Kitchen Must-Haves for Tea Lovers
Just because coffee gets all the hype doesn’t mean tea drinking can’t be just as stimulating (and good for you). From special mugs to tea blends and serving sets, GAYOT’s curated selection of tea products provide plenty of unique ways to sip, serve and soak in the popular brew.
Primula’s Flowering Tea is an experience that appeals to more than just one of the senses.
Blended with jasmine five times to intensify its aroma, these green tea leaves are hand-sewn into clusters and unfurl when placed in hot water. Different flowers are sewn together with the tea, such as marigold, chrysanthemum and lotus, which are believed to possess benefits like liver and stomach aid, skin nourishment and stress relief.
We tried Primula’s Green Tea with Jasmine Flowering Tea and found it to be a delightful experience. Our tea cluster unfurled to reveal a beautiful golden lotus flower as well as a richly fragrant jasmine scent. And despite remaining in the pot for an extended period of time, the tea never became bitter. We brewed the tea in one of Primula’s tea pots, which worked well, but was somewhat of a visual letdown since its flatter shape prevented us from appreciating the taller flower varieties. But despite this, our tea experience was an enjoyable one — not just through taste, but through sight and scent as well.
Don’t let your cup negate the earthy qualities of your favorite tea. Created with an environmental consciousness, these tea mugs from Artazza are sure to please even the most experienced tea drinkers.
The Swiss-designed and handmade cup, along with its corresponding bird-topped tea pot, is a stylish addition to any tea service. Made from German clay that requires 20 percent less energy to fire and finished with a completely lead-and cadmium-free glaze, the Tea Mug is a responsible consumer choice, and available in eight vibrant finishes. Each piece has a platinum glazed rim and handle, lovingly added by Terra Keramik founder and creative director Felix Vogler.
The mug itself has a sturdy construction and reassuring weight. The handle is a bit small, but our adaptation was quick to the new proportions. The walls of the mug took on the temperature of its contents, so be wary when drinking something that is piping hot.
Take your tea in the tub, literally, with Tub Tea from Bath by Bettijo.
An all natural mix of herbs and botanicals, the tub tea comes in invigorating Eucalyptus Spearmint or calming Lavender Chamomile. Just stuff the tea infuser with the tea and drop in a hot bath. Or soak the tea egg in a sink filled with steaming water to create an at-home facial. Bath by Bettijo was started at home by former project analyst Bettijo Hirschi in her spare time. Time, energy and persistence have all paid off since Bath by Bettijo has become nationally popular and is carried in stores such as Target and Anthropologie.
Made of transparent, heat-resistant borosilicate glass, these insulated inventions contain two mugs in one: an outer layer of glass keeps the mug cool to the touch while an inner layer keeps liquid hot for what seems like forever.
Each mug is mouth-blown by artisans, resulting in a delicate, sophisticated design. Despite their frail look, these glasses are quite sturdy. In addition to being microwave- and dishwasher-safe, they passed our unintentional in-office tests: setting them down hard on a wooden desk, banging them into the refrigerator and knocking them against doorways (these things happen when you need caffeine). In addition to hot beverages, the Bodum Double Wall Insulated Glass Mugs also works for iced tea and other cold drinks, keeping the heat from your hand away from the chilly contents.
Taking hot tea to go is fine and dandy if you’re using the bagged variety, but it’s much harder to figure out what to do with loose leaf tea. Bodum’s Travel Press, originally designed for coffee, has found a new purpose with tea leaves.
We poured in a scoop of our favorite loose tea, filled the clear travel mug with hot water, waited a few minutes, twisted on the lid and pressed the mesh plunger to separate the leaves from our beverage. The mesh is fine enough to prevent the tea from over-steeping, and the black grip and easy-open spout make sipping while driving a breeze. The press also works just as well for bagged tea.
Savor each sip from these traditional Moroccan glasses for mint tea.
We will never forget our first Moroccan meal. Funnily, it was not the food that impressed us most but the tea that was served. The cook came to the table with a gorgeous silver pot and tiny, ornate glasses. Quickly he poured the tea in one elegant movement from what seemed like the distance of a meter. The tea was light and divine. These traditional Moroccan glasses for mint tea, aperitifs or wine are hand finished with gold paint. The tempered glass set features an assortment of colors.
