⟨ Craft ⟩

Taste the Bamboo

Riveret Drinkware

Words / Jas Tse
Photography / Courtesy of Riveret
Translation / Fanny Chan

加班後的安撫是那層啤酒泡沫、準備開喝前以啤酒暖場是周五夜、周末太陽下山前,則是只要伴著眼前風景,便怎樣都好喝。一種酒有著太多不同情景,很多美妙因此打開,如果過得像不倒翁不行,偶爾躺平也不壞。

左右著心情偏好的,是時間和天氣嗎?但有一點雷同好像不是巧合,是當泡沫一滑進,世界,彷彿便鬆軟起來。

生於埼玉縣的製作所Riveret, 則是透過器皿去接起這很多瞬間。從他們製作的第一個酒杯起,到後來一系列不同酒項有各自專門的杯子盛載,從紅白到汽泡、啤酒到清酒、威士忌到Manhattan,也不忘加入品酒前後來一杯便更清減的、茶的杯盤。而這些,都是用竹子製的。

A frothy beer soothes the tired soul after a long day of work. A Friday night beer gets the ball rolling for a fun night out. An ice cold beer accompanied by the weekend sunset takes you a step closer to heaven. A cup of beer compliments night and day in different scenarios, but it always brings magic and wonder. If you live like a roly-poly toy, always going up and down, it’s not a bad idea to relax and get tipsy once in a while.

Is it time and weather that determine our mood? Everything might just be a coincidence. However, one thing is for sure and that’s when I take a sip of wine, the world seems to soften a little.

Riveret, a manufacturer from Saitama Prefecture, is famous for its production of bamboo drinkware. From red wine, white wine, sparkling, beer, sake, whiskey, and even the tea before and after wine-drinking, Riveret has tailored a dedicated bamboo drinking vessel for each.

打從1986年開始研究孟宗竹這種素材,他們由種植、伐木到加工處理,從頭到尾跑了很多遍,誓要透徹理解每根竹子。孟宗竹在地底有名為「竹鞭」的根莖在伸延,這樣蔓遍整片竹林,而竹子生長的速度飛快,偌大的竹林,便因著Riveret的大量研習,而能鍊成實用且線條優美的器具。竹的堅硬程度是一般木頭的兩倍,Riveret運用機器精良製作出最薄只有兩毫米的厚度,口感方面不輸玻璃的細膩,最後經人手打磨順滑,讓人好好品嚐大地素材獨有的溫潤。

且竹子還有一個非常重要的特性,它不易受外在環境影響,於是溫度能保存得久一點點,享受酒品的最佳時間又拉長了一點點。不知道會否也存在著、我想像裡當酒浸濕杯子後,會有的點點竹子之味?

Crafters from Riveret have been dealing with moso bamboo since 1986; from planting, logging, and processing, they vowed to understand everything there is to know about the plant. Moso bamboo, being one of the fastest-spreading plants in the world, has a very well-developed underground root system called the rhizome system that spans across the entire bamboo forest. Even though moso bamboo is twice as hard as natural wood, Riveret manages to craft them into beautiful drinkware of fine lines and meticulous details by utilizing machines that can shape products of only 2mm in thickness. All products are hand-sanded at the final stage to achieve a smoothness that is as delicate as a thin wine glass. Riveret’s drinkware not only showcases sophistication in craftsmanship, but also a warm texture that is unique to products made from natural materials.

And there is a very unique feature in bamboo: it has a relatively low thermal conductivity compared to other materials which makes it less likely to be affected by the external environment. The bamboo drinkware can thus maintain a stable temperature for a longer period of time allowing one to fully indulge in delightful and refined drink experiences. I can’t help but wonder, will I be able to taste the bamboo if the cup is filled with wine?