I had a chance to catch up with Misel Bosancic of Ice Qube and learn a little bit about how their company started.
How did you get into making clear ice personally?
I was a bartender for 19 years and the topic of ice cubes has always fascinated me, so I always looked to Japan and their ice cube culture. Like my numerous colleagues, I have found that ice cubes are the most important ingredient in drinks. So I left the bar scene and used Ice Qube to make ice cubes for the bar scene. It's a wonderful and cool trip. :)
What motivated you to make the jump to doing it professionally?
To make it professional, I was moved by the love of the bar scene. The bartenders were finally able to develop their drinks and inspire their guests even more. It is a higher level for the optics, taste, and the experience of the consumer and bartender to work with our ice cubes.
What's the mission of your company and how is it striving to be unique in the clear ice space?
The mission and aim of the Ice Qube is to make clear ice available in the market. The topic of clear ice is still relatively unknown, at least here in the region, in contrast to Japan. We reckon that this will change in about two to three years and that people / consumers will place more value on clear ice. And that's where we will become clear ice pioneers in our region.
To learn more about Ice Qube, check out their website and photos below:
The clear ice is flowing... at pandemic speeds around here...
Thanks to Zymna Voda Ice Company for contacting us about their business with a request to add them to our Maker page!
Zymna Voda Ice Company is based in Lviv, Ukraine and sells premium ice for more than 800 customers in 25 cities in the country. They also build the ice producing machines worldwide under the BF Technology brand with clients in France, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Australia, etc.
You can learn more at http://www.vodaZ.com.ua
Here's an article from Home World Business talking about how consumers are Elevating their Aspirations around bar ware and the home cocktail experience.
It’s no question that the craft cocktail movement has certainly had an influence on the at-home bar. Consumers enjoying creative and handcrafted cocktails, or tasting new spirits out at restaurants, have a renewed appreciation for proper techniques and ingredients. However, as consumers become more confident, so has their desire to refine their own bartending skills. Such aspirations have led to an increased demand in elevated wine and bar accessories for the home.
Craft ice is also a critical trend in this:
Ice, too, has become a focal point, as consumers expand their cocktail making knowledge. Larger, clear cubes of ice are sought out more often for consumers who wish to slowly sip on spirits such as whiskey and bourbon, savoring the flavors and aromas of the brands they have invested in.
For June 2020, the household was low on clear ice options. After buying in 40 pound blocks, it's hard to go back to a routine of making your own four cubes at a time. With MA in Phase 3 of opening, I should be able to restock the clear ice this month! Looking forward to it just in time for the hot Boston weather.
I came across an article about a new clear ice company in Vancouver, BC called Kodama Ice Company. Check out their Instagram! I've added them to the Maker directory.
With the pandemic in full swing around Boston, most of the ice shops are just starting to open back up. I'm hoping in June I can restock my supplies! The freezer is currently empty. Here is a picture of the LAST clear ice cube in the house. May we quickly see better days...
We are living in strange pandemic times! I am down to my last block of clear ice. The ice vendors in my area are not classified as essential businesses, so they are closed. I might have to start getting small batch in my own freezer! Until then, the clear ice continues to flow. Stay safe out there!
Some photos from the house bar...
This isn't about clear ice, but it is an amazing story. Instead of using the machines to make and carve ice, Michigan Clear Ice is shifting to help out health care workers with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Peter Hardy, owner of Michigan Clear Ice, has turned off the ice-making equipment and fired up the CNC machines he had around the shop. He's now manufacturing protective face shields.
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