I got a used one as a gift from a friend and it is heavenly! I am no longer guessing on water temperatures. It heats water very quickly. It is such a luxury to have this in my kitchen. For as much as I drink tea, I can’t believe I’ve not had an electric kettle sooner.
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I bought the large mug specifically for Rooibos teas or herbals where you can leave the leaves brewing for an extended period of time. I love that the filter strains the Rooibos when I am drinking it. I have never had any problem with the rooibos passing through the filter. I have tried brewing the tea the alternate way (by putting it in the filter and tipping it upside down after the required cooling period) and have gotten occasional leaks. I contacted the company and they have been very helpful with hints etc and even offered to send me a new seal! I am still not sold on the inverting method of brewing the tea in this mug—by the time the hot water cools to the point that i can invert it my black tea doesn’t seem to brew nicely; however it is great for brewing my rooibos. I use the mug everyday!
I have had this mug for 3 months now and the infuser broke. I was making tea today and went to empty the tea in the garbage when the basket broke from the brim of the infuser. I’ve never put it in the dishwasher and always wash it by hand so I was surprised that is only lasted 3 months. I have other infusing mugs that I’ve had for the same amount of time that work just as well and are still intact!
The best machine ever! I’ve used it daily for 3 months. If it broke tomorrow, I would run out and get another one!!
Delicious Coco melon Tai tea, I love the ginger inside.
I like this a lot for brewing a single cup and then reusing the leaves. It’s a little annoying to clean, but so is my other plastic-cloth-style infuser. I thought it would last forever, but after only a handful of uses, there is a cut in the basket. I’m not sure what happened, or if it came that way and I didn’t notice it, but if you get one, assume that it is more fragile than it appears. I might have messed it up in the drying rack or something, I don’t know.
As for the quality of the steep- it does leave dusty particles in the tea, the perforations are tiny and fine, but some bits of tea will be tinier and finer. It doesn’t bother me, I can just play Professor Trelawney with the dust. But if you’re someone who needs crystal clear tea, this infuser won’t make it.
This is perfection.
I’m actually enjoying taking tea with me again, when drinking tea has become a chore when it gets cold and gross. If I want iced tea, I drink it cold, not tepid!
PERFECTION. I will be buying more.
The Best Tea Thing I Own.
i love it so much i own multiples!
and they are the most beautiful things ever. http://instagram.com/p/WurPoDIc1x/
i am a sipper. and i am easily distracted. and with a timolino my tea doesn’t go to waste.
also now i can make tea for my friend when we meet at the movies.
or i can have multiple teas with me for an all night hangout with friends.
it’s just perfect.
I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday and decided to use it to pick up one of these. I have a similar one from Teavana, but for some reason, I had to have this one too.
• It is super easy – throw a scoop of tea in, add correct temp water, wait for tea to brew, set over cup to drain, remove, and drink. Depending on the type of tea, this gadget can then be stashed in the ‘fridge for a re-steep, or the leaves can be swished into the sink/bin/garden/compost bin.
• I have yet to encounter a tea that has particles small and fine enough to slip through the strainer into the cup.
• It is far easier to clean out bits of tea from this than from a tea ball.
• I don’t care that this is plastic. That means I can take it with me without worry on trips, picnics, and work.
• This thing will hold 16oz of liquid. I can brew up an entire travel cup of tea in one go, set this on top of the travel tumbler and not worry about spilling or even having to stand there and hold anything!
• I have a few cups (a Tervis mug, some other ceramic/stoneware mugs) that this will not fit comfortably over the top of. I have to balance one side on the edge of the mug to engage the lift mechanism in the gadget.
• It holds 16oz of liquid. If I want to use a smaller (normal) sized cup that isn’t see-through, I have to constantly pick up this thing and check the level of the liquid in the drinking vessel.
• Occasionally, if I haven’t let it drip completely out, I might have a small drip on the counter when I set it down.
Overall, I really like it and find myself grabbing it from the cabinet more often than the Teavana one. The only actual drawback for me is that it doesn’t fit over certain mugs I have.
