Hemming and hawing about the best, most flavorful way to brew coffee is part of the brew-guzzler’s pastime. Do the Portuguese know their coffee? It would appear so, as the designer Davide Mateus re-imagined the entire coffee-brewing process into gorgeously Spartan forms. Working from the prompt “coffee made from home” Mateus designed these apothecarian, hand-blown glass globes that allow the viewer to watch the coffee percolate.

He claims the machine works in a third of the time that other, alcohol-based lamp coffee makers work. Beyond that, it’s just a magnificent piece of design, finding that sweet spot we search for between form and function. It's a reminder of the coffee maker Gale designed on Breaking Bad:

There’s more Mateus on his Behance page.

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[via Designboom]