What is a TEAPY?

A TEAPY® is a new tableware piece which transforms tea-making and serving.

It is a mug lid with three separate, complementary inventions.

A “docking recess” provides a small aperture inside the rim of the mug to retain a teaspoon and optionally a tea bag string while preventing the tea bag tag slipping into the mug. This docking recess also enables a tea bag string to be joggled up and down to accelerate infusion.

Secondly, a “top recess” retains a jug containing milk, lemon, honey, alcohol or other “tasting product”. On the underside, it has a “well” area to receive a used tea bag or infuser. After the tea is brewed, the TEAPY is flipped over and the perimeter recess is “docked” snugly against the side of the mug. Unlike existing circular lids or “tea bag tidies”, the TEAPY docking recess provides a “transfer width” for a dripping, used tea bag or loose leaf infuser, avoiding any mess.

The third invention is an “upstand” which, after inversion, enables the TEAPY to be returned directly to the mug rim without re-flipping, to keep the drink warm, to act as a “bug barrier” outdoors, or for safe return carry to a kitchen.

TEAPY was invented to overcome the problems of existing tea services using a teapot or an open mug or cup.  Tea in a conventional teapot changes in strength from too weak to too strong.  An open mug and tea bag cannot provide ideal brewing conditions, and there  is typically no means of cleanly disposing of the dripping, used tea bag.

The transparent TEAPY is virtually unbreakable, machine-washable and micro-waveable. A ceramic TEAPY is also now available.

Patents

  • European patent EP 3 166 448 US patent 10, 932, 476

  • UK patent GB 2 577 012

  • International patents-pending from GB 2111236.2 including EP 4 178 398