I spent the majority of 2017 and into 2018 working on location for a very unique project: A home appliance for brewing both coffee and tea, by industry titan SharkNinja. Under the label Ninja Coffee Bar, the company had previously been very successful with coffee brewers, but had not yet attempted tea.
For this project, I worked as an embedded member of the R&D team to develop the mechanics for high quality, loose leaf brewing of a wide range of teas – including green, white, oolong, black and herbal – as well as customizing the actual parameters for the brew cycles themselves. Hundreds of teas from across the marketplace were evaluated for this machine, which not only brews hot tea of multiple sizes and strength concentrations, but also prepares over ice tea and cold brew. I’ve worked on a few commercial brewers previously, but this was my first “scratch to shelf” project, start to finish, and it was extremely fun! The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System was released for sale late summer of 2018.