There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re trying to make the perfect cup of tea, but designer Christoph Lichtinger is looking to make the process a little easier (and a lot lot more mobile) for the purist. Dubbed the Green Tcult (funding through March 25), this diminutive machine is meant to control ‘falling water temperature’ and ensure that temperature-sensitive tea is automatically put into the water at the right time.
Designed primary for green tea (which Lichtinger credits with making him feel 20 years younger), the Green Tcult holds loose-leaf-saddled tea tongs over your boiled water, allowing steam to ‘condition’ the tea by opening its pores (really). When the water dips to the proper temperature for your particular tea (as set by you in two different memory selections) the Tcult releases the tea tongs (or tea bag, if you must) into the water. A timer then reminds you when it’s time to take the infuser out of the water. It works using a rechargeable battery good for a few hundred cups, and includes a charging dock.
The project had raised a measly $2000 of its $120,000 as of press time, but still has more than a month an a half to go. Green Tcult has been in development since April 2010. After the initial prototype was completed in September 2011, the company went ahead to make the circuit board and the special display. Those looking to pick up a Green Tcult of their own can pledge $79, and the product should retail for around $120 if it makes it to market.
Christoph Lichtinger, the guy behind the Green Tcult, describes himself as a designer and trained machine builder, with 25 years of experience in property development, engineering, and designing new products and having studied at the Fraunhofer Institute Stuttgart. And the product seems simple enough, so the real test will be if there are enough Lapsong Souchong drinkers on Kickstarter willing to pledge for the cause.