Teforia

A tea brewer machine connected with an application
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Category:
Food & Beverage
Country:
United States
Started:
2014
BUSINESS FAILURE
Outcome:
Shut Down
Cause:
No Market Need
Closed:
2017
FOUNDERS & EMPLOYEES
Number of Founders:
2
Name of Founders:
Allen Han, Kris Efland
Number of Employees:
10-50
FUNDING
Number of Funding Rounds:
2
Total Funding Amount:
$17.1M
Number of Investors:
9

What was Teforia?

Teforia was a tea brewer that would supposedly yield the perfect cup of tea by combining traditional brewing with the power of smart technology. The app was connected to Wi-Fi, had Bluetooth capabilities, and a designated mobile app to start the machine, gain info about the tea leaves, stats, and an option to teak the brewing process. Teforia initially costed over $1000, the company also sold prepackaged leaf packets.

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Why did Teforia fail and shut down?

The first reason why Teforia was deemed to fail despite the substantial capital it raised was the absence of market fit for the product. Even if tea enthusiast were so particular about their tea they would have thought twice about spending a $1K on a tea making machine. The problem was also the fact that according to some reviews the tea didn’t taste better than that made in the traditional manner. The accompanying sets of cups were also delicate and high maintenance, which defeated the stated purpose the app of making the tea ritual more convenient and enjoyable. The company claimed that people were not ready nor ‘learned’ enough to appreciate the fine details that made the product so needed.

It is also plausible to think that people became skeptic of smart kitchen products when, during the same period, a similarly high-priced machine that pressed vegetable to make the ‘perfect glass of fresh juice’, the Juicero, was publicly shown to be perfectly useless.

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