Back in late November, I ran across this image (and several others) on A Mountain of Crushed Ice post about a contest by Libbey Glassware Europe, featuring an incredible new Tiki coupe. In minutes, I determined two things: I wanted this stemware badly, and I could not get this stemware without a ticket to Europe.
Being the good creature of the Twenty-First Century that I am, I took immediately to Twitter to ask Libbey US when they were going to fix the world and make this glass available to the people who matter, i.e. me. Within one day, @LibbeyInc replied, albeit in less than reassuring terms.
Thanks for the share, Doug. We agree – they are very cool! Right now these are only available in Europe and we do not have plans to bring them to the US. Maybe in the future! Stay tuned.
— Libbey (@LibbeyInc) November 30, 2018
Many of you may have noticed a distinct drop in my Twitter output in the last six months. This is because I’ve come to the conclusion that 95% of the opinion tweets I see, from strangers and indeed my own friends (on every possible side of every issue), do little or nothing to advance the cause they are supporting, but quite a bit to degrade our civilization and its overall mental health. But one area where I am happy (and experienced) to gin up a Twitter mob is in the cause of convincing a corporation to take my damned money already! Thus, Libbey got this, for their pains.
Alright, my American Tiki Tweeps!
Commence annoying @LibbeyInc into releasing their super cool Tiki coupes in the US! #TheMostValuableUseOfSocialMedia@Teekeemon @dagreb @MacCocktail @rumdood @DoctorBamboo @inuakena https://t.co/IokNeyjmYz
— Doug Winship (@dawinship) November 30, 2018
Numerous Tweeps of mine saw my plea and took it up.
Europe?!? What of the promise of mighty Capitalism? How is it that the Socialists are getting all the awesome stuff I want to buy?
You guys realize every Napoli Grande glass you sell in the US is in a tiki bar, right? Tiki is back! @realblancaster did a podcast on it.
— Ernest Tippler (@thecocktalien) November 30, 2018
Several of us pestered away for a while, and then moved on with our lives….
Until just a few days ago, almost exactly eight solid months since we last pestered Libbey, this tweet shows up, unlooked for:
— Libbey (@LibbeyInc) August 1, 2019
This is how you do corporate marketing outreach, folks. Bravo, Libbey!
I immediately order two packs of four, and they arrived promptly. You can get yours here [Edit: They sold out within four days of this original post, but are now back in stock at the links shown.]
These coupes are fairly large in capacity, and pleasingly heavy in the hand. The rim is neither so thin as to be fragile, nor too heavy to wrap your lips around comfortably. Do not put them in the dishwasher, sadly. The glass is certainly sturdy enough to handle it, but the glass of the stem is not solidly that amber color, it is coated on. From experience with similar stemware, the dishwasher will peel that color off in only a few washings. Of course, if you want your coupe to be clear instead of colored, the dishwasher will handle that for you! [Update: after discussion with Libbey, there is an update. The coupes seem to be rated OK for commercial dishwashers. But stick with hand washing over your household washer.]
Here is one of my new glasses, with a quick original cocktail I’ve put together to honor Libbey’s decision to gracefully take my damned money. It’s a strained riff on the Hurricane, with the softer tones of Guava replacing passion fruit.
- 1 oz. Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold
- 2 oz. Blackwell’s dark Jamaican rum
- 3/4 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz B.G. Reynolds orgeat
- 2 oz. Goya guava nectar
Shake ingredients and strain into a Libbey Tiki coupe! Garnish with lemon peel and fresh mint.