Selecting the right brewing equipment can simplify the process and make brewing tea easy.
Essentially, you need 3 things:
1) A way to boil water: We recommend a stovetop kettle or an electric kettle
2) A teapot or cup
3) A brewing tool. It could either be a “tea maker”, strainer, infuser basket or ball, or fill-your-own teabag
The Amanzi Tea Maker
With the Amanzi Tea Maker, the brewing process for loose leaf tea has never been so simple! Just place the tea leaves in the brewer, add hot water and wait. After the tea has steeped the right amount of time, place the infuser on top of a mug, pour and enjoy! Comes with a removable mesh filter and is dishwasher safe. (link to teaware page)
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Infusers that fit right in your mug or teapot are easy to use and provide ample room for tea leaves to expand. Note: Always choose infusers made with fine mesh; strainers with large holes tend to clog.
Teapots are a great way to brew tea for more than one person. For ultimate convenience, we recommend teapots with built-in infuser baskets.
Fill Your Own Tea Bags
Fill-your-own tea bags give you the best of both worlds—the convenience of a traditional tea bag with the quality of loose leaf tea. Simply fill the disposable bag with your favorite loose tea and brew just as you would a normal tea bag. Ideal for brewing tea away from home.
You have two options. If you prefer a traditional look in the kitchen, you can either choose a classical stove-top kettle or make a statement with a colorful and/or unique design kettle. If you drink tea on a regular basis and are looking for a convenient, hassle-free way to boil your water without having to supervise a hot stove, an electric water-heater will make your life easy! Although microwaves can also do the job, it is a little tougher to judge temperature.
A Measuring Spoon
Again, the serving size varies between 1 teaspoon and 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) of tea leaves per 8 oz cup. As you experiment with different tea types, you will figure out which teas you prefer to brew stronger, and which teas you prefer to brew weaker. We recommend always using the same spoon so you develop a frame of reference. This will make it easy for you to determine how much of your favorite teas to use.