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Teabag Mangle

mangle teabags and extract more flavour
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Once they have been swirled around the cup a few times, soggy teabags emerge as a bit of a nuisance. They also get thrown away while still retaining much of their potency. A Teabag Mangle can resolve both of these issues. Here's how it works:
Before spin driers, many washing machines had a clothes mangle.
These simple devices squeezed the damp clothes between two rubber rollers, which were rotated by means of a basic hand operated action.

Teabag Mangle is a reduced version of this device.
No larger than a standard music cassette, the mangle is made from machined aircraft grade aluminium parts, held together with small recessed torx head bolts to allow for easy dismantling. Wet tea bags are inserted at one end of the mangle, passing between the wind up motorised rollers to emerge almost totally dry on the retractable extension tray. Being fully adjustable, Teabag Mangle can fit, and holds securely across the top of any size of cup.

The resulting extra liquid tea is used to either generate an additional brew for a second person; added to an existing cup to make it even stronger; or stored for future use.

No respectable teabag drinker should ever be without their Teabag Mangle.

xenzag, Jan 08 2019


       // machined aircraft grade aluminium //   

       Although we approve the principle, tea is markedly acidic, and even heavily anodized aluminium alloy will be at risk of corrosion.   

       We suggest, at a minimum, 18/8 stainless steel, although 304SS would be better.   

8th of 7, Jan 08 2019

       I had no idea till now what that dohickey was called until today. Thank you, Sir Xenzag, for enlightening me.
blissmiss, Jan 09 2019

       Your tea will taste bitter and nasty.
Voice, Jan 09 2019

       Just like [xenzag], then.
8th of 7, Jan 09 2019

       Starts crying to make 8th happy....
xenzag, Jan 09 2019

       <Recalls [xen]'s tragic story of suffering at the hands of a rotten sadistic bastard maths teacher/>   

       <Tries to resolve conflict between benefit of witty annotation and inexplicable impulse to be nice to [xen]/>   

       <Falls over, twitches/>
8th of 7, Jan 09 2019

       Is there a video I can show to my cats?
xenzag, Jan 09 2019

       We have two we will be delighted to send you. Chose from the video of a cloaked and hooded figure performing a real version of the Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment, or the recording from a GoPro action camera fixed to the front of the steamroller that some unknown agency mysteriously allowed to run amok at the Supreme Cat Show at the N.E.C. Birmingham.   

       Think of them as teaching aids; like road safety for kids, but with more entrails visible.
8th of 7, Jan 09 2019

       It's you twitching on the floor we are waiting for. The other ideas are too cartoonish and below standard. The floor twitching offer is good though. Work on perfecting that.
xenzag, Jan 09 2019

       All right people! Let me see you all torx your heads for the soggy sounds of Teabag Mangle!
bungston, Jan 10 2019

       As soon as I saw the title of this idea, I thought "I should make a teabag mangle! Why haven't I made a teabag mangle already?"   

       My thought was it would be handheld, and you'd squeeze it manually, like a pair of wrought-iron shears, but with rollers on the ends.   

       Then I read the annotations on the teabag centrifuge idea, and there was a mention that squeezing the teabag would result in bad-tasting tea.   

       Experimentation is in order…
notexactly, Jan 15 2019

       I usually squeeze mine between a pair of spoons held above the cup of tea... I've had some bad experiences with the bags ripping. I worry about the robustness of the teabags holding up to a mangle. You'd want a filter of some sort on the end to catch any stray leaves.
21 Quest, Jan 15 2019


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