Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Simple, convenient filter for loose-leaf green tea

Kitchenware maker BonJour previously marketed its BonJour Smart Coffee Maker as a solution for loose-leaf tea but later renamed it, probably because demand was greater among coffee drinkers.

However, the only change was to the name, and this filter is still an excellent choice for brewing loose-leaf green tea. I've seen it in action at a friend's house, and it's simple, clean, and convenient: You put the tea leaves into the filter and pour in hot water. Once the tea's steeped for 3 to 5 minutes, you simply place the filter onto your mug or cup. The spring-loaded bottom of the filter is pushed up, allowing the tea to drain into the cup by gravity. Once your cup is full, you simply pick the filter up off the cup, stopping the flow instantly, without any dripping. (The only catch is that your tea cup or mug can't be too wide for the base of the filter.)

I highly recommend this to anyone for brewing green tea at home or at the office.

—Mellow Monk

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