There are quite a few options on todays market for tea infusers. The clip-on, the clamp, the disposable tea bag, animal-shaped infusers, infusers for tea pots… the list goes on. We get so many questions on which option is the best, that I wanted to share my favorite three infusers with you.
TeaBrew Disposable Tea Bag:
Personally, I love the disposable tea bags. At Queen’s Pantry we carry a brand called TeaBrew – unbleached and 100% compostable, they are easy to fill, sturdy, and easy to travel with. TeaBrews are also the perfect option for when you are hosting people. Setting a small stack of TeaBrew bags next to your loose leaf tea and water kettle will be significantly easier than trying to keep track of where your infuser went. It also eliminates the continual clean up when more than one person would like to enjoy a cup of tea.
(Edited: TeaBrew bags are also perfect for the summer iced tea season. Use a stapler to close the top after you’ve filled the bag with your tea leaves, drop it in a pitcher, and let it steep!)
Permanent Tea Filter:
Tea filters are familiar to most. Not everyone has necessarily used a filter but often they are familiar with one. And, I have to be honest, the Permanent Tea Filter is, hands down, my favorite.
The mesh on this filter is so tight that not even the finest of tea dust can slip through it. This infuser fits on just about every tea cup, mug, or tea pot you will ever own. It’s durable, dishwasher safe, and BPA-free. Seriously, I love this thing.
For a bit of old world romance, I just love using a tea strainer. Technically, a strainer isn’t an infuser. Infusers generally sit down in the hot water to allow the leaves to steep. With a strainer, you steep the leaves straight in the tea pot and place the strainer on top of the cup. When the tea is done steeping, you pour the tea (and therefore tea leaves) into the cup. The strainer catches the leaves and you have a perfectly steeped cup of tea!
When the tea is done steeping, you pour the tea (and therefore tea leaves) into the cup. The strainer catches the leaves and you have a perfectly steeped cup of tea! When you use a tea strainer, you also get to enjoy the beauty of the tea leaves. The tea in the tea pot is Hugo Tea Company’s White Cloud.
Fun fact: this silver strainer was actually a gift to my mom from my dad years ago. It is English-made and has been in our family for years.
What about a good, old fashion, clamp-style infuser? Personally, I can’t stand them. I have found that the tea cannot “breathe” enough and therefore you only get about half the flavor that you should. I strongly recommend switching to one of these style infusers for the best cup of tea.
Well, there you have it. My top three favorite infusers and the reasons why. What type of infusers do you use? Comment below and fill me in!