I heard someone mention a Gravity Teapot the other day on twitter and my interest was peaked. I had never heard that term before. It turns out I knew what it was, just had not heard the term before.
The first time that I went into a Teavana store, I was introduced to a gravity teapot. Not only do they sell loose tea and accessories, they also serve tea as well. The loose tea goes into the top along with hot water and you let it steep.
When the tea is finished steeping, then you set it on top of your teacup and it will strain the tea into your cup. It is a great way to brew two cups of tea.
A gravity teapot would be perfect for having at home or the office. Easy to clean and you are all set to make another cup of tea.
Tea Ball Weight
Tea Balls can be a good way to steep your favorite loose tea in a mug. I have one though, that doesn't get much use because of the tricky way you have to hook the chain around the handle of the cup. If you don't hook it, then the whole thing falls in and then you must fish it out with a spoon.
Or if you have a mug or tea cup without a handle, then a tea ball won't work at all. My husband is an amateur woodworker and has been working on his lathe lately. He went into his workshop one day and told me that he was working on a surprise for me.
He came out later with the hand turned wood tea ball weight pictured above. It is made from Tulipwood and is coated with a shiny finish. It hooks onto the end of the tea ball chain and works perfectly. No more having to get the little hook into the chain or risking the whole thing falling into my cup of tea.
It is functional and beautiful too! What is your favorite item for steeping tea? Share in the comments below.
American Tea Room loves an American holiday and in celebration they are having a President's Day Sale! Save 20% off loose teas, teapots, and almost everything else they sell.
This comes at a great time too, because I am completely out of Immortal Green and Midori Sencha teas. It is also a great time to pick up their top selling green tea Nirvana.
They also have a number of gourmet food items to choose from too, so if it has been awhile since you shopped you should definitely check them out.
When checking out, use coupon code PRES20 to receive your discount. The sale runs through 2/21/2011 (which is Monday) and excludes items by Breville and Bodum.