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By Everlasting Teas Co.
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About this project

I've been running a tea company that sells Taiwanese tea for the last 6 years and people have always asked me why I didn't sell teaware along with the tea?   My answer was that I would love to but only if I could stay true to my philosophy as a company : I would need to actually visit with the craftsmen in Taiwan and work together with them to create a custom set for Everlasting Teas. I wasn't just gonna sell widespread wholesale sets.  Granted, there's money to be made in that, but there's no uniqueness.  

So after years of searching and waiting, I finally I connected with the perfect pottery house when I was in Taiwan last Spring to create our Alpha Series.  They have over 40 years in Taiwan curating clays and we've worked together over the past 11 months to get to this point.  

 

the perfect home for Alpha Solo - your work desk
the perfect home for Alpha Solo - your work desk

I've walked through a ton of offices during my 10 years in NYC.   It's not uncommon these days to see people at their desk drinking tea, but it is more rare to find people drinking loose leaf tea. Usually, they resort to a tea bag at work so they don't have to go through some complicated process that all sorts of steeping contraptions that can create a mess.  There was a need for a functional loose leaf teaware set that actually looked good and could find a home on the workdesk and be used for daily steeping.  

So the answer was first to create a tea pot that ACTUALLY LOOKED GOOD and then second to make sure it was functional for work or at home.  Then we needed to make sure it was fit for the solo experience and have an option for a shared experience.   And we wanted the look to feel authentic, feel like a new beginning, so the name ALPHA was born. 

 

KEEP IT LOOSE LEAF

Why settle for tea bags? (which are usually the dust that falls from the actual leaves being sifted) 

We drink loose leaf to get the full experience of what it means to drink tea. The tea farmers put countless hours and dedication to craft a specific type of tea and to appreciate their labors, you gotta drink loose leaf. Experience the full aromas by letting the tea expand in your pot. Experience the strength of the leaves by steeping over and over again.  Experience the beauty of watching the leaves unfurl.   We believe that our Alpha Series is the perfect set to brew loose leaf in and can be done by beginners and connesuers alike. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we wanted this piece to speak to both the novice and connoisseur and have it fully functional in the workspace,  it needed to be one piece, which means no lid (I've seen a lot of lids break in my day when the day gets busy).   We also needed the person brewing the tea to be able to pour the tea out of the pot without it being unbearably hot.  Usually pots have some sort of bamboo piece attached to the pot so your hand does not get hot.  But we wanted to use only clay and didn't want a handle on the pot so we flared the rim on the top of the pot so that the extreme heat would not make it up to where your hand will be resting.  In conjunction with the flared rim, we have placed the spout lower than the top of the lid which does two things:

1.  It prevents the pour from traveling up close to the rim and thus keeping the heat lower than your hand

2.  It creates a way to know how much water to pour into the pot.  When pouring hot water over the leaves, once you see the water start to fill the spout, that is when you stop pouring.  This also prevents you pouring too much hot water in the pot, which could also make it too hot for your hand. 

 

 Western culture likes mugs, but to be honest, most mugs, I don't like very much.  So if I was going to create a mug, it had to be one that I actually liked so I came up with some ideas and ran them by my friends.  These were our conclusions: Medium Size, just enough to hold a brew of tea, but small enough that I could actually steep another brew or two before ending my tea session.  

 

Why The Pitcher?

When brewing tea in Taiwan, pitchers are always used when sharing tea. After the tea has been infused and since you will be using the small share cups, you need to decant the tea from the pot into the pitcher.   Then from using the pitcher, you will pour into the necessary amount of cups you are using to share.   

After designing the pot, it became easy to design the pitcher because we wanted them to be similar in look and size.  So the flare and the main body would look the same so we just needed to design how it poured.  We decided on just a slightly shallower indent in the clay for the pour than what you would normally see.  We like this because it reminds us of water flowing down from a water fall.  

 

 

The Alpha Share cups keep the same body shape of the rest of the series and although they are simple, they are well balanced and feel great to hold.

 

 

 

The Alpha Legend pot was made with the serious connoisseur and pot collector in mind.   We wanted to create a high end pot that still kept the features of our Alpha Series (spout shape from the Alpha pot and handle style from the Alpha mug.   Because it's made for the collector, we wanted to only do a limited run of 100 of these.  ONLY 100 WILL BE MADE EVER! 

 

 

 

 

Clay Type - Taiwanese Stoneware - there is NO heavy metal leeching in the clay we use and no toxins used in the process so rest assured!

Alpha pot - 200 ml filled to spout

Alpha Share cup - 40ml

Alpha Legend pot - 180 ml

"Everlasting" Chinese Characters
"Everlasting" Chinese Characters

 

"Everlasting" Chinese Characters plus stamp of # of your pot out of only 100 crafted
"Everlasting" Chinese Characters plus stamp of # of your pot out of only 100 crafted

 

 

I'm blessed to have a community of talented friends that have helped me immensely on this project.  Take a few minutes and check out their work. 

 

You should be expecting to receive your Alpha Set in September.  (perfect time for drinking tea in the fall....for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere).  The pottery house in Taiwan is awaiting our GO for production!

Our Kickstarter Campaign ends April 15

Production will begin May 1st 

Small batches will ship by June 30th

Full production will end July 30th

Shipments will arrive in New York on August 30

Shipments out for delivery in September

It is possible that they could ship out earlier than that depending on how many rewards will have to be crafted.  We will will update everyone accordingly.

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES

We are pleased to offer free shipping here in the United States

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

We can ship our Alpha Series anywhere in the world, but please note that because our sets are made of clay, they need to be packed well, and are not cheap to ship.   But remember, you are getting a unique piece of teaware that should last you a lifetime if taken care of properly so shipping costs seem slim when looked at from that angle.  

Also, please be aware that we will ship USPS which does pretty well against extra custom fees for international rewards, but that is out of our control so please think about that possibility and risk beforehand.  

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

I've been traveling, sourcing, and importing tea from Taiwan since 2011 so I've had my fair share of experience in complicated logistics. Not only have I already visited the workshop in Taiwan where Alpha is being crafted, but I've been in frequent contact with the workshop for the past year preparing for this campaign. Upon completion of the campaign, I will be flying out to Taiwan and overseeing the initial production process and will be updating all the backers during those travels. We believe we have a solid plan in place to deliver the rewards on time. That being said, every project is unique, especially when dealing with teaware that isn't widely mass produced, so if any delays occur, we will be completely transparent and will update any new timelines accordingly.

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