Redesigning the Coffee Filter

Redesigning the Coffee Filter


When we hear anyone say “it is designed well” we almost always think about aesthetics.

I take a coding course on and that is where I heard the simplest definition of design.


To design is to solve a problem.

Take the case of the Indian coffee filter ubiquitous in every south indian household. It is aesthetically designed.

There is a good symmetry of shape, size, and weight between the upper and lower components that distributes the centre of gravity evenly, so the filter doesn’t topple when the upper compartment is heavier than the lower one.

Functionally too, it doesn’t need to be plugged in or put on stove. It just works on physical laws of gravity and pressure. Probably why the design hasn’t changed for generations. But have you ever tried to take some coffee out of it while it is still hot at work?

I have burned my palms or spilled hot coffee on my hands trying to use a cloth often enough to know how frustrating it is.

So it doesn’t solve the problem completely, does it?

A solution to this problem springs up images of a Coffee filter with handles. 


If there were such a thing, people would probably buy and discard their old one.

A more elegant solution is perhaps a small wristband wide heat-shrinking elastic (therefore removable) rubber sleeves for the top and bottom compartments. 

That way users won’t even have to discard their current filters. How about they come in an array of colours and quirky messages?

What a brilliant idea we’ve given for Chumbak.

Some coffee then?

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