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96
reviewed Disappearing Tardis Mug by Teaware
2 tasting notes

I swear, every time I pour tea in this mug, I immediately make the tardis noises as the tardis miraculously disappears from the streets of london to reappear in the depths of the time vortex. Any whovian would be thrilled to receive this mug as a gift.

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90
reviewed Aladdin Tea Infuser Mug by Teaware
82 tasting notes

I’ve only had this mug for a short time but I am in love. I would never take tea anywhere before because, like most people, I hate oversteeped tea, and couldn’t find an infuser that worked like I wanted it to – this one definitely fits the bill! I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to hot tea, and this mug keeps tea the perfect temperature for me – not scalding like some metal travel mugs, but not too cold, either. Hopefully the plastic will be able to stand wear and tear because I plan on using this all the time once I go back to work. :)

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I wanted to review this again now that have used it some more.

First of all, people who see it think it is so cool and so much fun. It is! I guess we are easily entertained!

My son’s girlfriend wanted to know where to get one the very first night she saw me using it. A week later my son-in-law wanted to know why the tea wasn’t going all the way down, and said “Coooooooooool!” when I pressed the button.

I used it with my best friend before giving her one for Christmas. She sent me a message that night saying that even though we had a TON of tea already that night, she was using her new pot to make more tea. She told me today that she has used it every single day since getting it.

We used it tonight to make two liters of Puerh while watching old movies. It is clean, convenient, easy, and fun. I am not seeing any staining yet and it is easy to clean. I rinse the basket with the button up, then with the button down, then turn it upside down and press the button to get the last of the water out of the strainer.

This will be going on vacation with me from now on. If anything ever happens to it, I would buy another right away.

Terri HarpLady

I have a small one of these in my desk at work. At lunch time I bring it out & treat myself to a gongfu session with whatever tea I brought that day. It’s the highlight of my school day :)

Terri HarpLady

Super easy at work

OMGsrsly

And no one’s had any problems with them breaking? I’ve had 3 from different companies now, and each of them have shattered when I’ve been making tea. :/ IDK what I’m doing wrong if no one else has had this problem!

ashmanra

Terri: that looks like mine, but mine is the 500 mL. It is fun and easy, isn’t it? I bought one for a friend who is a teacher because I thought it would be easy for her to use at school. I am loving mine! Plan to use it tonight!

ashmanra

OMG: I have only had mine for a week or so, but no problems so far. I have a glass gong fu pot and double wall glass cups and all have held up so far. Someone gave me a cheap glass gift set of a pot, glass infuser, and flowering teas. The infuser shattered right away, but the set was not borosilicate glass. I think it really matters to have borosilicate glass, but having said that, K S had one shatter on him when it struck a faucet just so. My borosilicate French press held up but I gave it to my daughter long ago and she hardly ever uses it.

OMGsrsly

I have a french press and the wee davidstea pot and double walled mugs. No problems with those! Maybe I need to find a more reliable brand of these things. :) I really liked how easy it was, and it was fun to use the jug by itself for the occasional flowering tea.

ashmanra

If yours was a Kamjove, maybe you could try Piao I? Has more than one Kamjove broken on you? Is it possible it was too cold when hot water was poured in, or did it break because it hit something? I hope these will last!

OMGsrsly

I have a feeling they were off-brands. One had a fault in the glass, and two just shattered when I drained the tea. I had started pre-heating, too! I should look for a better quality one. :)

ashmanra

Oh, I love the idea of using them for flowering teas! My glass pots are too tiny to let them show all their beauty, there just isn’t room. But this would be great! It is tall and narrow, just right!

