Category: Teaware

Tea Infusers

Whilst looking for tea related things I came across some rather interesting tea infusers.Floating duck tea infuser

First of all, I came across this floating duck tea infuser.  The yellow duck floats and underneath the duck is a tea infuser for putting your loose tea in, meaning that you have a little yellow duck floating around in your cup whilst your tea is brewing :).  It then has a little blue stand for putting your tea infuser on so that you don’t get drips everywhere.  It looks amazing and appears to be well thought out from a more practical point of view.Shark tea infuser

Then I came across another really cool tea infuser.  It’s a shark tea infuser.  It has a shark fin that floats above the water and if you are infusing a red tea it looks like there’s a trail of blood behind it.

I prefer teapots to tea infusers but these are definitely the best tea infusers I’ve seen!  They’re also somewhat cheaper than most tea infusers I’ve come across.  I do like the way they float, not just because of the awesomeness of having a rubber duck or shark fin floating in my tea but also because removing the tea infuser can be difficult, the ones with chains attached for retrieving them, I find the chain often falls into the tea.  However, with these, you’ve got something that’s floating so you can easily pick it up out your tea.  I particularly like the fact the duck has a drip catcher.

Unique mugs

Mood mugs, 1 of the 20 unique mugsIf you drink tea (or even coffee) anything like as often as I do then your mug is probably not far off being a permanent extension of your arm, so I often feel you might as well have a nice one.  As such I got quite (OK, very) excited when I came across this website which has 20 unique mugs.  I admit I don’t actually have any of these (although I hope to change that at some point) but I thought they were amazing so thought I’d blog about them anyway.

Plug mugThe “mood mugs” are one of my favourites.  As well as being a very cool design, they’re also double walled mugs.  This has two major advantages.  Firstly, your tea stays hot far longer.  Secondly, if you have issues with holding a hot mug (like I do) you’ll like the fact that double walled mugs don’t get hot on the outside.  These come in 3 “moods”: Happy as Larry, Monstrously Moody and Seriously Sleepy.

For anyone that doesn’t like other people at work stealing their mug (especially if it vanishes for long periods and then reappears looking like it’s not been washed up for a while) there’s the plug mug.  It has a little plug near the bottom that you can keep hold of, making the mug useless to anyone else.  Be careful not to catch the plug on anything though or it might get rather messy!Pointy bottomed mug for prevention of mug theft

Another option if you work (or live) somewhere where your mug goes for walkies and ends up rather dirty, there’s also a mug that has a pointy bottom.  This also renders it useless to anyone that doesn’t have the stand for it.  The disadvantage of this however is that your stand might go for walkies too.  It is a very cool mug design though.

Tie Tea Cup

Another of my favourites is the 45 degree mug a mug that, together with it’s specially designed saucer, happily sits at 45 degrees to the saucer.  It’s a very clever design and the bits that allow it to sit at 45 degrees are very cleverly hidden so that you can confuse people even more with your mug that is managing to sit at a very weird angle.

Last but not least, there’s a mug for anyone that drinks tea from teabags that have little bits of string attached, the Tie Tea Mug.  This mug allows you to tie the tea bag to the mug so that you don’t loose the teabag, complete with string, into the your cup of tea, saving you the trouble of trying to fish it out.

IngenuiTEA teapot

Picture of the IngenuiTEA teapot.It took almost a year for me to replace my old teapot which broke into rather too many pieces in the process of moving house, but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist.  I initially came across it on ThinkGeek but then bought it from Adagio, partially because the price was then in GBP.  Adagio have since started selling one twice the size.

Although it may look like it’s made of glass, it actually appears to be made of some sort of plastic and is extremely resilient, it’s resilience is also added to by nature of not having a spout!  Although it’s an unusual teapot, I’ve found it to be extremely good.  It normally lives on my office desk and doesn’t take up very much space (for which I’m extremely grateful for because my desk is normally buried under teas, books and papers!).

It has a valve at the bottom and an extremely good filter and then when it’s done you just place it on top of your mug and it empties out of the bottom.  This is both good and bad.

The major advantage of this teapot design is that the tea has plenty of space.  If you’ve never made tea in something like this before, it may surprise you quite how much the tea expands when given the space to do so.  It also seems to make a noticeable improvement to the taste of the tea, although I’ve never made a proper comparison.  There’s also enough space for most flowering teas to properly flower which is extremely pretty.

The downside of the design of this teapot is that once you’ve got the teapot on top of your mug, you can’t tell how full the mug is unless you have a transparent mug.  Thankfully my favourite mug is twice the size of a normal mug so this isn’t a problem but with standard sized mugs it can be difficult to judge when the mug is getting full.  Another thing you have to be careful of is that you put the teapot down on a flat surface.  If you put the teapot down on a surface that isn’t flat something can  press on the valve causing it to empty, which gets very messy, as I discovered!

Overall I would highly recommend this as a teapot to anyone that uses loose tea, although if you’re wanting something that’ll do more than one or two mugs, you might want to get the larger size.