As winter gets underway, who among us does not appreciate a piping hot cup of tea in the afternoon? Sure, many of us are coffee drinkers, but we appreciate a civilized cup of tea, too. Our love of hot beverages had us curious about what the Teforia might bring to the table, and particularly, how it might do so. What better way to answer those questions than to take it apart? So we did.
Here are the features of interest we’re drilling into for this teardown:
1. Chrome trim pieces - Learn how to add visual flare to your product, for a non-negligible cost
2. Spring loaded infusion arm mechanism - A beautifully designed mechanism that...fills a container with water
3. Over-engineering - Does a tea infuser really need to be so complex?
Based on our manufacturing knowledge, we can make the following statements about the Teforia:
It’s difficult to imagine this product being anything near cost effective to produce. The materials they used are crazy, and we can guess it took high labor costs to assemble.
The R&D alone had to be insane. This is a great product that was developed by a team of designers and engineers, but someone with manufacturing at their core may have been missing from the table.
We think this is probably a product that’s beloved by a lot of people, but when you think about the fact you can buy something on Amazon for ~$10, its easy to feel that this product is a little much.
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