Today I am sipping on American Tea Room's Midori Sencha, appropriately enough in my steep tea cup. Well perhaps not completely so because the cup shows a teabag, but I love it. This blended tea is a lovely green loose tea flavored with melon and a number of flowers. It is my first time trying it and I love it. The package mentions it is perfect hot or cold, which I've gotten to experience both this morning as it has taken me a while to finish my first cup 🙂
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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 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 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.