Review: Adagio’s IngenuiTEA

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ingenuitea_teapot.jpgUp until recently, I had been one of those schlubs who put my loose leaf tea into a variety of tea infusers you stick in your cup. For years and years, I used standard metal ones -- some shaped like a spoon that you pop open, others shaped like little boxes or houses or spheres or whatever. I had a drawer full of them -- mainly because I was dissatisfied with them all. They all leaked a tremendous amount of tea leaves into the cup, and it always irked me. Then I started reading about how the metal taste easily leaches into the tea, and then from that point on I realized how true that is. Then my wife bought me two very cute infusers, made of colorful rubber and shaped like a lemon and a pear -- ultra cute, but still leaking tea leaves into my cup.

Then I discovered this, my savior. the ingenuiTEA mug is what I have been waiting for my whole life (or at least my entire adult life). An ingenious design: simply throw in loose tea leaves, pour in hot water, and when your brew is done, sit the thing on top of ANY mug, and it dispenses the tea out the hole in the bottom. The screen is so fine that you could throw microdust in there and still get a clean brew. I have put every kind of tea I can think of in this thing, and have never had any tea residue leak through in a single cup.

Excellent perks include: a fantastic handle for gripping; 100% plastic design, so you can microwave, put in the dishwasher, etc.; fully disassembles for ultra-cleaning; comes with a snazzy little coaster so you don't get tea drips on your desk or counter; a hinged-lid that aids in keeping your brew at ideal temperature.

There are actually a few drawbacks with this cup as well. One is the screen tends to stain easily. You need to rinse it out immediately after your brew is done, or else the leaves stain the screen a brown color. Not a big deal in the end, but it becomes more unsightly with each use. Chais seem to do the worst damage. Two is the disassembly. I throw mine in the dishwasher about once a week, and it comes apart quite easily, but the small parts tend to get lost easily -- also, the mechanism on the bottom can get worn out the more you take it apart. I suppose it's not completely necessary to disassemble it each time, but I'm kind of a freak about getting it as clean as possible. Three is the price - it's over 20 bucks. Four is the lack of replacement parts -- to my knowledge, there is no way to get a replacement screen, or lid, or the smaller bits in the mechanism. And $20-$25 is a lot to spend on a replacement when all you need is one little part.

I can't imagine what I ever did without one of these. Now I'm hooked for life.

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3 Responses to “Review: Adagio’s IngenuiTEA”

  1. Bethany Says:

    You actually can buy replacement infuser screens for $3, through Adagio. They’re available on the same page as the ingenuiTEA.

    I’m with you on the staining – I clean mine immediately after every use, and I’ve had it since December. It looks disgusting. The screen is a beautiful shade of brown now. Unfortunately I did order one of the replacment infusers through Adagio’s website, and it does not fit properly in my ingenuiTEA.

  2. Bryan Says:

    Staining is a big problem, but one solution that I found on the web is to soak your ingenuiTEA in bucket of hot water with oxyclean for about an hour. I threw mine in without disassembly and it came out quite clean and stain free. One caveat though, is that the valve that dispensed the tea is still stained, but I figure if I really took the whole thing apart it’d clean pretty well.

  3. Jon Says:

    I mix water and bleach in a cup and put the strainer in there to whiten it up.

    This IngenuiTea with the plastic strainer even though its stains, is better than the Teavana equivalent since you can remove the strainer to get any gunk from underneath out.

    @Bethany, I read that if you heat the bottom of the ingenuitea or the strainer (forget which) in hot water that the new strainer will fit snugly inside.

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