Oh I can tell this is going to be a busy day. I have three interviews with grinder companies lined up later, LM's booth again, and a lot more. But very first stop? A booth that Beata found yesterday that I wanted to check out: Tiamo Cafe Products out of China.
very important note: This company only sells wholesale to importers / vendors. As a consumer, please do not contact them wanting to buy their products. Instead, if you are interested, suggest them to vendors / importers you regularly deal with.
With that out of the way, this was one of the cooler booths for me to visit. I am seriously nuts about vac pots, and finding a new manufacturer I hadn't heard of before was a total geek moment for me. I visited the booth and checked out what they have. I liked what I saw.
- the usual design for clamp-stand vacuum brewers (which is actually based on the same design as the original syphon coffee brewers from the 1840s!), with some fancy woodwork and metal handles, more plain handles and metalwork (my preference) and a whole variety of sizes available, from 2 cups on up to 5, and maybe 8 (though I didn't see those models).
- OMG. They're a knock off company - of sorts. I saw in their catalog (but not in the booth) a knockoff of the Hario Deco brewer!
- some really cool looking (and probably very efficient) butane burners designed specifically for vacuum / siphon coffee makers. Two designs in the booth.
- Woah. Balance brewers. Also in their catalog, not in their stand. Pricing was kick butt - if you buy in multiple-hundred units, the metal one is way under $100. Seeing as these tend to retail for around $350 or more, that's quite a price.
- A wide variety of press pots. Some knock off designs, but mainly copying the Hario versions.
- Cold drip brewers! NICE! And not copies of other designs, as far as I could tell.
- A wide range of steel moka pots.
I enquired about pricing myself, because, who knows, there may be a CG vending site soon for hard-to-find stuff. I was really happy with the pricing, though the quantities scared me a bit - orders of 500 units or more minimum for a lot of the products. What's good about this is, if someone does import the range of Tiamo products over here, the pricing retail should be very competitive. Including duties, FOB, stock, handling, etc, I'm guessing a 3 cup vacpot / butane burner combo should come in at around $65--$75 retail. Considering most of the suitable butane burners already online here are around $45 or more, that's a killer price.
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| Some of the Retail Boxes |
They got a bit beat up in the shipping (different from a bulk order), and it shows the different handle colours available. Note burner.
| Coffee Area |
The company does more than coffee, but here's most of their coffee stuff at the show. The catalog has much more.
| Different boxing |
The wider box includes (I believe) the burner as well.