Last week I talked about how I love my tea filters/strainers and how the right equipment really can make a difference in how your tea tastes. So, without further ado, here are 3 more things that I think every tea drinker should have in their repertoire.
Personal Tea Bags - I use these every day in my store to brew cups of tea for my customers and friends. They’re made of bio-degradable material and designed for a single-use (not reusable). You open the bag up, put in your tea, flip over the top flap (think old-time sandwich baggies), and then you can dunk your tea just like a regular tea bag.
These tea bags work well with all kinds of tea. They provide enough space for the leaves to expand and unfurl so that the flavor comes through.
I also love pre-filling some bags with my favorite teas and keeping them in my purse or car. That way, I can always have great tea any time I want. Hint: put each type of tea or flavor in its own Ziploc bag to avoid flavor transfer. I also take these bags with me when I travel. They’re just so convenient to work with because you can squish them anywhere in your suitcase with no worries.
Paper Tea Filters - These are very similar to the Personal Tea Bags but do not have a fold-over flap. They need to either hang over the top of your cup or have a tea clip to make sure the tea stays in the bag.
If you clip them, you can drop the bag into your cup without worrying your tea will escape. Clips also safely allow you to dunk the bag if you like. These filters are also single-use and offer ample room for your tea leaves to unfurl.
You could also pre-fill them, but I would roll them up or fold them over before putting them into Ziploc bags. These filters are also great for traveling.
Perfect Cup of Tea Spoons - These are another tool I love, love, love, and use every day in my store and at home. I really can’t imagine not having three or four around. They’re exactly one teaspoon, so you can easily measure the correct amount of tea for a perfect cuppa (hence the name).
So when people ask me how I make such great-tasting tea, I tell them I start with outstanding tea, and then I use a few simple tools that make me look like a tea rock star. The best news is that I’m sharing my secrets with you so that you too can be a tea rock star.