The Mercury

Tea from spray can means no soggy bags

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IF THERE is one thing the British enjoy, it is a good cup of tea and one drinks maker has come up with an unusual way of making the brew – sprayed into a cup from an aerosol can.

No More Tea Bags is prebrewed and dispensed from an aluminium spray can. Drinkers squirt a small amount of the concentrat­ed tea into a cup, and add hot water and milk.

“It was really about just trying to make a better cup of tea,” said maker Guy Woodall, whose Yum Cha Drinks company sells iced tea. “Of course there’s an element of convenienc­e with this and not having a soggy tea bag to get rid of.”

Woodall uses wine-making equipment to make the equivalent of a giant pot of tea to produce the spray, one can of which yields about 20 cups of average strength tea. “I started developing it in glass… The trouble was we had to use chemical preservati­ves and I didn’t want to do that,” he said. “I realised that… you could put the tea in (an aerosol can) in a sterile condition and it’s… isolated from the atmosphere.”

The product has triggered confusion and outrage among British tea drinkers, some taking to Twitter and jokingly labelling it “evil” or using the hash tag “#teaheresy”. Ultimately, though, the product may lose out to consumers’ increasing­ly discerning tastes.

“There’ll be a lot of people who’d probably love… this flavour and this convenienc­e,” said Jemma Swallow, the cofounder of The Tea Box. “But I think as people are demanding more from their tea, I think this market may get smaller.”

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No More Tea Bags has triggered confusion and outrage among British tea drinkers.

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