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You’d better sit down. Someone is trying to change the way the Brits drink tea. Loose tea has already been overthrown by the move to teabags, but now an inventor is marketing a new almost instant tea capsule. Progress, or sacrilege? Leslie Gort-Barten of appliance company Dualit told Britain’s Telegraph, We’re the new tea pioneers. When the tea bag was invented, people said, ‘Why bother when loose tea is fine?’ We’re going to shake up the market just like the tea bag before us. Dualit’s capsule is engineered to deliver a high-quality cup of tea that it hopes will appeal to the demanding British tea drinkers. The capsules come filled with black tea and also herbal varieties. We see the herbal tea market as being a fast-growing sector, says Gort-Barten. Here in the U.S., Mindy Kelly of Mrs Kelly’s Tea in Minnesota agrees that herbal blends are hot. I have seen a big trend in people actually feeling creative and enjoying choosing their own custom blends, she says. There are never-ending combinations to be created. Mrs Kelly’s encourages customers to be very creative when it comes to their tea. You can visit us and have us blend any tea you may like. If you want something different and are stumped on what to do, we have a suggested list of eight tea bases, 21 herbs, and 20 different extracts you can choose from to create your own blend, Kelly explains. Has she stumbled on any flavors mixes that just did not work? Yes, she admits. Probably the worst was beer-flavored tea that we created for a local Viking football team webpage. On the other hand, fruit seems to complement tea’s tannins, she says, and those are very popular. The company’s best-seller? Its Celebration Holiday Tea, a Ceylon tea flavored with cinnamon, orange peel, cranberries, and vanilla. We entered this tea in an international blind tasting, says Kelly. There were over 200 entries in the flavored black tea category, and we won second place, missing first by just half a point. Don’t expect to find Mrs Kelly’s tea in a high-tech capsule anytime soon, though. The company proudly sells loose tea. Photo: Sally Stopper
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