Signaling, perhaps, the first ever touch of technology to the age old art of tea brewing, beverages major, D’lecta Café has announced the unveiling of the world’s first ever automatic tea brewing machine. The company has already filed the technology for patent and plans to make the machine available in the domestic market in the forthcoming week.
Tea vending machines that are currently available in the market merely dispense pre-mix tea comprising of instant tea powder, sugar and powdered milk. The quality of such tea are often sub standard and have a sugar content of as much as sixty two percent. The new machine, meanwhile, does not mix tea, but brews it through the use of a patented technology* (patent under process).
Tea leaves of choice are infused in the machine to maximize flavor, smoothness and aroma of the final brew and dispense a cup of refreshing hot tea. The tea can be had black, green or white. Adding milk and/or sugar is as per preference, and has been provisioned separately on extended trays attached to the machine. Creamers made of evaporated cow milk, and aseptically packed, are used in place of powdered milk. The new tea vending unit will dispense a cup of freshly brewed connoisseur tea within thirty seconds, and can dispense up to 400 cups a day.
“Unlike coffee making, which has been seeing automation and technological advancements on an ongoing basis, tea brewing has largely remained a manual process. This is because tea brewing is a delicate process. But with the introduction of D’lecta Tea Brewing Unit, connoisseurs will be able to enjoy their tea of choice without going through the labourous process of manual brewing,” says Deepak Jain, Founder & Managing Director, Dlecta Foods.
This automatic fresh-tea vending unit is a first of its kind that will brew tea at the press of a button. It’s capable of dispensing a choice of beverages including the classic Assam tea, masala tea and green tea besides also offering black coffee, premixed coffee, café mocha, hot chocolate and soups. The machine has been designed, developed and patented* by Dlecta Foods which has recently forayed into the consumer markets with its dairy based products after successfully operating in the B2B segment for over 12 years.
“The machine has been ergonomically designed for elegance and space efficiency with arrangements to neatly accommodate consumables like paper cups, tea bags, coffee sachets, sugar and stirrers. The machine itself is easy to clean from the exteriors and comes with special hygiene features. The machine prompts for self-rinse if a selected option has been dormant for over 15 minutes and will also do an all rinse at the end of the day. All wet contact parts are made of stainless steel for longer life and easy cleaning,” adds Jain.
The machine is aimed at catering to the needs of the urban Indian offices and workspaces. The machine fulfils the typical needs of tea and coffee consumers by factoring in health, taste and convenience. The machine also proves to be economical by delivering 100 ml hot cup of freshly brewed tea for just Rs.5.50/-. The tea vending units are targeted at the Out of Home (OOH) segment and will be offered to offices and hotels on lease with a comprehensive AMC by the company
“Another highlight of D’lecta Tea Brewing solutions is the company branded dairy creamer that has been introduced as replacement for milk powder. Branded as ‘Milke’, these are 10 gram serving of evaporated milk and are ideally suited for one cup of tea or coffee. Made from pure cow milk D’lecta Milke has only 23% sugar content and comes in aseptic packaging making it simpler, tastier and healthier option. Our tea brewing unit will revolutionize tea consumption pattern in India,” concludes Devendra Garg, Executive Director, Dlecta Foods.
Dlecta Foods commenced operations in 2001 primarily as a marketing company. As the sole marketer and distributor of Dynamix Cow Ghee, D’lecta not only established the Dynamix brand, but also went on to create a market for Cow Ghee in India. Till its introduction, the consumer ghee market was dominated by buffalo ghee. Since then Dlecta has introduced a slew of products and services that include food ingredients with special focus on dairy, bakery, confectionary and nutrition. It caters to the HoReCa sector with a range of products and the food and grocery market with products such as cheese, ghee, UHT milk, cream and dairy creamers, and vending solutions.