All Don Park wanted was an easier way to get fresh lime juice into a cold beer.
But after much brainstorming and experimentation he realised the potential his new ‘gizmo’ had beyond beer.
The patented “Gizmo Closure and Delivery” system is an innovative, pressurized bottle cap design that infuses a drink with fresh, preservative-free ingredients upon opening.
The device has been utilised for the first time in Tea of a Kind, an iced-tea style convenience beverage that is currently only available online but will be distributed to Whole Foods stores across the United States later this year.
Whilst a similar design has been utilised in other products, such as the Berocca Twist-and-Go, the Gizmo design uses a pressurized nitrogen chamber cap to store fresh ingredients without preservatives.
All natural-flavours, real brewed tea and antioxidants are protected against UV light, oxidisation, and other damaging conditions that degrade nutrients in most pre-mixed beverages.
Their choice to partner with Tea of a Kind stems from the serious illnesses that Park and his co-founder Walter Apodaca suffered as a result of diets heavy in fast food and sugary soft drinks.
They made a commitment to healthy choices, dietary mindfulness and the elimination of processed chemically processed foods, and were able to get their health back on track.
They continued this commitment by ensuring that Tea of a Kind is all natural, and all future licensing applications for the Gizmo must be in line with Gizmo Beverages “moral compass”.
"The commitment comes from a desire to enrich the next generation, not poison them blindly!" laughs Park. "I know I can give this drink to my kids and feel good about it. That is what keeps me excited," he continues. "It's good for you and it's good for me. That's the goal."
Tea of a Kind can be purchased online at https://gizmo-tea-of-a-kind.myshopify.com/