IngenuiTEA – the Perfect Cup of Tea:
My favourite way to make coffee is in a French Press or Cafetiere. Although I love expresso machines, I tend toward the simple whether I am cooking or making a hot drink and for the most part I’d rather have the control that the French Press gives me without the hassle of having to try and work out the perfect settings.
The best tea, the sort you can experience if you are lucky enough to go for afternoon tea in Wonderland, or even in one of the top London hotels, is generally not in teabags and is made in an old fashioned tea pot. Once again it’s about control. The teapot can be warmed, the water can be allowed to cool to just the right temperature and you can brew the mixture to your own taste.
Although, for the most part, teapots don’t allow you to stop the brewing process, so after one cup, you might find the mixture has got a bit too strong and bitter with tannins. I have a glass Bodum teapot which works just like their French Press and stops the brewing process at the right time. But, it’s fiddly to clean and if I’m honest, too much effort when I am at home by myself. I also have one of those perforated teaspoons. While it works reasonably well, the tea never seems to be properly brewed, perhaps because there isn’t space for the tea to circulate
So, I was thrilled to be asked to test the new ‘cup-top’ tea maker from Adagio Teas, along with a sample pack of their teas.
It was one of those devices I wasn’t entirely sure would work when I unboxed it. Everything looked far too simple and I had visions of a flooded table.
In the safety of my kitchen, I added a teaspoon of assam into the IngenuiTEA. Then, poured in hot water from the freshly boiled kettle and left the mixture to brew.
As you can see, there’s plenty of room for the leaves to circulate and it’s easy to check up on your brew. Once I had the right ‘dark golden colour’ I popped the teamaker on top of my mug and not only was I rewarded with a cup of beautifully brewed tea, but when I lifted the device off the mug, there were no drips or mess at all. Though, just to be on the safe side I wouldn’t put the IngenuiTEA onto a wooden surface as the heat from the tea-leaves might mark the wood.
Tea-leaves in the bin and the whole tea maker goes into the dishwasher…
I love this kind of fuss free device – it allows the tea leaves to circulate properly just like a teapot, but makes the perfect cup of tea for one. Of course you don’t need a strainer either.