Mirror tea cup mimicks its surroundings perfectly

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 19 January 2015

Japanese design studio D-Bros has created a mirrored-surface porcelain cup and patterned saucer set that ensures that the cup always matches the saucer. How simple and elegant. It makes for cool cups that are always updating their look no matter what surface they sit on.

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There’s a goldfish in my tea! Now you can turn any teacup into a charming fish bowl

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 18 November 2014

We’ve all seen and had the tasty cheddar snack Goldfish as children. As adults, here is a more sophisticated goldfish to have swim around your teacup. Charm Villa is responsible for this clever tea infuser. Before hot water hits these teabags, they don’t resemble much of anything. Then, as soon as the kettle’s done and you pour your water, the magic happens.

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Tea and kittens will remove the daily stress from office environments

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Monday 27 October 2014

Since the office can be a stressful place, you should always have a website you visit to relax and take five. Some might choose Reddit, others might choose Digg, and let’s face it, the more intelligent office workers will select Lost at E Minor to browse while neglecting work. But if you’re looking for a fluffier website, a place where you’ll feel on cloud nine and like your stress is just washing away, may I suggest you visit Tea and Kittens.

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Now you can stick a tongue into hot water and make tea

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 22 September 2014

We’ve seen all types of tea infusers, but this one, we have to say, really takes the cake. You can now literally stick this red tongue into a mug water and drink tea out of it. Made out of food-grade silicone, the 3.5 x 1.5 x 4 inch tongue is dishwasher safe too. Which means […]

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Brewing tea in this pot is like watching a 3D movie

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Part sculpture, part tea pot, Sorapot 2 will change the way you perform your daily tea ceremony. Instead of uneventfully dumping your tea leaves and waiting for it to brew, the Sorapot 2’s glass chamber lets you see the tea leaves unfold right before your eyes.

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Tea bags transform stressful symbols into calm ones when dipped in hot water

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 28 May 2014

Malaysian tea company BOH collaborated with ad agency M&C Saatchi in creating a cost-effective but adorable campaign to promote the relaxing effect of their chamomile tea.

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Only in India: Man arrested for ‘suspicious’ tea-drinking

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Restaurant owner Vijav Patil was grabbing a half glass of tea in the morning at a tea stall in Kolhapur, India, when he was arrested by police for drinking tea ‘in a suspicious manner’ under a law that allows preventative detention of someone suspected of being about to commit a crime. Thankfully, the judge had […]

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A calendar you can make 365 tea blends out of

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 21 May 2013

In 1920, T.S. Eliot mused in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”. Now, in this day and age, German tea brand Hälssen & Lyon’s tea calendar lets you tear off dates made from 1mm-thin slabs of compressed tea — and brew ’em. This means you […]

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Cute tea package: your cup is a hot tub

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Wednesday 8 May 2013

This is the cutest tea packaging I’ve ever seen. These little characters are designed by WDARU to fit in a normal sized tea cup to hold your tea bag in place. Let these friends take a relaxing bath while you enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. There’s a school bus version, a business man set, and even […]

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Morrissey talking about tea in Victoria Wood’s BBC documentary

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 23 April 2013

In the recent BBC documentary Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup Of Tea, Morrissey had an opinion about everything tea-related (‘Nobody ever says, I’ll make you a horrible cup of tea’) or not (‘The reason why Hitler didn’t get us was because of tea and nothing else’). It’s all perfectly mundane and completely fascinating at the same […]

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Cynical Tea Bags

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Monday 22 October 2012

If you’re feeling a little down on the world and tea is your pick me up, your life is about to get a whole lot better. The aptly named Cynical Tea Bags are a line of humorously packaged tea for all types of occasions. You can now Erase Your Past, Get Along With Your Co-Workers, […]

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Afternoon tea at London’s Mandeville Hotel

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By Bridget Barnett in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 19 April 2012

Zandra Rhodes (aka the fashion designer with the trademark shocking pink bob) has teamed up with pastry chef, Bruce Marais, to design The Mandeville, a hotel hangout for afternoon tea. Even better, the afternoon tea includes ZR cups: chocolate fashioned into little cups filled with bright purple whipped coffee cream. Yum!

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Crabtree and Evelyn gets a makeover

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By Rosie Milton in New Food and Packaging on Friday 17 September 2010

This month sees the relaunch of Crabtree & Evelyn’s fine food range under a new packaging design by Smith and Milton. In response to a challenging brief to inject life and character back into the brand, Smith and Milton delved deep into the Crabtree & Evelyn archives and found generations of beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, reworking them into an opulent wrapping to deliver stunning results.

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Ineeka teas

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By Anna Trier in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 3 June 2010

As tea geek, I could go on and on about the purity of the flavor found in Ineeka teas, and describe nuances in a vocabulary usually reserved for wine cellars. However, I am just going to tell you that it is good. Real good! Ineeka is the only tea company in North America that grows its own tea and they use a bio-dynamic growing system to do so (think fair trade and organic growing, but super sized).

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Monkey Picked Tea

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 13 April 2010

Chinese legend has it that the most delicious wild tea leaves grow on steep hillsides, inaccessible to humans. So why not train monkeys to go get the tea for you? In one remote mountain village region of China, this incredible tradition continues, where monkeys are specially trained to climb and collect the tea on the mountain face. The result?

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