The next great steeping travel mug? Would you invest?

So have you ever tried one of those French press tea travel mugs? I have one. And it’s okay. But if I don’t drink the tea right away, then the leaves at the bottom steep for way too long and the tea at the end gets super strong, bitter, or just gross. Plus it’s not an awesome solution if you put milk in your tea either. And it seems like I’m not the only one that feels this way.

Entrepreneur and tea-enthusiast Joey Landford of The Tea Merchant launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a new type of travel tumbler that he hopes will revolutionize how busy people enjoy their tea. He says it can be used for coffee too, but we don’t care about that around here.

Joey explained the inspiration behind the tumbler, “When I was going to college and working full time, I wanted to still be able to drink my tea. I was too busy for traditional means; I needed something so I could brew on the go. Nothing I saw on the market for travel tumblers solved this. They all would over-brew my tea giving it a bad flavor, or I would have to immediately discard the tea or coffee. That is not an option when driving.”

Frustrated with the current offerings, Joey spent months developing a steeping system that would give him complete control over the brewing of his tea (and coffee, blech). In the end he says he found a design that eliminates the bitter taste created when the leaves brew in the water for too long. Among other features, his Easy Steep tumbler prototype includes a specially designed filter that locks onto the lid to prevent over-steeping as well as a convenient storage area for keeping additional tea, coffee or sugar packets.

At the New York City Tea and Coffee Festival, a consumer-oriented show, Joey debuted his Easy Steep Tumbler prototype, and he says the response was enthusiastic, “Everyone I talked to loved it! Most, in fact were blown away.” So based on that response, Joey created a Kickstarter campaign  to raise funds to bring his design into production.

There are several investment levels with the basic one starting at $30, which gets you Easy Steep tumbler.

I’ve never funded a Kickstarter before, so not sure if I’ll fund this one. What about you? Do you think this is a design that’ll work?

Easy Steep, The To-Go Tumbler by Joey Landford — Kickstarter.

Teatanic infuser – tasteful or tasteless?

A tea infuser in the shape of the Titanic. Tasteful or tasteless?

A tea infuser in the shape of the Titanic?

A friend pointed me toward this Teatanic tea infuser over at perpetual kid. I guess if you’re a big fan of the Titanic and tea you have a must have tribute to both. Personally, I don’t quite understand the obsession with the Titanic (I have watched the movie with Leo and Kate several times though), but I’m not sure how suitable it is to essentially poke fun at a tragedy. Or maybe I’m too sensitive. What do you think – tasteful or tasteless?



Gift idea: Holiday / Advent Calendar of Tea

Okay, so this is not an original idea. I was in David’s Tea today and picked up one of their 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar. It’s a great idea for an early Christmas gift for the tea lover in your life. They also had an 8 Days of Tea for Hanukka. Unfortunately both are no longer available online, and the 24 Days isn’t even listed anymore. BUT you can easily create your own, and one that you can use over and over again each year.

Here’s How:

  1. Find either a tea storage box or small wooden storage drawers in the appropriate number of days. For example, this 8 section bamboo tea storage box or this 25 drawer box.
  2. Decorate your calendar in the appropriate theme using paint, paper and stickers. For the tea caddy, you can cover each section with felt or foam that gets removed on the day. Make sure to number each section or drawer.
  3. Fill each drawer or section with a different tea. You can buy a tea sampler or, if you’re like me, you could fill it with tea from your own cabinet.
  4. Voilà! You have a holiday tea calendar that you can use every year.