100 years of HARIO
HARIO, The King of Glass
At HARIO, we have been dedicated to the design, production and sale of heatproof glass since the company was founded in 1921. HARIO is the only heatproof glass manufacturer in Japan with their own factory.
We started out manufacturing laboratory glassware. In 1948, we expanded our production to household items, starting with the coffee siphon. We also began producing lenses for automotive headlights in 1980. Today, we continue to produce a wide variety of items, from microwave-safe kitchenware and coffee & tea implements, to aromatherapy and pet products.
The name HARIO originates from the Japanese words for glass (玻璃, hari), and king (王, ō). Thus HARIO (or 玻璃王) means the King of Glass: A name fitting with our ambition to become the world's number 1 glass manufacturer.
100 Years of HARIO
We have been around for a full century!
Click on the various years below to see major milestones throughout HARIO's history.
The Birth of HARIO
In 1921, HARIO's founder, Hiromu Shibata, established his glass factory in Kanda Sudacho, Tokyo to start the production of laboratory glassware.
The name HARIO comes from the ancient Japanese word for glass (玻璃, hari), and the Japanese word for king (王, ō). HARIO (or 玻璃王) therefore means “the King of Glass”. A suitable name for a company with an ambition to become the world's number one glass manufacturer.
The Coffee Siphon
In 1948 HARIO produced a family-use coffee siphon. It was called the “Hiromu 50,” named after the company's founder, Hiromu Shibata.
From that point onward, HARIO kept developing coffee siphons. In 1967, HARIO released the “Model 70,” which occupied 70% of the market share, making the company a leading manufacturer in the Japanese coffee market.
The Smoke-Free Factory
In 1971, HARIO succeeded in developing an "all-electric melting furnace," which makes it possible to power the manufacturing process using only electricity.
This means that HARIO's factory in Japan doesn’t have any chimneys, as there are zero emissions of polluting gases.
New Tokyo Headquarters
If you ever find yourself walking through Tokyo's historic mercantile district of Nihon-bashi, you might bump into the beautiful HARIO headquarters.
This historic building, which was registered as a cultural heritage in July 2003, was formerly used as a bank. It was renovated to house HARIO's offices and showroom.
Releasing the V60
After a long process of trial and error, the V60 dripper was finally released to the public, with the high quality expected of Japanese craftsmanship.
With its cone shape, inner spiral ribs and a big hole at the bottom, the V60 dripper gives coffee lovers the freedom to use a wide variety of brewing methods, while making it easy to get the best out of your coffee beans.
The European Office is Established
HARIO Europe B.V., the European branch of HARIO, was established in the Netherlands with the goal of providing high quality service, tailored to the European market.
HARIO's international team is excited to connect with all Europeans, and enrich their lives through our brand.
2021 and onward
100 Years of HARIO
The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of HARIO.
We are very grateful and thankful for everyone who has supported us and enjoyed our products this past century. We are doubling down on providing even better services and products, and developing our brand even further in the coming 100 years.
At HARIO, we are devoted to delivering the highest quality products to our customers across the globe. We may have originally started out as manufacturers of heat-proof glass, but we aim to innovate and move forward.
With the release of our first coffee siphon in 1948, we moved into the wonderful world of coffee. We continued to experiment and improve, and in 2005, after a long development process, the V60 coffee dripper was released, taking the coffee world by storm.
The V60 uses a cone-shape, spiralled ribs and a single large hole in the bottom to give the brewer great control over the flow of water and air. This in turn allows for a lot of flexibility and control over the flavour of the coffee, making the V60 a great tool to experiment and get the best out of any bean. By the way, the V60 got its name from its conical ‘V’-shape and its 60-degree angle.
Of course, we don't just want to rest on our laurels! We strive to bring our customers the best we can give them, not only in the field of coffee, but tea, kitchenware and even glass jewellery!
World Coffee Championship & HARIO V60
The HARIO V60 dripper has been one of the most iconic symbols of the speciality coffee industry,
and is loved by both hobbyists and professionals alike.
Out of the 11 World Brewers Cup championships so far, the V60 was used to win the title 6 times.
Moreover, the V60 is the only dripper to have more than one win to its name!
World Brewers Cup champions who won with their V60 recipe
2021 Matt Winton (Switzerland)
2017 Chad Wang (Taiwan)
2016 Tetsu Kasuya (Japan)
2015 Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen (Norway)
2014 Stefanos Domatiotis (Greece)
2012 Matt Perger (Australia)
2010 Michael Phillips (USA)
Behind the Scenes
Our products are crafted with great care and attention to detail.
Take a peek behind the scenes with the videos below, showcasing some of our production processes.
HARIO V60 Factory
Our ceramic V60s are produced in Arita, Japan, a region famous for its high quality ceramics, which they have been producing for generations.
HARIO GLASS FACTORY
Our heat-proof glass is mainly produced in a fully electric, smoke-free factory in Koga, Japan.
HARIO Europe was established in 2015 as a European subsidiary, in order to better serve our beloved customers in Europe. We are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 2
HARIO JAPAN HQ
HARIO has been dedicated to the design, production and sale of heatproof glass since the company was founded back in 1921. It is the only heatproof glass manufacturer in Japan to have their own factory.