Tea strainers, also known as tea infusers, are used to steep loose tea leaves. Tea infusers come in a variety of styles and are made with a diversity of materials. Below are the most popular types available for brewing delicious tea.
One of the most common types of tea strainers is the tea ball. A tea ball is about the same size as a walnut and is made out of stainless steel or steel mesh. After putting tea leaves inside of the ball and closing it, put the tea ball into a mug or pot of hot water.
There’s a chain connected to the tea ball that you can use to pull the tea ball out when the tea’s done steeping. Because tea balls are compact, they don’t give loose tea leaves enough space to expand, which can affect the flavor of your tea.
Tea Mug Strainer
Tea mug strainers, also known as tea infuser baskets, fit into a mug or small tea pot. All you have to do is add loose leaf tea to the strainer, pour hot water into it, steep the tea, and then remove the strainer from the mug or pot.
Tea mug strainers produce a great cup of tea because they provide ample space for the tea leaves to unfurl and float freely. Tea mug strainers are commonly made with stainless steel, stainless steel wire mesh, bamboo, ceramic, or heat-resistant plastic.
A tea stick is a stainless steel tube with infusion holes on one end. Fill the tea stick with tea leaves and swirl it in your tea cup to infuse. Tea sticks are a bit more difficult to clean than other types of tea infusers, but their sleek appearance and compact size make them ideal for tea on the go.
Cloth Tea Bags
If you prefer loose leaf tea over pre-packaged tea but still want to use tea bags to infuse your tea, consider using cloth tea bags.
Cloth tea bags are small drawstring pouches that can be used over and over again and are made out of materials like cotton muslin and hemp. The downside of using cloth tea bags is that they’re a hassle to clean.
French Press Tea Pot
French press tea pots are typically made of glass and feature a plunger press with a steel mesh screen. Steep tea leaves in the French press tea pot for a limited time. Then, press the plunger to trap the tea leaves at the bottom of the pot.
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