French press coffee cozy

French press coffee cozy

French press coffee cozy design

You may have seen this coming but, here’s the french press coffee cozy version of our “Baseball” design.  Steeper shoulder curves, same buzzy zig-zag stitching on the dart, simple clean curved profile which looks completely at home on morning breakfast counters and evening dinner tables.

Modern french press coffee cozy in Moss Green wool felt

Designed with modern simple lines to fit Bodum’s “Chambord” french press coffee makers in the 8cup and 12cup sizes.

Seen here in fresh Moss Green which brings a breath of spring to any table.  Made from thick (3mm) European 100% wool felt to their highest standards.   This is some of the best, dense, wool felt made in the world.  And beautiful to boot.

And it’s a natural fabric — baa-baa sheep wool — which is a renewable resource and thus a wonderfully “green” choice for your tableware.  An eco-friendly choice as well as a beautiful choice.

A perfect fit for the home of any modern coffee lover.

French press coffee cozy in Moss Green

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Reasons to love felt…

Reasons to love felt…

It was love at first sight for me, because of its density and thickness and its vibrant colours, but a number of the reasons to love this beautiful, non-woven wool fabric are invisible.

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  1.  It’s a renewable resource. Sheep continually grow their wonderful woolly coats which are sheared each spring.
  2.  It’s naturally fire resistant and is self extinguishing.  If you hold a match to genuine, 100% wool felt it will start to burn — but if you take the lit match away the fire on the felt will smoulder and go out on its own.
  3.   It has high thermal insulating properties and this is what makes wool felt brilliant for a tea cosy.  (It is also extremely sound absorbing but that probably doesn’t matter for tea cosies.)
  4.   It’s naturally water repellent — spilt tea, for instance, will first bead on the surface of wool felt giving one the opportunity to quickly blot it up.
  5.   However it can absorb liquid four times its weight which make me think it would make a good door mat — if it wasn’t so pricey ;)  It also means wool felt makes great shoe inserts — insulating and absorbing the sweat or dampness.  Unlike anything polyester (plastic).
  6.   The European 100% wool felt that FoTC uses is the best in the world. Unlike made-in-you-know-where felt which, in my experience, can be easily shredded, this European felt is manufactured to the very highest quality and they’ve been making it for over a century.
  7.   It’s manufactured in an eco friendly manner. The thick, colourful European felt is made to Oeko-Tex 100 standards which mean its manufacturing creates no toxic waste. Children could chew on it and live to tell — although not recommended!
  8.   Frankly it just feels great.  It has a wonderful soft yet sturdy hand-feel which is an important quality for items we touch on a daily basis.

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Some interesting things that are (or were before being replaced by a plastic fabric) made of 100% wool felt are:

  • shoe inserts
  • piano hammers, bass drum strikers and timpani mallets
  • chalk board erasers
  • music cassette tapes — a tiny cube held the tape to the sound head
  • roofing felt
  • shoulder pads
  • Valenki — a type of traditional Russian footwear which are warm and dry and with good traction for walking on dry snow when the weather is frosty.
  • In the automotive industry it has been used to dampen the vibrations between interior panels and also to stop dirt entering into some ball/cup joints
  • for framing paintings — laid between the slip mount and picture as a protective measure to avoid damage from rubbing to the edge of the painting.
  • in millinary — many hats including fedoras
  • horse saddle felt
  • house and sound insulation batting — still being done

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When I was in England a few years ago I came across a fascinating book on the felt industry there.  The industry, like so many, is now pretty much gone.  While some of the reasons the industry disappeared may be considered short-sighted it is certainly true that most industry has a finite life-span before something new — sometimes something wonderful — comes along and replaces it, changing the labour demographics and economies of towns and even nations.  Plus ça change…n’est-ce que pas?

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But wool felt has experienced a recent resurgence in the design and DIY fields.  Beautiful furniture and household wares — including tea cosies, french press coffee cosies, mug warmers (!) — as well as fashion items are available and can be found through quick, easy internet searches.  (Try duckduckgo.com for non-tracked searches.)  For a great collection of contemporary wool felt pieces by designers and artists (ahem, including flockofteacosy.com) you might be interested in this Sydney Morning Herald piece from a few years ago.

Modern tea cozy in Burnt Orange wool felt Modern Mug Cosy Purple  Neu Coffee Cozy in Industrial Fel

Flock of Tea Cosy’s shop.

Hot that pot, then on with the tea cosy…

Hot that pot, then on with the tea cosy…

Almost every tea culture does it — warms the teapot (or teacup) with the boiling water before making the tea in it.  Why?  Because the room-temperature vessel will steal almost ten degrees Celsius from the hot water.  This means if you don’t pre-warm your teapot, your lovely tea loses that heat immediately.  One of this flock of tea cosies will do an excellent job of keeping your pot of tea hot, but it can only maintain the heat that’s there.

As you can see, within about 20 seconds this room-temperature ceramic creamer stole over 10 degrees celcius heat from the boiling water just like a teapot does.

So warm that teapot first, then slip your tea cozy over it (say, isn’t that a smart modern tea cozy right there) — and you’ll have piping hot tea for ages.

Cozy hack, trivet test

Cozy hack, trivet test

Tea cozy hack and trivet test.

Customers are such an inventive lot.  And helpful.

Fits a tall teapot too

Recently a customer ordered one of the flock’s cosies designed for a french press coffee maker, the 8-cup “Neu” design in Moss Green.  Shortly after receiving it she wrote to tell me it fit her tall, narrow-proportioned teapot perfectly.  A great customer cosy hack!

Coffee Cosy for 8cup Chambord

  • “I love my green cozy. I have a tall teapot (I know it’s meant for a cafetierre) that I use every day and it fits perfectly!”

Trivets survive stove-hot espresso pot

I also recently received a query about whether the trivets could handle a hot-from-the-stove espresso pot.  The colourful wool felt is wonderfully resilient, and perfect for protecting tabletops from hot teapots but I wasn’t confident enough to absolutely guarantee they’d hold up to stove-hot.  It turns out they hold up just fine.  On the flock’s behalf the customer put the trivet through its paces with her espresso pot and it came through with flying colours.  No burn marks and no table-top harmed in the testing.

Trivet for teapot in Burnt Orangewool felt

  • “Ta dah!  And worked out perfectly.  No burn marks.”

Small tea cosy works as egg cosy

I mentioned this awhile ago but it’s worth mentioning again.  A clever customer reported that the small tea cosies work wonderfully at keeping a bowl of soft boiled eggs hot on a Sunday morning.  Another great tea cozy hack.

  • “My wife and I are excited about the two new members of our tea family.  They double as egg cozies as we soft boil several eggs and put them in a bowl.”

A modern wool felt tea cosy in Moss Green multi tasking as an egg cosy -- such a good idea!!Modern wool felt egg cozy in Moss Green