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In the month celebrating iced tea, it’s time to accessorize and there’s no better place to look than our new arrivals for some of our newest teawares suitable for your iced tea needs this summer. Take our newest teawares on the go, in your backyard, or to the beach while staying in style!

 

 

The Lucent Glass Iced Tea Jug w/ Capsule Infuser is a beautiful glass jug that is lead free and heat resistant. The stainless steel infuser allows you to brew straight into the jug and then serve it right away. This jug is also easy to clean with detachable parts, so you can use this over and over again this summer.

 

The Charlie Glass Iced Tea Carafe is a 1.5 liter carafe with a filter in the lid. You will easily be able to make sun tea or just regular iced tea when you can add tea to the filter and steep straight on!

The Blair White Leaf Pattern Glass Travel Infuser Mug will liberate you from brewing your tea strictly at home! If you want to make your iced tea and have it on the go, now you can thanks to the detachable strainer and double walled glass. This mug has a lovely white leaf design but you can also choose from colorful posies or delicate white flowers.

 

-CD

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Sometimes forgotten, often underrated, the infuser mug is a teaware item that I feel does not get its due. It is often compared unfavourably to the illustrious teapot, being considered an inferior way to steep tea by many devoted tea drinkers. But while there is some truth to the claim that teapots will steep tea leaves better, this does not render the infuser mug completely unworthy.

First, let me clarify what I mean by “infuser mug.” An infuser mug is a mug that comes with an infuser that sits inside of the mug’s rim. Unlike the mesh baskets found in many teapots, the infuser often is made from the same ceramic as the mug itself, creating a nicer aesthetic. In addition, most infuser mugs come with lids.

Snowflakes Tea Infuser Mug (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Don’t forget holiday designs such as the Snowflakes Tea Infuser Mug (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

It is this feature of the infuser mug that I find most useful as this lid has a dual function. Firstly, it keeps the water from evaporating when the tea is steeping and helps keep your tea hot for longer (in this way it functions much like the lid on a teapot). Secondly, the lid can also act as a rest for the infuser when the tea is finished steeping, depending on the design of the lid. This prevents any tea water from dripping onto your table and is a little more convenient than having to find a saucer or bowl to hold your infuser.

The infuser mug should also be celebrated for its ability to camouflage itself among your other, run-of-the-mill mugs. This can be useful in terms of storage space, but also in terms of convenience; if you keep your teapots in a different spot than your mugs for display purposes, it means you have a means of making tea within easy reach at all times (this can be helpful in preventing tea emergencies).

But the question remains: does the infuser mug steep the tea well enough? Although teapot advocates may disagree, my opinion is yes. A large teapot will allow the leaves more room to open up, thereby steeping them better, but this is not necessarily true for small teapots. And there are large infuser mugs out there, if this is a concern for you.

Finally, the humble infuser mug gets my vote because it can be a useful tool for introducing people to loose leaf tea drinking. It is a familiar apparatus—it is just like their mugs that they know and love…but with a built in “teabag.” My experience is that people are more likely to explore using an infuser mug than a fancy (read: scary) looking teapot, or any of the other unfamiliar looking tea gizmos that are out there.

So, if you tend to consign your infuser mug to the back of your cupboard, maybe reconsider this decision—perhaps you’ll find that the humble infuser mug does have its merits.

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Are you a tea lover who wishes they could take their lovely tea stash along with them when they leave the house? There are many ways to be able to take your loose tea with you for convenient brewing outside of the home. There are three ways that make traveling with loose tea easy and delicious.

The first way to easily brew loose tea on the go is to purchase individual heat seal teabags. These are sold in packages of 100, 250, 500, etc.  All you need to do is place the amount of tea you desire inside the bag and iron it shut along the open edge.  Be sure to iron as little as you can (close to the edge), so the tea has lots of room to move around and unfurl!  This can be done quickly and easily inside your own home and you can “pre-bag” lots of tea for future use on-the-go.

Secondly, you can bring your loose tea and an infuser.  This method is slightly more difficult with more steps and a more difficult cleanup than using heat seal teabags.  There are many metal infusers available that you can place your loose tea in, then place the infuser into the hot water.  Simply empty the infuser and rinse clean when you are finished brewing your tea.

Finally, there are many tea travel mugs available for sale online and in stores as well. These tea travel mugs often have built-in infusers that you place your loose tea in, then cover with hot water and take it with you like you would any other travel mug.

All of these options allow you to take your tea with you wherever you go.  If you use bagged tea, or you pre-bag your tea as suggested, you may wish to carry a tea wallet with you as well to carry the teas in an attractive and useful manner.  Tea wallets are a small fabric wallet with up to 6 slots perfectly sized for teabags or sugar packages.  Many restaurants will allow you to order hot water so that you can brew your own tea at the table, and this is ideal for those situations.

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