Review: KTeas Mary Pop-in

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Thumbs up!"I’m so impressed with this little strainer. It’s made of stainless steel so it won’t rust, leaves my pot easy to clean and allows me to brew my black tea just as I experienced it in England! "
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marypopinI participated in a tea swap (quite a while ago on another tea website) and I received this little accessory called a Mary Pop-In. It is one of the greatest new tea accessories that I’ve had in a long time! It’s the most unique tea strainer I’ve ever seen!

It’s made in Marybourough, Queensland, Australia! That is the birthplace of P. L. Travers who wrote “Mary Poppins”

The Mary Pop-In is amazing. It’s a small, umbrella shaped strainer. It simply slips into the spout of my teapot and even has a little part that keeps the tea from dripping down the side of the teapot!

The great thing about it is that it allows me to brew loose leaf tea, loose in the pot! Why is this important to me? Because, though I have some very nice removable tea strainers, none of them allow the tea leaves to fully expand while brewing. This greatly affects the the flavor of the tea! Just this morning, I brewed some “Pride of the Port” from Peet’s tea. I always enjoy it, but brewing loose in the pot and using the Mary Pop=In brought out flavor and depth that I don’t usually taste when brewing it in my removable strainers.

After heating filling my pot with hot water to warm, I empty and measure my tea into the pot just at the kettle is reaching boiling point (I only use my Mary Pop-In for black teas). I fill the pot and the Mary Pop-In fits neatly into the tea spout. After 5 min or so, I open the pot to give it a gentle stir (or just turn the pot side to side a few times). Then I pour the first cup.

I get a great cup of leaf-free tea straight from the pot! Clean up is easy too! Once you’ve drained the pot, you just pull the Mary Pop-In out and rinse it or run it through the dishwasher. The leaves in the pot are fully opened and easy to scoop out (not all stuck up in the spout) before washing the pot.

When I was visiting in England, I was often served loose black tea brewed directly in the pot, and have learned to really love many of my black teas brewed this way.

When I’m sharing the pot of tea with friends or family, any of my black teas can be brewed perfectly with this method! I have found though, that some black teas do not hold up to being brewed this way. Because the leaves are left to stew - the pot of tea will change a bit as time goes on. Some can become bitter while other do hold up very well.

My favorite teas to brew with the Mary Pop-In included Peet’s Pride of the Port and Golden Moon Tea’s Sinharaja. Both take on some wonderful flavor even when it is only me drinking through the pot of tea.

I’m so impressed with this little strainer. It’s made of stainless steel so it won’t rust, leaves my pot easy to clean and allows me to brew my black tea just as I experienced it in England!
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