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    Posted on Oct 29, 2015

    Here's What An Obsessive Tea Drinker Thinks Of The New "Nespresso For Tea" Machine

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    Last week, I tried out a new intelligent tea infuser called Teforia. It's like the Nespresso of tea.

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    Teforia uses special loose leaf tea capsules with wireless "RFID" tags in the lid. These tags store information like that particular tea's ideal brewing temperature.

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    Eventually you'll be able to tap the pod on the machine, which will then calibrate its settings accordingly.

    Teforia

    The prototype I demo'd didn't have the feature implemented yet.

    You can completely control Teforia's settings through the app.

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    Each tea has a standard profile. Its caffeine intensity, flavor, and antioxidant levels can be adjusted to your preferences.

    The app is full of information about different varietals of tea and how you should brew them.

    Teforia
    Teforia

    You can also keep a log of which teas you've tried. The app will remember the custom preferences you set for each brew.

    Then you dump the pod's contents into Teforia's clear little brewing bowl, press start, and watch it go to work.

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    You can, of course, brew hot tea with the device but Teforia founder Allen Han programmed it not to heat the water for my cup, which I initially thought was weird because tea, duh. He explained that the machine was essentially creating cold brew coffee (brewed cold and never heated), but with tea leaves instead.

    Apparently the lack of hot water reduces the tea's caffeine content. Less caffeine makes for a less bitter, sweeter, smoother tea.

    The loose tea leaves endure several rounds of bubbling, which you can watch through the brewing bowl's clear, double-paned glass. The whole process takes less than five minutes.

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    After the brewing process is done, the tea fills the glass vessel below.

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    Finally, it's time to serve and taste.

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    I seriously questioned the legitimacy of "cold" (aka room temp tea). But the Teforia-infused tea was as smooth and silky as promised.

    As a control group, Allen used the traditional cold brew method and swirled around some loose leaves in a cup, then let it sit while we brewed tea in the Teforia. The Teforia-brewed tea was undeniably more flavorful.

    Because it was cold, the tea didn't give me warm, cozy sweater feels, but it was still damn good.

    It had a slightly savory taste that could even be described as buttery. A mug with a green tea bag, when left unattended, can turn bitter very quickly – a taste that's all too familiar to my buds. This cup didn't have a trace of bitterness. It was perfect.

    The fact that it wasn't loaded with a bunch of caffeine was pretty cool, too. I wasn't afraid of losing any sleep over a late afternoon tea break.

    But then I found out how much the Teforia cost and nearly lost my sh*t.

    You can get the early-bird price of $649 if you're one of the first 500 to purchase Teforia, but for everyone else it's $1,299. Thirteen. Hundred. Actual. Dollars.

    I am tea's biggest fan. I love tea. I drink it every single day. I enjoy the ritual of making it a little bit too much. I know how easy it is to burn tea or oversteep it. But a price on par with restaurant-grade espresso machines for the perfect cup? Probably not worth it.

    Teforia looks like a spaceship. It's beautiful, and I'm sure it will make someone, somewhere very happy. If you appreciate ~tea as a craft~ and love nice things, then this is for you. If not, there are some great high tech-ish options for under $100.

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