Teapot Strainers & Tea Infusers

Today I would like to discuss teapot strainers and tea infusers in a bit more depth.  Specifically how they should have some depth to them in order to allow the tea leaves to unfurl, expand and impart all of their goodness to hot water. Let's discuss the different types of loose leaf tea strainers out there.

  • Tea Infuser BallTea Infuser Ball - This type of infuser is good for brewing a single cup of tea.  It keeps the tea leaves contained, but not allow them to expand and unfurl much.  I find them a bit tricky to fill, so that takes some practice. Once you have it mastered though, this is a great way to steep tea.
  • Teapot StrainerTeapot Strainer - We love this option for its versatility.  It can sit inside the rim of our teapot or on the rim of a teacup.  All you have to do is put it in place, fill with tea leaves, and then pour water into it.  The tea leaves have a lot of room to expand and unfurl, plus the mesh is small enough that even rooibos tea is contained.  Cleanup is a breeze too.  Just rinse it out to remove the tea leaves and pop it in the dishwasher.

Whatever type of teapot strainer or tea infuser that you prefer, they are both great ways to enjoy loose leaf tea.  Right now they are 20% off at American Tea Room, along with their teapots, matcha, and accessories.  What is your favorite kind? Let us know in the comments below.

Holiday Tea Gifts

The Holidays are coming and this is a great time to gift some of the tea lovers in your life with a wonderful gift of tea.  Maybe they are just starting out on their tea journey or perhaps they already have a tea cabinet stocked full of great tea.  I am sure that you will find some great choices below, along with the perfect price tag.



Have fun shopping and let us know what you pick out in the comments below. What are you getting for the tea drinkers in your life?  We hope that these Holiday tea gift selections will help you finish your shopping quickly and easily.

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I recently placed my first order with Teavana online.  We have a local store, but they were offering a free 2 oz. tea sample with a purchase on Black Friday.  I'm always wanting to try new teas and you can't beat free tea.

I am very impressed with their shipping and how everything was packaged.  I placed my order at 10:30 at night on Friday and received notice that my order has shipped on Saturday.  I received my order Wednesday.  That is fast.  I often hesitate to order from large companies because shipping can be so slow.

Speaking of free, Teavana is offering free shipping starting Monday 12/7/2009 and running through Wednesday 12/9/2009.  Take advantage of this great deal just in time for Holiday gift shopping and restocking your tea cabinet.

American Tea Room Teapot Sale

Sakura TeapotAmerican Tea Room is offering a sale of 20% off their entire stock of teapots.  This teapot sale does not require a special coupon code and it runs through 12/31/2009.  What a fabulous deal and great timing too.  Order  some teapots for Holiday gift giving or perhaps a new one for yourself.

The cast iron Tetsubin pictured above is beautiful and functional.  Handcrafted with Sakura, or cherry blossoms, it will keep your tea warm longer.  Plus it is a teapot that will last for a long time.

American Tea Room offers many different types of teapots, including stainless steel, porcelain, glass, and cast iron.  They are sure to have  a teapot that fits your style.

They are also running a Sale-a-bration for the rest of December as well.  Receive 10% off 2 of the same item or 20% off 4 of the same item. Plus any order over $50 will receive free shipping.  These special deals do not require a coupon code.  Have fun shopping!

Spotted in the Store: Lipton Loose Leaf Tea

I was shopping the other day at Target and spotted this in the tea row.

Lipton Loose TeaI'm not sure how long Lipton Loose Tea has been available, but I'm not sure I have ever seen it at the store before.  I'm always on the lookout for different teas to try.   I didn't get any but may try it in the summer.  I do enjoy iced tea brewed from Lipton on occasion and this may be a better alternative.

Christmas Teas

I've had a couple of people ask me recently what would be a perfect Christmas tea.  With the Holidays fast approaching, now is the time to be thinking of this.  Just think of those long, cold winter nights, the gifts to wrap and cards that you need to address.  Plus Christmas dinner!  Lots of occasions to have a hot pot of tea to sip. Here are some of my suggestions.

Art of Tea Holiday Berry Green TeaFirst up is Art of Tea's Holiday Berry Green Tea.  It has a base of organic Sencha & pan fired tea leaves and it is paired with strawberries, raspberries, cornflowers, rosehips, pink peppercorn, and safflower.  Most of the ingredients are organic.  This is a very colorful tea.  It is described to have a sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Toasted Nut Brulee OolongTeavana has a whole selection of teas that they recommend for Christmas and the Holidays.  I love their Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong tea.  This blend contains oolong and rooibos tea with apple, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, chicory root, ginger, coconut, hazelnut, almonds, and cardamom.  Toasting nuts in the oven is such a Christmas tradition, so this tea is the perfect complement.

Masala Chai NoirThe American Tea Room does not list anything as a Christmas tea but you can not go wrong with a classic chai.  A blend of black tea and spices is the perfect pairing to Christmas dinner.  Their Masala Tea Noir is a wonderful blend of black tea leaves with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and green cardamom.

All of these teas come in either sample sizes or 2 to 4 ounce increments.  Which is a great way to try out any of these Christmas teas.  What is your favorite tea for drinking during the Holidays? Share in the comments below.

The Teapot that Started it All

TeapotYears ago we received a teapot for Christmas from a relative.  We were not really tea drinkers at the time, beyond the usual tea bag of Lipton or Oolong received with Chinese takeout.  We used it a couple of times and then it got put into a cabinet and forgotten.

Then we received a package of loose tea and the teapot was remembered.  I really wish that I could remember the tea that started us on this whole journey.  We pulled out the pot, heated some water on the stove, and brewed it up.  And we were hooked.

We've added a few things to our tea arsenal along the way such as this and that, but we still use the teapot.  I took a picture today to share with you.  It is just a classic white, ceramic teapot.  It is probably used at least once a day.

I have dreams of adding a cast iron teapot to the collection sometime.  They are great for retaining heat and keeping your tea warm.  Plus the Tetsubin are handcrafted and have beautiful designs.

Anyway just wanted to share where our tea cabinet started.  Share in the comments below where your love of tea started.  We would love to know.