Tea Gadget and Offbeat News, Part ?

I’ve lost track of how many of these gadget and offbeat news reports I’ve done thus far (which serves to explain the ?), but that doesn’t mean that the well of gadgets and news has come anywhere close to running dry. Perish the thought. So let’s get on with it.

One of the more curious gizmos this time around is something called Coffee Joulies. They are made of stainless steel and, as their maker says, are “magic beans that cool your coffee to the right temperature faster and then keep it there longer.” Which seems to have little to do with tea except that the Joulies team says their product also works for tea and other hot beverages and liquids. Which suggests that maybe a change to a less narrowly focused name is in order.

J's Teapot Museum in Elloree, SC
J’s Teapot Museum in Elloree, SC (Photo source: screen capture from their website)

If its teapots you crave you’ll be glad to hear about J’s Tea-rific Teapot Museum, which recently opened in Elloree, South Carolina, in a blue building that’s shaped like a teapot, no less. The owners claim not to know how many teapots they’ve collected over the years but think that it might be in the tens of thousands. Here’s a link to their site and one to an article from a local paper.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a few kettles and teapots in each of these reports and so here we go. The Dusi Tea Kettle is a sleek item from the space age that apparently combines all the features of kettle and teapot into one convenient and eye-catching gizmo. If that’s not enough of the sleek and way out design aesthetic, then give the Zygo Teapot a try.

What to do with those squishy messy tea bags after you’ve steeped them? According to the makers of these “Teabag Coasters” you can use them to make art by letting the leftover liquid stain the material of the coaster. No, I didn’t get the concept either, at least not at first, but you can look here for step-by-step instructions that help to clarify the matter somewhat. Origami tea bags aren’t exactly a new notion but here’s a report on a recent incarnation of these clever items. For another variation on this notion refer to this article on tea packaging.

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