It’s Not a Mug

Mug-looking thing filled with dark red liquid

What Is It?

Oddly enough, it’s a tea infuser.

How Does It Work?

Pretty easily, actually. You put loose tea in the container and add hot water. Let your tea steep in the mug/jar thing. When it’s ready to go, set it over your drinking mug like so…

Tea infuser sitting atop mug of tea

And, voila, the tea will “magically” pour into said mug whilst the little tea bittles stay happily in the infuser.

Do I Really Need It?

Of course not. If you are an occasional tea drinker, you probably buy your tea in bags. If you are a lover of tea, you probably have all sorts of gadgets to help you brew and steep a good cup. I’m thinking tea balls, tea spoons, those little mesh jobbies that sit over your mug as you pour tea through them. But, nothing beats a hysterical “how the hey’d you do that?” look from guests to your kitchen.

In fact, my husband received this one from my sister for Christmas last year. And, at first, even he (drinker of afternoon tea after work [And, I will digress to explain before all of you tea etiquette people get in a snuff: Historically, my husband has gotten home from work between 3:30 and 4:00—still plenty of time for afternoon tea. If he had gotten home from work closer to 5:00 in the evening, I would have noted that he took high tea. Now, seriously, get off your high tea horses.]) was skeptical. But, once he started using it, he couldn’t stop. And, yes, my husband has tea most every afternoon. We can blame his Canadian heritage.

Where Can I Buy My Very Own?

As mentioned above this was a gift, but it’s made by Teavanna. I’m sure you can do some hunting around to find one that would want to go home with you.

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