How to Prepare Mint Tea:
Bunch of fresh, organic mint
3 teaspoons green tea leaves (try Chinese gunpowder or Pearl)
sugar or honey
Pour boiling filtered spring water over a handful of fresh mint leaves and the green tea. Steep for five minutes.
Another tasteful option adds 1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers or orange blossoms in lieu of green tea leaves. Enjoy with a high quality honey or a lump of raw sugar. Bismillah!
With its clean, compact design and built-in stainless steel infuser, FORLIFE’s Café Style Tea for One teapot and teacup set is the perfect solution for the tea enthusiast looking to brew a quick cup before work, or at work!
Its small 14-oz. size makes it ideal for a single serving on the go, while its extra fine 0.3-mm infuser works great with both fine loose leaf teas and large whole leaf varieties. However, don’t be confused by the small size and cute colors of this sleek-looking tea set. The teapot and teacup are both made of a sturdy ceramic and are dishwasher safe (the teacup is also microwave safe). After use, storage is a cinch — simply stack the pot on top of its matching teacup and pack it away until next time! The Tea for One tea set is also available in a variety of bright colors that are sure to add character to any kitchen.
Your tea-drinking experience won’t ever be the same with the addition of this adorable animal tea infuser.
While this little product might not steep your tea as quickly as metal infusers, it still fulfills its purpose. The ManaTea is made from food-safe silicon, is easy to use and surprisingly stable — the cute creature’s flippers keep it from falling into the tea cup. The manatee’s body holds a good amount of tea and works well for medium to large tea leaves. It’s also very easy to clean. This ManaTea infuser is a lovely gift for a fellow tea-lover or yourself, to brighten grim afternoons at work.
Designed by George Lee, founder of Le Mouton Noir & Co., this ingenious product makes tea drinking feel cutting edge.
By the introduction of two small cuts into the rim of a simple white tea mug, your favorite tea bag can be tied around the resulting cleat. Never again will you have to worry about losing the string. We only wonder why no one thought of this before! While it might have been easier to tie the string around a protruding cleat, this far more subtle one has the advantage of safety and durability. But be careful how you hold it! If you’re left-handed and grab the mug by its handle, you might get hot tea dribbling through the cuts in the rim and down your chin or onto your shirt. That said, we still like the novelty of Lee’s design.
These extracts provide a full day’s requirement of green tea per serving.
In addition to apples, a glass of green tea is said to keep the doctor away. But to receive all the brew’s benefits, one would have to consume six to eight cups each day. For those of us who don’t have the time, or the desire, to drink that much green tea, Pure Inventions offers all of the brew’s antioxidants in a slightly sweet, easy-to-mix concentrate.
The extracts are easy to use: just add a dropper-full to hot or cold water, and you’ll get a full day’s requirement of green tea per serving. The tea essence is evident but the flavoring takes center stage. We tried the Peach and Raspberry flavors in our water bottles. The peach was juicy and sweet, with a summery fragrance while the raspberry flavor mixed oddly with the green tea earthiness. Each was a welcome addition to water, but the solutions can also be used as flavor syrups for desserts and other foods. Extracts are available in Original, Peach, Pineapple-Coconut, Raspberry, Tropical and Vanilla.
These mints are boosted with organic tea extracts.
Tea is known to have many health benefits, from combating heart disease and lowering cholesterol to staving off several types of cancer. Less known is its ability to suppress the root causes of bad breath. David Kerdoon, founder of Sencha Naturals Green Tea Mints, has figured out how to give people the benefits of a fresh mouth via the help of tea without involving any brewing or mug-holding.
His Sencha (a popular Japanese green tea) mints come in three different flavors: Delicate Pear, Lively Lemongrass, Morning Lychee and Original. They are made with organic tea extract and other natural ingredients like sweet fennel, pear extract, fresh ginger root and tea tree oil. Don’t expect the strong minty burst of the usual breath fresheners—the flavor comes in waves of subtle sweetness in the Delicate Pear and pleasant hints of tartness in the Lively Lemongrass. Three loose-leaf mints is the equivalent to drinking one cup of green tea. And when they say loose leaf, they mean it. Each mint is shaped like a leaf, with lines etched into each one—a tiny detail sure to make any tea aficionado smile.
Get the best of both worlds with these tea bags designed for loose-leaf teas.
In today’s bustling society, the teabag is an essential convenience. Thomas Lipton of Lipton Tea, who patented the Flo-Thru Teabag in 1952, knew this and made a fortune from it. But, what’s inside those little bags holding your tea? And with some made from hand-sewn silk muslin bags, others from see-through nylon, does the sachet indeed make a difference?
