Review: Adagio’s IngenuiTEA

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Thumbs up!"I have found the tea lover's grail, and it is made in Taiwan of food grade plastic."
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ingenuitea_teapot.jpgAnyone who takes the leap into the world of loose leaf teas faces one dilemma -- how to brew and strain those beautiful, unbagged tea leaves. There are little spoon-shaped and teapot-shaped infusers that don't allow the leaves to expand fully. There are plastic, ceramic, and gold mesh inserts for cups and pots; great in theory, but they don't always fit well enough to brew the tea properly. My favorite disaster-in-waiting is the cotton tea sock, a fine knit cotton sock attached to a wire hoop that rests around the top of your tea pot or mug. That one is wonderful until after its first outing, which leaves it stained and just plain scary icky looking. Oh yes, and if you try to reuse it while it's still wet, osmosis causes tea to drip all over the counter from the hem containing the metal hoop. And, of course, there are the bamboo strainers, the metal strainers, all the seemingly good ideas that leave much to be desired in execution.

Heavy Sigh. What IS a tea snob to do? Well, I've grinned and born it, or done without, letting my expensive tea over-steep itself in the pot. Or, I've spent way too much on lovely pots with matching infusers, which guaranteed that either pot or infuser (or both) would get broken before I'd begun to get my money's worth of usage.

All of that is a dim memory now. I have found the tea lover's grail, and it is made in Taiwan of food grade plastic. The IngenuiTEA, from Adagio, is a clever contraption that holds my steeping tea for its allotted time, then dispenses it directly into my half liter mug. Leaves and bits, no matter how small, remain behind, trapped by the super-fine mesh filter. Place the dispenser on its own plastic coaster (included) and enjoy your tea. And, it's only $19. It would be a steal at twice the price for any tea-head.

It accomplishes all of this magic by simple mechanical means and it can quickly be disassembled and put in the dishwasher. Of course, I say simple mechanical means, but I still get a disproportionate thrill every time I watch my tea brew, then pop this puppy onto my mug and watch it magically empty therein, with no muss, no fuss, and no leaky filters or strainers.

This is perhaps the best tea purchase I've ever made. No, it IS the best tea purchase I've ever made. It makes it possible for me to fully enjoy all of my lovely teas, brewed properly and easily. My only complaint? I wish there was a multi-cup size, so I could warm a tea pot while the tea steeps, then fill it with my ingeniously brewed tea. For now, though, I'll just have to have a few of these marvels, so that I can share tea with a companion or two.

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3 Responses to “Review: Adagio’s IngenuiTEA”

  1. Laura Says:


    Adagio does make a 32 oz size of this product for $24. Teavana also offers a similar product in the larger size too, but I think theirs might be a couple bucks more?

  2. Mike Says:

    That’s the 32oz one, but since you can’t leave your tea in there or it will over-steep, I would only use it if you’re going to drain it into another teapot or directly in to 4 or more mugs. Of course, you don’t have to fill it every time either, you can just put in as much water and tea as you need which may be more than the 16oz could hold but doesn’t have to be the full 32 oz.

  3. Patty Says:

    Thank you, Laura and Mike, for the correction! I’ll have to add the 32oz. IngenuiTEA to my list of wanna haves.

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