There’s a growing trend of ditching tea bags in favour of loose tea, but those who have chosen to brew it before know that it’s almost an art. Buying high-quality loose tea means that it’s time to invest in a good quality infuser so that you can enjoy it.
However, tea infusion doesn’t need to cause you confusion. Once you’ve read our guide, you’ll know exactly how to make the perfect cup so that you can wow your guests the next time you all sit down to afternoon tea.
A tea infuser works in much the same way as a tea bag, although it does a much better job of brewing and releasing the tea’s true flavour. You’ll also benefit from minimum mess and convenience, whether you’re at home, at work or on the go.
With such a huge range of tea infusers on the market, you might be stumped as to which one to go for.
Infusers come in many shapes and sizes, so you’ll want to consider how much you want to make when you’re choosing. Bear in mind that the standard quantity of leaf per cup equals roughly one teaspoon.
While most infusers will accommodate larger leaves, small leaves may escape if the infuser has large holes. For these, you’ll benefit more from an infuser with a mesh or paper filter.
Do you brew your tea in a teapot or straight into a cup? If you choose to steep loose tea in a teapot, you can pour it into the cup over a strainer to catch the leaves. In the case of the latter, you can purchase strainers that fit over the rim of your cup for ease. Alternatively, a lot of mugs or cups are fitted with infusers for the purpose of steeping.
Again, the size of tea leaves that you’re brewing will determine the type of material you choose for your infuser. Metal infusers are durable and easy to maintain, although these are usually only suitable for larger leaves. You might find some infusers are made from silicon, but these tend to be a little harder to keep clean.
Where do you usually brew your tea? If it’s at home or work, then an infuser that works well on a daily basis will be your best bet. However, if you’re someone who’s always on the go, then you might want to consider something such as a travel mug that boasts a built-in infuser.