Aritayaki Coffee Set | Hand-made Mug and Ceramic Filter

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Innovation by Japanese 400 years' ceramic technologies

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2021.8.26

What is the LOCA Coffee Ceramic Filter

The LOCA Coffee Ceramic Filter is a new type of coffee filter that uses the porous function of ceramic to filter coffee naturally through miniscule holes in the ceramic, meaning you don’t need to use filter paper to make drip coffee. Washable and usable many times over, this eco-filter helps to actually change the taste of the coffee as well, removing any harsh or odd tastes from the coffeeletting you enjoy coffee to its full potential.

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The LOCA Ceramic Coffee Filter is a huge hit in Japan, changing the whole coffee scene, and now the makers have designed a new mug just for coffee! Exclusive to Kickstarter, this mug looks to improve the way you drink coffee! 

 

Using amazing porcelain making techniques from the Arita Area in Japan, and beautiful indigo ink dyeing (Gosu dyeing) to create the LOCA logo one by one on each mug by hand, this is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed!  

 Making the coffee made using the LOCA Ceramic Filter taste somehow even better! Designing a specially made Coffee Mug

 

A rim that feels create when coffee is drunk, the texture of the mug, the temperature, the size, everything has been taken into consideration when creating the mug to fit perfectly with coffee

 

  • The curved rim allows for the perfect flow of coffee that isn't too fast or too slow 
  • A thickness that doesn't let the heat escape easily
  • The LOCA original logo made via Aritayaki methods
  • Specially designed marking to help you pour the perfect amount of coffee 
  • Made by hand one by one to perfection

FEATURES

The ceramic that we use in our filter is porous, with micro holes of about 50 microns wide (1 micron is 1/1000mm), meaning that each filter has an uncountable amount of holes that lets it filter your coffee.

Thanks to these the unique properties of the porous ceramic, harsh and odd flavours that occurs due to impurities in the coffee are removed, leaving the sweet taste of the bean along with its mellow aroma.

 

Using the LOCA Ceramic Coffee Filter to make coffee, you can taste the difference in taste compared with other methods, and so we performed a taste test between a normal paper filter and the LOCA Ceramic Filter. With this test, when compared to the drip coffee we made using paper filters, you can tell that the umami taste of the coffee is roughly the same, but the saltiness and bitterness of the coffee is greatly reduced, and the sweetness is also improved. As well as this, when coffee is made using the LOCA Filter, the taste isn’t the only thing to change, the transparency of the coffee also changes, becoming clearer. This is all down to the amazing qualities of the micropores in the ceramic filter. 

 

[Tested by Intelligent Sensor Technology Co, Taste Recognition Equipment TS-5000Z at the Saga Industrial Technology Centre]

Using the unique properties of the LOCA Filter to remove the impurities that creates the bitter flavours , it allows the coffee’s natural sweetness and aroma to fully be realised. As the fine powder impurities can’t pass through, this helps to create a rather clear looking coffee, coffee that a normal paper filter wouldn’t be able to reproduce, making the coffee mild and smooth

Because of this, we recommend using dark roasted coffee beans with the filter. A large amount of the bitterness that comes from the dark roasted process is removed allowing you to enjoy a smooth coffee. When it comes to light roasted or medium roasted coffee beans, as the beans don't produce as much bitterness, you may find it tastes a little lighter than usual. 

 

 

When it comes to Japanese porcelain culture, the top class is said to be Aritayaki, and it is this type of porcelain and ceramic making that we moved forward with to create a coffee-ceramic collaboration. This method comes from the Arita Area that it was born from! 

The first porcelain made in the area was said to have been made in 1616, meaning that it has over 400 years of history

Aritayaki was first exported overseas during the 17th century, and from the end of the 19th century, it helped with the boom of Japonisme in Europe and America. 

However in recent years, due to a rise in cheap imports, production of this top class porcelain  is at about 30% that of what it was at its peak. 

