Friday, August 15, 2008
Don't teaze me, bro!
I'm all out of China-themed blog posts for this first week of the Summer Olympics, but I do have a new tea gadget to discuss that is marked "Made in China." Does that count? I had heard of the Tea-zer Tea Tumbler a while back, but it wasn't really on my radar until I saw it at my local Publix. First I saw blue ones at the Lower Fayetteville Road Publix, and a day later I found this clear one at the Thomas Crossroads Publix, for $12.99.
The hangtag calls this "the only loose tea brewer that travels!" but anybody who's ever made loose tea in a Bodum tea press tumbler knows this simply isn't true. I like the Bodum tumblers pretty well, but I have on occasion forgotten and left one hidden on a corner of my desk at work for as long as a week, allowing the tea leaves to somehow infiltrate the mesh plunger and ruin the whole thing. What appealed to me about the Tea-zer was the fact the stainless steel infuser basket is removable, and you're left with a simple plastic tumbler to sip from.
I do think the double wall Tea-zer has possibilities, but I wish they would use a fine mesh basket instead of one with holes so big. I made Mango Tango Tea because it's a pretty coarse blend, but it wasn't so coarse that I didn't end up with a few floating tea leaves in my tumbler. One improvement I see with this tumbler over other styles is that it has a "sip lid" with both a regular slot for sipping and also a slot with holes that can catch any stray tea leaves. So even though I *saw* the stray tea leaves, I didn't actually *sip* any stray tea leaves. Do you obsess over your tea drinking vessels as much as I do? Yes, I thought so. Now, can we all raise a teacup (or tea tumbler, as it were) to Michael Phelps as he goes for medals # 7 and 8?