I purchased a French press a few years ago to brew loose leaf tea. While it may sound rather peculiar to use a coffee device to brew tea, it made a lot of sense to me. Most people probably use a spherical mesh tea ball to brew loose leaf tea. The problem I find with it is that, especially for brewing whole tea leaves, there isn’t enough room for the tea leaves to expand within the ball. By using the the French press, I am able to brew a large amount of tea with plenty of room for the tea leaves to swim about, and the mesh plunger is perfect for straining the leaves.
A former coworker had told me about a unique teapot called the ingenuiTEA. As an avid tea drinker, I was surprised to have never heard of it. I didn’t think much of it at the time, the way it worked was rather novel, but I wasn’t sold on it. Plus, I didn’t feel like spending 24 dollars on a plastic jug at the time.
Last week, I was browsing one of many Internet deal sites and I noticed the 32 oz ingenuiTEA teapot was on sale for $16.00. After having a bit of internal diagolue with myself, I made the purchase.
Since I had been using the French press to brew loose leaf tea for the past few years, I was curious to see if the ingenuiTEA could make a better brew. I decided to conduct a completely non-scientific experiment to see which of the two products would come on top. Ready? Round 1, Fight!
The four minutes are up. Time to pour out the tea. I normally don’t use a high ball glass to drink tea, this is just to show how the tea is dispensed from the teapot. I have a strange urge to go to the bathroom.
Round One: Brew Time. After I brewed the tea in the ingenuiTEA teapot, I brewed the same amount of tea in the French press and for the same amount of time. What I noticed was quite interesting. After four minutes, I was able to get a full-bodied brew from the ingenuiTEA teapot. The brew from the French press wasn’t quite ready yet. I poured it out and waited for the remaining tea in the press to brew a bit longer. Round One goes to the IngenuiTEA teapot.
Round Two: Flavor. Eventually, I was able to get a full-bodied brew (glass on the right) from the French Press. In all, it took about 8 minutes for the tea to come to full flavor. While the ingenuiTEA brews tea faster, the flavor of the tea tasted exactly the same as the one brewed in the French press. Round Two, is a draw.
Round 3: Clean up. With the ingenuiTEA, clean up is rather simple, just rinse out the tea leaves, let some clean water rinse through the bottom, and air dry. I do have some concerns though. The teapot is made of plastic, which means it’s porous, and eventually, I’m sure it will stain if it’s not cleaned well or if tea is left inside the pot for an extended time.
It’s quite cumbersome to clean out the tea leaves from the French press, especially when tea leaves get caught between the the filter screen and the cross plate. Round 3 goes to ingenuiTEA for ease of cleanup.
We have a winner! In all, I am very satisfied with the ingenuiTEA teapot. The shorter brew time is certainly nice and the ease of cleanup is just clutch.