Teavolution: spray your tea instead of brewing!
19 September 2016
No More Tea Bags is based on a new patent pending technology which allows for high quality liquid teas to be contained in an aerosol style recyclable can.
The standard tea bag has been around since 1904 and hasn’t changed much since it began appearing in kitchens across the globe. Despite its resistance to change the tea bags has its issues. For one you have to wait for your drink to brew (or mash depending on which part of the country you’re from). Then there’s the consistency problem, with it being almost impossible to make a cup of tea taste the same as the last – change the size of your mug, brewing time or strength required and it’s easy to find yourself experiencing a very different tasting drink to the one you had before. Finally you’re left with a small damp bag you need to dispose of.
After a wait of over 110 years this could all be a thing of the past however, because a teavolution is underway.
No More Tea Bags is based on a new patent pending technology which allows for high quality liquid teas to be contained in an aerosol style recyclable can. This means tea can be dispensed into a mug, hot water and milk added and the perfect cup of tea created without the need for waiting for brewing or having to mess about with and dispose of tea bags.
The most exciting aspect of the invention isn’t the convenience the can brings however but the taste benefit, as the product’s inventor, Guy Woodall, explains;
“The convenience of not having to sit around and wait for your tea to brew is a major selling point, but the technology we’ve used enables us to produce a tea with what we believe is a far superior taste to an ordinary tea bag. According to research the average tea bag is brewed for just 13 seconds, which isn’t anywhere near long enough to appreciate the flavour of real tea. The tea we use in No More Tea Bags is brewed for a full five minutes such that a fuller flavour is achieved. All you have to do to get the strength or size of tea you want is add more or less NMTB as required. Whether you want a strong but small mug of tea or a weaker large mug, NMTB caters for your exact needs, producing the perfect cuppa each and every time.”
Why move from tea bag to aerosol?
Tea bags were an accidental invention and have come to totally dominate tea sales accounting for 96 percent of the UK market. They are a compromise, a one-size fits all solution, and the tea has to be ground up into a fine dust so that flavour can be extracted in the average 13 second infusion a tea bags is given. Grinding the tea down does produce a quick brew, but at the expense of finesse and a tea bag tea is the coarsest brew possible. There is clear room for improvement.
The brand’s director, Guy Woodall, began to experiment with a liquid tea concentrate, knowing that dry tea powders that have been sold as instant tea are disappointing in flavour. There were three principal technical issues that need to be dealt with:
1. The "tea cream" - the fact that strong tea tends to cloud and then separate out leaving a deposit that contains much of the flavour, and which is removed from powdered instant tea.
2. The flavour will turn sour over time with exposure to air
3. The tea will grow mould.
The solution to these problems, which is patent pending, is as follow
1. The company maintain the tea cream in suspension using xanthan gum or carrageenan. The tea is still cloudy but becomes bright again when hot water is added, and the full flavour is retained.
2 and 3 are solved by putting the tea into an aerosol can in a sterile condition so that spoilage is prevented. Since the can is pressurised (with nitrogen gas) the tea concentrate can be dispensed without the tea in the can coming into contact with the atmosphere, so there is no contamination during use.
In this way we get a tea that is properly brewed, with portion size and strength controlled by the user, and with no soggy tea bag to dispose of. The quality of the drink is the quality of the tea that is used, and in most cases is a distinct improvement on tea bag versions, though in deference to UK consumer tastes we do also do a basic strong "builders" version as this is currently the most popular brew and which has to be made from tea bag grade tea.
It’s not just the traditional tea market that No More Tea Bags will appeal to. Alongside Original and Earl Grey varieties, there is also a Jasmine Green Tea in the range. The drink captures the taste of high quality jasmine green tea in this convenient and easy format and, as with the Earl Grey version, is created using leaf tea, rather than fannings.
For further information or to buy visit www.nomoreteabags.com