Tag Archives: Tea

European Etymology Maps


A great set of maps showing the etymological origins of various words in European languages. Interesting to see how the families group together…or don’t.


And lots more here.


Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik is a Malaysian beverage, with the name translating as ‘pulled tea’:

The mixture is poured back and forth repeatedly between two vessels from a height, giving it a thick frothy top. This process cools the process fluid (tea) to optimal drinking temperatures, and helps to thoroughly mix the tea with the condensed milk.


Self-Stirring Tea Cup

This self-stirring teacup by Florian Dussopt and Julie Girard is designed to help you enjoy the last bit of your tea. You know, when the dregs are there and you need to stir them up. The little ball whips around its little track with a little help from you and stirs everything up.

[via KN]

Physicists Create Perfect Coffee Mug


Physicists at the Fraunhofer Institute have designed a coffee mug that cools your coffee down to the ‘ideal’ temperature and keeps it there for about a half hour. From the article:

The key for this magic trick is physics and PCM—phase change material—an extraordinary substance used in construction and winter clothing. PCM is capable of storing and releasing heat or cold.

In its original state it is a solid but. Then, when it receives heat, it absorbs it like a sponge liquifying into a gooey wax. As the PCM solidifies it releases the energy at a steady pace, keeping any liquid or room at the perfect temperature. In houses, they achieve this by filling hollow walls with PCM, which absorbs heat from the sun, and then releases it as the atmosphere cools down, keeping the room at a perfect temperature.

It seems to me that all materials change phase. If you wanted to keep the liquid at 0 degrees Celsius, you could use water as a ‘PCM’. But that doesn’t sound as impressive…

[via Gizmodo]

Royal Tea


These royal teabags were designed by a German firm, Donkey Products. “A hot bath for just you and Prince William? A dream which comes true at last. Relax with a cup of tea in the bosom of England’s royal family. Make it real: let’s TeaParty! “

[via LikeCOOL]