right out of the water.

The FlipFork Boss comes with a regular spatula design that also happens to pack a serrated cutting edge (perfect for buns and tenderizing meat), a regular cutting edge for meats, vegetables, and any other stuff that may need slicing, a fork prong to help skewer and flip large pieces of meat over without a fuss, and a bottle opener for when you want to crack open a beer while you’re working the hot and sweaty grill.

The multi-tool spatula boasts of a stainless steel construction, and is securely riveted to an acacia wood handle (in full-tang fashion), known for its anti-bacterial and moisture-resistant properties. Perfect for a lazy BBQ Sunday, or even for professional grilling work, the FlipFork is proof that designs shouldn’t be taken for granted. There’s always a way to make products better than they currently are!

Designer: FlipFork

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IKEA’s making flat-pack DIY chocolate Easter bunnies!

An unusual play for IKEA, the Vårkänsla is an edible Chocolate Bunny right in time for Easter celebrations… but just like most of IKEA’s products, this bunny needs assembly too! The Vårkänsla is a flat-packed tempered chocolate bunny that can be assembled by just plugging three chocolate pieces together. Its design plays on IKEA’s trademark self-assembly instructions and techniques. The bunny comes in a flat box, with instructions on how to put it together. Luckily unlike most IKEA furniture, the Vårkänsla doesn’t need technical expertise, power tools, or small metal screws and bolts. It just needs a little bit of willpower, and a fairly decent amount of love for chocolate!

Designer: IKEA

A Less-Messy Way to Make Tea!

Making a cup of tea with a tea diffuser can sometimes get a little messy, with spills and drips showering the surrounding work surface. However, this no longer has to be the case, with the rather ingenious Lippa Tea Diffuser!

This floating stainless-steel diffuser can be carefully lifted out of the hot beverage and turned upside-down on the table, where the silicone lid catches any run-away drips! Its use doesn’t end there… when a second brew is desired, Lippa can be re-inserted for a second time. This leads to the reduction of wasted tea leaves and tea bags… brilliant!

Designer: Brian Khouw for Magisso