The Mesto is a revolutionary, multifunctional kitchen product that uses Mortar and Pestle to enhance the flavor of food and along with some unique design features, kitchen mess is reduced and the preparation process speeds up. Mesto kitchenware currently is in the development stages and is almost fully funded on Kickstarter, with potential customers showing immediate interest shortly after they launched their campaign.
Richard Chapman is the designer and creator behind Mesto. What started out as a product design project at University that looked for ways to overcome culinary issues, Mesto soon received strong interest and feedback from fellow designers and product developers which led to refining the design and the start of a new company.
Here are a few of the design features Richard has implemented into the Mortar and Pestle kitchenware that sets Mesto above the rest of the field.
One common problem with Mortar and Pestle’s is that when grinding peppercorns and seeds, they commonly fly out of the bowl. Mesto, with its clear shield, solves this problem. The shield allows the user to grind their mix freely whilst significantly reducing spillages.
This also means the user can grind their mix faster than they would in a regular mortar and pestle as the risk of mess when grinding quickly is notably reduced. The shield is also dishwasher safe and its transparency stops the user’s vision from being obstructed during use.
Mesto, with its two removable inserts, allows the user to make up to three different mixes in one session without any washing between uses. This reduces prep time and stops mixing of flavours.
The inserts are lightweight which makes them easy to pick up and pour. You can create a mix of herbs and spices with the inserts placed inside the main mortar or placed separately outside. Once you’ve ground your mix in the insert you can also use it as a serving piece.
Natural Beech Wood
Beech wood is an extremely durable timber. Mesto is finished with a food-safe varnish to protect the wood from liquid absorption and to improve its durability. As a surface, wood has also been shown to halt the growth of bacteria without the use of cleaning products.
Mesto’s ergonomic design makes for a comfortable use. The shape of the pestle causes the user to naturally push it into the work surface. This ensures stability during use as the mortar doesn’t slide across work surfaces.
Mortar and Pestles are used to truly enhance the flavor of a dish. Whereas mechanical blenders heat up food, reducing flavour, Mesto will amplify the taste of your cooking with a quick, clean and aromatic cooking experience.