We all grab a cuppa tea on the go at some point. And a lot of us add sugar to it, mostly from little packets sitting on counters and tables in cafes. Did you know that just one major coffee chain creates 8 million pounds of sugar packet waste each year in the United States? I hate to think what the amount is worldwide for all sugar packets. This made me think about just how much do I create with my little tea with milk and sugar addiction. (We’ll ignore the tea bag problem for now.)
Well, a brilliant and poised 16-year-old young woman, Hayley Hoverter, from East Los Angeles saw this when she was 6 years old and decided to come up with a solution – Sweet Dissolve. I was watching The Nerdist tonight on BBC America, and they had Hayley on as part of a segment highlighting projects from the LA Science Fair. I wish she had a website already to talk about her patented invention, but a simple search lead me to some videos of her talking about Sweet Dissolve. Basically they’re little triangle shaped organic sugar “packets” wrapped in an organic dissolvable starch. The “wrapper” disappears as you stir in your sugar, and the the wrapper doesn’t add any calories or flavor. And she plans to sell it in dispensers and packaging made of bamboo (a highly renewable resource) that also acts as a natural desiccate. Sweet!
I instantly wanted to try them out, but they’re not on the market yet! They’re currently in a pilot project in South California (6 hours from me – a tad too far just for a cup of tea).
Here’s Haley on CBS LA talking about Sweet Dissolve, and you can see what one of the packets looks like.
Here’s Hayley Hoverter presenting her business plan at the finals of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. She’s currently in talks with the CEO of FUBU, Daymond John, (seen in the video) about investing in her company and taking it out of pilot stage.
Looks like Lady Gaga love tea just like us. But what’s the story behind Lady and her teacup? As you can probably tell, I love tea (and Lada Gaga) more than your average girl. But Lady is consistently photographed with a teacup, and I’m not sure if any two are alike. (Oh how jealous I am if she has a teacup collection that rivals mine.)
The picture to the right is from a recent trip to London, but she was also spotted with a Royal Dalton Old Country Roses teacup at the Grammys this past Sunday. Lady is all about symbolism in her costumes/outfits, so it wouldn’t surprise me if these little teacups mean something more.
So what do you think, is she a tea freak like us or does is it a symbol of something more?
It’s been said that the geeks shall inherit the earth, but I wasn’t expecting them to take over the tea market. CNet has reported that uber geek Chris Pirillo and Mighty Leaf Tea have teamed up to create a tea aimed at the brand loyal geek market. If you doubt their brand loyalty, just take a look at the Apple fans. According to CNet:
Pirillo has partnered with Might Leaf Tea Company to invent Geekalicious, a signature tea that bears his likeness. It’s a genmaicha-like tea, and like most genmaicha, it has rice puffs that combine with the other natural tea flavors to give it a refreshing character.
I haven’t had a chance yet to taste test this mighty little venture, but it sounds like it might be a refreshing pick-me up that will perk you up just enough so you can complete 100 lines of code without the jitteriness of coffee.
Ever wondered why tea leaves gather at the bottom of your tea cup? Einstein did too, especially since they didn’t follow the laws of centrifugal force. Newsday.com has a nice article that explains it all.
According to Einstein, the leaves’ motion reveals the circulation of water in the cup. Stirring makes the water spin around a central axis, and spiral out from the center. But the water down below is slowed by friction with the cup’s bottom; its spin is weakened. The rotation difference creates a circulation system in the cup: Water at the top, strongly spun outward, travels down the wall and across the cup’s bottom, and then flows back up the central axis.