Acme are one of those New Zealand brands that don’t make a big fanfare about themselves, they just go on with the business of creating world-class, form-and-function items centred around the art of hospitality. Behind the brand is Godfather of NZ espresso Jeff Kennedy (he founded Caffe L’Affare in 1990, pioneers of decent coffee here in New Zealand, and also owns the 180-seat Wellington eatery institution that is Prefab) and his partner Bridget Dunn.
If you’ve had a coffee in a NZ cafe, chances are you’ve drunk from an Acme cup. The Acme Demitasse is virtually an icon of New Zealand design and coffee culture, and is now used by restaurants and cafes all over the world. Actually, you can almost use the presence of Acme cups as a signpost to good coffee – see a stack of Acme cups on the espresso machine, and you know the barista takes a brew seriously. In the past year, Acme brand has begun to grow beyond cafe-supply, making a move into New Zealand homes, designing products for a restaurant-quality experience at home.
As one example, I have their Roman Cups at home – I love the contemporary-yet-classic shape, they come in 110ml, 170ml and 270ml for whatever you consider the perfect pour, and the very fine, super light cup (made with magnesium porcelain) has the sensory effect of delivering a richer, more complex coffee. Big fan over here.
Acme’s packaging is made here in New Zealand, designed by Think Packaging. It’s completely recyclable, with no plastic, and none of those twisty-tie things. Form and function, it’s the Acme M.O.
Designed by Acme’s in-house designer Paddy Kennedy
Ok, so – let’s get to the reason for today’s post – Acme have just launched their own flatware! Acme have always created for a need, and they saw a need for well-designed (and New Zealand-designed) cutlery, at an affordable price. Made from a hardened and brushed stainless steel, the new Acme cutlery is designed to last, and also to look better with age. They’re weighty and substantive in that way that lets you know you’re dining at a very. fancy. place.
If you’d like to elevate your everyday meals to a more special, restaurant-like experience, head over to The New’s Instagram and enter our draw, to win your own 24-piece Acme Flatware set!
Win a stunning 24-piece (6-person) set of Acme cutlery, valued at $245