Karmi Tea Canister

Stunning simplicity in a container highlighting the beauty of vertically-cut wood

Deceptively simple looking, a single Karmi tea canister can take artisans over a year to complete. Manufacturer Syosen, based in Yamanaka (a region known as much for its traditional lacquerware, as for its natural thermal baths), crafts their products following a half-century-old lathing technique. Carving a perfectly-rounded cup or bowl involves precisely thinning the wood, followed by several rounds of lacquering (clear in this case) …

Le Bon Garcon

French-inspired, exotically-flavored caramels handmade in Los Angeles

When Justin Chao of Le Bon Garcon discovered caramels in Paris, he learned that crafting classic handmade French caramels can be a labor of love. I first tasted his buttery confections at Artisanal LA, and was so taken by the mango-passion fruit combination I reached out to Chao to learn more about his process for making such deliciously sweet caramels. To get your hands on …

B.T. McElrath Chocolatier

Minneapolis husband and wife handcraft chocolates in delectably bold flavor combos

As small-batch chocolatiers become increasingly common, standing out takes more than just organic ingredients. The husband-and-wife team behind Minneapolis’ B.T. McElrath Chocolatiers take artisanal chocolate making to a new level with their expertly-blended, flavor-popping bars. Infusing sustainably-sourced chocolate with fresh cream and other ingredients—like fruit, toffee or sea salt—the enthusiastic purveyors whip up some delicious concoctions. But the real secret ingredient in the duo’s confections …