The tea gadgeteers never rest, or so it would seem, and the tea gadgets and gimmicks just keep on coming. Here are a few of the most recent innovations and strange uses for tea and tea paraphernalia that have come down the pike lately.
If you really, really like the smell of tea and the various substances that are used to flavor it, such as jasmine or bergamot (which is used to give Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor), then this recent article
from the Fashionista web site is a must read. It takes a look at a variety of fragrances whose essence is in some way related to tea. Assam & Grapefruit Cologne, anyone?
Speaking of fashionistas, how about some specialty tea bags that allow you to have tea – in a manner of speaking – with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer and
Naomi Campbell? If that doesn’t grab you then how about some celebrity tea bags featuring the likenesses of the future king, Prince William, and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton? They’re made in Germany and are said to be “filled with German-grown black tea.” I wasn’t aware that the Germans actually grew any tea within their borders but there you have it.
Tea bags used as an art media is not exactly a novel notion these days, but here’s yet another article about someone who’s using old tea bags in this manner. For the 74-year old Libby James they are the foundation for a venture known as OldBags, in which she uses tea bags as a design element in a line of greeting cards and other artistic goods. For more on tea bag art of a slightly different flavor, be sure to take a look at this brief profile of the works of the artist Armén Rotch.