About Joe Partridge

Creating Scoof

Joe PartridgeJoe Partridge, creator of Scoof and founder of Just So Ideas Ltd

Hello and thank you for looking us up!
You may be curious to know a little bit about the background to this new cafetiere / French Press utensil I named Scoof (which I hope is a distinctive and memorable brand name that is fitting for a new type of scoop for coffee lovers).

I have enjoyed drinking coffee ever since I was aged 7 – which I can’t quite believe now, but it was the 1970’s! My love of coffee grew and developed, and I have been a fan of cafetiere coffee for many years; cafetiere coffee is simple to make and results in a rich full-flavoured cup of coffee. My only quibble was the messy business of cleaning up the used grounds… so I wondered how this problem could be solved..

Developing the idea started very slowly, well I slept on the problem, and eventually I came up with a solution during a night when I couldn’t sleep. The idea I dreamt up, was to create a sort of propellor that when inserted into the cylindrical shape of a cafetiere, collected and drew up the waste grounds so that they could be lifted out easily.

I got to work creating models which I tested and further developed. The slope of the blades was adjusted for optimal ‘digging in’, low walls were added to help keep the grounds in place like the cup of a spoon. During testing I also realised that a propellor shape also works as a very efficient mixer. This was a ta dah moment as  Scoof was now a cafetiere tool that could be used in preparation as a stirrer and afterwards as the perfect tool to make cleaning up a cinch. Once a final prototype was made and tested the journey to take Scoof to market began…


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