LOCA uses a porcelain producer that was founded quite recently in the 1970s, after this initial burst of interest in porcelain made using the Aritayaki method, meaning that it isn’t bound to the traditional methods, and lets them use methods to create items that have different functions that wouldn’t be found in normal Aritayaki products. Normally, ceramics and porcelain that are porous, wouldn’t be seen as good porcelain, but they helped us take this unique ceramic style to create the LOCA filter. 

The LOCA filters are made one at a time by each craftsman, and use traditional techniques in new ways to make this amazing product. 

This means that the LOCA filter is a meeting of new and old, combining new ideas with traditional methods! 

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Due to the innovative design, you don’t need to buy any more paper filters!

Just use the filter as is, putting the ground coffee into the filter and when done just through away or use for composting or so on.

The LOCA Filter is great in that it's super easy to clean, meaning no need for detergents and can be reused over and over again, reducing potential waste of paper filters and so on!

It’s easy to clean either via burning the clogged material out of the filter or passing hot water through it, meaning that you can carry on using the filter for years! 

 

By using the filter stand, you can pour easily and safely! 

Even if you are used to paper filters you can use this with ease, pouring exactly how you would normally! 

The filter has 3 lines on the outside of the filter, which helps the coffee to drip straight into the mug or pot. This reduces any spillages that may occur from overfilling the filter!

 

Choose from two different designs, a round type or cone v shape! 

No matter whichever you choose, they function exactly the same! 

 

Round Type Variants! 2 Types to choose from!

The Round type filters come in a regular and small size, letting you choose if you drink with friends or drink a lot or just have the small cup of coffee in the morning!

 

Bringing the Perfect Coffee Companion to you! An Original Aritayaki Porcelain Mug Cup to Compliment Your Coffee Filter!

 

From the creators of the LOCA Ceramic Filter comes an Aritayaki made for Coffee Kickstarter Exclusive Mug!

 

 Made to live in perfect harmony with the LOCA Ceramic Coffee Filter, we want you to enjoy drinking coffee everyday!

Made to hold the perfect amount of coffee that drips from a smaller sized LOCA Ceramic Coffee Filter, we want you to enjoy the perfect mug of coffee everyday! Using the special logo found on the inside of the mug, you can get the perfect fix of coffee, without it feeling like its too much or too little! 

When it comes to making the mug, each one goes through up to 25 different processes from start to finish! Each process is done by hand to create the perfect mug every time, with any small errors being picked up and corrected or discarded along the way! 

 

This Aritayaki Mug is created using the techniques from the master porcelain makers in the Arita Area. 

 

Aritayaki porcelain is known for having methods to produce gosu porcelain, porcelain with beautiful indigo ink, and using these methods, we have created two types of mugs, both bearing the LOCA logo which have been painstakingly done by hand! On the inside of these mugs are an illustration of our coffee filter with drops coming out the bottom, and hopefully when you see this, you’ll want to use the filter even more!

 

From start to finish there are about 25 steps that were taken in order to create this mug, from the design of the mug, to creating the moulds, trials of the product, adding the logos and illustrations and of course multiple checks by the craftsmen! 

This mug will  available first to Kickstarter Backers creating a Limited Edition item for Western Backers! It is perfect for one cup of coffee, and with this mug, the stainless steel stand comes as standard!

Pour enough water so that the filter has been heated enough and has been completely covered. Don’t use cold water. 

If this step is not followed, it will take longer for the coffee to drip through. 

 

In order to prevent clogging, we recommend you use the coarsest granules that you can either make or get your hands on. Please use the picture above to get a rough estimate of the coarseness.

 

For 18g of granules, we need about 300ml of hot water. Put the granules in the filter and then pouring from the middle, proceed to pour a small amount of water over the granules, letting the water create a foaming effect.

Approximate time taken

Regular Size

Coffee granules: 30-45g

Pouring time: 30 seconds

Filtering time:  4 minutes - 4 minutes 30 seconds

Coffee produced: 400-500ml

Small Size (1-2 Cups) Round Type Only

Coffee granules: 10-15g

Pouring time: 30 seconds

Filtering time: 4 minutes - 4 minutes 30 seconds

Coffee produced: 200-250ml

 

After the initial pouring, you should pour over the coffee again 2-3 times, letting the water foam, pouring in small amounts. Pour from the centre in circle moving from the middle to the outside. Fresh coffee is best, as you can clearly see the coffee foam beautifully.

