From Nonetheless Vibrato Coffee and Flat White Ceramics in Oregon: The Pyramid Dripper

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A Pyramid Dripper pourover station at Nonetheless Vibrato in Bend. Each day Coffee Information picture by Howard Bryman.

Coffee and pyramids. One harnesses powers each organic and financial, the opposite geometric, whereas verging on the metaphysical.

Two coffee-steeped firms in Central Oregon have united to seek out out what mysteries might unfold when these two marvels are mixed, launching a ceramic guide brewing system known as the Pyramid Dripper.

The concept was hatched throughout conversations between pals and colleagues Sean White and Clint Rowan, the previous being founding father of Redmond, Oregon-based Flat White Ceramics and the latter the proprietor and head roaster of Bend-based coffee firm Nonetheless Vibrato.

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Nonetheless Vibrato Founder Clint Rowan contained in the Bend, Oregon, roastery. Each day Coffee Information picture by Howard Bryman.

Sean White and his accomplice and spouse Rachel White simply launched a coffee-and-sweets meals truck known as Superb Coffee & Cookies parked proper exterior the Flat White studio, serving coffees roasted by Nonetheless Vibrato and Verve Coffee. At its coffee store in Bend, Nonetheless Vibrato serves drinks out of ceramics made by Flat White.

“We have been discussing design, shapes, and pyramid energy,” Rowan informed Each day Coffee Information. “Subsequent factor I do know, he makes the Pyramid Dripper, and it delivers excessive extractions so properly.”

White credit Rowan with bringing pyramid energy to the desk, although it was an concept simply loopy sufficient to suit proper into the Flat White oeuvre.

“Certainly one of my primary objectives with Flat White was to assist carry some completely different, fascinating and at instances bizarre concepts into the specialty coffee business, as a result of all people making an attempt to do the identical issues is tremendous boring,” White informed DCN. “Naturally this concept piqued my curiosity, so we made it occur, and even bought the president of Melitta USA to usher in pyramid filters from Germany to pair with the dripper.”


The Pyramid Dripper in motion. Photograph courtesy of Nonetheless Vibrato Coffee.

Each firms now promote the dripper, with stable colours obtainable from Flat White and a pair completely different customized patterns adorning those bought by Nonetheless Vibrato. Rowan additionally makes use of Pyramid brewers for guide pourover on the Nonetheless Vibrato roastery cafe.

“Possibly it’s the quadrilateral base that creates the perfect water circulate and drip,” Rowan stated. “It sits properly and appears fairly for positive. I believe the massive benefit is that there’s the potential to obtain energy from the pyramid form to extend extraction and align the prospect of the proper pourover.”

Whereas the science behind these theories has but to be explored, White is aware of of what he speaks. After graduating school with a level in high-quality artwork images, White landed a job as a part of the unique roasting workforce at Verve Coffee upon its startup in Santa Cruz, California, in 2007. He moved on from there in 2012, taking quite a lot of different coffee jobs up and down the West Coast, together with as roaster for Petaluma, California’s Acre Coffee.


Photograph courtesy of Flat White Ceramics.

Since launching Flat White in 2016, the ceramicist has counted a slew of influential coffee firms amongst his purchasers, together with Verve, Cat & Cloud, Dune Coffee Roasters, Regular State Coffee, in addition to Texas-based Edison Coffee, Portland’s Pip’s Authentic Doughnuts & Chai and extra.

Of his profession to date, White stated, “Coffee positively got here first. It at all times comes first.”

Now in Redmond, only a 30-minute drive away from Nonetheless Vibrato in Bend, White lately opened the Superb Coffee & Cookies truck. Parked exterior the Flat White studio, the truck started promoting drinks just some weeks in the past with a easy setup composed of a two-group La Marzocco Linea espresso machine, Mazzer and Mahlkönig grinders, Pyramid drippers and a Third Wave Water system.


The Superb Coffee & Cookies truck exterior the Flat White Ceramics Studio in Redmond, Oregon. Photograph courtesy of Flat White Ceramics.

Rowan roasts on a 6-pound-capacity San Franciscan coffee roaster in a 1,000-square-foot manufacturing area shared with the chocolate firm Seahorse Chocolate. Area is put aside on the manufacturing facility for an intimate retail part, the place each firms promote retail items, maintain public tastings, and Nonetheless Vibrato serves Pyramid pourovers, Aeropress flights, chilly brew and extra.

Rowan stated he anticipates upgrading to a 25-pound-capacity San Franciscan quickly, and that he and White are exploring a possible partnership on a brand new, impartial coffee enterprise.


Clint Rowan on the San Franciscan SF6. Photograph courtesy of Nonetheless Vibrato.

Flat White and Superb Coffee & Cookies are situated at 736 SW Umatilla Ave, Unit G, in Redmond.

The Nonetheless Vibrato roastery is situated at 35 NW Bond St. in Bend.

Howard Bryman
Howard Bryman is the affiliate editor of Each day Coffee Information by Roast Journal. He’s based mostly in Portland, Oregon.