Blame iphone camera (and poor cameraman myself). These wood cups look much more beautiful in person. Purchase decision partly came from my strong desire toward African blackwood. It will definitely contrast well with ziricote verite . Not surprisingly, it's heavier than teak auteur. The loaner unit of teak auteur weighed 1.03 lb (467g) and my bw auteur weighed 1.26 lb (572g).