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I just bought this on Amazon and used it for the first time. I’ve been looking for a finer filter since I drink mostly herbal teas, and the stainless steel teaballs I have leave grit in the bottom of my cup if I’m drinking rooibos or honeybush and are really hard to clean if I make chamomile. I made a cup of Adagio’s Honeybush Hazelnut and there was a bit of very fine dust in the bottom of my cup, but no grittiness. It rinsed out easily with water, and I gave it a quick scrub with a bottle brush to make sure it was clean. I am a bit concerned about flavor contamination with the plastic, I have a couple of similar filters that I use for iced tea and they have taken on a bit of the scent and flavor of the teas I brew in them. With the iced tea I’ve taken to using one to brew black tea and one to brew hibiscus tea. I think I’ll do something similar with these filters since they come in four different colors. I’ll probably use the black one for rooibos/honeybush/roasted barley/brewing cocoa, the blue one for floral teas, the red one for fruity teas, and the green one for minty and herbaceous teas. It means I’ll need to buy three more filters, but I think it will be worth it. I’ll probably try this one with chamomile just to make sure it works before I buy another, though.
I love almost everything about these filters. I have two mediums, and they fit perfectly into all of my cups, mostly 8oz, some 12. There’s lots of room inside for leaves to expand fully, and the superfine mesh is wonderful – only the very finest dust escapes. You will never find stray rooibos needles or fannings in your cup.
There are two things about these baskets that make me unable to rate them 100.
I find them aesthetically pretty blah. They’re very functional but not very beautiful.
And, the plastic frame traps smells more than all metal brew baskets. I find that with flavoured teas, it can be very difficult to get the fragrance out enough for it to not taint my next cup of tea, even with soap, bleach and soaking in hot water. The smell does fade fairly quickly if the basket dries completely, but it’s a pain.
Still, these are awesome brewing baskets and I haven’t found anything better.
I have the 5oz system, and I love it. I received this one for my birthday.
I like it a lot, but not quite as much as the 5oz one. I love the glass. The size is really nice. I like the filter, but I wish it had a little handle on it, like the 5oz size does. I also wish there was a little bit of a raised area in the tea hat/tray for the filter so it wasn’t sitting flat against the bottom. Otherwise, I really like it.
I just got both the medium and large sized brew baskets. The large is narrow enough to fit a regular sized mug, so you don’t really need to have both (unless you need multiple brew baskets; I happen to need a spare at work.) The large worked great in my tea pot. And best part of all: in Deutschland hergestellt!
Now I have used a variety of tea infusers and my biggest complaint is that there are tea leaves in the bottom of my cup. This tea infuser prevents that. The mesh works wonders and I never find any tea particles in the bottom of my glass. I have two of these (medium) and they fit well in mugs, but also 2-3 cup tea pots. I highly recommend this infuser over any other infusers on the market.
I have this same tea filter, but its made by Teeli. It looks 100% like this. I bought it at 7,59€ from local internet store about year ago, and its still good.
I love this, its easy to wash, you can even but it in dishwasher. It fits perfectly in any cup, and gives lot of free space for tea leaves. And when you want to reuse the tea leaves, just lift the filter and put the cap under it, and leave it there. It doesn’t leak.