Tea Maker Brews Tea to Suit Mood
Tapping into the growing consumer appetite for hyper-personalisation in the food and drink space, US start-up Teplo has launched a countertop tea maker that creates a perfect brew based on the drinker's current mood.
The device collects data such as the temperature, brightness, humidity and volume of the room via integrated sensors, as well as the drinker's heart rate and body temperature, which is relayed to the machine through a touch button. It then uses this information to brew the tea in a specific way.
For example, if the drinker is tired (signalled by a slower heart rate and dim lighting), the teapot will brew the beverage at a higher temperature for a more caffeinated cuppa. Conversely, if they're stressed (indicated by a faster heart rate and warm body temperature), the device steeps the tea on a lower heat to produce a sweeter beverage – thought to reduce anxiety.
The mechanism is also able to brew a pot of tea using loose-leaf varieties. To ensure it's brewed for the correct amount of time, the leaves sit inside an infuser, which is lowered into the water when the correct temperature is reached, and rotates to ensure a balanced infusion. It's then lifted out of the drink when the desired strength is achieved.
This new kitchen gadget targets consumers seeking food and drinks with mood-boosting benefits – a collective we explore in-depth in New Architecture of Taste. For more on clever kitchen tech, read Activating At-Home Foodies and Ultrasonic Tea-Making Machine. Read The Evolving Tea Landscape for a broader view on the booming tea market.