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May 03, 2014, 12:35 IST | Agencies

Now make that perfect cup of tea with the $13,000 (Rs 78k) vacuum powered tea maker

London: The art of making the perfect cup of tea has, until now, been relatively untouched by technology. But a US firm has unveiled, what it claims, is the way to make a perfect cup every time. The only downside for tea aficionados is the price — $13,000 (Rs 78,000).

According to Dean Vastardis, co-founder of the firm Bkon which made the device, a patented Reverse Atmospheric Infusion process infuses beverages through controlled negative pressure.

“Other brewing methods and devices pull or push water through the tea,” he said. “Reverse Atmospheric Infusion actually changes the air pressure, so the soluble flavour elements and natural sugars are extracted more completely and with greater purity.”

The firm claims that reverse atmospheric infusion changes the physics of extraction by controlling negative atmospheric pressure during the infusion process. Gases are released from the pores of the tea to create a void for the water to infuse.

The boiling temperature
of the water is reduced to accelerate agitation at a molecular level. This process targets and extracts optimal elements of tea at key phases of the brew cycle, producing a unique clean finish and full body mouth feel.

The machine isn’t on sale just yet, but it is being tested at a small number of cafés for a little while now, including Starbucks’ Teavana pilot store in New York.

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