DIY Individual Fondue Pot

Ask anyone who likes Illy coffee and they’ll probably tell you that they have a hard time throwing away the beautiful tins that each pound of coffee (8.8 ounces, actually) comes in. I’ve been collecting them for years. (Every six months or so my wife, Laura, nags me to get rid of them, but I’ve always insisted that I’ll eventually figure out what to do with them.) Well, look no further, those cans have finally found their use.

A few weeks ago, my former boss and long-time friend, Sharon, came over for dinner with her husband Dave. Sharon and I used to work in the coffee business together so I thought it only appropriate to build a meal around the theme of coffee, or as you New Jersey / Long Islanders call it, caw-fee. The dinner featured 6 courses, a few of which I may write about in future posts.

Laura, Sharon and Dave enjoying their coffee can cheese fondue course.

I’ve toyed with the idea of turning those beautiful Illy coffee cans into individual fondue pots for at least 5 years now and figured that my coffee inspired dinner was the perfect impetus to take action on my idea. I used the pots as stand-ins for the cheese course, serving a Gorgonzola port fondue with apples, caramelized pecans, pears and french bread for dipping.

Here’s a slideshow that demonstrates the fabrication process:

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