 

After use, remove the remaining coffee granules, and then wash the inside of the filter with hot water. To remove any stubborn coffee on the inside, pour water until it becomes completely clear. You don’t need to use a sponge to clean the filter.

※After use please remove the remaining coffee granules and clean the filter as soon as possible. Make sure you pass water through the filter until it becomes clear.

※If you use detergent, then please pass water through the filter for a long time, making sure that all the detergent has been removed.

A product 10 years in the making

Aritayaki has a long history of over 400 years, but LOCA uses a porcelain producer that was founded quite recently in the 1970s. They therefore have a unique thought process, wanting to make items that have new functions that aren’t possible to be made via the Aritayaki traditional method.

The hardest part of this was the development of raw materials. Even with trials and tests, mass production was a large hurdle, with ceramic being a rather difficult item to produce reliably, leading us to research intensely about it, testing the effectiveness of different materials and the ratios that we needed to mix, as well as the time needed to fire them. This whole process took about 10 years, but finally we were able to make the perfect filter.

The filtration speed was a primary focus for us, as we wanted to make sure that you can use it like any other ordinary filter. As well as this, we wanted to make it so that you could place any mug or pot underneath the filter, so while the filter looks simple, there are secrets hidden within the design that would make you think otherwise.

Finally when it comes to making the filter, the temperature and humidity are a factor, meaning that we can only make them when the season and weather are right. Thanks to the amazing delicate work of the craftsmen, the LOCA filter was truly brought to life.

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There are two ways that the LOCA Filter can be “cleaned”. This maintenance is necessary as after a while the pores in the ceramic become clogged.

You can tell that the pores are clogged as the filtration rate of the filter becomes rather slow.

Put the filter in a pot and bring the pot to a boil, letting it boil for 10-20 minutes. In order to increase the cleaning process, we recommend using 2 small teaspoons of food safe baking soda.

Do not touch the filter until it has completely cooled. Do not try to rapidly cool the filter or it may break.

After boiling, to remove any excess baking soda, please run hot water through the filter.

Put the filter over a grilled tray and then fire over a stove for about 10 minutes. Don’t touch the filter during this process as you may burn yourself. Let the filter cool naturally .

Q: The filtering speed has decreased rapidly, what do I do?

A: When using the filter either dry or when cold, the filtering speed will decrease. We advise that you pour hot water over the filter before using. If you worry about clogging the pores of the ceramic you can double filter by putting a paper filter into the ceramic filter. If the speed of the filtering doesn't improve this can be a sign that the filter is clogged and needs to be unclogged using one of the methods mentioned further above in the section How to Maintain the LOCA Filter

Q: How do I unclog the ceramic pores?

A: You should boil the filter once for every ten times you use the filter. If the filter is particularly clogged, we recommend putting the filter on a grilled tray and heating over a stove for about 10 minutes.

Q: What’s the best way to use the filter to make drip coffee?

A: You can use the filter like any other hand drip coffee filter after you have prepared it. Then pour hot water over the coffee granules until it has covered it, then after it has foamed slightly, let it subside and then pour hot water over the coffee again slowly, letting it foam. If you put too much water in at once, then the coffee won’t filter properly making it weaker.

Q: What size of bean is best to use?

A: Coarse granules are best for this filter. If you are grinding your own beans, then please set the grinder to its coarsest setting.

Q: What type of bean is best to use?

A: We recommend you to use dark roasts, but you can use any type of coffee you prefer!

Q: Can I use the filter to filter anything else?

A: You can! Please feel free to use it for water or tea, or even shochu and wines! By filtering you can change the taste of these liquids! We do ask that if using the filter for different liquids you use a stove to heat the filter so that it can burn any residue out.

 

Fun Project Co. 

