Café Sommelier

Design: Barbara Schmidt

In the beginning there was coffee. How to design a cup so the coffee aroma can optimally unfold? What else besides the cup makes for the perfect coffee experience? For her research for Café Sommelier, designer Barbara Schmidt teamed up with small coffee roasters, baristas, equipment manufacturers and other coffee experts.

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Barbara Schmidt, Café Sommelier 2.0 Collection, Kahla Porcelain

„I wanted to design porcelain as a tool to perfect the experience of coffee involving all senses.“
- Barbara Schmidt, internationally distinguished porcelain designer

Café Sommelier 2.0, KAHLA Porcelain
Café Sommelier 2.0, KAHLA Porcelain

Good coffee. You can see it, smell it, taste it. With a beautiful cup you can also feel it. Accompanied by small coffee roasters, baristas and other coffee enthusiasts we delved deeply into the world of coffee in order to learn how to make it a really good beverage. And armed with this knowledge we set out to design the right cups for savouring it.

When developing the cup designs and all their details such as size, wall thickness, rim design, inner shape, handles and the fit on the saucers, designer Barbara Schmidt had only one thing in mind: To artfully design them as tools that best accentuate the aromas and flavours of coffee.

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Café Sommelier Standard, KAHLA Porcelain
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Design Awards



Design awards Sommelier, Kahla porcelain

Design: Barbara Schmidt

Küche Award Technik 2013 Germany, Second Place
Top Hotel Star Award 2013 Silver in the category Design
Coffee Innovations Award 2013
Interior Innovation Award 2013 German Design Council
Focus Open 2012 International Design Award Baden-Württemberg, Design Center Stuttgart
Good Design Award 2012 The Chicago Athenaeum (USA)

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