Happy Monday. Kicking off the new week I am so stoked to be able to introduce you to the team behind the Newton Espresso, the espresso maker that is environmentially friendly and cost effective at the smae time. And how good is that design? Its no wonder that they are finalists in the Best Awards for ‘Designed Product’ and ‘Colour’ Categories.
Why and how did Newton Espresso begin?
The Newton began when Hawkes Bay designer, Hayden Maunsell, wanted an espresso maker that would lower the environmental and physical cost of his own coffee making process without compromising on design. After searching the market without success he put pen to paper and the Newton began to evolve. He took the idea to workmate and craftsman Alan Neilson who worked through the prototype stages till they had what is here today. A simple, clean, lever press espresso maker with style and functionality at its heart. With the prototype stages over, the Newton Espresso team expanded to 4 with Alan’s son Josh and his fiancee Steph stepping in to run the day to day business and marketing. Josh and Steph are professional photographers and videographers based in the Bay of Plenty. This allows Alan and Hayden to focus on the design and build process and developing new products for the future of Newton.
How do you like your coffee? Describe the prefect brew to us?
The perfect brew is different for everyone. All styles produce different tastes. Plunger, espresso, pour over… We don’t think there is such a thing as the perfect brew but there are some fundamentals in creating the perfect base for a delicious coffee. The Newton can produce up to 120psi or 8-9 bar pressure which is what's needed to create an espresso shot. We like our long blacks with a dash of cold milk, so when you have the shot just add a bit of boiling water and some milk and voila! Yum!
What inspired you when designing the Newton Espresso?
When designing the Newton, Hayden researched the current market in the lever press espresso makers and rather than take inspiration from that he took the fundamental piston action and designed a new minimalistic body around that. He wanted something that would stand out but also slip nicely into any kitchen no matter the style or size.
What instagram feeds/websites/and magazines do you enjoy reading when you have time?
We are an eclectic bunch but all seem to enjoy a lot of the same designs. Because of that we can happily sit and read through the same magazines which also helps inspire our development. The ones on the top of our pile today are Urbis Magazine, HOME and Homestyle Magazine (with our first print feature!!) We are also often found flicking emails back and forth to each other from websites like Design Boom and Kickstarter with new things we love or ideas for the future. Instagram is an amazing tool to keep up to date with the current markets but also a great way to share our story. We love the image rich format and love to share our pictures there too! Its hard to not feel like a small fish in a huge sea but we are stoked to see the feedback from our followers!
What Next for Newton?
We have worked hard to get the Newton ready for the world to enjoy and have a planned release for the end of September 2017. We have planned this to coincide with its entry into the Best Awards in Auckland which its currently getting judged for. The Best awards is an annual showcase of excellence in Design and we are entered in ‘Product’ and ‘Colour’ categories. for this. Our release will be on Kickstarter and will run into October. If you subscribe to our mailing list here you will have access to the early bird discount available to our subscribers.
This very cool Mt Eden home is designed by owner, Architect, Dave Strachan who lives there with his wife Colleen and daughter Thea. Dave has designed his robust home so cleverly that it almost blocks out the entire Mt Eden hustle and bustle that lives beyond their gate.
Who would have thought that this was mid city?
Article by Home Magazine Photography by Simon Devitt.