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TEAPY® - “the infusion solution™”. It’s time to change the way we serve tea.

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TEAPY® T-4-1™ goes artisan at MarJoe’s, Bramhall

Rik Cridland

When entrepreneur and tea enthusiast Lawrence Turner was looking to open an artisanal café in Bramhall, South Manchester, he wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment which specialised in offering an excellent range of teas and coffees with fantastic service.

MarJoe’s Café offers hot drinks and meals with a full range of teas and other drinks.  On a busy high street Lawrence has managed the almost impossible, creating a good value, independent café with several distinguishing features. 

A key consideration for Lawrence was how to make the everyday special and make the most of space in a crowded local venue. Part of this was to install a tea wall, with a variety of glass jars showcasing the range of teas on offer.  Another way to create impact was to move from teapots to using the TEAPY® T-4-1™, tea service, held in one hand.

TEAPY® T-4-1™ turns an ordinary cup of tea into a visual treat, especially for herbal and fruit infusions, as the customer can see the tea brewing.   As we all know, food is consumed by the eyes as well as the mouth, and there is something delicious about watching your infusion intensify in a glass mug. For black tea, bone china mugs are used to maintain the tradition of drinking tea out of china.

Initially Lawrence wondered if customers would resist the move from teapots to T-4-1™, but they have loved it, seeing it as innovative and sophisticated, with many asking to buy sets to use at home. For Lawrence there are a range of additional benefits in using TEAPY® T-4-1™.

In a busy kitchen and café, the neat assembly of T-4-1™, with TEAPY® lid, mug, infuser, milk jug and spoon, all combined to be held in one hand, makes for ease and speed of service. On crowded tables less space is taken up, which has many benefits not least in a venue where customers may come to eat and drink and catch up on emails!

Previously where a teapot was used, there was often wastage of loose-leaf tea, now a refill of boiling water is offered and less tea goes to waste, great news for the bottom line and the environment,

Lawrence says, ‘Offering the T-4-1™, gives us a point of difference. It adds a level of value and sophistication to tea service, creates less mess and more space, and reduces our wastage. It’s a winning solution all round.’

TEAPY® Tea King™ Infuser with fruit infusion

TEAPY® Tea King™ Infuser with fruit infusion

TEAPY® T-4-1™ ceramic mug, TEAPY® Tea King™ Infuser and milk jug

TEAPY® T-4-1™ ceramic mug, TEAPY® Tea King™ Infuser and milk jug

TEAPY® T-4-1™ with hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows

TEAPY® T-4-1™ with hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows

TEAPY® featured on Channel 4's new TV series, 'Buy It Now'.

Rik Cridland


TEAPY® and its inventor Roland Hill appeared on Episode 29 of Channel 4's new TV series, 'Buy It Now'.

'Buy It Now' is hosted by Brian Conley and features inventors and sellers pitching their product ideas to a live studio audience. They have just 90 seconds to demonstrate their item in the hope of securing a potentially life-changing order with a national retailer.

The episode is available to watch on Channel 4's Catch Up service. For a link click here.

Host Brian Conley samples a cup of tea brewed using a TEAPY®

Host Brian Conley samples a cup of tea brewed using a TEAPY®

Roland and Brian listen to feedback from the panel

Roland and Brian listen to feedback from the panel

Brian wishes us well following our pitch

Brian wishes us well following our pitch

Mosaic Hospitality Ltd converts to TEAPY® T-4-1™

Rik Cridland

Mosaic Hospitality has adopted the new TEAPY® T-4-1™ service with a milk jug retained on top of the TEAPY®, having had sixteen months experience of the original TEAPY® tea service with a glass mug and teaspoon inserted in the mug.

The TEAPY® T-4-1™ all-in-one-hand tea service is easy to carry with the “footprint” of a single mug.  Servers and the operator benefit from even faster prep and faster service.

Kim Miller, Manager at The Stables Kitchen a tourist location Bramall Hall, commented, “It was an easy decision to adopt this upgrade to the TEAPY® T-4-1™ service, benefiting customers, servers and the company alike.  Having both indoor and outdoor tables, the ease of carrying TEAPY® T-4-1™ is a great advantage.”

Other hot beverages, such as hot chocolate, are being served outside with TEAPY® as a lid to keep the drink warm and protect it from insects, pollen, etc.

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Roland Hill, inventor of TEAPY®, said, “TEAPY® T-4-1™ provides the brewing conditions of a teapot but has less pieces with the added advantage that the customer can see the tea brewing to their preferred strength, when they then transfer the tea bag or loose leaf infuser to the upturned TEAPY®, mess-free.”