Best Tea-Steeper ever created.
Finally got my hands on one of these. After Em’s review, I had to try one!
It keeps things just as hot as they go in for hours and hours and hours. A great thing to have at your desk if you work where you can’t get up often to get more hot water. My mom wanted one for just that reason and I believe she’ll love this.
The only downside for me with this is that when I take tea on the road (which is when I have the most issue with not being able to get more hot water readily) is that it isn’t a thermos you can drink from. You do need a cup or something to pour into. (Duh – been since grade school since I had a thermos – there is a cup built in as the cap) Also I’d like for it to hold more than 2 cups to be a viable travel thermos.
And it is very thin. Going to have to buy a bottle brush to clean it.
WORTH EVERY PENNY. My only quarrel is the teeny-weeny tea scoop that hardly looks like it holds even half a tsp. Minor stuff.
I made two pots of tea in this baby yesterday, both black — Nepal Black (Jun Chiyabari Estate) and Assam (Kopili Estate) — and almost fainted in bliss. The basket cycle is glorious. I used to wonder if the tea steeped properly, seeing as the leaves spend a fair bit of time ascending back up the pole, and if you’re only making a small amount of tea, the basket will leave the water. It’s not an issue. If I want the tea strong, I scoop in a little extra. The basket cycle gets the tea stirred as it steeps and makes for complexities of flavour and aroma that you can’t get making tea one cup at a time. A weekend pleasure.
Yes, it’s expensive. But it makes good tea even better. What else might you spend that money on that will give you such lasting, and repeated, pleasure?
Perfect ! The only one little thing that bothers me with this mug is that sometimes, when you leave the infuser in the mug, a little bit of tea go trought the top. Really love it, I almost only use this mug, even trought i have 4 differents mugs for differents occasions.
Enter the temperature,enter the time,and you’re done!
It’s that simple. And the machine lifts the basket for you when the brew time is complete. This helps me as a mom. All you have to do is pour!
However, you have to be really careful NOT to wash the outer part of the jug, as there are electrical components at the bottom….so washing the inside is a delicate task.
Overall, this is awesome. I say get it.
I love this thing. I use it for brewing all my black teas. Being a mom of two young kids, I was always forgetting my tea and ending up with really bitter cold tea. Not a problem anymore. I do my green teas in my cast iron pot so that i can do multiple steeps.
Have the 36 oz one and use it regularly for tea sharing. Love it! Will be buying the 18 oz variety soon.
using this lovely little basket for my Vermont Liberty Tea Company Jade Oolong :) best for resteeps
LOVE this machine. It really is such a fun way to brew tea. Your able to see the leaves infuse into the water, don’t have to worry about temperature, and clean up is fairly easy (simple rinse for me after use). It’s also a stylish piece of kitchen equipment. The bottom plate inside the kettle can discolor, but that is likely from the tannins and can be cleaned easily from my understanding. I’m leaving it the way it is for now to help build up flavor. Also, I wish that it had increments beyond 5 degrees, but that just nit picking. :)
I love this steeper. Use it everyday. If it starts to get tea stains, I use a scrub brush and some rubbing alcohol and then soak with soapy water. It is well worth the price.
I LOVE THIS MUG. I got one for Valentine’s Day. The red one from the winter line. The filter is absolutely magical and surprisingly easy to clean. Literally the perfect mug. Not so big that my tea gets cold by the time I reach the bottom, and not so small that I can’t quench my thirst. Great.
Everything Finum makes is awesome. I like how rooibos can’t even get through this filter.
The only gripe I have about this system is that the strainer doesn’t stay level in the cup. Yes, I know this is a minor gripe, but sometimes I’m a little bit compulsive, and you would think that a strainer/cup/lid designed for each other could fit together PERFECTLY. I also like to fill the cup up as high as possible. Since the strainer isn’t level, I often fill the cup just a hair too high for the low end of the strainer and get a few leaves floating over into my tea. Besides this minor MINOR complaint, I love it!