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Byron Coffee Cup
Byron Coffee Cup
Byron Coffee Cup

Historic Tokyo Design Glassware by Hirota Glass

Byron Coffee Cup


Regular price $ 53.00 Sale

Byron Series

Byron serious by Hirota Glass showcases a "retro-modern" style tableware from Japan's Showa Era. In Japan, especially in the 1960's when cafes were not tech-savvy, "kissa-ten" or analog coffee shop culture thrived. At these kissa-ten, in both past and present, coffee, coffee jelly, or ice cream sundaes have been typically served in amber-colored, somewhat nostalgic glassware.

The Byron series are made from reproductions of the original molds of these classic designs in the same amber color which was popular at the time.

The Byron Coffee Cup is made by hand-pressing glass to achieve a blurred ribbed pattern, that is often described in Japan as Mole-yarn pattern. Your coffee always looks prettier in these amber-colored glasses, especially when you add in cream, which when dissolved into coffee creates marble patterns. Each piece of Byron Coffee Cup is carefully crafted by Hirota Glass and shows its own uniqueness. 

Authentic Tokyo Glassware

Made with only the finest materials by highly skilled artisans in Tokyo, Hirota Glass has excelled in making the most beautiful glass tableware. Founded in 1899 by Kinta Hirota in Kinshi, Sumida ward, Tokyo, Hirota Glass has established itself as one of the pioneers of Japanese glassware. Now the company is under the 4thgeneration glassmaker, Tatsuro Hirota, and has evolved its own signature style through harmonizing traditional European glass techniques with Japanese artistry. Hirota Glass stays true to its classic designs and influences dating back to the pre-war period, continuing to push hand-crafted glass to its artistic limits.

The “aburidashi” technique which originated during the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods, is one that Hirota Glass artisans are highly skilled in. By mixing “bone ash” with other natural materials, and exposing the glass to a process of rapid heating and cooling during molding, the end result is a beautiful opalescent (milky) finish. Through this process, the skilled artisans are able to showcase a variety of artistic patterns in the glass. This is a reason why it remains one of Japan’s unique, traditional handcrafting techniques.

  • Size: 2.8” diameter x 5.2” high | 7 cm diameter x 13 cm high
  • Volume: 9 fl.oz | 250 ml
  • Product Weight: 12.5 oz | 360 g
  • Package Weight: 15 oz | 425 g

Material: Glass
Producer: Hirota Glass
Origin: Tokyo, Japan

Usage and Care

  • This product is NOT microwave-safe. 
  • Hand wash only.
  • Avoid any sharp temperature change on the product, as it could cause cracking.
  • Do not freeze the product, as it might crack.

Domestic Orders

  • Usually ships out in-stock items within 3 business days of order.
  • We use FedEx, USPS Priority Mail, or USPS First Class Mail to ship our products, depending on the size and weight of the package.
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  • Free shipping with purchase of $375 or more! (Within Continental US only. Total purchase amount to qualify excludes free shipping offer items.)

International Orders

  • Usually ship out in-stock within 5 business days of order.
  • We use USPS Priority Mail International for international shipping.
  • We do not accept any returns for international orders. Any additional charges (including but not limited to import tax, custom fees, VAT, brokerage charge) that might incur after the order lands in the destination country must be borne by the recipient.
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