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I bought this from Teavivre and got an extra one for a friend for Christmas. I was torn about what size to buy, as different websites show the larger pot having different shapes. There were two reasons I bought the middle size instead of the large. First of all, the large one at Teavivre has a long spout instead of the cute little pouring lip, and I didn’t want to risk that since it was glass. Also, hubby pointed out that the infuser cup part appeared to be the same size no matter what size your pitcher is, so I might as well buy this since I will need the same number of steeps. Mandala sells these as well, so perhaps if Garrett sees this note he can clear that up for us. Other sites show the large pot having the small lip, but I don’t know if the photo is accurate. One site indicated that the infuser is larger for the larger pots, and the number of ounces they list isn’t the same even when the pictures appear to match. This made it harder to choose where to order from and what size!

I used it for my puerh sample tonight and it was wonderful. I made one steep and immediately refilled the infuser section. The second steep comes to the bottom of the infuser, so if you don’t start pouring right away your tea could oversteep and become bitter. As it was, we were pouring pretty quickly and made a total of two liters of tea with our sample and had no trouble. Two steeps at a time were being mixed together.

Why did I want this with all the pots I already own? I don’t like the morning multi-tasking and delays. I make the dog an omelette and then start my omelette, toast, and tea. When the food is ready, I am still in the kitchen waiting for the timer to go off and I don’t want to carry the pot to the dining table and have to take a bowl or dish to put the infuser basket in while listening for the time, which I will have to get up to turn off anyway. Call me OCD but I don’t want a messy bowl of leaves on the table if I can help it. I wanted a pot I could carry with me before the leaves are done steeping and then have it mess free. See? Lazy!

The most I can see making easily with this size pot is about 14 ounces. Otherwise your leaves are in the water. Of course, you could remove the infuser, but my whole point was that I wanted to be able to make and drink tea with moving the leaves and making a drippy mess and I didn’t want to have to get up from the table. This is my lazy pot! But it will also save money because it is going to be super easy to make tea for one by resteeping a single teaspoon of leaf. One could also easily make a tea concentrate with this and add water to dilute if you wanted larger amounts at a time.

The bottom line is that it is going to do exactly what I wanted it to do. It was easy to use, it is really cool to watch, and my son’s girlfriend immediately wanted to know where I got it because she wants one. There was no mess from dripping or leaves.

A few reviews here and there said that in time the infuser cup gets dirty and stained. One person remarked in the comments that they use a denture cleaning tablet to clean the infuser portion. I will give that a try if I have a problem with unsightly staining in the future.

I am pretty excited about using this. I think it has solved my morning breakfast conundrum.

gmathis

I’ve used denture tablets before, with some improvement afterward, but usually, I let my baskets get so scaly before I tend to them, they’re pretty hopeless to begin with. (Creative minds are rarely tidy. I read that quote on the Internet so it must be true :)

ashmanra

Were you cleaning a plastic basket like this one or a stainless steel one? I wonder if that tea stain remover Mandala sells could be used on this. So far I have no staying or gunk and we have made three liters of puerh and a few batches of oolong. The stains wouldn’t freak me out, though. It’s only tea!

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reviewed Kati loose tea system by Teaware
268 tasting notes

I liked my first Kati system thing….whatever it is….so much that I decided to buy another. See, the first one was supposed to live at work, but I liked it too much so I ended up carrying it back and forth every day. Anyway, I ordered the “poppy fields” one this time (the one with the red and orange flowers). I thought the background was going to be purple, but it was brown. A tiny bit of a bummer, but nbd. Unfortunately, it also arrived with a chip in the rim. I was extremely (pleasantly) surprised when I called customer service and they sent another one to me right away, no questions asked. I didn’t even have to send the damaged one back. Huge props to Tea Forte for that!

Suziqzer

That is great customer service! I have looked at some of their mugs, but looked at Davids Perfect Mugs too.. not sure what I want next. The poppy fields one was one that I had my eye on, red is a favorite color of mine :)

Suziqzer

I didn’t realize the background was brown. Don’t they have one with a white background? Oh, maybe that was cherry blossoms.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been admiring Kati cups for awhile. They are so beautiful, & it’s awesome to hear that they have excellent customer service!