TEAPY® T-4-1™ to be launched at Hotelympia 5–8 March 2018, ExCel

Rik Cridland

The award-winning TEAPY® tea-making invention has an additional, revolutionary format for individual tea service, for coffee shops, cafés, canteens, etc, called  TEAPY® T-4-1™.  It  dramatically reduces operator costs, as well as increasing customer satisfaction. 

Instead of a typical seven piece tea service (teapot, teapot lid, cup, saucer, teaspoon and milk jug, all on a tray), the TEAPY® T-4-1™ only has four pieces including a mug, teaspoon and a milk jug retained on the TEAPY®, all four pieces held in one hand with the “footprint” of a single mug.

TEAPY® T-4-1™ also contrasts with current methods of serving tea by its quicker prep, safer carry and speedier table clearance, for table service, counter service or self-service. 

TEAPY® is a combined mug lid and tea bag tidy which can be used with a tagged tea bag, untagged tea bag or loose tea in an infuser.  The mug with TEAPY® as a lid provides the ideal brewing conditions of a teapot but without the fuss.  Whereas the strength of tea in a teapot is not visible, changing from too weak to too strong, transparant TEAPY® enables brewing to the individual customer’s desired strength.

A special recess can contain a teaspoon and a tea bag string and, when TEAPY® is “flipped” to act as a tea bag tidy, the special recess fits snugly around the mug for transfer of the used tea bag or loose tea infuser with no mess. In additon, TEAPY® provides a unique “aroma burst” when lifting the lid, not expereinced with a teapot or open mug.

The TEAPY® mug and teaspoon combination have been used for over a year by Mosaic Hospitality Ltd at Bramall Hall, Stockport, and have taken it to the centre of tableware, the Spode site, Stoke, where bone china was invented.  Kim Miller, manager at Bramall Hall and Spode explained, “The customers and servers at Bramall Hall love TEAPY®, which made our decision to also use it at Spode an easy one.  We are looking forward to the added benefits of TEAPY® T-4-1™.” 

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TEAPY® celebrates 12 months at The Stables Kitchen

Roland Hill

TEAPY® tea service celebrates 12 months of successful use at The Stables Kitchen, at ancient Bramall Hall, Stockport, where it replaced conventional cup and saucer service. With many accolades and not one complaint in this period, Mosaic Hospitality Ltd's manager of The Stables Kitchen said "TEAPY® is loved by our customers and servers, who can carry more servings per tray, more securely and spill-free." Roland Hill, inventor of TEAPY®, said "This first hospitality adoption of TEAPY® has proven the invention in every respect and has also identified several new benefits to customers, servers and the operator."

Enjoying tea served with a TEAPY® and glass mug set at the Stables Kitchen, Bramhall.

Enjoying tea served with a TEAPY® and glass mug set at the Stables Kitchen, Bramhall.

TEAPY® Selected in the Home of Bone China

Rik Cridland

The Potbank Cafe on the former Spode factory site, where bone China was invented, also the hub of the British Ceramics Biennial, opened on the same day as the Biennial, 22 September 2017.

Serving tea with TEAPY®s with glass mugs, operators Mosaic Hospitality asked each tea customer on this first day if they would prefer a teapot but all chose the TEAPY® method, according to owner Kirsten Inverarity, “Some people were surprised when we opted for TEAPY® next door to the Spode museum, but we are a commercial organisation and knew from our experience elsewhere that TEAPY® is better for us as well as our customers.” 

The Chairman of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, was observed using TEAPY® as a lid to keep his drink warm while honing his Biennial opening speech, in which he said how much he had enjoyed his experience in the Potbank Cafe.

TEAPY® "highly commended" in the Great Product Awards 2017

Roland Hill

TEAPY® was one of two “highly commended” runners-up out of 75 entrants in the Great Product Awards at the Great Hospitality Show 2017.  The judges were Michelin star chef Andreas Antona, Lisa Jenkins, Products and Suppliers Editor, The Caterer magazine, and Julian Edwards, chairman of FCSI UK & Ireland.  TEAPY® was praised by the judges for its innovation, design and durability.


TEAPY® takes off to Vegas

Jo Bentley

Serial inventor Roland Hill packed his bags and took his TEAPY® to Las Vegas last week to introduce this small but brilliant invention to the experts at World Tea Expo.  The Expo provided the perfect opportunity to learn more about the world of tea; sales, packing, hospitality, brewing, serving and accessories.

Roland was able to meet many of the tea opinion formers from the USA and worldwide and insights gained will be fed into the TEAPY® business plan over the next year. In 2017 we hope to be exhibiting at the show and have introduced the USA and Europe to another tea revolution, with TEAPY®, ‘the infusion solution.’

Roland Hill with TEAPY® at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. His Contra Vision one-way vision invention is shown on the windows of the monorail in the background.