Touring Suntory’s Inventive Osaka Plant

Exclusive access to the home of Roku gin, Haku vodka and numerous other spirits

On the same insightful adventure that offered us access to Suntory‘s single malt whisky distilleries, we toured the brand’s mysterious Osaka plant. Unlike their other production centers, Osaka isn’t open to the public—and our access provided a unique perspective on meticulous development and execution, as well as an altogether spirited ethos. In Osaka, Suntory produces its Haku vodka, Roku gin and an array of Japan-only …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Designing an Italian icon, a mirrored hot air ballon, 3D-printed organs and plenty more inspiration and oddities

The Impending Death of the Password Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for the majority of their logins and companies oftentimes offer flawed storage and security systems, the default security option isn’t the most intelligent …

The History of the Iconic Moka Pot

The single-serve espresso machine first appeared in Italy in 1901. More than 30 years later, Alfonso Bialetti popularized an even more democratic coffee maker for home use: the Moka Express. This version (now patented) became an iconic symbol of Italian coffee culture—simple yet dignified. The historically significant eight-sided machine helped to make at-home coffee brewing possible at a much larger scale. Today, the Moka Express …