Easter (April 24) is just around the corner and Mother's Day (May 8 ) is not far behind that. If you are looking for the perfect gift, then American Tea Room just may be able to help you out. They have offering 10% off on all teas and teacups today through Saturday (4/9/2011).
How about this pretty infuser mug for Mom?
Red and Pink Floral Tea Cup with Infuser
Or this set of 4 mugs inscribed with poems in black kanji and hiragana calligraphy:
Poem Tea Cup Set
Use code TEA10 when checking out in order to receive 10% off. Hurry because this offer is only good for the next few days.
While out and about today, I found these neat tea to go cups and wanted to share. It is a travel tumbler with a built in tea infuser basket. On the lid there is a little lever that swings the basket into the water. When the tea is done steeping, you just lift it out of the water and it tucks away in the lid.
It is dishwasher safe, which is a huge time saver for me and fits in my car's cup holder. I'm on the go a lot and love to bring tea with me wherever I go. Oh and the lid snaps shut, so no spills either.
You can easily order it from Amazon and have it shipped right to your home. Check it out and let me know what you think. What is your favorite tea to go cup? Share in the comments below.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually brew a cup of loose tea to go in the morning. Since then a few people have asked me to suggest the perfect loose tea to go cup and here are a few that I have found.
This Chocolate Tea Thermos is perfect for making loose tea on the go. It has a built in tea infuser that can be removed when the tea is done steeping. It is double walled to help keep your tea hot or cold, whichever you prefer. It is sized to fit in most car cup holders, making it perfect for taking with you on errands or your morning commute.
There is also a great travel Tea Press too. You lift the plunger, place your loose tea inside, along with hot water and let it steep. Once it is done, you just push the plunger down, which contains all of the tea leaves on the bottom. This is great for traveling because you don't need to worry about finding a place to put a tea infuser with the used leaves when the steeping is done.
If you want to go for pure beauty along with functionality, there is also this wonderful tea to go cup. It holds 16 ounces of tea and comes with a built in tea strainer. It is also a great mug to steep flowering teas in too. Just place the tea in the bottom, add hot water, and watch it unfold.
Please let us know if you are looking for something specific. We are happy to help you find the perfect loose tea to go cup or anything else related to tea. Just use the contact form or leave a comment below.
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.
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.
If you are just starting out or are a long time tea drinker, it is always a great idea to have all of the right tools for brewing the perfect pot of tea. Here is our list of the Top 5 Tea Essentials that you should have in your kitchen.
- Tea Kettle. You need hot water when making and having an appliance that is devoted to this task makes it very easy. We currently use this Chef's Choice Tea Kettle. I like that it is stainless steel, shuts off automatically, and will not operate if there is no water in it. It holds 1 3/4 quarts of water, which is perfect for making a pot of tea. It boils water in minutes and is much faster than trying to do so on the stove top and safer than using the microwave. Someday I would love to have the Breville Variable Temperature Kettle, as it brings water to 5 different temperatures no thermometer required. This is a great feature for tea making as different types of teas need different temperatures of water for the perfect steep. For now the Chef's Choice is a great tea kettle though.
- Teapot. When brewing loose leaf tea, it is necessary to have place for the tea to brew. Tea leaves that have a chance to open, infuse the water with more flavor than your standard teabag tea. There are many different ones to choose from, made from a variety of materials. The standard teapot is ceramic, but there are also glass, stainless steel, and cast iron ones.
- Infuser/Strainer. Many people that brew loose leaf tea prefer to steep their tea inside of an infuser basket. These generally sit within the lip of the teapot and then can be pulled out when the tea is done steeping. We prefer brewing the tea loose inside of the pot and then pouring the tea through a stainer into a tea cup. We are currently using the Rösle Tea Strainer and absolutely love it. It is a very fine mesh, so even the smallest of tea leaves do not get through.
- Tea cups. It is always nice to have an assortment of teacup to choose from. Sometimes you want a large cup of tea and other times it is nice to have some smaller cups to share a pot of tea with friends. It is all up to you to have all matching cups or an oddball assortment of cups to choose from. Our tea cabinet has a collection of tea cups and mugs that we have gathered over the years.
- Tea. This is definitely the most important component of all to making a great cup of tea. All teas are definitely not created equal. Personal preference is also a very important part of deciding just what kind of tea you are going to keep in your tea cabinet. Some of our favorite teas come from Teavana and the American Tea Room. We will be giving reviews of them in future posts.
We hope that gives you a little peak into what we keep in our tea cabinet. These are definitely the tea essentials that you need in order to brew a great cup of tea.