Cheri

I’ve been looking at this as well, but I worry the little infuser basket is too small. It seems small in the pictures I’ve seen, anyway. How’s the actual size?

mj

Yep, Suziqzer, the cherry blossoms one has a white background.

Cheri, the inner diameter of the basket is about 7cm or 2.75in and the depth at the center point (it’s rounded) is about 3.5cm or 1.38in. The measurements are approximate but should give you an idea of how big it is. If you’re worried that the infuser wouldn’t reach deep enough into the mug, there’s an inner rim aprroximately 1cm down from the top of the mug where the infuser basket sits.

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95
reviewed Libre Tea Travel Glass by Teaware
278 tasting notes

Love this! I have the 9 oz and 14 oz sizes. These glasses are so beautiful! I’m really happy with mine. These can be used as shown in the company video to make tea two ways, but I have a couple other suggestions.

First: I use this to brew tea at work. I like letting the leaves float around in the glass, then pouring the tea into a mug. I get the lovely floating leaf aesthetic, but without the leaves sitting in water for too long. It’s easy to re-steep this way, too.

Second (and best): Cold Brew. Some teas are amazing if you put the leaves in your libre glass with cool water, then put in the fridge overnight. In the AM, you have a lovely cold tea with low bitterness. Note – This does take a little experimentation. I find most black and white teas to be good like this, but sometimes greens taste odd. Also, sometimes you need to use a little extra tea. The cold brew method produces a mild tea and I just drink it through the strainer with the leaves in the glass. Yummy and pretty!

Libre tea customer service is great. My smaller glass was getting condensation inside the hologram. I emailed and a replacement was promptly sent. All is well now!!!

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89

Ut oh, an update to my earlier raving:

The plastic inside parts of the tops absorb scents/flavors and so far I’m having a hard time getting the last out. I’d hope/assumed they were made of plastic that was as limited as possible in this, but it was actually quite easy. I have made two fruited/scented teas in it and each time I had to scrub and soak the lids to get the neutrality back.

The first one wasn’t an intensely flavored tea so a day of scrub and soak practice got it back to normal.

This second one is the admittedly one with a very strong cinnamon component. They’ve been soaked and scrubbed a few times today and are currently soaking again.

100% neutrality isn’t necessary in such things, but these were both strong enough that I’d be smelling them while sipping something else out of the bottle so I need/ed to get them out or at least gone to just a trace.

Will update on success.

Otherwise, though, still an awesome product that I highly recommend. Just be more careful than I in using flavored and scented teas in it.

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89

I’ve had other smaller versions of this type of cup was curious but wary due to the negative points of the ones I owned. After handling and speaking with the vendor at the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC I went ahead and got the 14oz.

It is sturdy, holds heat really well, doesn’t leak, and the brew space between the two lids is quite good for a travel container. I’ve used it a good number of times already this week and am very, very pleased. It is awesome.

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88

I like this tea thing. It is well-made and it is pretty. It drains the tea and the lid never falls off the tea thing.

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85
reviewed Hario Chacha Glass Teapot by Teaware
11 tasting notes

I have a 400 ml pot so that is the size I am reviewing. I love my pot. The glass is sturdy , pours well anbd the big infuser basket naerly fills the pot so there is lots of room even for big leafy teas.
The lid, if one pours slowly, stays in place.
The only con I can think of is. the there isnt an easy way to remove the basket when your tea is ready. It gets hot to the touch and does. not have a handle. Tweezers or tea tongs make that a non-issue.
Reasonably priced, well made.
My only real complaint is that I should have bought a smaller size. The smallest size is 300 ml.

