Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
 - Frank Lloyd Wright
Form a cube of granulated sugar crystals
Function packages one teaspoon portions of sugar crystals into individually manipulatable units
Benefit enables easy and precise sweetening without utensils
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Early in the morning, after the beans have been ground and the coffee brewed, I quickly grab a sugar cube and drop it into my mug, listening to its soft clinks as it bounces around before dissolving under a torrent of hot coffee. Just like that, my coffee has been sweetened to perfection—no measuring (or spilling sugar absolutely everywhere because I just happened to accidentally bump the side of a spoon full of sugar against the cup while half-awake...) required.
The sugar cube is a very simple object that achieves its function simply by having any form at all; through the transformation of a teaspoon of loose sugar into a single solid entity, it can be handled without utensils and effortlessly deployed, making the coffee making experience just a little bit easier and more error-resistant––great for any process consistently performed by semiconscious actors. While the exact shape of the sugar cube might not matter much to the early-morning barista––the coffee is going to taste the same whether it's sweetened with a cube, sphere, or pyramid––the cube has won out simply by packing most efficiently into a cardboard box. I know, what a boring reason to deprive the coffee drinkers around the world of sugar octahedrons and cones.
But the cost of convenience is customization; if you aren't able to sweeten your perfect cup of joe in teaspoon increments, this culinary artifact is not for you. Lucky for me, one cube does the trick.
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How It’s Made Granulated sugar is mixed with liquid sugar, compressed into molded cubes, and dried.
Artifact Analogs Bullion Cubes, Alka Seltzer Tablets, Detergent Pods, Bath Bombs

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