Ideally your coffee habit includes using freshly roasted whole beans only ground moments before you plan to enjoy that first cup of the day. That said, there are many coffee drinkers who forgo such studied preparation, elevating convenience on par with the flavor of their favorite morning beverage, explaining the popularity of capsule coffee machines. But sometimes life demands coffee – and the caffeine it delivers with it – be served immediately.

4-square of images of color variations of the Woolly coffee machine showing soft pastel color palette options.

Turkish industrial designer İbrahim Can Erdinçmer’s handsomely realized Woolly capsule coffee machine concept imagines a design as smooth and organic as the coffee it’s engineered to serve.

Animation of Woolly coffee machine pouring into small glass cup.

The Woolly coffee machine is designed around the concept of tactile design, an approach emphasizing the sense of touch and its importance in functionality and ergonomics. With gently realized geometric detailing paired with a soft palette of pastel hues, the designer intentionally set to diverge from typical small kitchen appliance tropes – sleek and impersonal – for one as warm and inviting as the beverage itself. A wood panel top, subtly textured plastic body, and a few strips of metal embellish like latte art.

Woolly's user simplified three-button interface glowing back-lit touch icons glowing from underneath a wood veneer finish shown from above after pouring coffee into small glass cup.

Woolly’s user simplified interface operates with back-lit touch icons glowing from underneath a wood veneer finish; without inset physical buttons and edges, the top surface is also easy to clean.

Woolly coffee machine render showing lids open for storage and water refilling.

Woolly coffee machine render showing how its top lid opens.

Woolly coffee machine render showing lids open for storage and water refilling.

Woolly coffee machine render showing lids open for storage and water refilling.

A wood veneer topped spill tray is designed to align a cup while preparing coffee, and also offers the capcaity for up to ten empty capsules within.

Woolly is currently a concept-only coffee preparation appliance, but machines like the Terra Kaffe TK-02, xBloom, and myriad of other coffee preparation devices requiring varying degrees of skill level are available today to upgrade your drip game.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.





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