Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 11

SpillNot holder (screen capture from site)
SpillNot holder (screen capture from site)

Would you like to be able to swing your cup of tea around your head without splashing or spilling any? Nah, I didn’t think so. But a recent article in the British press highlighted a gadget called the SpillNot, which will allow you to do exactly that. I’m not sure why you’d want to but I gather that it’s just the worst-case scenario and that the SpillNot is designed for more sedate types of situations where one might be likely to spill.

The powdered Japanese green tea known as matcha seems to be all the rage these days. Given that, it’s probably not surprising that some enterprising types are trying to push the boundaries of what you can do with it. Ready to drink, flavored matcha is probably not all that innovative of an idea and it might make matcha purists groan, but if you’re interested you can read more here. Matcha beer is a little more unusual and you can find out all about it – with a few tips included for making your own at home – right here.

The world of tea is a big one and it can be rather confusing sometimes, with so many hundreds (or more?) of varieties of the stuff being produced. But tea can be confusing in a more literal sense too. If you don’t believe it, check out this article about an Alabama botanical garden that’s planning to make a maze out of tea plants, no less.

Did you hear the one about the tea brand that was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi? It’s no joke. Find out more about the Wagh Bakri Tea Group in this article from the Indian press. Speaking of tea and India, here’s a fairly offbeat report about an Indian artist who’s planning to make a work of art out of 25,000 tea cups full of tea. Really.

See more of William I. Lengeman’s articles here.

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