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75
drank Timolino 16 oz. Ingeni by Teaware
643 tasting notes

This works fine. You can pop out the bottom strainer to clean it if needed and get any stuck leaves loose, which was touted to me as a selling point. I think the filter in my Ingenuitea popped out as well, but I never knew that until it fell off of the counter and the handle shattered off! The filter popped out at that time as well, but went right back in. Wasn’t a problem for me that it didn’t come out, I don’t really worry much about tea stains and leaves never got stuck along the sides or under the filter. The Timolino does get leaves caught at the sides of the strainer from time to time, which doesn’t please me terribly but I can live with it. :) You can also put this whole thing in the microwave, unlike the metal mesh strainer in the Ingenuitea, but I use a kettle for my water, not the microwave, so again, not a big selling point for me over any other gravity infuser. I do think I prefer the metal mesh from the Ingenuitea – it just seemed sturdier. :)

So, I went to a local tea place where I bought my Ingenuitea hoping to replace it. All she had were these Timolinos. I figured it would cost about the same as the Ingenuitea and holy cow was I wrong. I should have just walked away – I could have replaced from Adagio online and cost less even with shipping. This is also about half the price on Amazon that I paid for it locally. But I hate to have someone ring something up and then change my mind, so I paid for taking the path of least resistance and not looking at the tag before putting it on the counter. Ah, well. Supporting the local economy counts for something. And I didn’t have to go back to filter basket in the cup for my tea until a replacement arrived. So hooray for local instant gratification. :)

UPDATE: Lowering rating because this leaks if you leave liquid in it for more than a couple of hours. I normally don’t, but I had just a little bit that wouldn’t fit in the cup a couple of times in the past weeks and each time, when I went back to pick it up, empty it, etc., it had leaked all over the counter. If you are just worried about drips, the coaster with the little lip on it that comes with the Timolino takes care of them but don’t let more than a couple of tablespoons sit in this for long or things will get… wet. I now have some paperwork that looks like authentically aged parchment…

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88

I received this teapot for Christmas and have used it many times since. Though I was apprehensive about using this teapot (due to the negative review on Teapigs website) I can happily say I’ve not had any problems with this. I can steep a litre (35oz) of tea for a good long session, or steep enough to fill my flask for iced tea.

The steeping egg can fit up to roughly 15g of black or blended tea (without much room to expand) and for my taste it’s a nice strength. A little on the light side for some teas so not suitable for everything but for your generic blends and the odd Oolong or unflavoured black it’s great. Plus once it’s steeped for however long needed I can just pull the egg steeper up and remove it from the water, making sure I don’t oversteep. Oversteeping is a problem with my Adagio PersonaliTEA pot so at least now I have something more suitable.

I would recommend this teapot, especially for flavoured tea blends, it’s a welcomed edition to my tea family.

Ze_Teamaker

I now need a flask for tea, just so I can mess with people.

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36
reviewed Steep & Go by Teaware
1 tasting notes

I bought the steep & go before Christmas and am finally trying it out. But for the life of me I can’t get it screwed on. I bought a bottle of Dasani (16.9 oz) to try this out and every way I’ve tried I can’t get it threaded. Is there some magic trick to it?

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82

This broad work well when picking Pu’ Er tea cake.

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88

Well, the lid is definitely picking up smells from flavored teas. My plan is to deodorize it and continue to use it only for unflavored teas. I will buy an infuser made of a non-porous material (still looking to find the right one) for when I brew flavored teas in the future. I still love this teapot, though!

sherapop

You might consider buying separate tetsubin for the preparation of different genres of tea… I only prepare straight teas in mine and use glass carafes for flavored blends.,,

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88

I’m pretty sure I messed up adding this. Most other teaware items have a different format, but I couldn’t find a place where anyone explained how to do this…

Anyhow, this is the best teapot I’ve owned. It’s the perfect size for two people to have two cups of tea each or four people to have one cup each. I love glass teapots in general. I think they’re beautiful and I enjoy seeing the color of the tea. But what really makes this teapot stand out is that there is so much space in the infuser for the leaf to expand. The infuser compared to the overall volume of the teapot is huge, and it’s also very easy to clean. The teapot itself is also easy to clean because it doesn’t have a traditional spout. The only thing I worry about are the rubbery components absorbing smells from flavored tea, but so far so good. Also, it comes it many colors, but I opted for a more neutral black.

