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April 18, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Arizona Tea containers filled too much

Arizona_teaChris Barr points out:

I love Arizona Green tea, but every single bottle I buy has the exact same problem - there is just slightly too much tea in every bottle. 

So much that there is actually tea inside the cap on the top; there's not even any air bubbles inside the bottles at all!  When the cap is removed, of course the excess tea spills out, and I've never had this not happen. 

This also makes it difficult to pour the first glass of tea without spilling even more!

If their tea wasn't so good, I wouldn't buy it anymore.


Sounds like you have a drinking problem.

Posted by: LafinJack at April 18, 2007 01:22 AM

I've had that issue many a time with Arizona tea as well. I usually open the bottle in the sink though, since I learned that it will spill out every time you open it. But hey! At least it's more tea to drink (I know it's not much more, but this stuff rocks).

Posted by: ashleyriot_vs at April 18, 2007 03:29 AM

I wonder if it has anything to do with the altitude at which you open the bottle.

Posted by: John Russell at April 18, 2007 03:49 AM

You know it's cheaper and healthier to brew your own, right? Arizona uses WAY too much sweetener (specifically HFCS, which has been linked to many health problems) to get their flavor. Just save a gallon jug, fill it with 16-18 teaspoons of loose green tea and some hot water, then strain out the tea and (while it's still hot) add a sliced up lemon and some sugar to taste.

Posted by: fluffy at April 18, 2007 11:59 AM

It's broken because they put too much in it? Now that's refreshing- usually there isn't enough. Open it over the sink and don't worry about it. -- making this one of my rare "Not broken"s.

(Broken: bags of chips that settle so that their air pocket is half the bag.)

Posted by: =David at April 18, 2007 01:39 PM

How do they get enough in there to overflow into the cap?! maybe they do it under high pressure - like at the bottom of Death Valley.

Posted by: Gabriel J. Smolnycki at April 18, 2007 02:54 PM

Usually, when something is broken, it is because the company did something to save money (didn't hire good programmers, didn't hire good signpainters, tried to cheat the customer by leaving half the bag empty...). In this case, however, Arizona Tea could save the customers many headaches AND save money in the process.

IMO, that just makes it more broken.

Posted by: TIBE4ME at April 18, 2007 08:59 PM

Perhaps they dunk the gallon under a huge tank of tea in order to fill it to the top. That is the only thing I can think of.

Posted by: GinoLeTV at April 18, 2007 09:05 PM

It's possible that this would go bad more quickly (oxidize/have bacteria grow) if it were exposed to air. You probably have to drink it somewhat quickly after you open it, so they would want a longer shelf life. If that's the case, then they would either have to do this, or pump in nitrogen or carbon dioxide.

Posted by: jb at April 19, 2007 01:49 AM

I have the same problem every time I open one of those. I love every style of their tea.

Maybe they know that people have trouble with that and it gives them sadistic pleasure to know that people buying their tea will be frustrated, yet still buy it because it is so good!

Posted by: RPG89 at April 19, 2007 07:27 AM

Yes, any green tea with sugar in it is broken.

Posted by: fetjuel at April 19, 2007 12:53 PM

1. Green tea with sugar: WT*?

2. Overflowing container: BROKEN!

3. Um...good reasons by everyone else!


Posted by: Maxaxle at April 20, 2007 12:05 AM

The problem here is with the compression of the plastic container. If you place the container on a surface, like your counter top, the container compresses slightly, filling up the void and expelling excess fluid out the top when you remove the cap. However, if you *hold* the container in mid air by the handle and remove the cap, excess fluid will not spill out. At least this has been my experience, and I am an avid Arizona enthusiast. :)

Posted by: Greg at May 1, 2007 10:40 AM

use teabags mate.

less spillage and you get perhaps the same amount of tea for cheaper and in less space.

Posted by: PC_nut at May 5, 2007 04:08 AM

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