TEAWARE REVIEW: Baraka Teas – Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser

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Teaware: Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser 500ml
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Link to Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser

I’m pretty traditional when it comes to the teaware that I use. That said, I support and I am very keen to try any teaware that makes loose leaf tea more attractive to people, as well as making it easier to prepare.

When reviewing teaware, I typically ask myself these questions:

How does the tea taste?

Is it easy to clean?

Does this teaware really make tea-making simpler?

Product overview

The Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser consists of two pieces. First there is the decanter jug, which is made out of heat resistant glass, with the exception of the plastic handle and the stainless steel band wrapped around the jug.

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Assembled Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser

The second piece is the infuser basket. It is made made out of food grade plastic.

Baraka Teas - Infuser

Left: Infuser basket removed from glass jug. Right: view of mess strainer. The strainer will season with tea tannins over time and slightly discolour parts of the basket.

 

How to use the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser

Using the infuser is simple by following these steps:

  1. Properly lock the infuser basket in the decanter jug
  2. Put desired amount of tea in basket
  3. Pour water in basket and close lid
  4. Let tea infuse for desired time. When ready, push clear button to release liquor into decanter
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Top view of infuser. Push clear button to release tea into decanter.

All the infused leaves will remain in the infuser basket, making multiple infusions easy. The leaves will not touch the liquor in the decanter.

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Leaves in infuser basket after infusion.

It takes approximately three to four seconds for the liquor to evacuate the basket. Larger leaf teas might take a second or two longer.

Conclusions and tips about the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser

First, I will deal with questions I listed above and then move on to some more thoughts about the infuser.

How does the tea taste?
Great. The strainer in the infuser basket is extremely effective at removing all the small bits of tea, so the liquor is transparent and looks clean.

Is it easy to clean?
Yes. The basket is big enough and the leaves do not stick to the strainer, so cleaning the used tea out of the basket is easy. I’ve tried some other baskets that are extremely difficult to clean because the basket is too small and used leaves really stick to the product, especially when the leaves have cooled.

Does this teaware really make tea-making simpler?
Yes. Doing multiple infusions is very simple. And since there is a decanter, there is no need to fuss around with removing the basket.

Other conclusions about the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser

I have tried two other similar products to the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser: one had a decanter and one was designed to release the liquor directly into a cup or a decanter that you had to purchase.

For me, the size of the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser and the fact that it comes with a decanter is a big bonus. While the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser is advertised by the maker as being 500ml, the basket only holds 200ml, which I find an ideal size. I don’t like teaware that makes huge amounts of tea. With the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser, I can decant the tea into the jug and use a small tasting cup.

One drawback of the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser compared to larger infusers is that the infuser basket is not as spacious, thus the leaves cannot move around and expand as effectively. The infuser basket on some of the larger infusers range from 400 to 900+ml. But I find this way too much tea to make at one time.

While making really large leaf teas and teas that unravel (like a rolled oolong) are possible in the Revolutionary Glass Tea Infuser, my top tip is to use it for teas that do not expand too much or have slightly smaller leaves. Baraka Teas’ Sikkim Black is ideal for this infuser. And since it has such a great strainer, it is really good for making sencha, as it removes all the small bits and cups out a nice clear liquor.

Retail price: £20.00

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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