On Oct 13th 2009 the Express published a story by Jo Willey entitled ‘Wakey wakey! The return of the Teasmade‘ in its Retirement section. Jo wrote:
THE must-have gadget of the Seventies, which woke millions every day with a fresh bedside cuppa, is about to make a comeback. The Teasmade, with its alarm clock and kettle, became so popular even Prime Minister’s wife Norma Major had one in Downing Street. At the height of its popularity in the mid-Seventies it could be found in two million homes. But two decades later it was losing its appeal and was soon confined to the dustbin. Now the automatic device, once described as a “fascinating bit of English eccentricity” has had a stylish makeover – and it even makes coffee now too. Its maker Swan believes those rushed for time will value it saving them a few precious minutes. And retailers predict it will be a Christmas hit. According to Swan, the latest model has been “totally redesigned with state-of-the-art technology and a sleek contemporary design”. It comes with push-button controls, reading light, LCD clock and alarm. Swan’s commercial boss Rob Wileman said: “Waking up to a freshly-made cuppa is still a great British tradition.” It will go on sale in branches of the John Lewis store from October 24, priced at £59.95. Samuel Rowbottom developed the first steam-powered “teawaker” in 1891. The first mass-produced electric Teasmade, made by Goblin, came in the 1930s costing about £5.