Double-Walled Glass Gaiwan on Kickstarter

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Gaiwan  makes 6 ounces of tea

In 10 days, gaiwan innovator Craighton Berman will breathe a sigh of relief – but until then his Kickstarter campaign to create an innovative brewer will leave him breathless.

Donors have pledged $35,000 of the $40,000 he is seeking to manufacture the first versions of Tea Maker No1, a minimalist tea brewer of porcelain and glass. Projections and the positive media coverage he is receiving indicate the project will succeed, but only time will tell.

WTN160809_ART_TeaMaker Stills-3 -lo resThe style is inspired by the Chinese gaiwan, a traditional brewing vessel that holds small quantities of tea for successive short infusions, said Berman. The double-walled brewer is blown borosilicate glass that holds 6 oz (175 ml), slightly more traditional gaiwans. The accompanying porcelain pitcher holds 9 oz (270 ml).

“The quantity of tea used depends on the variety, but often falls within 3–6 grams: enough room for the leaves to open fully yet fill the gaiwan at the end,” he said.

WTN160809_ART_TeaMaker Stills-8-lo resHe is working with Chicago-based Spirit Tea, which will ship some of its black, oolong and green teas with the brewers (the quantity and number of teas depends on the amount donated). If successful, manufacturing in China will begin in September with a ship date of December.

This is Berman’s fifth Kickstarter venture. His most successful, a pour-over coffee maker, raised $100,000, according to a report in The Chicago Tribune.

WTN160809_ART_TeaMaker Stills-10-lo res“(I’m) taking just a small step to the side with tea in that coffee shop, kind of warm-beverage space, playing with similar rituals. But it’s a logical step,” he told the newspaper. “It opens up permission to take larger and larger steps outside that space.”

Source: Kickstarter, Spirit Tea, Chicago Tribune


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Dan Bolton edits STiR Tea & Coffee Industry International. He was formerly editor and publisher of World Tea News and former editor and publisher of Tea Magazine and former editor-in-chief of Specialty Coffee Retailer. He is a beverage retail consultant and frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. His work has appeared in many beverage publications. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years prior to his career in magazines. Dan is the founding editor of Natural Food magazine and has led six publishing ventures since 1995. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada.