Food/Beverage related Design Project:
In most western cafeterias, teas are always served in the form of tea bags. There is no doubt that tea bags bring great convenience to the consumers. However, the quality of tea is usually unsatisfying.
My goal is to make a machine that can serve top quality tea by extracting fragrance from real tea leaves. Finding a balance between automatic and manual is the crucial part of this project. The final design is not fully automatic, letting consumers add water and replace tea by themselves. By physically touching and smelling the different kinds of tea leaves, I believe consumers can establish a stronger connection with the tea and its orient culture.
This is the thinking process. I came through at least 5 different designs for the final decision. I am inspired by natural elements, such as stone and wood. These materials emit a sense of nature, which is more coherent with my design intention---allowing the user to have a deeper appreciation of such a wonderful, natural beverage.