Okay, let me tell you right up front – today’s post is going to sound a bit like a commercial. You see, I just got this freakin’ awesome new toy – the IngenuiTea dispensing teapot from Adagio Teas. I’d read about it on other folks’ blogs, and it sounded pretty incredible, but Gryphon and I didn’t do anything about it for a long time.
Then, a few weeks ago, we caught an episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel that was all about Tea. Both of us came away from that show with a new interest in trying to drink more, and better, tea. And I remembered about the IngenuiTea, and decided to try to find one.
I do have a good resource for teas locally – The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline, NH. We stopped by there one afternoon, and came away with a gold mesh tea infuser for Gryphon that sits inside your mug and lifts your tea leaves out when you’re done steeping. It works well, but I was still stuck on a desire for the IngenuiTea.
After exhausting all attempts to find one at a local shop, I resolved to buy one from the makers at Adagio Teas. There, I found an interesting deal – you can buy the IngenuiTea for $19 plus shipping. Or, you can buy the starter kit, which includes an IngenuiTea, four ten-cup samples of tea in little tins, and a nice little book all about tea – varieties, history, brewing techniques, and more.
The cost for the starter kit with all those goodies? $19.
Yup, exactly the same as the IngenuiTea costs without anything extra.
Obviously, my choice was to go with the starter kit. You can even buy it in different varieties – I chose the Green Tea kit, which includes samples of four different green teas.
So, why all this fuss and bother about the IngenuiTea? Can’t I just use a simple infuser like Gryphon bought, or even a classic tea ball?
Part of it is that I’m a gadget freak, and the IngenuiTea is a gadget. Part of it is that I’d seen such good reviews of it on other blogs. But a big part of it is that, based on everything I’d read about how it works, I thought I’d be able to brew a better cup of tea.
The concept is simple. The IngenuiTea is a clear tea pot, with a built-in mesh strainer. You put your loose tea into the pot and fill it with 16 ounces of water of the appropriate temperature. You can actually see the tea brewing, can evaluate the color of the resulting tea (important if you’re getting a second, or even third, brewing from the same leaves – you know you’ll get good flavor if the color is the same).
Then comes the magic of the IngenuiTea. When your tea has reached the proper strength, you take the pot, and set it on top of your mug. This opens a little valve on the bottom of the pot, and the tea drains out directly into your mug. No muss, no fuss, no dripping, and no tea leaves floating around in the tea you’re drinking. And if you’re like me, and like to get multiple brewings from the same leaves, you can just keep the tea in the pot and add water again.
My IngenuiTea just arrived today, and I didn’t waste any time trying it out. I scooped a couple spoonfuls of the Gen Mai Cha into the pot, and added water. Gen Mai Cha is a green tea with the addition of toasted brown rice and popped corn as extenders. Originally a peasant brew (tea was costly, extending it saved money), it’s become popular for the flavor the rice and corn adds.
After the recommended three minutes, I drained the Gen Mai Cha into my mug. The aroma was heavenly, and the flavor!
Oh. My. Gawd.
Simply the best cup of tea I’ve ever had.
The flavor is still with me now, even after eating lunch and drinking other beverages. I can’t wait until I have my next cup of tea, and I can’t wait to try the other three samples – Citron Green, Pomegranate Green, and Hojicha. Each smells fresh and wonderful. Then I have to decide which of the other incredible sounding teas – they have dozens on their website – I want to try out next time.
I’m so impressed with the IngenuiTea, I’ve added a link to the company over on my sidebar. Go, check them out – if you like teas at all, you’ll love what they have to offer. Additionally, as a customer of Adagio Teas I have the ability to send anyone I like a free $5 gift certificate. If you’d like one, just drop me an e-mail at fiber (AT) folkcatart (DOT) com with the e-mail address you’d like to receive the certificate at. Or leave a comment, that works too.
Edited to add: When you ask me for the gift certificate, be sure to tell me a first and a last name – Adagio requires both for the form I fill out. Thanks!
In case you couldn’t tell, I am very excited about this. I’m hoping that being able to drink better tea so easily will help to wean me off of diet sodas. I loves me my Pepsi Jazz, but in the end, I know it would be better if I could get away from the artificial ingredients.
Sometime ago, I had also given up my beloved evening ritual of a little snack served with a nice glass of wine. The main reason was cost (decent wine isn’t cheap!), but my doctor had expressed concern about even that small amount of alcohol, too. (I am a borderline diabetic, under control with meds and diet, and a slight hypertensive. I suppose she had a point.)
Now, though, I’m envisioning a new evening ritual – heat the water, load the tea leaves into the pot, light a candle, lay out my tray with a nice cheese and some crackers, or perhaps some fruit, and relax with an amazing tea.
I’m a durned happy camper right now! And likely to become a massive tea snob. I’m already feeling disappointed in the Panera Iced Tea I usually drink at the Thursday Night Knitting Around…
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