Improving the Turkish tea experience

A tea set for Esse, one of the biggest retail culinary stores of Turkey, that have coherence between elements and designed Turkish households in mind.

Sponsored by Esse in Spring, 2012

Brief: Design a tea brewer, and a serving set that improves drinking Turkish tea experience.

Designed with-in existing Turkish rituals on tea making and serving, Spotea offers a better tea experience to low-to-middle class families by smart use of materials. Spotea eliminates going to nearby tea maker for checking the status of boiling by expressing the interface among itself, reflecting light through its body. By this way, users may know the status of their tea, just by Spotea emitting lights through the kitchen, even its dark.

As the temperature of water rises, Spotea changes it's to the corresponding optimum brewing temperature of the green tea, herbal tea, and black tea.


Since different tea types require different temps to brew for maximum taste; there are two temp–based modes: 80°c for green or herbal tea, 100°c for black tea.


To prevent bitter taste in the tea, the handle is 'pushed and turned' in order to cut the surface contact between tea leaves and water.


Inspired by traditional Turkish serving tray “aski a.k.a çayci askisi”, serving set aims to enable serving for max. capacity possible by its smart area usage.

Design Process

To get warm about tea-making, brewing processes and also vessels, as our research group of five, we've tried to learn about the history of tea-making and tea-serving.

In order to check the current time, the user has to pick the display up since the display is no longer facing towards the user.


To understand users mental model of tea–making, our research group interviewed with three different user samples; who have three different types of tea-makers.


To learn from experience by observing a user’s actual tea-making process, our group used a new user interview technique, Experience Reflection Modelling (ERM) developed by  Dr. Senem Turhan.


To generate initial ideas which can be solutions for combined factors as a group, we have used "the idea generation matrix method"; which helped us to combine and transform two different ideas into one.

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