Miss Cole's Tea Time - Infusers!
Today, I thought I'd take a look at the different kinds of infusers on offer. Why? Because it turns out I own a wide array of tea making devices! Shocking, I know ;) What? It's easier to have multiple options rather than wasting water with constant washing up...
This isn't even all of my infusers... ^^;
From left to right, there's my main tea infuser, a Tea Duck (I also have a Tea-Rex!), an old school tea ball infuser, the teapot, an infuser that can go in a teapot or a larger mug, and my (second) Ingenuitea.
Which one's the best? While I do prefer infusers that give my leaves room to swirl, there are times when I really want to contain the amount of stuff at my desk while I make my tea. The big infusers are the best for getting the most out of the leaves while not taking up too much space, but when the writing or editing is going well and I don't wanna keep getting up for tea, I need to have the teapot and a jug of milk on hand. Oh, and a tea strainer. Don't forget those if you're using loose leaf in a teapot without an internal strainer unless you enjoy picking leaves out your teeth. Ugh!
I do have a beautiful Jing tea set, too, and it's perfect for making tea at my desk because of its drip tray. I would've included it, but there's only so many infusers I can get into one photo :P
Tea Duck, as you can see, comes with a little chair to catch the drips. If I use the old school ball, I'll take a little bowl to drop it in because that thing will drip. The big metal strainer either goes in my teapot or I place it on its handy coaster. As great as tea stains are to give your desk that well used, hard working look, you don't want to run the risk of liquid getting into your electronics.
Do you have a favourite strainer? Would one of these tempt you away from using bags?
...Tea is the real reason I needed a bigger desk. It was nothing to do with my external monitor. It was all down to the tea.