A bag with enough space for the tea to infuse properly is a sound alternative to loose-leaf tea that requires brewing in a teapot or cup. Teabags are efficient, convenient and easy to dispose of. However, teabags are constrictive and prohibit the leaves from opening, unfolding and releasing their delightful flavor. They often contain tea of inferior quality that tends to release tannin, making it taste bitter or harsh, especially if steeped too long. For the true tea-lover, the taste of loose-leaf tea is far superior to that in teabags, with only a few exceptions. Plus, loose-leaf teas are brewed right in a teapot or cup, giving the leaves room to open and unfold, releasing their full taste for the tea-lover’s pleasure and enjoyment.
A happy compromise is the inexpensive, fully-portable T-Sac Filter. It’s large enough for loose-leaf teas to unfold and open naturally, releasing their full flavor. Tea drinkers can take them anywhere, along with a pinch or two of their favorite tea, and enjoy all the convenience offered by conventional tea bags.
For a modern and sumptuous tea experience in stylish presentation, Tea Forté has created this innovative tea set.
Steep one of their gourmet teas directly in your cup with their assortment of green tea infusers, and then serve it up on an elegant ceramic tray for one. The experience is complete with a revolutionary teacup with a signature lid specially designed for in-cup brewing. There’s just enough room on the tray to add a scone or other treat to make your unique teatime elegant and complete.
14. Teaposy Gift Set
This modern gift set will delight any tea lover.
All gift-givers dream of evoking that reaction: part surprise, part awe, pure delight. But even with so many products available, a truly unexpected gift can be hard to find. However, with Teaposy’s gorgeous gift set, you’ll find your luck flourishing. The murmurs of appreciation will begin as soon as the beautiful Daydream teapot is unwrapped. This hand-blown glass pot is sturdy and heat-resistant but maintains an illusion of delicacy with its graceful, crystal-like handle and clever spout, which includes a filter for loose leaf tea. It begs to be tried out right away, a process which will transform murmurs to oohs and ahhs. Place a single bud of Teaposy’s blooming tea (six are included in the set) at the bottom of the pot and add hot water; almost instantly, it will blossom into a beautiful flower, a combination of Silver Needle white tea leaves and a cheerful chrysanthemum.
In about five minutes—during which this will be one pot you will want to watch—the tea is ready to drink. The tea brews to a surprisingly warm, hearth-like honey-gold color, and the lightly nutty flavor and fragrant jasmine scent are perfect for a rainy day. After everyone’s warmed their hands and tastebuds, the teaposy can be reused for a second round of cups, or the pot can be filled with cold water and the blossom left on display for up to several weeks. Like a perennial flower, this gift will set the tone for the season, and inspire awe every time it blooms.
This clever porcelain tea mug combines mug, lid and infuser for an elegant, drip-free sipping experience.
The white glaze on the inside of the cup shows off the natural colors of the tea while the bold, solid color on the outside will brighten your day—and with choices like Blue Sky and Red Rock, you’ll never lose sight of it. Although a small quantity of powdery teas can slip through the porcelain strainer, it didn’t bother us much; if reading leaves isn’t your thing, use the mug for tightly rolled types such as oolong and golden yunnan. Besides, using this pretty mug is so much more fun than boring mesh strainers and filter bags.
This hand-crafted glass straw is designed to filter tea leaves and herbs.
You may think sipping tea through a straw is odd. But in fact, millions of people do it all the time in South America. Yerba Mate lovers enjoy the precious herbal liquid through a bombilla, a steel or silver straw stuck into gourds. The Health Tea Wand has nothing to do with the national beverage of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, but the basic design is very similar.
This hand-crafted glass straw is designed to filter tea leaves and herbs through small strainer holes, with the purpose of delivering more nutrients from loose tea than you’d get with tea bags or balls. Also, the sucking action is supposed to help you absorb nutrients more rapidly through the lining of the mouth, directly into the bloodstream. Whether these claims have any validity or not, we really came to love our wand. Glass feels much better than metal against the lips, as with bombillas, and the slow sipping sensation is meditative. We do think that the wand works best with herbal infusions or tisanes. We didn’t like the effect with loose black tea. All in all, the Health Tea Wand is a great gift for yourself or the tea lovers in your life.