In Fort Collins, Colorado, David Sutton hand crafts beautiful coffee pour over stands with wood and brass. David hand makes stands for customers ranging from interior designers and discerning homemakers to five-star hotels and world class restaurant kitchens in Europe. Thanks to their incredible quality and style his stands are quickly gaining in popularity, being picked up by distributors such as Restoration Hardware, Food52, and Kaufmann Mercantile.
Beside making beautiful pour over coffee stands and other coffee brewing equipment, David roasts beans sourced from all over the world and delivers them to customers all over the Fort Collins area.
Get a glimpse into his process and craft through the photos and brief interview below, and check out his products for yourself at thecoffeeregistry.com.
How did you get started building these pour over stands?
I grew up around craft, although I didn’t realize it until later. My childhood was spent on the water in boats that my dad built or refurbished. I couldn’t know at the time how much of an impact seeing that would be on my life. The journey has continued with a simple love for craft, coffee and community.
I see coffee roasting and brewing as a craft, a skill that is honed over a lifetime. I also see coffee as a simple, daily ritual that can have profound impact on our communities and our interconnected world. From seed to cup, every aspect of our coffee has been cared for by hand. We continually study and refine our processes of how we source, roast, package, deliver, and brew coffee. From our cargo bikes used for delivering and serving, to our pour over stands used for brewing, I believe a handmade product shows our passion and intent to serve someone well in everything that goes out our door. The pour over stands started as just a way to pair beauty and functionality for ourselves as we enjoyed our daily coffee. But I soon learned that this is another way to connect coffee drinkers to the craftsman behind their cup of coffee.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am inspired first and foremost by people. We come from a long line of craftsmen that spent their lives honing a skill, inventing, and creating. They inspire us to pass this along to the next generation. I also find inspiration in being with the people in our community. I love delivering coffee and serving at our local farmer’s market because it gives a chance to connect with fellow coffee lovers and other local craftsmen. Inspiration also comes from considering the people that labor over how coffee is planted and harvested. The farms that we source beans from take such care in how seeds are sown, trees are pruned to provide perfect shade, and how their workers and community members are taken care of. They inspire us to roast and brew the finest cup of coffee on the finest equipment available so that their product is represented in the best way possible.
Once again, be sure to check out David's work and other hand made products at thecoffeeregistry.com.