Food and Beverage Travel

Tea lovers, Qterra Novo lets you sip on your trip

There’s something about having that preferred caffeinated beverage to kick the workday off right. And those who like toting their tea with them can now do so without using a travel mug – sort of.

The creator of Qterra Novo says in the video that this product is not a travel mug, but it does appear that it’s typically used that way. The mobile tea-making mug lets users store tea leaves in the cup at the bottom of the unit. Then hot water gets poured into the top of the unit, and it can be stashed in a backpack, purse, or briefcase. When ready for the tea, press the button for the amount of time that is desired for the tea to brew. Steeping can take as little as 10 seconds, depending on desired tea-flavor robustness. Tea can be re-steeped up to six times per day. One especially interesting feature is the straw that acts as a cooling system for hot tea. It cools 1.5 ounces of tea at a time to the “perfect” drinking temperature, while the rest of the water stays hot until ready for drinking.

This product may have more of a regional appeal since it was inspired by the history of Argentina, China, and an apparent aversion to travel mug association. However, anyone who enjoys tea might find it interesting to try. It’s portability will be especially appealing to commuters. Backers may also be interested in Espro Travel Press,  Trimr, and KoffeePress campaigns. This campaign seeks to raise $150,000. Backers get one product for $25 with an expected delivery in March 2015.

Food and Beverage

Recyclable shaker cup lets you toss one back, toss one out

For those who don’t like swallowing all those nutritional supplements in pill form, there are nutritional drinks that help to make up the difference where healthy lifestyle is concerned. The creators of Go-Shake know firsthand that a busy lifestyle can mean that those drinks become an on-the-go item. And when the cup doesn’t get cleaned in a timely manner, it can be a pretty gross sight and smell. So this product idea offers a disposable cup that is specifically designed for those nutritional drinks that require measuring out powder and mixing with the appropriate liquid.  The cup has a standard metric scale printed on the side, and the “shaker breaker” does the mixing for the user. The lid has a re-sealable plug that allows for easy shaking, drinking and transport.

The 24 oz cup seems like it would be suitable for most drinks and the product seems very convenient overall. This campaign seeks to raise $9,200 by December 7, 2014. For $19, backers get a 20 pack of the product with an expected delivery of January 2015.

Food and Beverage Travel

Espro Travel Press presses together three different brewing methods

Here is an item for coffee and tea connoisseurs who are typically too busy to wait for that perfectly brewed cup of caffeinated delight. Espro Travel Press blends brewer, travel mug, and thermos in one. This revamped travel mug includes a filtration system so that hot water can simply be poured over coffee or tea leaves. But it also has a function for those who prefer to use the coffee press or tea press methods so those aromatic oils can be enjoyed, and the double micro-filters mean no grit to interfere with one’s enjoyment.

The double lid prevents leaks in backpacks, purses or briefcases, and since extraction is automatically stopped and the container is made of vacuum insulated stainless steel, coffee or tea stays hot for hours. It appears that the mug will fit the average cup holder in a car, though the circumference is not specifically stated. Still, the Espro Travel Press offers versatility and convenience to anyone who really values their morning beverage. This campaign seeks to raise $15,000 by December 21, 2014. Early bird backers get one product for $35 with an expected delivery of March 2015.


Folder-sized Memobottle makes your water refillable, refileable


Here’s an interesting idea: a rectangular water bottle. Yes, Memobottle allows those who like to carry their water with them an opportunity for potentially easier toting of their water for the conservation-conscious briefcase-toting rowd, Available in the the length and width of different standard paper sizes, Memobottle may be a fun design, but it seems like this could really weigh down a briefcase at the larger sizes and be awkward to drink from the front. Nevertheless, backers can hydrate with this flat flask for $22 AUD with an expected delivery of December 2014.


Smash Cup makes life more convenient for coffee drinkers

Smash CupMobile java might be the primary reason why corporate America is able to begin its day at around 8am or so.  But what to do with that travel coffee mug when the black gold that it contains is all gone? Likely inspired by travel cups designed to help with the consumption of drugs other than caffeine, Smash Cup suggests putting it in one’s pocket or purse. The leak-proof treasure trove shrinks from 5” to 1.75” and comes in multiple colors. It’s compactness and dishwasher-friendlinesse may be appealing to many coffee drinkers, but the inventors will have to prove the $15 value to those who rack up the points on their Starbucks app. Expected delivery would be October 2014.