Swedish cafe and roastery owner, and former barista champion Costas Pliatsikas has been even busier than usual this past year: besides operating his successful company, Costas Roastery, he has been working night and day on the final professional versions of a coffee tool he invented back in 2005 when he was the Swedish Barista Champion. He calls it the Intelligent Dosing Ring, or idr.
I ran into Costas at the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe show in Nice, France, a couple of weeks ago, and he was excited to show me the product. It’s so cool! The idea came about when Costas was preparing for competition in 2005, and he noticed that after he dosed into his portafilter, he would lose a lot of the grounds when he leveled off. He fashioned a crude solution—a paper cup that fit into his portafilter.
Since those days, Costas has perfected the design. Check out this little video to see the idr in action:
He’s currently working out the IDR’s last kinks and will go into full production of the tool in September. I had the pleasure of learning more about the IDR from him—where it came from, how it works, and how it will save baristas and cafe owners a lot of money by eliminating coffee waste—and I thought I’d share it with you folks here on Barista Magazine’s blog.
Sarah: What inspired the idr? How has it helped you as a barista?