We like to create products and take business chances that make the heart dance! We produced the LOCA Ceramic Filter using Aritayaki methods, an area that Japan is proud of due to its long history in crafting porcelain. We look to bring amazing lifestyle goods to the rest of the world!

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Project Launches August 5th 

Project Ends September 30th

Returns Prepared November 

Returns Sent December 

Returns Arrive to Backers February 2022

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¥1,000 or more $9 | Early Bird Aritayaki LOCA Mug

Get yourself a specially made Kickstarter Exclusive Mug, that is the perfect size for a perfect cup of coffee! What's more get this special mug at 50% off!
Choose from two different variations at the end of the project when you receive the survey!

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki LOCA Mug

¥1,900 or more $17 | Early Bird Aritayaki LOCA Mug x2

Get yourself two specially made Kickstarter Exclusive Mugs, that are the perfect size for a perfect cup of coffee! What's more get this special mugs at 52% off!
Choose from two different variations at the end of the project when you receive the survey!

INCLUDES:
2× Aritayaki LOCA Mug

¥3,010 $28 |Early Bird Small Sized Round Filter

Get a small size round filter perfect for a cup or two of coffee! This is 30% off the RRP!

INCLUDES:
Small Sized LOCA Round Filter
Filter Stand

¥3,650 $33 | Small Sized Round Filter

Get a small size round filter perfect for a cup or two of coffee! This is 15% off the RRP!

INCLUDES:
Small Sized LOCA Round Filter
Filter Stand

¥4,060 $37 |Early Bird V-Shaped Filter

Get a V Shaped filter perfect for two to three cups of coffee! This is 30% off the RRP!

INCLUDES:
V Shaped LOCA Filter
Filter Stand
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¥4,410 $40 Early Bird S Size Round Filter & Mug

Get a small size round filter perfect for a cup or two of coffee as well as a specially made Kickstarter Exclusive Mug that you can drink it out of! This is 30% off the RRP!
Choose from two different variations for the Mug at the end of the project when you receive the survey!

INCLUDES:
Small Sized LOCA Round Filter
Aritayaki LOCA Mug
Filter Stand

¥4,500 $41 | Regular Sized Round Filter

Get a Regular Sized Round Filter perfect for two to three cups of coffee! This is 15% off the RRP!

INCLUDES:
Regular Sized LOCA Round Filter
Filter Stand

¥4,930 $45 | V-Shaped Filter

Get a V Shaped filter perfect for two to three cups of coffee! This is 15% off the RRP!

INCLUDES:
V Shaped LOCA Filter
Filter Stand

¥5,460 $50 | Early Bird V Shaped Filter & Mug

Get a specially made Kickstarter Exclusive Mug perfect for a cup of coffee as well as a V Shaped filter perfect for two to three cups of coffee! This is 30% off the RRP!
Choose from two different colour variations for the Mug at the end of the project when you receive the survey!

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki LOCA Mug
V Shaped LOCA Filter
Filter Stand

¥6,205 $57|KS Special R Size Round Filter & Mug

Get a regular size round filter perfect for a couple of cups of coffee as well as a specially made Kickstarter Exclusive Mug that you can drink it out of! This is 15% off the RRP!
Choose from two different variations for the Mug at the end of the project when you receive the survey!

INCLUDES:
Regular Sized LOCA Round Filter
Aritayaki LOCA Mug
Filter Stand

¥6,630 $60 | KS Special V Shaped Filter & Mug

Get a specially made Kickstarter Exclusive Mug perfect for a cup of coffee as well as a V Shaped filter perfect for two to three cups of coffee! This is 15% off the RRP!
Choose from two different colour variations for the Mug at the end of the project when you receive the survey!

INCLUDES:
Aritayaki LOCA Mug
V Shaped LOCA Filter
Filter Stand

¥7,280 $67 | V-Shaped & S Size Round Filters

Get a V Shaped filter perfect for two to three cups of coffee as well as a Small Sized Round Filter! This is 20% off the RRP!
※You will only receive one stand with this return.

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V Shaped LOCA Filter
Small Sized LOCA Round Filter
Filter Stand
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