But since I got to order this one for free, I figured I had nothing to lose. When my package arrived, it dawned on me for the first time that the lid really would help keep the tea hot while it steeped, and I was surprised by a) how very sturdy the stainless steel basket was and b) how fine the holes of the infuser basket were. I was suddenly quite hopeful!
And reader, I am happy to report that the the infuser basket in this mug does a terrific job of straining off the tea leaves. You will note that the lid also serves as a coaster, so maybe I can stop staining the berry bowls I usually let fill in for coasters as I steep my tea. And I don't want to tell you what fun new tea I was drinking just yet (I ordered some for a giveaway next week, so stay tuned!), but I will say that even the smallest particles of tea were strained off. I was impressed, and I'm thankful to Adagio for letting me try a reasonably priced infuser mug that actually works. You can check it out here in pink and here in other colors as well!