Tea "on the road"
I do a fair bit of business traveling. I am tired of having bagged tea at a restaurant/hotel. Does anyone bring their own teas with them? How do you deal with straining the tea leaves?
I use Agathas Bester tea filters – you fill the bag with your own loose leaf and brew it that way and you are not left with any leaves in the cup. They sell cup-sized and pot-sized. They sell a clip that can be used to close the filters also. Or you could get a reusable filter (like a ball infuser) which you can empty pretty easily.
I tend to take the fillable paper bags, put in my tea of choice, and carry them in a tin. It is still tea in a bag, but far from bagged tea, if you know what I mean. It is much cleaner than hauling my infuser basket or a tea ball….
Agreed, SimplyJenW, the bags are the way to go. You can purchase them for $3 from Adagio; I have a stockpile at work, at home, and in my car. I use a tin or a Ziplock-baggie thingy if all of my tins are being used.
That is where I get my bags, too, but I have seen them at kitchen stores (Sur Le Table comes to mind), places like Whole Foods, and other online tea vendors.
Really? I haven’t even thought of searching local stores. I’ll have to go to Whole Foods (oh no, what a chore – heehee)…and maybe the new Wegman’s will have something. Thanks for the tip!
They are cheapest at Adagio…and a close second at Upton. The ones I have seen around are the Finum bags, and they run a little more.
There are also some travel mug that come with a removable strainer. Just another option.
For me it’s getting the water at the right temperature that can be challenging while traveling. I can deal w/ leaves. The ingenuiTEA is great to avoid drippy bags.
I use a Thermos brand thermos that I purchased at Teavana a year ago (that comes with a strainer that can be removed). The double bonus is my tea stays hot for hours…I’m talking I make the tea at 9am and it is still hot by 3pm!
I bought one of those two and I LOVE how long it stays hot! (Although I did burn my mouth the first time I used it, thinking the tea would cool down. A gulp later had me standing corrected…)
I bought this travel mug – http://www.kitchenstuffplus.com/shop/product.php?d=&sd=&pid=W019954 and even though it leaks horribly when you just put liquid in it, it has useful functionality. The top part untwists and there is space to put your loose tea there and inside the bottom part there is a removable steel filter.
So I usually just take empty mug to work with tea at the top, put leaves into the mug, put water in so the leaves are freely swimming in the water and then when it’s steeped you just pour it and the filter keeps the leaves inside the travel mug.
I got this for Christmas. The reason I wanted it was for work, and for road trips.
I do recommend it! I prefer glass over metal or plastic. I bought the poly/glass.
But in a pinch, I have used paper towels as a filter for tea while pouring. I have also used an old tshirt to filter tea in the past.