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Title:
TEABAG SPOON
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2008/117007
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A redesigning of the teaspoon to facilitate the squeezing of the teabag in its cup.

Inventors:
SMITH STUART PAUL (GB)
Application Number:
GB2008/000304
Publication Date:
October 02, 2008
Filing Date:
January 30, 2008
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Assignee:
SMITH STUART PAUL (GB)
International Classes:
A47G21/04; A47G21/10
Foreign References:
GB568829A1945-04-23
DE2315866A11974-10-10
DE1179344B1964-10-08
US2698082A1954-12-28
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Claims:
Giaims

Claim 1: The invention is an implement to squeeze infused material contained in a porous bag, then remove it from the infusing liquid.

Claim 2: An implement according to Claim 1 that is a teaspoon in all respects except that the spooning end be increased in diameter and reshaped to the ends of squeezing and removing a porous bag of infused material from the infusing liquid.

Ciaim 3: An implement according to Claims 1 and 2 with a spooning end that is concave to approximate to the radius of the cup with a downturn at the end to squeeze it first and then to lift, a porous bag of infused material up the side of the cup.

Claim 4: An implement according to Claims 1 , 2 and 3 employing no greater volume of material in its construction than a teaspoon of smaller dimensions.

Claim 5; An implement according to claims 1, 2, 3 and 4 with a "chisel" tipped spooning end.

Description:

Title; Teabag Spoon

Background: This invention relates to the making of a cup of tea.

Statement of Invention: The invention is a specially shaped implement to facilitate the squeezing and removal of domestic teabags from cups of tea.

Advantages: The invention facilitates a more efficient squeeze of the teabag and removes the necessity of folding the teabag in preparation for the squeeze.

Description: A teabag spoon should be manufactured to replicate the shape of an ordinary tea spoon in every respect except that the spooning end should be enlarged to more nearly encompass the full diameter of the teabag, ie λVA and should be "dished" to a radius of 134" across its width, leaving it flat down its length (like it was cut from a piece of tube) except for a %" downturn at the end to lift a teabag up the side of the cup. However, a 2 radius is more suitable for very large cups and the spoons might best be offered in sets of varying sizes.

The general shape of the spponing end should look more rounded than a teaspoon in a front on profile and the tip should be a "chisel" edge rather than the usual more pointed shape, to compensate for its broadness and allow the sweep of the spoon to approach the corners of the bottom of the cup.

The teabag spoon should not contain any more metai than an ordinary teaspoon in order that it should not take any more heat out of the tea and if its strength is therefore deemed to be insufficient, then tougher materials should be employed.

In Service in operation the teabag spoon is employed thus:

The tea is stirred in the usual way with the teabag in the cup, then the teabag is trapped against the side of the cup by the convex side of the spoon (no need for any folding of the teabag) whereupon the operator then squeezes the teabag by applying pressure with the spoon. When the teabag has been squeezed, the spoon is drawn upwards, the downturn at the end of the spoon hooks underneath the teabag, and the teabag is drawn out of the cup and disposed of in the usual way.

Spooning end Exhaustive testing has revealed the following dimensions to be appropriate:-

Width: WA", concave to the radius of a cup.

Overall length: 2" (1%" diameter extended by Yt" chisel edge turn down).

Chisel end: 7 A" wide, turned under past 45 ° , to δu ° .

Both ends of the turned down chisel edge should be radiused slightly to the radius of the cup.