Preparation
25 OZ / 739 ML

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100
reviewed Kati loose tea system by Teaware
1 tasting notes

I bought this cup for work and love it so much that I had to buy another one for at home!

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100

I have this mug…if you’re a doctor who fan…it’s awesome!!! Now I know it’s just a picture but any whovian would say otherwise. It’s my daily tea mug…just awesome. Only a couple downfalls, after you hand wash it (not dishwasher safe…oh well) don’t leave it wet, the plastic costing that show the disappearing tardis will bubble and eventually come off. But aside from that, it’s just so cool…now to get my doctor who TARDIS teapot:)

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100

I don’t own this teapot myself, but the folks over at thesweethome.com gave it very high marks in a review of their preferred tea steepers: http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-tea-steeper/

Here’s the amazon link:http://www.amazon.com/Hario-Chacha-Glass-Teapot-23oz-700ml/dp/B0007WTBQ0/

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I’ve been meaning to review this as I know some Steepsters are waiting on bated breath to hear what I think—such pressure, har—but I’ve dragged my feet some because it’s a little complicated (at least to me). Let’s see if I can break this down coherently.

Pros:
Decent capacity (~12oz), probably just right for 2 servings of the kinds of teas it seems most meant for, ie, resteep champs (think East Asian greens and oolongs). May seem a little small if you’re used to running around with 16oz of piping hot Western-y legacy-style or flavored blacks. What I like about this size is it’s sort of a concession between those two poles—it makes sense the more well-known glass version was relatively small (8oz or less IIRC) given it seems intended for those Chinese and Japanese-style teas, but this gives you a litle more room in case you want more options.

The mesh in the filter is rather fine. I don’t know yet if it’s rooibos-fine (I pretty much never go out with anything lacking caffeine, ha), but it’s teaball-fine for sure at least.

Easy to clean. The sleak uniform design of it means there’s no fragile or fiddly bits for gunk to get stuck in. The drinking chamber is narrow as with most tumblers so you wouldn’t be able to fit your hand down to the bottom to handwash, but a bottle brush is an obvious solution, and (I’m skeptical and haven’t done this myself but) Dragon Tea House claimed it’s dishwasher safe when I asked them about it.

Cons:
It doesn’t seem like it retains heat especially well. This is sort of a plus given that, again, it seems geared towards people who drink more delicate teas like greens and oolongs. And it’s not horrible at retaining heat, just not as good as Western thermoses designed expressly for that purpose. (I put this under cons but for me it isn’t one really; I actually have a problem with most tumblers keeping tea undrinkably hot for too long. YMMV depending on your on-the-go tea-drinking schedule!) Preheating the drinking chamber with hot water would help if this was an issue, of course.

The rim where you drink from is, while not like deadly sharp or anything, a bit unpleasant to drink from given it’s just cold steel and pretty finely edged. It is like drinking out of a tin cup while camping. I understand why it is—the “interchangeable screw top and bottom and removable infusing chamber” design relies on all of the pieces screwing together easily and not breaking down over time, and being leakproof, and in order to do that with soft parts all four components would have to be rimmed in gasket-tight material and would make for a much more complicated design. So it makes sense to me it’s as simple as it is. But if the lip of where you drink being comfy is a big issue, I don’t know what to tell you (IIRC the Copco I tried had similar issues with so-sharp-you-can-cut-yourself steel parts, seems almost inevitable when you decide to focus on a steel body).

