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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!

Brewing Loose Tea to Go

Monday through Friday I have to drive my daughter to school, so morning is a rush.  I seldom like leaving without a travel mug full of fresh brewed tea in hand though.  The mornings are pretty cold right now and it is nice to have something warm to drink for the drive. I typically brew my tea inside of a teapot, but in the morning I am in a hurry and don't want lots to clean later.

My solution for brewing loose tea to go is an infuser basket and a stainless steel travel mug. Why stainless steel?  We tend to avoid plastic in our house for a variety of reasons.  They do make some lovely glass travel tea mugs, but I'm a huge klutz so I'm guessing it wouldn't travel for long (for me anyway).  Stainless steel is a great choice because it is resilent (within reason of course), cleans up easily and retains heat for a long time.

I use this one and really like it.  It has a 20 oz capacity so I can make a really big cup of tea to get me through the morning.  Plus it can also be used at my local coffee shop for their venti size drinks.  I like to go green whenever I can. I then start my kettle, set the infuser basket to rests on the rim, fill with some loose tea, and steep for a few minutes. When it is done I just remove the infuser basket, put the lid on and go. Very easy and minimal cleanup.

That is how I enjoy a nice cup of loose tea to go. You can save even more time by setting up everything the night before, including putting the tea in the infuser basket.

What is Wrong With Tea Bags?

tea bagIf you are new to tea drinking or are a long time tea drinker, than chances are you are used to making tea with a tea bag.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you are missing out on having a really great cup of tea.  Loose leaf tea makes a superior cup of tea for a number of reasons.

The tea leaves inside of a tea bag are usually the leftover little pieces of tea that are too small to be used in a loose leaf tea.  These bits of leaves, or fannings, do not have the same quantity of essential oils that a whole tea leaf does.  These oils are what gives a cup of tea their flavor.

A typical tea bag does not allow the tea leaves the chance to unfurl and expand in the water either.  Tea leaves need to be able to do that to impart flavor to the water.  A tea bag just compresses the leaves together and doesn't allow for that.

It is however possible to get a great cup of tea while using a tea bag.  Look for a tea bag that contains whole tea leaves.  There are several companies that offer tea bags that unfold into a pyramid shape.  This allows the tea leaves to unfurl and expand so that the water can swirl around them.  One of my favorites is Mighty Leaf Tea. Right now Mighty Leaf is on Sale Today! Check it out.  I especially love their Green Tea Tropical and Chamomile Citrus.

If you have a favorite whole tea leaf tea bag tea, please share in the comments below.  We would love to check them out and add them to our tea cabinet.