Sunday, October 16, 2005

Review of a glass teacup with built-in filter

In a previous posting, I described a new glass teacup I bought that has its own glass filter, like an all-in-one teacup and teapot. It seemed like it could be the ideal solution for drinking green tea at the office, or anywhere else where a traditional kettle-teapot-and-teacup arrangement would be too cumbersome.

Well, I've been using it for a while now, and I'm not as impressed as I thought I'd be. The disadvantages are...

  • Hard to empty. With my over-the-cup strainer, when I'm done brewing all I have to do is bang it against something to dislodge the old, wet tea leaves. Something made of glass has to be handled a little more gently.
  • (I guess that was my main gripe.)

On the other hand, the advantages include...

  • Self contained. The lid can even be used to place the filter on after brewing is finished.
  • Looks. This nice-looking, well-designed item will definitely attract attention in your office.
  • Practicality. When removing the filter from the cup, the tea drains through more quickly than you'd think, so you don't have to stand there holding a slow-dripping filter, as I worried might be the case.

To summarize: If you don't mind rinsing out the filter in a sink after each cup of tea you brew, this is a practical, visually appealing teacup-with-filter that's great for the home or office.

—Mellow Monk

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