A Blossoming Cup of Art
Tea Shape upgrades tea drinking experience with exotic tea bulbs that blossom to a delicate flower, when hot water is poured over. The flower turns a teapot into a work of art, and brings tea back to the center of the attention on the table.
The tradition of tea dates back to the 1stcentury China. Back then tea was viewed as a beverage of tasteful and sophisticated pleasure, and Tang dynasty was documented to strictly follow customs of tea ceremony. Since then, the custom has spread around the world, and tea became an integral part of daily life. If we thought for a moment, that the last word about tea has been said, we've been proven wrong. Tea Shape company upgrades the traditional teatime with green tea bulbs that blossom in a teapot. What started as a serendipitous discovery on a casual business trip has turned to a latest trend of entertaining during the winter. Tea Shape bulbs, surprise the guests with artistic blossom, while enjoying health benefits of fine green tea.
The start-up from the East
The blossoming Tea Shape bulbs were brought by Shmulik Sivan, a former hi-tech professional that discovered them by pure chance. Going on one of his many business trips to China, Shmulik was asked by a friend to look for an exotic tea bulb that unfurls to a flower. Sivan went on his business trip, and asked his colleagues in Fujian about the mysterious tea. They had not a clue, neither did Sivan. He started asking around and after considerable amount of effort, was turned to a local tea house. There he was handed two dry bulbs. He received the dry bulbs with respect, and amount of skepticism, and returned to Israel. After presenting the gift, he decided to check the mystery by himself. Shmulik took a glass out of a cabinet, put the bulb in, poured hot water, and was amazed by the sight of exotic blossom in his own kitchen. On the following trip to China, Sivan bought a whole box of bulbs. Back in Israel he sold the wonder to his co-workers and friends. Seeing their enthusiasm and joy, he decided to distribute the blossoming tea, and founded Tea Shape company in Israel with cooperation of two investors.
Today Tea Shape is internationally successful, participating in exhibitions around the globe, and distributing to hundreds of selling points. Tea Shape products are especially popular in restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, spa centers and catering companies. "Exotic tea bulbs bring pleasure to the process of brewing and serving, while enjoying the delightful taste and the health benefits of green tea", says Shmulik Sivan. "More than one customer told me that flower unraveling, reminded them of National Geographic nature photos. With Tea Shape bulbs, the blossoming process takes just a few moments, and you don't have to travel far away to enjoy the sight each day over again."
The Art of Zen
Today Tea Shape offers a selection of bulbs made of green tea and jasmine in variety of blossoming styles: "Jasmine Rise", "Red Heart", "Cherry bud", "Bird of Paradise" and "Water Princess". The next vision is to surprise with variety of new tea flavors, but in the meanwhile, Tea Shape focuses on completing tea experience with selection of fine teaware. The teaware is made of fire resistant, transparent glass and enable to enjoy the sight of bulb unraveling in its magnificence. Here you will find a selection of teapots: traditional with bamboo or plastic made handles, classic square design, modern "Aladdin" design and even pumpkin teapot in a gentle rural style. Besides the teapot collection, Tea Shape offers unique teacups also made of fire resistant, transparent glass, allowing to recreate the magic in each cup separately. The teacups designed in variety of styles: Victorian, Classic and Conus. You can surprise not only your guests, but if you're invited over, your hosts, with amazing blossoming bulbs. The bulbs are available separately or in luxurious gift sets of teaware and bulbs. All the products offered by Tea Shape are Kosher and approved by the Health Ministry.