This is quite possibly the greatest asset for tea-making I’ve purchased in a long while. While it is pretty much just good for single cup brewing, I prefer this because it makes me brew a new cup every time which means there are no over-steeped remnants in the pot. And really, it hardly takes any time at all to do – just a few minutes, and it’s totally worth it.
I boil my water and scoop a teaspoon full of whatever tea I am planning to drink and drop it into the ingenuiTEA. When the water is ready, I pour it into the ingenuiTEA, close the lid, and then wait. At first, I had been using our Keurig to heat the water, which means it was around 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit. Since I’ve been making so much tea, though, my mother got an electric kettle that boils the water at 212 degrees Fahrenheit and I’ve been using that ever since.
It’s lovely to watch the tea leaves unfurl and the water grow deeper in color. When the tea is ready, you just pop the ingenuiTEA on top of your cup and it drains automatically. Please note two things: 1) this will not work well for wide-mouthed cups (like those oversize coffee cup types) and 2) you need to make sure you don’t overflow. The ingenuiTEA is about 16 oz, and most cups range from 8-12 oz. For the cups we use in my house, I find filling the ingenuiTEA to about the middle to the top of the words “ingenuiTEA” on the outside is a good measurement (it depends on if I’m adding milk or not.) It will take a little experimentation on your part to figure out what will work best for you.