WHETHER YOU are a tea or coffee drinker, technology is helping you get closer to making the perfect cup in the privacy of your home. A new tea-making device is about to hit the market and promises to brew the perfect cuppa, according to Gizmag. And who knows more about tea leaves and enjoyment of chai than Indians? Developed by Chai Master, a company owned by Pratima and Jitu Jeshav, the device, Craftea, is meant to simplify the preparation process, while, at the same time, extracting as much flavour as possible from the ingredients. The unit uses the company’s proprietary ‘Vortex’ technology, which makes use of a magnetically-coupled stirrer in the centre of the kettle. The device is inductively heated around the bottom half, which increases efficiency and safety, as the top part is not heated. The stirrer action creates a faster, more dynamic fusion process, extracting as much flavour as possible from the tea without shredding the contents. The stirrer action is also designed to prevent the kettle from boiling over. The device produces up to four cups and pre-programmed settings for various tea types make it possible to prepare a range of tea-based drinks, including tea lattes, cocktails and herbal infusions. Technology allows the user to make their perfect cuppa and then save the brew settings for the next cup.
Technology is taken a step further with a new coffeemaker called Mr Coffee Smart Optimal Brew. The device is part of a line of products arising out of a partnership between Belkin and Jarden Consumer Solutions. The Mr Coffee Smart Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91WE, to give its full name, is a drip coffeemaker, which brews coffee at industry-accepted guidelines for temperature and speed. It comes with a water filter, a removable reservoir and an indicator that tells you when cleaning is needed. It can make up to 10 cups at a time, but here’s the catch: it can only be programmed from your smart device and not from the machine itself. And, if you forgot to charge your phone or left it at work, there’s no way to manually program the machine. So much for technology.