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A portable teapot to enjoy the best tea with minimal skills
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HEI is an experience tea set made of Chinese Yixing clay, which is inspired by ancient Chinese tea ceremony. DEFRONT combined Eastern and Western tea culture, redesigned tea drinking and infusion process, made it adaptable by modern life. It combines the merits of traditional tea ceremony and the convenience of using a tea bag. A Cup, a thermometer, a teapot, three simple pieces can provide an experience that traditional tea ceremony could.

HEI combines the merits of traditional tea ceremony and the convenience of using a tea bag. A Cup, a thermometer, a teapot, three simple pieces can provide an experience that traditional tea ceremony could.


 

HEI is made without glue and could be easily assembled by few steps. First step is to install handle onto thermometer. Then, add boiling water into teapot up to the guide line. Apply thermometer onto teapot and wait until water temperature drops to corresponding requirements. On the surface of thermometer, it is designed to be temperature visible for better instruction. (it has scales to help indicate the required temperature for different kinds of tea.) Add desire amount of loose tea into infuser and connect to the thermometer through magnet. Put the whole part back into the teapot and wait until tea is ready. Take off thermometer and place upside down. The disk can prevent water from running off. Now, let’s begin to explore your wonderful tea adventure.

  

Detachable Handle
Detachable Handle

 

Temperature Visible
Temperature Visible

  

Magnetic Connection
Magnetic Connection

 
U-shape Metal Top
U-shape Metal Top

  

HEI is combined by two marvelous materials of Chinese Yixing clay and 304 stainless steel. Yixing Clay is an ancient Chinese material that first being mined and applied hundreds years ago. It consists of a variety of mineral compositions and enables a better tea tasting experience. The unglazed surfaces of Yixing Clay absorb traces of beverage, creating a more complex flavor. The metal highlights the style of Minimalism and meets the needs of modern life.  

  

$58 - Super Early Bird (HEI essential pack)

$63 - Early Bird (HEI essential pack)

$68 - Kickstarter Special (HEI essential pack)

$79 - Tea Lover (HEI essential pack+3 limited Asian tea)

$110 - Early Bird X 2 (HEI essential pack X 2)

$120 - Kickstarter Special X 2(HEI essential pack X 2)

$139 - Tea Ceremony Gift (Kickstarter limited pack)

$1000 – Corporate Gift (HEI essential pack X 20)

International Backers: We sincerely appreciate any support given by our backers. However, due to our limited logistics transportation system, there are few countries we are not able to deliver - Russia, India, The United Arab Emirates,South Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen and Chile. We wish to bring our products all over the world in the coming future. Please note that you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region, which in the past have ranged from 0% to 20% in the US and EU countries, to as much as 200% for certain South American countries. Thank you again!

 
 

  

 

  

DEFRONT is a design brand established by several talented designers, inventors, technologist, and social workers graduated from University of London, University of the art London, The Ohio State university and Loughborough University. The team now has increased to 30 members. Designers from DEFRONT have multi-culture backgrounds and many years of experience from Johnson&Johnson, Microsoft Cambridge research center, National Metals Technology Center UK (NAMTEC) and Bentley. In 2015, DEFRONT headquartered in Hangzhou, China with operations in New York and London. Hangzhou is famous for its long history of tea culture in China, also holds the leading position of tea production. Inspired by the phenomenon of rigid tea culture among young generation, DEFRONT brought HEI to balance the fast-pace living rhythm and need of exquisite life. HEI tea set enables tea lovers enjoying best tea with minimal skill.

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Risks and challenges

We are quite aware that every project has its risks. To minimize these, we have invested a significant amount of time into our planning to make sure all factors regarding distribution to our supporters are concerned. Every little supports are appreciated. It will increase the possibility for our products to meet the consumers all over the world.

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    We sincerely thank you for the support! We will randomly pick one out of 60 backers, who will receive the 'Hei' teapot essential pack.

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    Super Early Bird Pack

    The essential starter pack to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
31% off.
    You will receive :
    
1. A set of 'HEI' teapot
    
2. A small can of tea sample 

    3. A portable gift bag

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    Early Bird Pack

    The essential starter pack to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
25% off.
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1. A set of 'HEI' teapot
    
2. A small can of tea sample 

    3. A portable gift bag

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    Kickstarter Special Pack

    The essential starter pack to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
20% off.
    You will receive :
    
1. A set of 'HEI' teapot
    
2. A small can of tea sample 

    3. A portable gift bag

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    HEI Copper Version

    The essential starter pack to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
25% off.
    You will receive :
    
1. A set of 'HEI' copper version teapot
    
2. A small can of tea sample 

    3. A portable gift bag

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    Tea Lover Essential Pack

    The essential starter pack to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
Kickstarter limited.
    You will receive :
    
1. A set of 'HEI' teapot
    
2. 3 bags of selected limited Asian tea
    3. A portable gift bag

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    Tea Lover Essential Pack-Copper

    The essential starter pack to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
Kickstarter limited.
    You will receive :
    
1. A set of 'HEI' Copper Version teapot
    
2. 3 bags of selected limited Asian tea
    3. A portable gift bag

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    Early Bird Pack X 2

    Two essential starter packs to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
 35% off.
    You will receive :
    
1. Two sets of 'HEI' teapot
    
2. Two small cans of tea sample 

    3. Two portable gift bags

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    Kickstarter Special Pack X 2

    Two essential starter packs to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
 29% off.
    You will receive :
    
1. Two sets of 'HEI' teapot
    
2. Two small cans of tea sample 

    3. Two portable gift bags

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    HEI Premium Set

    Two essential starter packs to enjoy modern tea ceremony. 
 30% off
    You will receive :
    
1. HEI*1+HEI Copper version*1 teapots
    
2. Two small cans of tea sample 

    3. Two portable gift bags

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    Tea Ceremony Gift Box

    Tea ceremony gift box as a good choice for family and friends. Kickstarter limited.
    You will receive :
    1. A set of 'Hei' teapot
    2. 10 packs of selected limited tea
    3. A portable gift bag
    4. A tea plate
    5. A tea spoon
    6. A tea towel
    7. A pack of tea sugar

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    Tea Ceremony Gift Box-Copper

    Tea ceremony gift box as a good choice for family and friends. Kickstarter limited.
    You will receive :
    1. A set of 'Hei' Copper Version teapot
    2. 10 packs of selected limited tea
    3. A portable gift bag
    4. A tea plate
    5. A tea spoon
    6. A tea towel
    7. A pack of tea sugar

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    Corporate Gift Selection

    Choices for companies as gifts for their clients and employees. 41% off.
    The pack includes:
    20 starter essential pack

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Funding period

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