Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Over-the-cup tea strainer

Shown in the photo above is a tea strainer I bought at an Asian grocery store. It's actually a strainer for the inside of teapots, but this particular size is perfect for your average-sized mug.

Over-the-cup strainers are, I believe, the most convenient way to brew loose-leaf tea, and this type is an inexpensive alternative to permanent tea infusers. Not that permanent tea infusers are that expensive (especially considering that they're permanent and last for years). But an inexpensive item like this is great as a backup or for camping trips or travel—when space is at a premium or you just don't want to bring your "good" infuser with you.

—Mellow Monk


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