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A vibrating tea pad   (+2, -10)  [vote for, against]
A vibrating tea pad

Picture it; you wake up at six o' clock. You fancy a cup of tea. But you don't want heated tea; no, that would destroy the potent amino acids of the tea. As a matter of fact, you need a Vibrating Tea Pad. A stainless steel carafe sits comfortably on a rubber pad, which is fixed underneath with a mechanism akin to that of a random orbit sander. Lock the carafe down using the attached clips, which fit into two grooves on the pad. Press the button, give it a minute or two of vigorous shaking, and you have your fully steeped tea, essential oils, amino acids and all. I'm sure snobs and health aficionados would find some reason to declare that there is a good reason to add another ridiculous $40 appliance to your repertoire. Actually, I prefer hot tea, so this idea is basically useless.
-- monk, Nov 13 2007

Where's Treon?
-- 4whom, Nov 13 2007

Why did I even suggest it....
-- wagster, Nov 13 2007

Because you didn't think I'd do it.
-- monk, Nov 13 2007

I don't think it will work.
-- GutPunchLullabies, Nov 13 2007

Oh, it works. I tried it with a random orbit sander.
-- monk, Nov 13 2007

Why an orbital sander? Why not something like an ultrasonic jewelery cleaner, but in the form of a carafe?
-- phoenix, Nov 13 2007

Whatever works. We're aiming at vigorous vibration within a restricted plane.
-- monk, Nov 13 2007

//vigorous vibration within a restricted plane//

-- k_sra, Nov 13 2007

Why vibrate? Why not stir? Scientific answers only, please, rather than tea-snob hearsay.
-- Texticle, Nov 13 2007

Nothing scientific here - maybe monk, as do others, just prefers his beverage shaken, not stirred.
-- Canuck, Nov 13 2007

Did you use an unshaken carafe as a negative control? Did you use hot water as a positive control? What is your definition of 'fully steeped', besides 'sort of brown'?
-- GutPunchLullabies, Nov 13 2007

I'd just put the tea leaves in the water the night before, and leave out all the shaking. If you want it cold, "brew" it in the fridge a day or so ahead. But it is a clever method, so I'm only boning this because of the title.
-- baconbrain, Nov 13 2007

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