Saturday, February 10, 2007
Review: ingenuiTEA Tea Pot
When I have a yen for tea, I prefer whole leaf because the flavor is better than a bag. But I don't like metal infusers, which can leave an unpleasant tang in the water. That has meant using a tea pot, whose interior surfaces can be hard to clean, and separate strainer. So when Adagio Tea sent one of its ingenuiTEA tea pots, which has a strainer built-in, I was intrigued.
Notice that there is no spout at the top. As they said about the problem that kept popping up in the software, that's not a mistake, it's a design feature. Only in this case, it's intentional. You put the loose tea in the container, add hot water, and steep. You then lift the pot and place it atop your tea cup. The cup's edge presses up on a disk at the bottom, which opens a valve. The tea runs out into the cup and a mesh filter leaves the leaves behind.
I noticed that with a large mug the bottom of the pot didn't fit completely over. That wasn't a problem; I shifted the pot over a bit, the edge caught the disk, and the tea flowed. Even when filled with hot water the outside of the food-grade plastic was only slightly warm and is supposed to be dishwasher safe. I only hand washed it and also didn't use it in the microwave, as you can supposedly do, because I'm used to timing the tea brewing from adding the water to the tea, and I don't want to under- or over-steep. It was easy to remove the filter from the bottom, get everything clean, and put it together again.
Although user reviews are similarly positive, there are a number complaining that the plastic filter comes loose. I emailed the company, which said that the problem has been addressed. I've had no difficult with it yet. The 16-ounce model is $19, with a replacement infuser running $3. I tend to make 1 1/2 cups for my over-sized mug. There is also a 32-ounce model for $24.
Your review was minus the very thing devoted drinkers of coffee and tea try are always trying to accomplish.
Okay, maybe it's just me, but keeping both pot/infuser and cup/mug as hot as possible for as long as possible is my everyday, early morning, Eternal quest.
So I heat the teapot and mug/cup first and Separately, for a couple of minutes it takes to boil water.
Then when everything is hot, I pour the by now boiled water in and steep/infuse for roughly three minutes and twenty seconds.
Yes, I not only really appreciate a heated teapot/infuser and mug...it's a daily goal.
However, I usually become engrossed in something else (like USAjudges.com) and the whole things grows cold right there in Front of me. Except I don't notice.
(And when I do I pop it in the microwave for twenty seconds.)
But the Plan remais the same. First Get, then Keep, everything hot hot HOT.
So please consider reviewing this product again after hotting it up.
Thanks, and Happy sipping.
This pot works differenly. The filter is fixed at the bottom, and that's where the liquid leaves when you rest the pot on the cup. You don't have to push down a filter, though, now that I think of it, you might be able to use a French press to make tea.
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