As for leakproofness, this one’s tricky. It IS leakproof as long as you’re careful and good about screwing everything just right (making sure the threading is lined up right when you start). However, there’s this thing—and I have a feeling I might need more practice and then it won’t be a problem—where when you unscrew the infusing chamber, residual water the leaves are holding onto leaks onto you, the tumbler, etc. because there’s that moment when you’re unscrewing it and there’s nothing below the infuser basket to catch that water (and obviously you can’t turn it upside down so the top lid catches it, as then all your tea would fall out!). And I don’t mean like the drops when you lift an infuser basket from a mug normally, that you can put your hand under—I’m talking as soon as you start unscrewing the infusing chamber but it’s still connected to the drinking chamber, there’s that vacuum sucking sound and water immediately starts dribbling down the sides of the tumbler. Still figuring that out (maybe if I “burp” it by unscrewing just slightly then pausing to let air in before continuing it’ll help).

Also:
I am sorry but I honestly can’t remember right now if it’s uncomfortable to touch while there’s hot water in it (this was an issue with the hourglass flip tumbler). I’m pretty sure it wasn’t an issue—maybe a little uncomfortably warm but nothing that burns or actually hurts—but if I’m remembering wrong I’ll edit this later.

The weight/heft is interesting. I am impressed because it seems like they made sure to strike a balance here, especially with how moving the infuser chamber from top to bottom affects the tumbler’s stability. It’s heavy enough to act a bit as a weight at the bottom while infusing and once you’re ready to drink your tea, but not so heavy that when on top when you have yet to infuse (say, you’ve packed it up with your leaves and water so when you get wherever you’re going you can infuse, or for whatever reason you’ve got the infuser on the top for a while) it’s unstable. I wouldn’t say the thermos is light or heavy overall; it’s in between. It feels a smidge thick in the hand (especially compared to stuff like the hourglass flip tumbler, with its slender “waist” in the center) but it’s slimmer and more comfortable overall than the Copco was, and it fits in standard car cup holders.

You don’t need my review to tell you this, it’s inherent to the design described on the website, but this is the kind of tumbler you need to unscrew a lid to drink from, where it becomes like an open-mouthed cup when unscrewed. There’s no sliding/tabbed sipping holes or anything like that. Some people require that, some people don’t like them (I don’t, as I don’t like slurping hot beverages up into my mouth; I’m the sort who always altogether removes disposable coffee cup lids as soon as I can). So, just noting which category in falls in.

All in all, it is the best tumbler I’ve tried for when you want to infuse on the go and don’t want to deal with disposing of the spent leaves and infuser basket afterward. But it’s not a perfect dream come true home run exactly. And it is more suited, at least I think, to the kind of tea drinker who has a more Eastern approach—likes unflavored greens and oolongs, say, and tends to like gongfu brewing or at least “resteep a lot” type straight teas.

All of that said, I am glad I own it! I don’t know if most Steepsters would think it worth the price tag though. Just a heads up.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, that’s an elegant flask. One thing I wish the Timolino had was a sharper lip. That seems so hard to find.

keychange

Thank you so much for reviewing this! It still sounds wonderful, and I feel very similarly to you in terms of my preferences (tea not too hot, take the lid off disposable cups immediately, etc.). I think I’d find the edge a bit annoying, and the dripping water might feel like a bit of a dealbreaker, because the heat of the dripping water would probably terrify me a bit. But again, if this were only slightly cheaper (or heck, even if it wasn’t) I might still want it!

ifjuly

yeah, sorry it took me a while to get to it! it would’ve been faster to do if it was completely a hit or completely a miss, but it’s more like, i like it best of all of them so far, with a couple caveats. when/if i figure out the “unscrewing the infusing chamber makes it dribble out” issue i’ll update!

Abby Noelle

Thanks for the good and thorough review!! Goodness, I still want it…lol

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89
reviewed Matcha Sifter by Teaware
103 tasting notes
Sil

woohoo teaware!

AnnaEA

And I get to review it, not drink it!

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89
reviewed Matcha Sifter by Teaware
103 tasting notes

It does what it’s supposed to well, and is easy to clean. A must for serious matcha drinkers.

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