Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report II

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay tribute yet again to the ingenuity of tea gadget makers everywhere – with a side of offbeat tea-related news. Let’s get on with it.

First up, the end of the tea bag. Well, don’t get too worked up about that one yet. There might be a little bit of hype going on in this report from London’s Telegraph about the “Tê, a pod-based tea maker prototype which could signal the demise of the very bag itself.” The makers of this gizmo seem to have initiated a bit of a publicity blitz lately with various reports appearing hither and thither throughout the media.

Tê, a pod-based tea maker prototype (Photo source: screen capture from site)
Tê, a pod-based tea maker prototype (Photo source: screen capture from site)

The Tê is said to feature “a disposable capsule and the ability to reduce brew time and increase drink quality” and is apparently a response to all of the single serving type coffee (and to a lesser extent, tea and other beverages) makers that have come out in recent years. Say what you want about it, but as the image that accompanies the article reveals, it sure does have a sleek and pleasing appearance.

When it comes to sheer ingenuity in tea-related designs, you’ve got to give a shout out to this “handcrafted necklace made from Yorkshire Tea boxes” that was featured at a tea site recently. If tea boxes sound like poor raw materials for the making of jewelry, take a gander at the pictures and you might just rethink your position. Speaking of cardboard, here’s an Afternoon Tea jigsaw puzzle that’s available from England’s National Trust.

If we’re to assume that the tea bag is going to be around for at least a little while longer, then dedicated users might want to take a look at the Tea Bag Buddy. It’s a rather clever device that, as one headline put it, “Holds Your Tea Bag While it Steeps and Contains the Mess When You’re Done.” And that’s a fact.

Last up, in that offbeat tea news category, here’s a report on a high tea of a decidedly different sort. It’s a tea tasting that took place aloft a while back, courtesy of the good people at British Airways and Twinings.

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3 thoughts on “Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report II

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  3. Betony

    Well, I’ve tried brewing teas and tisanes in a special pod for our brewing machine and am not impressed. The brewing machines are fantastic for coffee as coffee is a completely different taste experience than tea. For the more personal taste, brewing loose tea in a teapot or special cup is my personal preference. One actually has more control over personal taste with tea bags than with a pod and a machine. My two cents.

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