|"I've had this now for a few weeks, and it has yet to see the inside of a cupboard."|
This brewing setup involves a handleless cup, a mesh infuser, and a lid. As a bonus, the system comes with three of their individual tea packets, called Single Steeps. A word on Tea Forte’s Single Steeps: They’re simply pre-measured packages of loose-leaf tea, which is actually pretty clever. They aren’t quite as handy as bagged teas, but they’re more portable than straight loose leaf.
The first thing I notice about this is that it’s quite attractive, though I find that trend throughout all of Tea Forté’s teaware. The colour is crisp and bright, and I especially appreciate the white interior so I can see the colour of my tea. The infuser, while I wouldn’t mind it being deeper, is larger than it looks in the pictures, so leave have a reasonable amount of room to expand.
Downsides: The volume is a bit low for my tastes. When I brew in-cup, I like a large vessel, and I currently use 18-ounce cups. This is, of course, just a personal preference. The cup is also initially very hot to the touch so it’s hot to carry immediately after brewing. This also means the cup isn’t retaining heat in as efficient a manner as it could.
That being said, this does hold the heat better than your average single-wall cup, so your tea stays hotter longer. The bottom also never gets hot, so you don’t have to worry about coasters. As the filter is rounded, it is extremely easy to clean out. I also appreciate the versatility of this system. The lid can be used as a rest for the infuser, and both the lid and infuser can be used in any other cup that will fit them, and I have found many that will.
I’d say one of the best gauges of a new tea device is how often it gets used. I’ve had this now for a few weeks, and it has yet to see the inside of a cupboard. I use it almost daily for when I brew Western style, and I’m glad to have it in my collection.
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