March 23, 2005

Missing the point

Feel like a cup of tea, but don't have the time to brew one up? Pop a "tea pill" instead.

Indian tea scientists have produced a tea-flavored pill that can be chewed or quickly dissolved in hot or cold water.

The brownish tablet weighs 0.3 grams and consists of 80 percent tea and 20 percent other flavors -- a combination the inventors at the Tocklai tea research center in India's northeastern Assam state say peps you up just like a traditional cuppa.

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Shoot, brewing a pot of Earl Grey is half of what makes it so satisfying.