New tea travel tumbler concept lets you control steeping process 0

Earlier this month, Joey Landford with The Tea Merchant presented his new tea travel tumbler concept at the Coffee and Tea Expo in NYC. The product is still under development, but they plan to launch a Kickstarter in May to raise funds for final tooling and production. The tumbler is pretty neat and would definitely interest tea and coffee drinkers, especially when you’re on the go.

The main concept behind this tumbler is to allow you to control the steeping process.

It works like a reverse tea press. Instead of pressing tea down allowing it to continually steep (and ruin the taste), it will pull the tea up inside the lid, outside of the water, stopping the steeping process.

The convenient design allows you to enjoy your tea or coffee on the go, without the need of removing the infuser or taking off the lid. Since you control the steeping process, there’s no over-steeped bitter tea or over-pressed coffee.

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Interesting features include:

  • Two openings on the lid, one for drinking and one for pouring in liquid
  • Pac-man shaped infuser, which allows liquid to pass through the middle of the infuser when drinking so to not steep the tea further when you drink
  • Fine stainless steel mesh to hold loose leaf tea or even coffee grinds
  • Click in and pop up rod to pull and lock the infuser up inside the lid to stop steeping, or release the infuser back into the tumbler to steep further
  • Bottom compartment for storing extra tea, coffee, sugar, etc.

Here’s the latest prototype of the tumbler. Visit their website for more information on the tumbler and the Kickstarter. What are your thoughts?

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Hydroponic Systems For Home Gardening 0

Ever think about growing your own herbs and vegetables at home? If you don’t have an outdoor yard, have limited space in your balcony or windowsill, or simply want to avoid the mess of dealing with soil, you can take a look into hydroponic gardening instead. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. There’s many hydroponic gardening systems available in the market. You can also build one yourself. There’s lots of DIY tutorials out there. Meanwhile, here’s two systems that I’ve come across.

Sage Living Wall makes vertical hydroponic gardening systems for homes. They offer a wall mounted herb garden. It measures 10″ by 10″ and can hold 12 individual herb plants. The system consists of a wooden frame and a cartridge made of a mineral fiber called rock wool. The rock wool serves as the growing medium instead of soil. Looking at the instructions, it seems very easy to use. The cartridge is removed, watered, and then placed back in the frame. It works best between 65-76 degree F and 60% relative humidity. Simply place it in a spot at home that gets moderate to direct light. Takes up little space. You can just hang it on the wall and pick the herbs right off it when they are ready.

If you have a little more space in your home, you can invest in a Tower Garden. The Tower Garden is an aeroponic vertical garden for growing vegetables and fruits. Aeroponics doesn’t involve a growing medium but instead uses an air/mist environment. The Tower Garden stands 5 feet tall and can fit up to 20 plants.