6 07 2011

No, it’s not a tobacco-flavored tea blend. Cigarettea is a concept design developed by Anton Schnaider, that marries the healthy and unhealthy lifestyle. Initially it looks just like any pack of cigarettes, however the usually harmful ‘smokes’ are filled with tea leaves and when dipped in a cup they infuse the water. The filter at the end makes the ‘tea bag’ float.

And so you end up with a somewhat unattractive view of a cigarette swimming around in your cup, but just imagine people’s reaction. Smoking has never been so cool, at least not since the invention of chocolate cigarette. But I highly doubt this would be a great substitute for smokers to quit.



Origami tea

18 04 2011

Origami tea – an amazing concept by Russian designer Natalia Ponomareva. A very simplistic design of package and tea bags inspired by origami folding. I dont’ doubt that this would be a huge hit with all tea lovers out there. Let’s hope it goes into production!

The Perfect Cup

20 12 2010

Callum Kenny, a design student, has created a tea set which allows tea drinkers to brew a perfect cup of tea. The very clinical looking set includes devices such as a glass carafe, three temperature bulbs, a tea caddy and a tea filter. The main feature of this design is usage of the Galileo thermometer to get the correct temperature of brewing water. The three bulbs indicate different temperatures and raise to the top of the glass cylinder when water is ready to be used.

Once ready, you place the tea leaves inside the filter and put it into the tube. You wait and admire the water changing color and there it is, your perfect cup. The inspiration for this project was that 64 millions of cups are being brewed on a daily basis, however few of them are prepared with deserved care and attention to achieve the optimum flavor.

However, this brings me to the question ‘Is there a perfect cup of tea which can be endlessly executed in the same ritual?’ I agree, tea is usually prepared with little care, in fact, what most people do with tea is sacrilege, but can there be a device which will produce a perfect cup of tea every time. I’ll leave you with that. Enjoy the video.



Self-heating Lemon Tea aye?

19 12 2010

So during a road-trip we stopped at a random gas station on the way to Warsaw. I roamed though the small shop for food and beverage and found this… I read Lemon Tea – Self-heating, no way! The future is now. The appropriate geeky thing to do was to buy it and try it out and most importantly see if it’s any good.

I was most interested in the heating process itself. The heating is caused by calcium oxide. The can has two lids, you remove the bottom lid, press in a strange piece of plastic, shake the can and let the magic happen. The process is really quite bizarre when done for the first time and it happens much faster then anticipated. You turn over the can and it starts getting warmer. It goes up to about 40ÂșC, so not boiling hot, but it’s perfect temperature to start drinking straight away. It keeps heat longer then time needed to consume the beverage.

The tea tastes surprisingly good. It looks like those Nestea Iced Teas, brown in color, a bit sweet with that slightly lemony taste. Although it is not a health drink, we got instant lemon tea and black tea extract, some sugar and citric acid here, I could imagine drinking this on the road. When your nose gets close to the can it does however smell a bit like there’s been a chemistry lab going on. I guess you can’t avoid side effects with gadgets like this.

Everyone knows, cool things don’t come cheap and neither does this one. The price is the only downside really – just about 2.60 EUR is a bit much for a take-away drink, but it is worth the excitement you should treat yourself to in this jolly holiday season. 2Go tea brought to you by Fast Drinks.

70th Anniversary of Battle of Britain tea

3 10 2010

Rare Tea Co together with Saintsbury’s release a special edition Royal Air Force tea, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The blend was first created for Terry Clark, a veteran of the Battle. This tea it contains fine black tea from estates in India and Malawi and has a classic English character.

The tea is hand processed by farmers and 10% of the benefits go to support the RAFA Wings Appeal and the RAF museum. You may also fine a golden ticket with prizes including dinner with Terry Clark and creator of the tea, a year’s supply of tea and a flight in a spitfire airplane. And who said tea is a boring activity for stay-at-home grannies?

Available nationwide in the UK and online on the Rare Tea Co website.

Private tea symphony

2 08 2010

A private tea moment is best enjoyed with soothing background music and thanks to the Drip with Song teacup design you can do both at once. The musical gadget features a CD player inside the saucer with built-in speakers, while the cup can be used to adjust the volume. Other controls are also placed on the saucer to ensure easy control of the player.

Although this idea is a bit outdated and CDs have been mostly replaced by audio files, it is nevertheless noteworthy. Who knows, a player like this, with a hard drive inside could be a handy element of a daily relaxation routine. The design is also universal and simple to use. If you think about it, a tea cub is a very simple piece of kitchenware, but the design ideas can be endless. Brought to you by designer Jongmin Kim.

Great tea design ideas

20 06 2010

Completely by chance I came across this tea brand I have never seen before, and what captured my interest to check it out was a funky-looking silver tin. It has an unusual shape, it looks a bit industrial in my mind, yet it is graceful at the same time. Looking further into the brand’s offerings I discovered many interesting products.

Apart from the silver tin, While Lion teas are also offered in glass jars and plastic canisters, however the most fun of them all is the Gift Sachet Tin, which looks just like the tin below, except it is black and holds a photo frame, so you can personalize it with your own photos. Pretty neat aye?

Tea-wise the brand has much to offer – loose teas (including organic), silk sachets, blooming teas and even iced teas. Except for some classics, tea-names that captured my taste buds are Lemon Souffle, Raspberry Truffle and Pomegranate Oolong. I can not say whether they taste good or judge the quality, but you can check out more yourself here.