Brought this home for the weekend and added brown sugar. Didn’t really add anything. More importantly, I have figured out how to make tea brewed with microwave water taste like it is supposed to taste. I heat the water in my mug then pour it into my press. I make sure to pour it so that it splashes against the glass. This puts the oxygen back in the water so I get full flavor. My kettle at work is still faster but I have conquered the microwave.