• 14Feb

    This is just … so wrong: Tea’s Ready!

  • 13Feb

    I’m always on the lookout for sexy tea gadgets. I found these at Bed, Bath and Beyond: a tea infuser and an in-mug infuser, both in translucent green.  Both are from the design company, Tovolo.

    I admit, I got them only because they looked so striking. Usually I pass up tea infusers like Tovolo’s lolipop design here, because they are hard to fill with enough loose leaf tea and don’t really allow enough room for the tea leaves to expand. This design is not exception, but darn it, it just looks so delicious. Yum.


    On the other hand, in-mug infuser work really well. This design is pretty and the strainer doesn’t stain, but I found that the sides of the strainer drip down outside of the little base to set it in. Still, I like this one and I can just set the base on a small plate. (Another trick is to set a used infuser on/in a small Asian soy sauce bowl.)

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  • 21Jan

    Wow. Add this sexy new samovar to the list of lovelies I’d like to try:

    According to Latest Trends in Home Appliances:

    Tea fans will appreciate the inner workings and the history behind SAM, Russia’s Man Works Design’s samovar makeover. Traditional samovars are ornate brass urn-shaped containers that heat water from the inside out – solid fuel in the middle, water in the surrounding container. SAM functions the same way but eschews the 18th century look in favor of a distinctly modern design.

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  • 21Jan

    I first saw the Zarafina tea maker at a local outlet of Le Gourmet Chef. The $149 price tag shooed me away, even as I lusted after the lovely design.

    According to the box, this automatic tea maker will steep both loose and bagged teas, up to 16 ounces at a time. There are built-in settings for black, oolong, green, white or herbal teas, so that you get the correct steep time (and water temperature) for each kind of tea. You can also adjust it  to your strength (mild to strong) preference.

    Mad Pots of Tea has an interesting review:

    But I wanted to say something more to my readers…about WHY I use the Zarafina Tea Maker Suite, and HOW it has changed my tea-making habits. To do this, I had to live with this machine for months, which furthered the delay in writing this review. So, how has Zarafina influenced the Tea Drinking Habits of Madam Potts?

    Check out Madam Potts’ entry to find out exactly how it changed her habits. Also check out Kitchen Contraption’s, GongFu Girl’s and E. M. Quardokus’ excellent reviews.
    The tea maker is available on Amazon.com right now for $89.99 and free shipping. That’s enough to make me consider getting one for my new home office.

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