What's your best buy?
I recently won some Matcha from Yunomi.us, and so I was reading up on Matcha and how to go about making it. And I was going to buy a bamboo whisk. But they also sent me a sample of some Kabusecha, and I was reading about the warm steeping method for that and it recommends serving in Guinomi.
Now, I know neither of these items are essential, but I do think they probably add to the whole experience of drinking tea. So I was wondering, what is the one item you have bought since your entry into the world of tea that is your absolute favourite? It could be anything from a variable temperature kettle to a decorated saucer. I’m just interested. And maybe it’ll help me decide what to buy first. But probably not…
My Japanese Latte Mugs from Davids Tea. I think they are gorgeous and I really enjoy drinking my tea from them – they enhance the experience for me.
In terms of practical items, my Perfect Tea Mug (basically a mug with lid and infuser) and my Variable Temp Kettles were the most helpful. I held off on the variable temp kettle but it makes my tea life SO MUCH easier.
My variable temperature kettle (cusinart) – everything changed. Water boiled faster! Low temp teas became amazing and not bitter! That was the hugest impact / best buy for me.
Before that, my DavidsTea gravity steeper – I bought it at my second trip to DavidsTea (at the beginning of my tea obsession) and I took it on me when I went out of town. It was a huge leap in flavor, as before I was using paper filters or nothing at all.
Recent? Probably my gaiwans – that changed unflavored tea for me into a relaxing ritual.
Almost the same as Awkward Soul, my variable temp kettle. That and the various steeper cups that I’ve bought/gotten and teapots that I have bought/gotten!
Gravity steeper. I still want to get a variable temp kettle/water heater thing, but that needs to wait for a bit.
Breville one touch-Can’t live without it now!
My Zojirushi hot water pot. Technically I didn’t buy it, but it was the best wedding gift ever and after using it every day for nearly 5 years I don’t think I could live without it.
My ingenuiTEA comes in a close second, because now it’s easy to make tea while I travel.
In cold months, my electric kettle for the reasons stated—waaay faster than stovetop, with the added bonus that it can keep a pot of brewed tea at just the right temperature for a long time. In hot weather, the Takeya Flash Chill Pitcher—makes cold steeping a snap and can be laid on its side in the fridge to save space.
I really like large (14 oz. or more) clear glass mugs so I can see the color of the tea, particularly when I’m brewing oolongs and green teas. My favorites — hate to admit it! — are the ones from Teavana.
I also would not be without a variable temp kettle. I bought a Pino brand one from TeaGschwendner.
I have to say my variable temp kettle comes out on top. It made it so much easier to make tea, since previously I had been boiling water on the stove with a candy thermometer stuck in it. Watching water boil = watching paint dry/grass grow. Lol.
From a more aesthetic point of view, I’d have to say I really like the cherry blossom steeper mug I got from Teavana, though I only use the mug since the steeper insert’s holes let too much tea through.