• 25Jan

    Yet another sexy tea maker, this one from Eva Solo, comes with it very own little neoprene jacket:


    Available from Amazon.com:

    The tea brewer features a unique, patented filter system and a drip-free spout with flip-top lid that snaps open automatically for easy pouring. Insulated, zippered cover keeps tea hot.

    Unfortunately, it’s pricey ($140) and most of the reviews I’ve seen of this item have been fairly negative. Apparently the mechanism for stopping the brewing process doesn’t work as it should. That’s too bad, because the design is lovely, and I’d be tempted to add it to my collection, even if I didn’t use it much.

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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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