Apr 7, 2016 | By Kira

Comedian, actor and TV host Stephen Fry has been named as the top celebrity that UK residents dream of sharing a coffee with. To make that dream come true, CEL, makers of the Robox 3D printer, have created a cheeky 3D printed coffee stencil of the actor’s face so that anyone can have their coffee with a side of Fry.

If you could have a coffee with any celebrity at all, who would it be? It’s a classic conversation starter, and in honour of UK Coffee Week, 2,000 Brits were polled to see what their answer would be.

Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry, known for his roles in Blackadder, Kingdom, and as long-time host of BBC quiz show Q1, came out on top, with 24% of the vote. And while the busy actor and activist probably won’t have time to squeeze in 2,000+ coffee dates with his loyal admirers, thanks to 3D printing, we can all at least pretend to have the honour.

British 3D printer manufacturer CEL, known for creating the Robox plug-and-print desktop 3D printer, teamed up with UK Coffee Week to create a limited edition 3D printed coffee stencil featuring the beloved actor’s face. Simply place the stencil over your cuppa joe and sprinkle on your topping of choice.

Wildlife and nature presenter David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox came in second and third in the coffee date poll, with 23% and 17% respectively, while Dame Judi Dench, J.K. Rowling and David Beckham also rounded up a fair share of votes.

The poll further revealed that the UK’s top coffee choice is a latte (25%), and that, despite the quintessentially British stereotype of tea being the nation’s favourite hot beverage, nearly two-thirds of the population actually opt for coffee.

Of course, UK Coffee Week, taking place from April 11-17, is about more than gathering a few trivia-worthy facts. It is a nationwide campaign to bring awareness to the pressing need for fresh water and basic sanitation in developing countries worldwide—including those where our coffee is more than likely to come from.

“You can’t make coffee without fresh water - but more importantly we can’t live healthy lives without fresh water either, " said Stephen Fry, now the literal face of the fundraising campaign. “It is our most precious resource, so I am very proud to be a part of any initiative which extols the virtues of coffee with friends while helping provide fresh water for those who most need it.”

All funds raised during the week will go directly to Project Waterfall, an initiative established to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world.

The 3D printed stencil of Stephen Fry’s was designed in TinkerCAD, and is available as a free download to be 3D printed at home. UK Coffee Week will also be giving away 50 limited edition coffee stencils via their Twitter feed.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a coffee with Fry, now is definitely your chance. But why stop there? A Beckham Latte or Rowling Ristretto seem like the perfect way to jumpstart the day. And for even more 3D printed coffee options, check out Ripple Maker, the latte art 3D printer or this DIY 3D printed cold coffee brewer.



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