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Gerald Haessing, hailing from St. Louis, MO and now calling the Navarre neighborhood home, left the regular working world behind to be an artist in 1999.
Gerald is a glass blower and makes pottery. Selling his goods at the Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op, people kept telling him to make coffee mugs because tourists like purchasing them. He kept putting off the idea until he didn’t anymore.
He then designed his mug to fit in the palm of your hand. With function and form working together, Gerald had the first ergonomic vessel for your morning beverage. (Or soup, or evening beverage, or whatever you’d like!) He eliminated the handle and added a crescent flange to make lifting a breeze.
BONUS INFO: They are double insulated, so you never have to worry about burning your hand.
1. Tell me what Cafe Ergo is.
It’s a hand specific coffee cup that is ergonomic. It reduces hand and finger stress without the traditional handle.
2. How long have you been in business?
I have been selling them for 4 years now. I started in 2014 with the original design but didn’t acquire the patent until October 20, 2015.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What’s lesser known about this project?
I recently won the gold award at the Innovator and New Product Expo in Portland.
5. What’s your driving force behind this?
It can actually better people. It’s beneficial and it’s not just another coffee cup with a handle.
Purchase your ergonomic coffee mug at the Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op at 912 N Peters in the French Quarter.