Known as the Teforia Leaf, this infuser builds off of Teforia’s flagship product, the Teforia Classic, but is more affordable (though still not for the faint of heart at $400). Now available online at Williams-Sonoma, the Leaf works exclusively with Teforia’s Perfect Cup tea subscription “Sips,” which are smart, loose-leaf tea containers that promise to contain “the highest-quality tea on the planet.” So yes, you should be prepared to shell out quite a bit of money for your caffeine if you’re going the gourmand route.
Think of the Leaf as a Keurig (did you know they can make beer, too!), but far fancier and meant only for tea. Plus, the Sips aren’t bad for the environment; rather, these little capsules are 90 percent compostable and fully recyclable. You can also choose to make your tea with either standard or boosted caffeine levels, simply by touching a button.
“Smart kitchen tech has been in the spotlight recently for the influx of over complicated, overhyped devices that offer little beyond tech for tech’s sake — and these companies are casting a shadow on the whole industry,” said Allen Han, founder and CEO of Teforia. “By streamlining our smart technology with the Leaf, we’re able to offer a seamless, irreplicable experience to tea drinkers that makes brewing the perfect cup of tea easy and accessible.”
Teforia may be the first tea-tech company (or maybe not — did 42tea come first?), but one thing is certain: Kitchens and chefs around the world are being transformed through smart home tech in recent years, with beverages just a small part of it. There are smart toasters and trashcans, smart watches and cars. Read our smart apartment guide to learn how to put the pieces together.