Just say no to smartphone-controlled tea makers


Brewing tea is the simplest, most low-tech process in the world for creating a hot beverage. I use the George Orwell method -- put some tea in a cup, then pour boiling water on it.

So, no, you don't need the $330 Teforia Tea Infuser, which requires plastic "pods" full of tea and which can be controlled with an app on your smartphone. 

The tabletop kitchen revolution is sometimes awesome (for, say, beer brewing) and sometimes idiotic (for tortilla making). But all the problems of brewing tea were solved in like the Han Dynasty. 

Just say no.