If you are a tea enthusiast, you likely have use a lot of loose leaf tea. But a tea bag can be boring for the excitement that is all the various flavours of tea that you can purchase. For this reason, you can buy a wide variety of fun tea infusers to make the experience more fun.
What is a Tea Infuser?
If you have not heard of a tea infuser, or are not sure what one is, it is like a tea bag but it is designed for you to put your loose leaf tea bags in. You can add as many or as few as you like depending on how you like your tea. This is then closed or sealed off and added to the hot water in the pot. By doing this, the tea leaves stay in the container and they are easily removed when your tea is steeped. But you do not end up drinking the leaves afterwards. Many people use bags or stainless steel mesh baskets but there are any number of other fun options out there.
The first fun tea infuser I had I bought quite a few years ago on vacation at a tea shop. It is a duck as you can see in the featured picture here. I keep it at work and use it occasionally and people always ask me why there is a duck bobbing around in my mug. You really cannot go wrong!
Tea Bag Infuser
If you love loose leaf tea but do not enjoy using the paper bags that you have to toss after each use, a tea infuser is the way to go. But, you may not want to buy one of the many stainless steel balls available or a funky alternative for fear of the effort of cleaning. Why not get silicone tea bag for your loose leaf tea needs? This is a green alternative as you are able to reuse many times and it is made with food grade silicone so you do not need to worry about adding toxic chemicals to your body.
Little Man Tea Infuser
Little man tea infuser
Do you drink your tea alone? No longer! The Little Man tea infuser will hang out with you while you enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage. Just fill his pants with tea and perch him on your tea cup and he will brew your cup of tea for you. He is made with food grade silicone so need to worry about what naughtiness might be brewing in your cup.
When you think of a pig, your first thoughts may not be of tea but this cute little pig tea infuser is sure to make your tea time a little more fun. Due to the size of this pig, if you are wanting to use it to make a pot of tea, it may not be big enough depending on how strong you like your tea. Remove the base of this pig to fill and to remove the used leaves.
If you typically only make one cup of tea at a time, you may want to consider this fun leaf tea infuser. It is designed to sit in your tea cup and brew the perfect cup every time. Due to the silicone and food safety of this device, you can put it through the dishwasher when it does need to be cleaned.
Tardis Tea Infuser
Tardis Tea Infuser
Have a Dr Who fan on your gift list and you do not know what to get them? If they love tea, this Tardis infuser is a great way to combine their two loves in one gift. While this infuser is a bit more expensive than other options, consider what a great gift it is and how much the receiver will love it and want to use it. This infuser is made with stainless steel and features a screwdriver on the chain made out of zinc alloy so it really is two items in one!
Considerations with a Tea Infuser
Size of Infuser
Not all tea infusers are made equally. One thing to keep in mind is the size of the infuser itself. Some are designed to make one mug of tea while others are big enough to hold enough tea to make a pot. If you think you may want for both purposes, you may want to consider buying a few different infusers or purchase one that will make the pot. You can always put in less tea if you want to only make a cup.
Depending on the type of tea you are making will determine what size of holes you may want your infuser to have. Small holes may make it more difficult for the water to get to the leaves and in return, your tea may not steep as well. But on the flip side, if the holes are too big, the tea will sneak out and you will be eating your tea leaves while you attempt to drink the tea.
When it comes to cleaning the infuser, you should do it occasionally. Depending on the type of tea you are using, it could colour or stain it. This should not affect the taste overall. Like anything, you should clean them occasionally. Personally, I just run mine under water and rinse it off.
If none of these are your cup of tea (and yes, I do think I’m funny), Amazon has a lot of other great tea infusers that you may want to consider. Depending on your budget, buy a couple and test them and see what you think. Or use one for black tea and another for green tea. It’s your choice! And don’t forget, make sure you have lots of tea to keep these infusers busy!