Everything on my webshop is priced on a sliding scale. Just choose the price that is comfortable for you. Our goal is to make each item as accessible as possible, to folks from all different parts of the coffee industry. It works because the community observes the honor system: those who are able to pay more make it possible for others with less resources to pay less.
The spoons are dishwasher safe. We personally prefer to hand-wash them to best protect the finish, but this is ultimately your choice based on what you like. Over time, any kind of silverware will develop tiny surface scratches from jostling against other silverware in a dishwasher. If you’re ok with the spoons experiencing the same wear as other silverware, dishwasher will be totally fine. If you’d like to keep the finish pristine, we recommend hand-washing and avoiding packing the spoons in tightly with other silverware.
We have many wonderful stockists who ship all over the world. Here is a list for you. Currently Umeshiso is only able to ship to US and Canada. We are not able to make exceptions for orders under 100 spoons. As a very small business, it is prohibitively difficult to manage high volumes of international shipping. At present we cannot sustainably provide international customers with the service you deserve, and we think you deserve the best.
We have a wonderful engraving partner who can work on orders of over 50 spoons. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with project details to discuss.
Yes, we offer wholesale pricing on orders of over 25 spoons. Please email email@example.com to discuss.
Umeshiso carries three spoons.
- Big Dipper (for coffee & food): 7.5” long
- Little Dipper (for coffee & food): 6.4” long
- Mini Dipper (for tea, espresso, spices, etc): 4.25” long
WANT MORE DETAIL? READ ON!
The Big Dipper is light weight with a long handle. It has a wide, flat bowl. It is great for food and coffee cupping. When used for cupping, it has dual functionality and works great for both skimming and slurping. When used for regular food purposes, it’s great for anything you can do with a spoon – cereal, soup, ice cream, you name it.
BIG DIPPER SPECS
TOTAL LENGTH: 7.5” / 19 cm
Handle Length: 5.5 in / 14 cm
Bowl Diameter: 2 in / 5 cm
Bowl Depth: 0.25 in / 0.6 cm
Volume Capacity: Approx. 1 tablespoon of liquid
Weight: 44 – 46g
The Little Dipper is heavier with a shorter handle and deeper bowl. It is great for food and coffee cupping. When used for cupping, it’s a perfect slurping spoon. The deeper bowl prevents spillage, allowing you to fully focus on the coffee. When used for regular food purposes, it’s great for tasting sauces and broths and anything else you can do with a spoon – cereal, soup, ice cream, you name it.
LITTLE DIPPER SPECS
TOTAL LENGTH: 6.4 in / 16.25 cm
Handle Length: 4.5 in / 11.5 cm
Bowl Diameter: 1.9 in / 4.8 cm
Bowl Depth: 0.5 in / 1.1 cm
Volume Capacity: Approx. 1 tablespoon of liquid
Weight: 56 – 58g
The tiny Mini Dipper is our smallest spoon. It is a demitasse spoon, also called a tea spoon or an espresso spoon. It is perfect for stirring espresso and tea, portioning sugar and seasonings, stirring the bloom of a pourover, really anything you can do with a tiny spoon.
MINI DIPPER SPECS
TOTAL LENGTH: 4.25 in / 10.75 cm
Handle Length: 3 in / 7.5 cm
Bowl Length: 4.25 in / 10.75cm
Bowl Width: 0.75 / 2cm
Bowl Depth: 0.125 in / 0.3 cm
Volume Capacity: Approx. 1 ML of liquid
Weight: 11 – 13g
All Umeshiso utensils are made of culinary stainless steel with an electroplated finish. The utensils are dishwasher-safe.
At least 2-3 spoons are needed to perform all functions required for cupping. If you are cupping for the first time and do not have any cupping spoons at all, please use this guide:
For those on a budget: Purchase two Big Dippers. Use them to break, skim, and slurp, which are all the functions required for cupping.
For those with a few extra dollars: Purchase two Big Dippers and one Little Dipper. Break with either spoon, them skim with Big Dippers and slurp with Little Dipper. With this setup, you’ll use both spoons for the things they’re best at. This allows you to focus more on the coffee.
Want more detail? You bet. Most cuppers have multiple styles of cupping spoons. This is because we need at least 2 styles to most easily and efficiently perform all cupping functions.
- Breaking. During the cupping process, an aromatic crust of coffee grounds forms on the surface of the cupping bowl. After four minutes, you can break the crust with any style of cupping spoon.
- Skimming.After you break the crust, you need to use two Big Dippers to skim the remaining bits of foam and coffee particles from the surface of the bowl. Little Dippers aren’t great for this. A single spoon won’t do the trick either. It takes two Big Dippers.
- Slurping. This is when you dip a cupping spoon into the coffee, then slurp directly from the spoon. You can use either style for slurping, and I personally prefer Little Dippers. The deeper bowl means less spillage and many find it’s easier to slurp from. However, some noted coffee professionals prefer the Big Dipper. It’s really a matter of personal preference.
Cupping is a specialized coffee-tasting method. Because it’s an easy way to taste multiple coffees at once, cupping is favored by coffee professionals. But anyone can do it!
If you’d like to cup at home, you just need one or more coffees, a cupping spoon, and a few uniform-size cups in the 6- to 8-oz range.
Add 12 grams of ground coffee to each cup and pour hot water directly onto the grounds, filling the cup all the way to the top. An aromatic crust of coffee grounds will form on the surface. After four minutes, break the crusts with a cupping spoon. Then use the cupping spoon to dip into the coffee, which you slurp from the spoon.
It sounds totally weird but – well, yes it is totally weird. But fun! If you have never cupped before, I recommend checking out an online article or video tutorial – luckily there are tons! I’m working on my own educational materials but while those are in the works, just do a google search for “how to cup coffee”.
If you have a wholesale and/or engraving request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other inquiries, please use our site’s contact page. We are a very tiny team so please expect to hear from us in 3-5 business days. If your question is urgent, please email email@example.com.
We appreciate your support and we can’t wait to send you the spoon of your dreams!