Tea Infusers & Accessories
Tea Infusers and Strainers are terms that are often used interchangeably in everyday use, but they do carry a distinction. Usually, an infuser refers to a container that holds the loose leaves while they steep and is then removed from the water when the tea is ready to drink. Alternatively, leaves can be added directly to the water and steeped; then, the tea is poured into a cup through a strainer, which catches the leaves to keep them out of the cup.
The benefit to adding the leaves directly to the water is that they have plenty of room to unfurl for the best flavor. However, if the leaves remain in the water, the tea continues to steep, which usually results in bitter tea over multiple cups.
Infusers allow for better, lasting control of flavor, but picking the right infuser for whichever tea you are making is very important. Loose leaf tea needs plenty of room to move around while steeping, so too small of an infuser will squish your leaves. It is best to use a fine mesh infuser or tea bag; if the holes are too large, your smaller loose leaves will slip right into your water and affect the taste of your tea.
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