The Minowa 2-Chome Coffee Pot

by Koizumi Glass



A century ago during the Meiji Period, Japan began to take in Western know-how, and science was the first subject of interest to become a civilised society. Glass was frequently used in science research, yet it was developed and produced in the West. In order to be independent from Western imports, the Japanese started to produce their own. Koizumi Glass, founded in 1912 in Taito City of Tokyo, was one of the few enterprises that mastered the melting technology of heatproof glass, and they started to produce all kinds of glassware for medical experiments. They can certainly be classified as a technology upstart in today’s context.

A hundred years went by, glass is no longer a novelty and is now an ordinary material. But Koizumi Glass continued their craft – producing various durable, heatproof, acid-resistant glassware – and became a Japanese home staple for marinating vegetables and meats. This is why apart from producing medical experiment glassware, Koizumi Glass started to expand into glass products for everyday life. Case in point, this Minowa 2-Chome (三ノ輪2丁目) coffee pot.

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This long name pays homage to the roots of Koizumi Glass, Minowa 2-Chome in Taito City. If you are a coffee lover, you would realise Minowa 2-Chome resembles the shape of Chemix from Germany. The main difference is that the Japanese version uses a cotton cloth filter instead of paper, producing a more full bodied cup with more natural oils. In terms of design, Minowa 2-Chome uses a leather handle produced by .URUKUST, a studio based in Kanagawa Prefecture. In comparison to the Chemix bamboo wood handle, this version gives a much softer gentle touch. Although the look and feel of Minowa 2-Chome took references from Chemix, Koizumi Glass glassware are all hand blown, much more alluring in comparison to the mass produced Chemix products. Each piece is a delicate work of art to be admired.