• 20Feb

    Smar Tea Teapot. Smar Tea? Smarty? Get it?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought too. But, ooh-la-la, this sexy teapot makes up for the silly-pun-name with its stylish curves:

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    Smar Tea Teapot

    Gadizmo describes it thus:

    Calling all design nerds! WMF is delivering another home goody courtesy of Metz and Kindler Product Design, the dynamic duo responsible for injecting sleek elements into simple, logical designs. The Smar Tea Teapot (you know you love a good pun) is a beautiful addition to the collection — made of heat-resistant glass and a matte stainless finish, the teapot makes brewing and serving tea a cinch. A mesh strainer insert clicks in and out of place for easy removal after steeping, replaced with a lid afterwards to help keep the tea warm while serving.


    From ProductWiki:

    The Smar Tea teapot is a unique fusion of modernity and classic design. The teapot takes all your concerns into consideration with a heat-resistant glass carafe and a lid which, when removed, also removes the tea strainer so the tea can stay in the carafe without getting stronger. The surprising kicker to the Smar Tea teapot is how the water in the carafe stays heated. The bottom of the teapot is a stainless steel warmer stand with a small cutout for a tea light. This small candle keeps the teapot temperate and adds an unexpected twist to a relatively simple product. The Smar Tea teapot was designed by the Metz and Kindler design team for WMF, based out of Germany. Their design philosophy focuses on product design that is both logical and simple and uses the basics of human behavior as their starting point for inspiration.

    Of course, it’s a bit expensive. (There seems to be a trend here with the sexy tea stuff that catches my eye.) Most sites list it as $137, but Amazon.com is offering it for $99.

    *sigh*

    I guess I’ll just oggle it from afar for now.

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  • 25Jan

    Yet another sexy tea maker, this one from Eva Solo, comes with it very own little neoprene jacket:


    Available from Amazon.com:

    The tea brewer features a unique, patented filter system and a drip-free spout with flip-top lid that snaps open automatically for easy pouring. Insulated, zippered cover keeps tea hot.

    Unfortunately, it’s pricey ($140) and most of the reviews I’ve seen of this item have been fairly negative. Apparently the mechanism for stopping the brewing process doesn’t work as it should. That’s too bad, because the design is lovely, and I’d be tempted to add it to my collection, even if I didn’t use it much.

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  • 21Jan

    Wow. Add this sexy new samovar to the list of lovelies I’d like to try:

    According to Latest Trends in Home Appliances:

    Tea fans will appreciate the inner workings and the history behind SAM, Russia’s Man Works Design’s samovar makeover. Traditional samovars are ornate brass urn-shaped containers that heat water from the inside out – solid fuel in the middle, water in the surrounding container. SAM functions the same way but eschews the 18th century look in favor of a distinctly modern design.

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  • 21Jan

    I first saw the Zarafina tea maker at a local outlet of Le Gourmet Chef. The $149 price tag shooed me away, even as I lusted after the lovely design.

    According to the box, this automatic tea maker will steep both loose and bagged teas, up to 16 ounces at a time. There are built-in settings for black, oolong, green, white or herbal teas, so that you get the correct steep time (and water temperature) for each kind of tea. You can also adjust it  to your strength (mild to strong) preference.

    Mad Pots of Tea has an interesting review:

    But I wanted to say something more to my readers…about WHY I use the Zarafina Tea Maker Suite, and HOW it has changed my tea-making habits. To do this, I had to live with this machine for months, which furthered the delay in writing this review. So, how has Zarafina influenced the Tea Drinking Habits of Madam Potts?

    Check out Madam Potts’ entry to find out exactly how it changed her habits. Also check out Kitchen Contraption’s, GongFu Girl’s and E. M. Quardokus’ excellent reviews.
    The tea maker is available on Amazon.com right now for $89.99 and free shipping. That’s enough to make me consider getting one for my new home office.

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