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How to infuse loose leaf tea: a guide to teapots with infusers

Making a cup of tea with a tea bag may be convenient, but it doesn’t give you the best flavour. If you’re someone who enjoys freshly brewed loose tea, you’ll know how essential a good infuser is. With a tea infuser, you can steep your choice of loose tea without the hassle of loose leaves floating around your cup.

What are the benefits?

These days, many people opt for a teapot with a built-in infuser that will help to promote the rich, deep flavour of your chosen tea whether it be Earl Grey, Rooibos or Green tea. Additionally, when you choose to brew loose tea leaves, you’ll benefit from less environmental waste as the infuser can be reused time and time again. 

A teapot with an infuser will also allow you to brew large amounts of tea in one go, making them perfect for those days that you’re entertaining guests. Some of the more unusual styles might even prompt an after dinner discussion.

Styles

Teapots can be made from a range of different materials, most of which can be used with or without an infuser. The type of teapot that you choose is primarily down to your own personal taste.

Glass teapots

The great thing about glass teapots is that they don’t compromise the taste of your tea in any way. They’re also aesthetically pleasing, especially if you’re trying to impress with a blooming flower tea. Many glass teapots are sold with infusers so that loose tea can float freely without compromising the look and feel of your beverage.

Ceramic teapots

The infuser might be a relatively new invention, but ceramic teapots date back 11,000 years ago to Asia and the Middle East when they were fired in open pits. They have natural heat-retention properties meaning that they can brew leaves quickly and the material from which they’re made allows them to be crafted into unusual shapes. Good news if you’re looking for a standout piece for your ceramics collection.

Stainless steel teapots

A lot of the cookware you probably own is stainless steel, and in that case, you may want a teapot that will match well. The mirror image of stainless steel gives it a high-end look that means you’ll probably want to make it pride of place rather than storing it away in your cupboards. 

Now that you know what a tea infuser is, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the best teapot to brew your favourite tea.

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