Amongst our discoveries of cool – different – designs – we came across this little gem.  Designer Soon Mo Kang came up with this fun idea – Hanger Tea – a teabag shaped like a t-shirt on a hanger.  The hanger ofourse is to serve as a hook on your cup.  Fun idea – not sure it would ever become your standard tea purchase?


Huh?  This gets ranked in the category of bizarre inventions – or better yet – why?  Well, Russian industrial designer Anton Schnaider created the ad you see here.  His plan was that the tobacco portion of the cigarette would be filled with tea leaves and that the filter would float so that there wouldn’t be a need for a string.  In the grand scheme of healthy tea – I’m not quite sure this is the marketing tactic I would take – but the idea never went beyond pen and paper as far as I can tell…what a relief!

The hot days of summer are upon us and with that the instinct to grab an ice cold drink. The truth of the matter is that a hot beverage in the heat is what will actually cool you down.  I know, I know, counter-intuitive for us – but it’s true.  By bringing your inner temperature up to your outer temperature, your body actually manages to cool itself.  I could tell you all about your body needing to maintain it’s core temperature and the effect that temperature has on the hypothalamus – but just look at the Bedouin’s in the dessert.  These desert living nomads live in the hottest place in the world – the Sahara can reach up to 58 C – and their beverage of choice…you guessed it…hot tea.

For those of you that still aren’t buying it – Just Ice It!  That’s right – take your favourite tea and chill it – it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Iced Tea
Steep 6 tsp of your favourite tea –  in 1/2 litre of boiled water.
Remove tea and sweeten to taste.
Top with 1/2 litre of cold water OR fill pitcher with ice cubes.
Voila!  Iced tea.