TEAWARE REVIEW: ingenuiTEA available at Tea Studio

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I’m pretty traditional when it comes to teaware, but I’ve seen this style of teapot around for years and was intrigued to try one. Tea Studio sells two sizes of this tea pot called ingenuiTEA, and they are designed not only to make tea infusion fuss-free, but to produce a good tasting cup of tea. Read on to see if I think ingenuiTEA is simple to use and makes great tea.  With this product, I had a few questions that I wanted to tackle while using the teapot over a couple of weeks:

How does the tea taste?

Is it easy to clean?

Does the fact that it is plastic bother me?

Is this a tea gadget that really makes tea-making simpler?

Product overview:

The ingenuiTEA is manufactured by Adagio Teas. It is made out of 100% BPA-free plastic. The ingenuiTEA consists of three pieces: the main body of the tea pot that holds the water and tea, the top lid and the bottom filter (the lid and filter both snap off to make cleaning easy). It is available in two sizes: 470ml (15oz) or 950ml (32oz).

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Figure 1: Empty ingenuiTEA

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Figure 2: On the left, top view of ingenuiTEA showing the filter. On the right, the ingenuiTEA loaded with tea

How to use the ingenuiTEA:

    • Put tea in the ingenuiTEA (see figure 2) and add water that is the appropriate temperature for the type of tea you are using.
    • Infuse the tea for the same time as you would with a traditional teapot.
    • Place ingenuiTEA on top of the cup or holding vessel you intend to use (see figure 3).
    • Once you place the ingenuiTEA on the cup or holding vessel, pressure pushes up a valve on the bottom of the teapot and the liquor is released. It takes approximately six to eight seconds for the tea to empty from the 450ml ingenuiTEA
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Figure 3: ingenuiTEA on holding vessel

Conclusions and tips about the ingenuiTEA:

How does the tea taste?

In my opinion, the tea tastes great – no different from a traditional teapot. The size of the pot is large enough that the leaves can move around freely and fully open. The filter is very good at straining out small bits of tea. It works well with all types of tea – anything from a broken Assam to a rolled oolong. Infusing leaves multiple times is extremely simple.

Is it easy to clean?

Cleaning the ingenuiTEA is easy. Just dump the leaves out and rinse. It is dishwasher safe, but I’ve only washed mine by hand. Leaves do not get caught in or under the filter, and the teapot does not stain.

Does the fact that it is plastic bother me?

Ultimately I wish it wasn’t plastic, and I had concerns that this would turn me off the product. After holding the product, I instantly felt better about its plastic construction because the material feels sturdy, and it did not give off a plastic smell when I opened the box.

Is this a tea gadget that really makes tea-making simpler?

While I’m always going to be a teapot and gaiwan person at heart, I think this product is worthwhile. Cleaning the ingenuiTEA is a breeze, and the tea it makes tastes great. If your an on-the-go person or you need something for the office that can be quickly rinsed out, this might end your days of drinking horrible tea bags.

While using the ingenuiTEA, I also came across one thing to think about if you’re considering buying this product:

The need for a very big cup or holding vessel:

With either the small or the large ingenuiTEA, you are going to need a massive cup or a holding vessel. If you are going with the small ingenuiTEA, 450ml (15oz) is an odd size for one cup (at least I don’t like to use cups that big), and if you use it for two people, you should decant/mix the liquor in a holding vessel, so one cup doesn’t get all the strong liquor from the bottom of the teapot. With the large ingenuiTEA, you will definitely need a holding vessel. The holding vessel could be a porcelain teapot or an insulated carafe (but definitely pre-warm whatever vessel you use).

Retail price: 450ml (15oz) teapot for £16.00 / 950ml (32oz) teapot for £24.00

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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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