The Nutrimatic Appliance is a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation product. It is designed to work out what tea someone wants through taste bud patterns and neurological signals. It is well known for producing a liquid which is almost entirely, but not exactly, unlike tea. A Nutrimatic Appliance was installed on the Heart of Gold and Arthur Dent, who found that the tea it made not anything like what he had experienced on Earth, threw the styrofoam cup in anger at the overly chirpy and happy machine that would not fulfil his wishes. Then he told it he simply wanted leaves in boiled water.
- The Nutrimatic Appliance, when confronted with the question, 'why does this Earthman want leaves in boiled water', occupied all the Heart of Gold's computers calculating it. The answer was, 'because he doesn't know any better.' During this time, the Heart of Gold was under attack from the Vogon Fleet and as the computers were occupied, it couldn't run the Infinite Improbability Drive to escape.
- Centuries ago, the people of Brontitall who have since evolved into birds saw a wormhole appear in the sky showing Arthur Dent throwing the Nutrimatic cup. They have made a huge statue of this, fifteen miles high, with the Nutrimatic cup suspended by the Power of Art. Since it is artistically correct for the cup to be where it is, there it remains. They now inhabit the statue's left ear. They saw the vision through the wormhole as a sign to rebel against technology and therefore had all their robots shipped to other planets to make toupees for planets who had lost all their trees due to deforestation.