Take 5: Perfect Loose Leaf Tea Brewers

Take 5: Perfect Loose Leaf Tea Brewers

Angie Cho
Feb 27, 2013

Quality loose leaf tea is the foundation of a delicious pot of tea, but the pot has a lot to do with it too. To begin, no plastic parts should be involved in the actual brewing compartment - heat and plastic shouldn't mix in the interest of both flavor and durability. Plastic lids or handles are okay.

Second, the brewer must have a stainless steel screen to filter the leaves from entering your cup when pouring. Third, the container should be made of glass, ceramic, enamel or metals — avoid plastic and acrylic. And last but not least, it should be reheatable on a candle tea warmer. (For folks who prefer reheating via microwave, make sure stainless steal parts are removable.)

Shown above from left to right:
1. Amandine Decanter, from Teavana $49.95
2. Forlife Mist Glass Ice Tea Jug , 51-Ounce, White, from Forlife $27.95
3. Assam Tea press with Stainless Steel Filter, from Bodum $60.00
4. Beehouse Teapot Aqua Mist 26 oz, from Bee House Teapot $30.95
5. Camellia Cylindre Glass Tea, from Teavana $39.99

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